Written By: Pauls Pickz
January 2nd, 2022
The 12th ranked Houston Cougars travel to Pennsylvania to take on the Temple Owls in this AAC matchup. Houston (11-2) is coming off a 40+ home blasting of Texas State, while the Owls also 40 pieced Delaware State. While those are both nice home momentum boosts, their competition was nowhere similar.
Houston destroyed a solid Texas state team, who is 9-3, and should be middle to top of CUSA. Meanwhile, Temple beat up on arguably one of the worst teams in the country who does not have ONE D1 win!
What is concerning for Houston is their injuries- guard Kyler Edwards (ankle), guard Marcus Sasser (toe), and guard Tramon Mark (shoulder) are all out. These are crucial losses, especially considering how great Sasser has been- leading them in scoring, shooting from deep, adding leadership and experience. However, this team is no one man band, as they have FIVE other players that average 9+ PPG.
The Temple Owls are a team that lost its leading scorer (Khalif Battle) a month ago, and now are seeking for guys to fill the void. 6’5 guard Damian Dunn is someone whose picked up the slack at 13.6 Ppg. Additionally, freshman Zach Hicks showed he had some spurt-ability as he exploded for 35 (10 threes) in their most recent game vs the local YMCA, I mean, Delaware state squad!
Houston is 9-4 ATS, Temple is 6-6 ATS, and also 1-4 ATS as an underdog. Both teams are missing their best player, but we must look at the supporting casts, and this includes coaches. In Houston we have a team with a balanced, experienced supporting cast, a physical rebounding and defensive identity, and a hall of fame coach. Temple has a team full of freshman, an inexperienced coach, and are still mourning over the loss of their star. Houston allows the 7th fewest PPG, while Temple is 279th in the country in scoring PPG. We expect Houston to dominate the glass, dominate defensively and force turnovers to get on the break.
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