Thursday, February 11, 2016

Things to watch in Owls vs. Hawks game

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.

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)
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.

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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.

Staff Writer
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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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