Underestimating La Salle will translate to Temple loss

Folks at Temple will tell you that Dayton and Richmond are solid basketball teams. And they are right.

However, the Owls had no business losing to those teams.

After beating Duke three days earlier, Temple experienced a letdown game versus Dayton. And it can be argued that the Owls underestimated a Richmond team that graduated four starters from last season’s NCAA tournament Sweet 16 squad.

Well, Temple better not underestimate a La Salle squad he has dominated on Wednesday night in an Atlantic Ten Conference matchup at the Liacouras Center.

If so, the Owls (11-5, 1-2 A-10) are destined to lose.

The Explorers (13-5, 2-1) are off to their best start since the 1990-91 season. And having lost five straight and 13 of the last 16 games against Temple, La Salle is looking to post a statement game.

Here’s a glimpse at the starting lineups and coaches:

PROBABLE STARTERS

TEMPLE (11-5, 1-2 A-10)
32 Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson F  6-6 Jr. 9.6 ppg. 6.4 rpg.
3 Anthony Lee F 6-9 Fr. 5.8 ppg. 6.8 rpg.
4 Juan Fernandez G 6-4 Sr. 11.4 ppg. 4.1 apg.
1 Khalif Wyatt G 6-4 Jr. 16.7 ppg. 2.1 spg.
10 Ramon Moore G 6-4 Sr. 17 ppg. 3.3 apg.


La Salle (13-5, 2-1)
25 Jerrell Wright F 6-8 Fr. 7.8 ppg. 6.4 rpg.
3 Tyreek Duren G 6-0 Soph. 13.5 ppg. 4.6 apg
10 Sam Mills G 6-2 Soph. 12.3 ppg. 2.8 apg.
23 Earl Pettis G 6-5 Sr. 14.7 ppg. 4.1 rpg
55 Ramon Galloway G 6-3 Jr. 15 ppg. 4.5 rpg.

Coaches

TEMPLE

Fran Dunphy (431-225 career record)

La Salle

John Giannini (408-269)

SERIES

Temple leads, 70-40. The Owls won five consecutive and 13 of the last 16 games.

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