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Owls must remain hungry against Explorers

Folks on North Broad Street will tell that 22d-ranked Temple is finally receiving national respect. And they're right. Despite their dominance, the Owls didn't receive a national ranking until Monday. But Temple better not let the national attention go to its head.

Owls must remain hungry against Explorers

Temple´s Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson scored 19 points in the Owls´ victory over La Salle in January. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)
Temple's Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson scored 19 points in the Owls' victory over La Salle in January. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)

Folks on North Broad Street will tell that 22d-ranked Temple is finally receiving national respect. And they’re right.

Despite their dominance, the Owls didn’t receive a national ranking until Monday.

But Temple better not let the national attention go to its head.

Remember what happened after the Owls relaxed after upsetting Duke?

Three days later, Temple experienced a let-down game versus Dayton. The loss is still mind-boggling.

Temple better not relax in Wednesday night’s Atlantic Ten and Big Five game against La Salle at Tom Gola Arena.

If so, the Owls (21-5, 10-2 A-10, 2-0 Big Five) are destined to lose.

The Explorers (18-9, 7-5, 1-2) are motivated to snap their six-game losing streak to Temple. And La Salle is tough to beat at home. The Explorers are 12-1 at their arena.

So Temple needs to play like a team still searching for respect.

Here’s a glimpse at the starting lineups, coaches' record and series information:

TEMPLE (21-5, 10-2 A-10, 2-0 Big Five)

32 Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson F 6-6 Jr. 8.8 ppg. 6.7 rpg.

50 Micheal Eric F 6-11 Gr. 7.3 ppg. 7.8 rpg.

4 Juan Fernandez G 6-4 Sr. 11.5 ppg. 3.9 apg.

1 Khalif Wyatt G 6-4 Jr. 17.0 ppg. 2.1 spg.

10 Ramon Moore G 6-4 Sr. 18.2 ppg. 3.3 apg.

La Salle (18-9, 7-5, 1-2)

25 Jerrell Wright F 6-8 Fr. 9.5 ppg. 6.0 rpg.

3 Tyreek Duren G 6-0 Soph. 13.7 ppg. 4.2 apg

10 Sam Mills G 6-2 Soph. 11.3 ppg. 2.6 apg.

23 Earl Pettis G 6-5 Sr. 14.7 ppg. 4.1 rpg

55 Ramon Galloway G 6-3 Jr. 14.7 ppg. 4.8 rpg.

COACHES

TEMPLE

Fran Dunphy (441-225 career record)

La Salle

John Giannini (413-273)

SERIES

Temple leads, 71-40. The Owls won six consecutive and nine of the last 10.

LAST MEETING

Hollis-Jefferson had a career-high 19 points as Temple won 76-70 on Jan. 18 at the Liacouras Center.

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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