Friday, March 6, 2015

Owls have date with perfection

A victory over St. Joseph’s would enable 22d-ranked Temple to finish with its second undefeated Big Five campaign in 24 seasons and sixth overall outright city-series title.

Owls have date with perfection

A victory over St. Joseph’s would enable 22d-ranked Temple to finish with its second undefeated Big Five campaign in 24 seasons and sixth overall outright city-series title.

The Owls (22-5, 11-2 Atlantic 10, 3-0 Big Five) have already clinched at least a share of their 26th Big Five title in the 57-year history of city-series play.

Considering Temple’s 78-60 victory in the teams’ previous meeting, one would assume Temple shouldn’t have in problem in Saturday’s night matchup at Hagan Arena.

That’s where they might be wrong.

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The Hawks (18-11, 8-6, 2-1) are eager to prove that they were much better than that 18-point setback indicates. Plus, a victory would give them a share of the Big Five title. And St. Joe’s should be energized with all the fan support inside its home arena.

This game marks Temple’s first trip to Hagan since a 71-62 St.Joe’s win on Feb. 13, 2001.

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

 

PROBABLE STARTERS

TEMPLE (22-5, 11-2 A-10, 3-0 Big Five)

32 Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson F 6-6 Jr. 8.9 ppg. 6.6 rpg.

50 Micheal Eric F 6-11 Gr. 8.1 ppg. 8.1 rpg.

4 Juan Fernandez G 6-4 Sr. 11.2 ppg. 4 apg.

1 Khalif Wyatt G 6-4 Jr. 17.3 ppg. 2.1 spg.

10 Ramon Moore G 6-4 Sr. 18.1 ppg. 3.4 apg.

 

ST. JOSEPH'S (18-11, 8-6, 2-1)

21 Halil Kanacevic F 6-8 Soph. 7.9 ppg. 8.1 rpg.

11 Daryus QuarlesF 6-6 Soph 5.2 ppg. 2.4 rpg

1  C.J. Aiken C 6-9 Soph. 11.3 ppg. 3.7 bpg.

10 Langston Galloway G 6-2 Soph. 15.5 ppg. 4.5 rpg

35 Carl Jones G 5-11 Jr. 16.1 ppg. 3.2 apg.

Coaches

TEMPLE

Fran Dunphy (442-225 career record)

ST. JOSEPH'S

Phil Martelli (318-220)

SERIES

The Owls have won 10 straight meetings and leads, 88-65.

LAST MEETING

Moore finished with a game-high 21 points at Temple won 78-60 on Jan. 28 at the Liacouras Center.

 

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.

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