Houston vs Temple Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 22 (Cougars Cruise to Another Win in AAC Play)

Houston vs Temple Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 22 (Cougars Cruise to Another Win in AAC Play)


Houston vs Temple Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • No. 1 Houston (18-1, 6-0 AAC) vs. Temple (11-9, 5-2 AAC)
  • Date: Sunday, January 22, 2023
  • Time: 3:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Fertitta Center -- Houston, Texas

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Sunday with an exciting matchup between the Temple Owls and No. 1 Houston Cougars. Temple is coming off a 73-58 win over East Carolina on Wednesday. Damian Dunn and Khalif Battle combined for 44 points and 12 rebounds off the bench.

Meanwhile, Houston remains undefeated in conference play thanks to its 80-60 win over Tulane on Tuesday. The Cougars shot 55.0% from the floor and 50.0% from three-point range (12-of-24). Senior Marcus Sasser led the way with 23 points, while freshman Jarace Walker chipped in with 9 rebounds.

Houston vs Temple Odds & Spread

Houston enters this contest as heavy home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 3 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 131.5 points, which is below average compared to Sunday's projected totals.

Houston vs Temple Betting Trends

  • Houston's record against the spread is 13-6-0.
  • The Cougars' ATS record as 20.5-point favorites or more is 8-2.
  • This season, eight of Houston's 19 games have hit the over.
  • Temple is 12-8-0 against the spread this season.
  • There have been eight Temple games (out of 20) that hit the over this year.
Houston Rank Houston AVG Temple AVG Temple Rank
80th 76.2 Points Scored 69.3 237th
1st 53.3 Points Allowed 68.3 158th
14th 36.8 Rebounds 32.4 169th
6th 12.4 Off. Rebounds 8.0 248th
150th 7.8 3pt Made 7.5 179th
87th 14.6 Assists 12.9 210th
7th 9.6 Turnovers 13.3 277th

Houston vs Temple Prediction & Pick

There's already been numerous upsets during the college basketball season, but seeing the Cougars go down at home would be a shocking one. Houston has ripped off an impressive nine straight wins since its lone loss to Alabama, while Temple has posted a pedestrian 5-5 record in its last 10 games.

It's important to note head coach Kelvin Sampson's team shines in every facet of the game. Houston ranks first in offensive efficiency, second in average scoring margin at home (+26.2) and second in defensive efficiency. The Cougars are aggressive on both ends of the court and it keeps paying off.

Temple has also lost six straight games to Houston, so fade the Owls on Sunday afternoon.

Final Score Prediction: Houston: 78 | Temple: 54

Houston vs Temple Best Bet

This is a complete mismatch. The dominance of Houston has already been touched on, but keep in mind the level of its opponent here as well. Temple ranks 267th in shooting percentage (42.2%) and 130th in points allowed per game (68.3). That is not going to get the job done in a rowdy road game.

The Cougars are 6-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last eight games overall and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games against a AAC opponent. Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last five games against Temple, too, and came out on top by a score of 84-46 in this matchup at the Fertitta Center last season.

Bet: Houston Cougars -19.5 (-110)

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