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Temple vs. Belmont Basketball NCAA Basketball Betting Picks

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Temple vs. Belmont Basketball

The year’s NCAA basketball betting action is heating up as the March Madness tournament is finally around the horizon. The action will commence this Tuesday with the First Four round of matchups. We’ve already broken down the Prairie View A&M vs. Fairleigh Dickinson basketball matchup so it’s time to take a look at the second of the First Four, the Temple vs. Belmont basketball contest. So what kind of turnout can we expect out of this NCAA Tournament matchup? Let’s take a look at the NCAA legal betting odds.

Temple vs. Belmont Basketball – Tuesday, March 19th    

When: 9:10 pm ET

Where: UD Arena, Dayton, Ohio

TV: TRU TV

Stream: Tru TV Live

NCAA Basketball Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Belmont -3½ (-110) 155½ (-110) -170
Temple +3½ (-110) 155½ (-110) +150
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Temple Owls          

The Owls turned in a 23-9 record this season. Additionally, Temple posted a 13-5 record in American Conference play. All in all this led to a 3rd place ranking in the American Conference. And in the conference tournament, Temple was eliminated right away in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals. That dismissal came at the hands of Wichita State who handed Temple an 80-74 loss. Now the Owls are hopeful they can avenge themselves in the NCAA Tournament. However, do they have a chance of beating Belmont this Tuesday night? Due to the fact that the NCAA basketball betting odds are pegging them as an underdog here, it doesn’t look like Temple will be advancing.

Nevertheless, what do the numbers say? All in all they don’t paint a pretty picture for Temple either. This is because Temple is averaging 74.8 per game while giving up 71.2 Comparatively Belmont is putting up 87.4 and allotting 73.9.

Players to Watch: Shizz Alston Jr. (19.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.0 apg), Quinton Rose (16.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Nate Pierre-Louis (13.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.0 apg).

Belmont Bruins    

The Bruins turned in a 26-5 record that included a 16-2 run in OVC play. In the end this led to a two way tie for the No. 1 spot in the conference between Murray State and Belmont. Notwithstanding that tie, Murray State proved they were the better of the two in the conference tournament. While it wasn’t that surprising to see both Murray State and Belmont in the conference tournament, the 77-65 win Murray State delivered was a bit unexpected. Regardless off that disappointing loss, Belmont will do all they can to bounce back with some March Madness betting action.

Players to Watch: Dylan Windler (21.4 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 2.6 apg), Kevin McClain (16.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.1 apg), and Nick Muszynski (14.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.7 apg).

Temple vs. Belmont Basketball Betting Predictions

Trends

  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Temple’s last 6 games
  • Temple is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • Temple has posted an 8-4-1 ATS record through 13 road games this season
  • Belmont is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Belmont is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games
  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 8 of Belmont’s 15 road games this season

Temple vs. Belmont Basketball Betting Picks

So which side should legal betting fans take in this Temple vs. Belmont basketball matchup? All things considered, this one is a bit of a tossup. Both sides are coming off losses here so we’ll stick with the better offense in Belmont. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 84-79 Belmont.