Temple Owls Game See Suspicious Betting Activity: Monitored All Season?

Written by:
Jagajeet Chiba
Published on:
Mar/08/2024

The Temple Owls won't be swooping into this year's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament with their 11-19 record overall and 4-14 in league play, but they are the talk of college basketball.....and for all the wrong reasons.

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A source in the gambling space says U.S. Integrity has been monitoring Temple games for a while. Temple did not immediately respond to a request for comment, according to Sports Illustrated.

U.S. Integrity and RealResponse last May launched a tipline for college athletes, coaches and support staff to anonymously report gambling-related issues in real time.

U.S. Integrity was involved in detecting the Alabama Crimson Tide baseball betting scandal last spring that led to the firing of coach Brad Bohannon.

Specifically, the company was paying special attention to a game between the UAB Blazers and Temple Thursday night resulting in UAB winning 100-72.

“We are aware they flagged it,” AAC men’s basketball director of communications Tom Fenstermaker says. 

The betting line moved significantly during the day Thursday leading up to the game. At one casino, the line moved from UAB as a 1.5-point favorite over Temple at the beginning of the day to UAB as an eight-point favorite by mid-afternoon, then settling at seven closer to tip-off. The Blazers routed the Owls, 100-72, in Temple’s home gym, the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

- Jagajeet Chiba, Gambling911.com

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