Temple vs. UConn NCAA Basketball Pick – Jan 5th

We notched an easy winner to run the college streak to four straight ATS with Carolina’s offensive explosion in Tallahassee. The Tarheels scored 106 points, all in regulation, in a 106-90 win. Brice Johnson became the first ever Carolina player to post a 30/20 game (and he had 39 points, just missing a ridonkulous 40/20). And yes, Jordan was a guard and many of their greats played other positions, but anytime you do something that has never been done at UNC?? You are putting in WORK. Impressive stuff.

But nothing could be as impressive as the college basketball celebration that took place in Lawrence last night. A triple overtime game between two #1 ranked teams (coaches poll and AP poll)? That is simply one for the ages. If OU drops below #2 in either poll, pollsters should be fired. If losing in triple overtime on the road in Kansas in a reason for anyone to think they aren’t the second best team in the country, you are nuts. And by the way, Buddy Hield, Oklahoma’s Player of the Year candidate had 46 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists.

You could make a cogent argument that was the greatest regular season game in the history of college basketball.   Seriously.

Ok, tonight can’t live up to yesterday’s amazingness, but hopefully we can notch a fifth straight winner.

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Today’s Free Pick:

Temple Owls at UConn Huskies -10.5

Tonight’s game comes down to two real questions: Which Temple team shows up tonight and which Huskies team will host them?

Temple has been an oddly mercurial bunch throughout their tough start to 2015-2016. They won their AAC opener on the road at ranked Cincinnati. They turned around and lost 77-50 at home against Houston. They have looked good, covering in road losses at Butler and Utah. They got murdered in a trip to struggling Wisconsin. They are, appropriately, 5-5 ATS, with more than a few coming by comfortable margins in both directions.

Meanwhile, UConn is back ranked nationally after reeling off six straight wins include two that SOUND better than they are; beating Ohio State and Texas. Their three losses are reasonable, two close losses to Syracuse and Gonzaga and a loss to Maryland, who is legitimately elite. So why not lay a ton of points with the Huskies tonight? Well, for starters, they have a penchant for letting lesser teams hang around. They let Tulane and UMass Lowell play them to single digits in the last two weeks. There’s little evidence to show they are ready to step on the throat of a team and put them away.

Plus, Temple got a HUGE wake-up call with a humiliating loss to Houston. I have to imagine Dunphy has them ready to play and compete tonight. Will we get the team that went into UC and won last week? Maybe not. But we should get one that is far more ready to play than last outing.

I like a close game tonight. I think the Huskies win, but getting double-digit points is a lot of wiggle room for the Owls.

Today’s Free Pick: Temple Owls +10.5