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Owls eye 17th-straight win over Blue Hens

Temple looks to avoid something that hasn’t happened since Jan. 3, 1963: a loss to Delaware.

Owls eye 17th-straight win over Blue Hens

Temple looks to avoid something that hasn’t happened since Jan. 3, 1963: a loss to Delaware.

The Owls (8-3) expect to beat the Blue Hens (5-5) for the 17th consecutive time in Friday night’s game at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del.

To do so, Temple must contain Delaware’s Devon Saddler and Jamelle Hagins.

Hagins, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward, has recorded a double-double in each of the Blue Hens' last seven games. The Roanoke, Va. native averaged 14.9 points and 13.4 rebounds during that stretch. For the season, Hagins is averaged 14.3 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots.

Saddler, a 6-2 sophomore guard, averages a team-leading 20.2 points. The preseason second-team all-Colonial Athletic Association selection has scored 30 or more points twice this season.

Temple will be Delaware’s fifth opponent from the Philadelphia area. The Blue Hens defeated Drexel (71-60) and La Salle (70-66) and lost to Villanova (79-69) and Penn (69-60).

PROBABLE STARTERS

TEMPLE (8-3)
32 Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson F  6-6 Jr. 8.9 ppg. 6.8 rpg.
3 Anthony Lee F 6-9 Fr. 4.9 ppg. 6.9 rpg.
4 Juan Fernandez G 6-4 Sr. 13.5 ppg. 4.2 apg.
1 Khalif Wyatt G 6-4 Jr. 14.9 ppg. 1.7 spg.
10 Ramon Moore G 6-4 Sr. 18.1 ppg. 3.5 apg.


DELAWARE  (5-5)
3  Khalid Lewis G 6-3 Fr. 7.3 ppg. 3.1 apg.
10 Devon Saddler G 6-2 Soph. 20.2 ppg. 4 rpg
13 Kyle Anderson G 6-2 Fr. 9.3 ppg. 1.9 rpg.
32 Josh Brinkley F 6-6 Jr. 7.1 ppg. 4 apg
44 Jamelle Hagins F 6-9 Jr. 14.3 ppg. 11.8 rpg.

Coaches

TEMPLE

Fran Dunphy (428-223 career record)

DELAWARE

Monte Ross (58-108)

SERIES

Temple leads, 36-6, and has won the last 16 meetings. However, the teams have only met twice since the 1981-82 season. The Owls won a 59-49 decision at the Liacouras Center on Nov. 13, 2000. Then they won, 76-56, at the Carpenter Center on Nov. 14, 2009.

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com. Reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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