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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 23, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Liacouras Center (10,000) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: Penn 2-3, Temple 7-2. Away Record: Penn 1-8, Temple 4-2. Neutral Record: Penn 0-3, Temple 1-1. Conference Record: Penn 0-1, Temple 2-2. Series Record: Temple leads, 44-22.
GAME NOTES: Big Five foes collide at the Liacouras Center, as Philadelphia rivals Temple and Penn take a break from their conference slates to battle one another on Wednesday evening.
Fran Dunphy's Owls have a couple of big wins on their resume this season, highlighted by an upset of former No. 1 ranked Syracuse on Dec. 22. The Atlantic 10 slate has been a bit more challenging for Temple, which is 2-2 in- conference thus far. The team had a brief two-game win streak halted last weekend in an 81-78 shootout loss to St. Bonaventure.
Jerome Allen's Quakers have struggled throughout the 2012-13 campaign and come in with just three total wins and those victories coming over less than stellar competition in UMBC, Binghamton and NJIT. Penn is playing its second straight Big Five foe, after getting routed by Saint Joseph's this past weekend, 79-59.
Temple holds a 44-22 edge in the all-time series with Penn and has won each of the last five meetings and is 11-1 against the Quakers at home.
The Quakers aren't exactly an offensive juggernaut and the loss of Fran Dougherty (15.7 ppg) to mononucleosis since late December has not helped matters. Penn's only reliable scoring threat now is Miles Cartwright. Despite shooting a mere .384 from the field, Cartwright is netting 13.1 ppg. Tony Hicks is the next best scoring option, but is netting just 7.2 ppg.
Saint Joseph's took over the game late in the first half, and never let the Quakers back into it. Penn committed a season-low 10 turnovers but could not take advantage, hitting just 25-of-65 shots in the game. Darien Nelson-Henry was the only Quaker to notch double digits in the loss, finishing with 17 points.
Temple knocked down 12 3-pointers against the Bonnies, but was unable to put the game in the win column. The Owls spoiled another strong outing from Khalif Wyatt, who knocked down 10-of-13 shots and finished with 31 points. Jake O'Brien added 16 points off the bench, while T.J. DiLeo and Scootie Randall added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Wyatt has really turned it on over the last month or so and currently ranks second in the A-10 in scoring at 17.0 ppg. He also serves as the team's top distributor at 3.8 apg. Anthony Lee (11.5 ppg) and Randall add to the team's scoring punch with 11.5 and 11.3 ppg, respectively. Lee and Randall are also key contributors on the glass, averaging 7.3 and 6.9 rebounds, respectively.
Wyatt is playing at a really high level right now. Penn is simply lacking in terms of personnel to earn a road win against the Owls in this one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Temple 71, Penn 53
01/23 10:35:12 ET
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