Temple won't sleep on Penn

Penn's Miles Cartwright. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Fran Dunphy wants folks to realize that facing Penn won't be a breather.

The Temple coach knows the Quakers (3-14, 0-3 Big 5) have lost nine of their last 10 games. He’s also aware that Wednesday's Big 5 game at the Liacouras Center is considered, on paper, a break from what has been a brutal Atlantic-Ten stretch for the Owls (12-5, 1-0). Temple is a 20-point favorite over the program Dunphy coached before coming to North Broad Street in 2006.

“But a Big 5, Philly game is the same,” Dunphy said of comparing the intensity surrounding City Series games to A-10 tilts. “So it’s certainly not stepping out of character on any stretch.”

Temple has won five straight and eight of the last nine meetings against Penn.  The Owls needed overtime to win last season’s game, 73-67.  Dunphy also points out that Temple struggled at times in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 meetings.

“We’ve won the games,” he said. “But we haven’t played better than Penn. So I’m very concerned.”

Penn forward Fran Dougherty will miss his eighth consecutive game with mononucleosis.

The 6-foot-8 junior leads the Ivy League in rebounding (8.8 per game) and ranks third in both scoring (15.7 points per game) and field-goal percentage (52.5).

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


TEMPLE (12-5, 1-0 Big 5)

32 Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson F 6-6 Sr. 8.3 ppg. 5.4 rpg.
3   Anthony Lee F 6-9 Soph. 11.5 ppg. 7.3 rpg.
33 Scootie Randall G/F 6-6 Sr. 11.3 ppg 6.9 rpg.
1   Khalif Wyatt G 6-4 Sr. 17 ppg. 3.8 apg.
2   Will Cummings G 6-2 Soph. 5.5  ppg. 1.7 spg.

PENN (3-14, 0-3)
3   Henry Brooks, Jr. F 6-8 Soph. 5.6 ppg. 3 rpg.
10 Darien Nelson-Henry C 6-11 Fr. 6.8 ppg. 3.3 rpg
0   Miles Cartwright G 6-3 Jr. 13.1 ppg. 3.3 rpg.
4   Jamal Lewis G 6-0 Fr. 3.9 ppg. 2.4 rpg.
22 Steve Rennard G 6-2 Jr. 4.1 ppg. 1.8 4pg.


Fran Dunphy (456-233 career record)

Jerome Allen (42-57)

The Owls hold a 44-22 advantage and have won the last five meetings.

Temple prevailed, 73-67, in overall at the Palestra on Nov.14, 2011.