Temple vs UCF Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Thursday, March 2, 2023

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The UCF Knights’ (16-12, 7-9 AAC) AAC schedule includes Thursday’s matchup with the Temple Owls (15-14, 9-7 AAC) at Liacouras Center. It begins at 7:00 PM ET on ESPNU.

Thursday’s matchup between the Owls and the Knights is currently a pick ’em. The over/under is 134.5 points for the matchup.

Temple vs. UCF Odds

Point Spread for Temple vs. UCF

The spread for this matchup is set at a pick ’em.

Temple vs. UCF Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Temple has -112 odds to pick up the win, while UCF is listed at -108 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 134.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, March 2, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPNU
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Arena: Liacouras Center

Temple vs. UCF Betting Trends

Against the spread, Temple is 15-11-3 this year. The Owls have been chosen as favorites in 16 games this year and have walked away with the win eight times (50%) in those games. Temple’s games this year have hit the over on 15 of 28 set point totals.

In UCF’s 28 games this year, it has 14 wins against the spread. The Knights have won 40% of the games this season they were the underdog on the moneyline (4-6). UCF’s games this season have hit the over on 16 of 28 set point totals (57.1%).

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Temple vs. UCF Key Players to Watch


Khalif Battle is tops on the Owls with 18 points per game and 1.8 assists, while also posting 3.6 rebounds. Damian Dunn is averaging 15.3 points, 3.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds per contest. Zach Hicks is tops on the Owls at 5.2 rebounds per contest, while also posting 1.6 assists and 9.3 points. Hysier Miller leads the Owls at 3.8 assists per game, while also posting 3.1 rebounds and 8.8 points.


Taylor Hendricks is posting team highs in points (15.3 per game) and rebounds (6.6). And he is delivering 1.5 assists, making 48.1% of his shots from the field and 41.2% from beyond the arc, with 1.9 triples per contest. CJ Kelly is the Knights’ top assist man (2.9 per game), and he posts 12.2 points and 3.6 rebounds. The Knights receive 12.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game from Ithiel Horton. Darius Johnson is posting 10.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contest, making 38% of his shots from the floor and 30% from 3-point range, with 1.3 triples per contest.

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What you need to know about the Temple Owls

Temple is 10-5-1 ATS in conference games this season. The Owls are posting 70.1 points per game (215th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while allowing 69.8 points per contest (175th-ranked). Temple is averaging 31.8 rebounds per game (174th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while allowing 31.5 rebounds per contest (202nd-ranked).

In home games, the Owls are posting 5.2 more points per game (73) than they are on the road (67.8). Temple is sinking 8.1 threes per game (100th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while owning a 33.7% three-point percentage (215th-ranked). The Owls are giving up 6.4 three-pointers per game (73rd-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opponents to shoot 33% (129th-ranked) from beyond the arc.

The Owls have gone 5-5 over their last 10 contests, with a 5-4-1 record against the spread during that span. Temple has gone over the total in seven of its last 10 games. In its last 10 games, Temple has been putting up 72.2 points per game, an average that’s a little higher than the 70.1 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. Temple has been more porous on the defensive side of the ball as of late, giving up 71.8 points per game over its last 10 outings compared to the 69.8 points per game its opponents average over the 2022-23 season.

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What you need to know about the UCF Knights

UCF has covered seven times in 16 games with a spread in conference play this year. The Knights are 173rd in the country in points scored (72.1 per game) and 66th in points allowed (65.9). At 31.4 rebounds per game and 29.3 rebounds allowed, UCF is 203rd and 75th in the country, respectively.

At home, the Knights score 76.8 points per game. Away, they score 67.7. Beyond the arc, UCF is 34th in college basketball in 3-pointers made per game (9). It is 68th in 3-point percentage at 36.3%. The Knights are 97th in the country in 3-pointers conceded (6.6 per game) and 38th in 3-point percentage defensively (31%).

The Knights have gone 3-7 in their past 10 games, with a 4-6 record against the spread during that span. UCF has hit the over in seven of its past 10 contests. UCF is scoring 72.2 points per game over its last 10 games, compared to its season average of 72.1. In their last 10 games, the Knights are giving up 70.4 points per game, 4.5 more points than their season average (65.9).

Temple vs. UCF Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this contest is UCF, and we expect that UCF will cover the spread (pick ’em). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 134.5 points.

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How to bet Temple vs. UCF

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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