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Thursday's City Six game: Cincinnati at Temple

Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER

Updated: Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 10:58 AM

Temple's Nate Pierre-Louis shooting in front of Tulane's Jordan Cornish last Thursday.

No. 19 Cincinnati (12-2, 1-0 American Athletic Conference) at Temple (7-6, 0-2)

Thursday, 9 p.m., at the Liacouras Center.

TV: ESPN2

Radio: 1210 WPHT-AM

Livestream: http://www.espn.com/watch/

Coaches: Mick Cronin, 12th season at Cincinnati (249-147; overall, 318-161); Fran Dunphy, 12th season at Temple (237-142; overall, 547-305).

Series: Cincinnati leads, 19-9.

Last meeting: Despite 25 points by Shizz Alston, Temple lost at Cincinnati, 81-74, on Jan. 18, 2017.

The latest: Temple freshman guard Nate Pierre-Louis equaled his season high with 11 points in Saturday’s 76-73 loss at Houston. Pierre-Louis, who is strong on defense, has been receiving more playing time after seeing limited action earlier in the season. … The Owls are looking to snap a three-game losing streak that began with an 84-66 loss at Georgia and continued with a home defeat to Tulane, 85-75, and Saturday’s loss at Houston. … Sophomore swingman Quinton Rose leads the Owls in scoring (16.5 ppg.). Alston averages 15.2 ppg. … Cincinnati has won five in a row, including Sunday’s 84-48 victory over visiting Memphis in which 6-foot-5 sophomore guard Jarron Cumberland had 15 points and seven rebounds. Gary Clark added 13 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. … The Bearcats’ two losses have been at Xavier and against Florida in Newark, N.J. … Cincinnati is second in the AAC in both scoring offense (80.9 ppg.) and scoring defense (59.1).

Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER

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