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Temple has been putting up some decent results this season standing 7-3 overall against a fairly challenging nonconference slate. In their last outing Temple came through at home against DePaul picking up the win by a final of 74-65 and this was a nice bounce back victory after the Owls fell in their prior outing against George Washington by 3 points. Temple’s picked up elite resume building wins thus far against teams like Florida State and West Virginia, while also losing to competition like New Hampshire and UMass. The Owls have been inconsistent, but they’ve played some of their best ball against their best competition this year. Obi Enechionyia has been the offensive catalyst leading the team averaging 18.6 points per game.
Villanova seems like they can do no wrong as the defending national champs stand 10-0 overall to open the year ranking 1st in the nation. Villanova has been putting up some impressive results of their own with resume building wins coming against teams like Purdue, Wake Forest, UCF, and in their last outing against Notre Dame by a final of 74-66. Villanova is loaded with veteran talent and this group won’t beat themselves this year, their opposition needs to play a near perfect game to upset this team. Villanova puts in the work at both ends ranking 61st in the nation in scoring average, 35th in total defense, and the offense has been led by Josh Hart who’s averaging 19.5 points per game.
Villanova is playing at an elite level right now and this group brings a high level of play to the court on a consistent basis. Temple has played their best ball this season against the tougher teams they’ve faced and it’ll be interesting to see how that carries over into a true road setting. As much as we like this Villanova group, we’re going to give Temple some respect here given what they’ve done against other ranked teams this season as they go on to cover the spread.
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