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@SidekicksPicks CBB Play of the Day - 2/20

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Temple Owls (14-9) vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (17-9)

The Temple Owls travel to Ohio to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats for a 2:00 pm tip. Temple is 14-9 overall, 4-4 on the road. They have quality wins over Cincinnati and SMU. They beat Cincy in their last matchup 61-58 at home. They have won 1 game in a row and are 3-3 in their last 6 games, 1-3 on the road in their last 4 road games.

Temple is 4th in the American Athletic Conference with a 7-5 record. Temple is not efficient on the offensive side of the ball, averaging 67 ppg (280), shooting 40% from the floor (342) and 29.6% from behind the arc (337). They are a solid offensive rebounding team, averaging 35.3 per game (41). The Owls strength is on the defensive side, holding opponents to 65.6 ppg (76), shooting 39.8% (25) and 29.7% from 3 (26).

Cincinnati is having a solid season with an overall record of 17-9, 12-4 at home. They have quality wins over Illinois and SMU. The Bearcats won their last game and are 3-3 in their last 6 games. They are currently 5th in the Athletic Conference with a 7-6 record. Cincy averages 71.2 ppg (177) and grabs 34.5 offensive boards per game (34.5).

Just like the Owls, they do not shoot the ball well. They are a little better than Temple on the offensive side, but their strength is with their defense. They hold teams to 65 ppg (63), 39.5 fg% (21) and 30.7% from 3 (56).

  • Owls are 4-0 ats in their last 4 games be a team with a winning record
  • Owls are 8-1 ats in the last 9 road games vs a team with a home record above .600
  • Owls are 5-7 as a Dog
  • Cincy is 9-1 vs Temple in their last 10 games
  • Cincy is 6-1 vs Temple at home
  • Cincy is 15-4 in their last 19 games as a favorite

Sidekicks' Verdict

This will be a solid defensive game. Cincy is the overall better team. If they can control the glass, they should win this one. Temple is also without their leading scorer and could be without their top 3 scorers in this one. If those 3 do not play, Cincy should win easily.

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Washington State Cougars (14-11) vs. USC Trojans (22-4)

The Washington St Cougars travel to California to take on the USC Trojans for a 7:30 tip. The Cougars are 14-11, 5-3 on the road. The Cougars are in 7th in the PAC 12 with a 7-7 record. They are currently on a 4 game losing streak and have lost 2 straight on the road. Washington St is an average offensive team, but plays solid defense. They surrender 63 ppg (33), 40.8% shooting (51) and 31.4% from 3 (76).

The USC Trojans are having a fantastic season with an overall record of 22-4, 12-2 at home. They are 2nd in the PAC 12 with an 11-4 record. The Trojans have won 3 straight and 8 of their last 10. They have won 4 straight home games. USC has one of the best defenses in the country, allowing 63.8 ppg (39) and 37.7 fg% (6). On the offensive side they average 73.3 ppg and are 8th in the country in offensive rebounding (37.8 per game).

  • Cougars are 1-4 ats in their last 5 games
  • Cougars are 0-4 as a dog
  • Cougars are 2-8 ats vs USC
  • USC is 5-0 at home vs Washington
  • The favorite is 7-2 ats in their last 9 matchups

Sidekicks' Verdict

The Trojans are a much better team and one of the best teams in the county. The Cougars have been struggling as of late and this could get ugly for them on the road.

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