Free College Basketball Picks Today: Houston Cougars vs Temple Owls 1/22/23

Free College Basketball Picks Today: Houston Cougars vs Temple Owls 1/22/23
Sun 22nd January 2023

The No. 1 Houston Cougars (18-1, 6-0 AAC), the NCAA’s top scoring defense, welcome the Temple Owls (11-9, 5-2 AAC) on Sunday. Temple topped the East Carolina Pirates 73-58 at Liacouras Center on Wednesday. Damian Dunn had a standout performance with 22 points. The Owls are second in the American Athletic Conference.

Houston won their ninth in a row in dominating fashion on Tuesday at Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse, beating the Tulane Green Wave 80-60. Marcus Sasser had 23 points, carrying the team. The Cougars remain first in the American Athletic Conference.

The teams are meeting for the only time this season. Houston won both matchups between the teams last season, the last of which was an 84-46 triumph at Fertitta Center in March 2022, their sixth straight head-to-head victory.

Fabian White Jr. led the Cougars with 26 points. Jahlil White and Nick Jourdain had 10 points each in the losing effort. The Owls have been led this season by Khalif Battle, who is averaging 17.6 points per game. Meanwhile, Zach Hicks is grabbing 5.0 rebounds per game, and Hysier Miller is dishing 3.6 assists.

Sasser’s 16.9 points per game have powered the Cougars on offense. J’Wan Roberts is collecting 7.1 rebounds per game, and Jamal Shead is doling out 5.2 assists. The Cougars are holding opponents to 53.3 points per game, ranking as the best scoring defense in the country.

Temple is 5-5 in the last 10 games with an average margin of -1.5 (67.1-68.6). Houston has a 9-1 record over the last 10, scoring 77.3 points per game on average while allowing 58.6 (+18.7 margin). The Cougars are averaging 76.2 ppg for the full season while allowing 53.3.


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Nick Jourdain: 15.0 | 11.2 | +3.8
Jamille Reynolds: 0.0 | 9.8 | -9.7
Points per game:
Damian Dunn: 18.4 | 14.5 | +4.0
Rebounds per game:
Nick Jourdain: 5.6 | 4.2 | +1.4
Assists per game:
Hysier Miller: 1.2 | 3.6 | -2.3


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Terrance Arceneaux: 5.2 | 8.5 | -3.3

SportsTips’ College Basketball Pick:

Houston -19.5 (-115)

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