FACTS & STATS: Site: UD Arena (13,435) -- Dayton, Ohio. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Temple 10-2, UD 10-3. Away Record: Temple 4-4, UD 1-5. Neutral Record: Temple 1-1, UD 2-1. Conference Record: Temple 4-4, UD 3-5. Series Record: Temple leads, 16-12.
GAME NOTES: The Temple Owls and Dayton Flyers are set for a Saturday morning Atlantic 10 Conference matchup at UD Arena.
Temple has split its last four contests and is coming off Wednesday's 89-88 win over Charlotte. The Owls stand at 15-7 overall but are in the middle of the pack in the crowded A-10 standings.
Dayton is a game behind Temple in the conference pecking order and is looking to build on Wednesday's 60-54 triumph over Saint Joseph's, which snapped a two-game slide. The Flyers have gone 10-3 on their home floor this season.
Temple leads the all-time series, 16-12.
Despite scoring a season-high 89 points and leading virtually from wire to wire in their last outing, the Owls had to sweat out Wednesday's one-point victory over Charlotte. While the Owls shot a season-best 53.4 percent from the floor , they also allowed Charlotte to shoot an even better 60 percent, including an efficient 7-of-10 from beyond the arc. Still, Temple was able to hang on at the final buzzer after nearly coughing up a 13-point lead. Khalif Wyatt led all scorers with 25 points, while Jake O'Brien added 22 points off the bench behind a 4-of-5 effort from the perimeter. Wyatt has been the focal point of the offense throughout the season as he tops the A-10 with 18.9 points per game. Wyatt is adept at drawing contact and getting to the foul line, where he has converted 116-of-141 attempts (.823). Anthony Lee (11.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg) and Scootie Randall (10.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg) round out the Owls' double-digit scorers.
For Dayton, guard Kevin Dillard leads the way with 14.9 points and 4.6 assists per contest, while he is shooting at a 40-percent clip from beyond the arc (42-of-106). Vee Sanford (12.5 ppg) and Josh Benson (10.0 ppg) are also averaging double figures, and Devin Oliver mans the paint with 9.1 points and a team-best 8.4 rebounds per tilt. The Flyers are one of the better rebounding teams in the A-10, as they boast a +4.5 margin on the boards. Against Saint Joseph's earlier this week, they held a 35-27 rebounding advantage for the game. Dillard scored 18 of his team-high 23 points after halftime, helping UD rally back from a seven-point deficit. He scored the Flyers' final nine points of the game, including a huge 3-pointer that put them ahead for good with just over two minutes to play. Oliver and Dyshawn Pierre combined for 18 points and 19 boards in the win.
On paper, these are two fairly evenly matched teams. Give a slight edge to the Flyers, who are playing at home and have a key late-game weapon in Dillard. The senior point guard is a perfect 30-for-30 at the charity stripe in the final two minutes of games this season.