Saturday, December 20, 2014

Owls eye first outright A-10 title since 1990

After two months of Atlantic Ten Conference play, it comes down to Saturday’s game against Fordham for Temple.

Owls eye first outright A-10 title since 1990

After two months of Atlantic Ten Conference play, it comes down to Saturday’s game against Fordham for Temple.

A victory in the regular-season finale in the Bronx would give the 23d-ranked Owls (23-6, 12-3) their first outright conference title since 1990.

Considering Temple’s success against Fordham (10-18, 3-12), one can assume the Owls will reach this milestone.

They have won five consecutive games against the Rams and 27 of the last 30 meetings. Temple holds a series advantage of 39-13.

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Fordham does boast one of the conference’s best post players in Chris Gaston. The junior forward leads the conference in rebounds (9.9 per game) and fourth in scoring (17 points per game).

The Owls also boast two of the conference’s leading scorers.

Fifth-year senior guard Ramone Moore (17.9) and St. Bonaventure forward Andrew Nicholson (17.9) are the co-leading scorers.  Junior guard Khalif Wyatt ranks third (17.4).

Temple clinched at least a share of the conference title and the No.1 seed in the upcoming A-10 tournament by beating Massachusetts on Wednesday at the Liacouras Center.

Here’s a look at the probable starters, coaches’ records and series information:

PROBABLE STARTERS

TEMPLE (23-6, 12-3 A-10)

32 Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson F 6-6 Jr. 9.1 ppg. 6.7 rpg.

50 Micheal Eric F 6-11 Gr. 9.1 ppg. 8.7 rpg.

4 Juan Fernandez G 6-4 Sr. 11.1 ppg. 3.9 apg.

1 Khalif Wyatt G 6-4 Jr. 17.4 ppg. 2.1 spg.

10 Ramon Moore G 6-4 Sr. 17.9 ppg. 3.4 apg.

FORDHAM (10-18, 3-12)

33 Chris Gaston F 6-7 Jr. 17 ppg. 9.9 rpg.

55 Kevin Bristol F 6-10 Sr. 5.4 ppg. 8.2 rpg

1 Branden Frazier G 6-1 Soph. 11.8 ppg. 4.1 apg.

3 Devon McMillan G 5-10 Fr. 7.6 ppg. 3 apg

24 Bryan Smith G 6-2 Fr. 9.7 ppg. 3.3 rpg.

Coaches

TEMPLE

Fran Dunphy (443-226 career record)

FORDHAM

Tom Pecora (172-165)

LAST MEETING

Moore (25 points) and Wyatt (24) combined to score 49 points to lead the Owls to a 78-60 victory at the Liacouaras Center on Feb.1.

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. 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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