Temple-St. Joseph's basketball preview

625774906
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Fran Dunphy of the Temple Owls directs his team against the West Virginia Mountaineers in the first half during the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Barclays Center on November 25, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Temple (4-2) at St. Joseph's (3-2)

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Hagan Arena (4,200).

Television: CBS Sports Network

Coaches: Temple, Fran Dunphy (11th season, 218-122; overall, 528-285); St. Joseph's, Phil Martelli (22nd season, 406-275).

Series: Temple leads 89-69.

Last meeting: Dec. 13, 2015, St. Joseph's won, 66-65 at Temple.

Points per game: Temple, 79.0 ppg.; St. Joseph's, 72.8 ppg.

Opponents points per game: Temple, 74.8 ppg., St. Joseph's, 70.4 ppg.

ST. JOSEPH'S

Nov. 12 Toledo, 77-76

Nov. 14 Columbia, 85-65

Nov. 18 Loyola-Chicago 71-57*

Nov. 20 Ole Miss, 68-81*

Nov. 21 N.C. State, 63-73*

*Paradise Jam

TEMPLE

Nov. 11 La Salle, 97-92 OT

Nov. 14 New Hampshire, 52-57

Nov. 17 at UMass, 67-70

Nov. 20 Manhattan, 88-67

Nov. 24 89-86 Florida State*

Nov. 25 81-77 West Virginia*

*NIT Season Tip-Off at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn

TEMPLE

Probable Starters

G Alani Moore, 5-10, Fr., 8.0 ppg., 1.6 apg.

G Shizz Alston Jr., 6-4, So. 12.8 ppg, 5.2 apg.

G Daniel Dingle, 6-7, r-Sr., 13.5 ppg., 4.8 rpg.

F Obi Enechionyia, 6-10, Jr. 20.2 ppg., 9.0 rpg., 3.0 bpg.

F Mark Williams, 6-8, Sr., 4.8 ppg., 3.0 rpg.

Key reserves

G Quinton Rose, 6-8, Fr., 12.8 ppg., 4.0 rpg.

C Ernest Aflakpui, 6-10, So. 5.2 ppg., 6.0 rpg.

ST. JOSEPH'S

Probable Starters

F Charlie Brown, 6-7, Fr., 11.2 ppg., 4.8 rpg.

F Nick Robinson, 6-6, Fr., 4.8 ppg., 4.6 rpg.

F Markell Lodge, 6-7, So. 4.0 ppg., 3.0 rpg.

G Lamarr Kimble, 6-0, So., 14.8 ppg., 3.6 apg.

G Shavar Newkirk, 6-0, Jr., 21.8 ppg., 3.8 apg.

Key reserves
G Chris Clover, 6-3, So., 4.2 ppg.

F Brendan Casper, 6-6, Sr., 3.0 ppg.

F Javon Baumann, 6-8, Gr., 3.8 ppg., 4.6 rpg.

About Temple: It's possible that Temple could see the return of senior point guard Josh Brown, who has yet to play, but he could be getting close.. In the win over West Virginia, Temple had to overcome an 18 point deficit with under 13:30 left...Temple beat ranked teams (Florida State, West Virginia) in consecutive games for the first time ever in the regular season...Enechionyia was named NCAA.com Player of the Week, Big Five Player of the Week, and American Athletic Association Player of the week... Against Florida State and West Virginia, Enechionyia averaged 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5.5 blocked shots in earning MVP honors. ..Quinton Rose was named AAC Rookie of the Week, after averaging 19 points in the two wins in over ranked teams...Alston leads the AAC in steals (3.0 per game) and assist-to-turnover ratio (7.8)...Temple is shooting 37.8 percent from three-point range.

 About St. Joseph's: Shavar Newkirk had 23 points and five assists in the loss to NC State...The Hawks are shooting 65.2 percent from the foul line...In last year's win over Temple, Lamarr Kimble hit a three-pointer with 2:13 to go in overtime to lift Saint Joseph’s to a 66-65 win over Temple in last year's game... Newkirk topped the Hawks in scoring at the Paradise Jam, averaging 21.3 points in the three games... Junior F James Demery is out for a few weeks with a stress fracture...Pierfrancesco Olivia, a 6-8, Sophomore,  is out for the season with a knee injury....The Hawks are shooting 33.3 percent from three point range.