Things to watch in Owls vs. Hawks game

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Temple will need a strong performance from guard Juan Fernandez to earn a win. (Charles Fox/Staff Photographer)

Here are three things to watch out for when Temple entertains St. Joseph's in Saturday's 4 p.m. Atlantic Ten Conference game at the Liacouras Center.

Can Micheal Eric provide another spark off the bench? Temple's 6-foot-11 center, who was playing in his second game back from a fractured right kneecap, finished with six points, nine rebounds, and three blocked shots in 17 minutes against Charlotte on Wednesday.

Who will win the guards matchup? Temple has arguably the best three-guard tandem in the Atlantic Ten in Khalif Wyatt, Ramone Moore, and Juan Fernandez. However, the Hawks' Carl Jones and Langston Galloway are also standouts.

Can St. Joe's duplicate Wednesday's performance? The Hawks ended a three-game skid with an impressive 77-63 victory over conference power Dayton. Fifty of St. Joe's points came after intermission.

PROBABLE STARTERS

TEMPLE (14-5, 3-2 A-10)
32 Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson F  6-6 Jr. 9.5 ppg. 6.4 rpg.
3 Anthony Lee F 6-9 Fr. 5.8 ppg. 6.6 rpg.
4 Juan Fernandez G 6-4 Sr. 11.5 ppg. 4.3 apg.
1 Khalif Wyatt G 6-4 Jr. 16.3 ppg. 2.1 spg.
10 Ramon Moore G 6-4 Sr. 17.2 ppg. 3.1 apg.


St. Joseph’s (13-8, 3-3)
21 Halil Kanacevic F 6-8 Soph. 7.8 ppg. 6.9 rpg.
11 Daryus QuarlesF 6-6 Soph 4.5 ppg. 2.3 rpg
1  C.J. Aiken C 6-9 Soph. 11.6 ppg. 4.3 bpg.
10 Langston Galloway G 6-2 Soph. 16.3 ppg. 4.5 rpg
35 Carl Jones G 5-11 Jr. 16.7 ppg. 3.5 apg.

Coaches

TEMPLE

Fran Dunphy (434-225 career record)

St. Joseph’s

Phil Martelli (313-217)

SERIES

The Owls have won the last nine meetings.

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