FACTS & STATS: Site: Rose Hill Gym (3,200) -- Bronx, New York.
Television: none. Home Record: TU 13-3, FU 4-6. Away Record: TU 7-4, FU 0-15.
Neutral Record: TU 1-1, FU 2-2. Conference Record: TU 9-5, FU 2-12. Series
Record: Temple leads 40-13.
GAME NOTES: In an Atlantic 10 Conference matchup between a hot team and a cold
one, the struggling Fordham Rams will host the Temple Owls at the Rose Hill
Gym on Wednesday night.
Temple is coming off a 76-70 win over Rhode Island. It was the fifth win in a
row for the Owls who are hoping to close out the regular season strong. After
facing Fordham, Temple will head back to the Liacouras Center to host Virginia
Commonwealth in a nationally televised game.
The Rams most recently suffered a loss at Saint Joseph's, 82-56. It was the
ninth consecutive loss for Fordham which has won just one game in its last 13
outings. This will be the final game at home this season for the Rams before
heading to St. Bonaventure to close out the regular season. The Rams were
without Chris Gaston, one of their top players, who has missed 14 games on and
off this season, but should be back for this matchup.
Temple holds a 40-13 advantage in the all-time series between the squads and
has won the past six meetings. Last year the Owls swept the Rams with a 78-60
win in Philadelphia and an 80-60 win in the Bronx.
Khalif Wyatt continued his strong play in the win over Rhode Island, leading
Temple with 24 points. Jack O'Brien supplied a double-double with 16 points
and 10 rebounds, while Will Cummings and Scootie Randall added 15 points each.
Cummings had four steals and Randall pulled down eight rebounds, while Rahlir
Hollis-Jefferson led the team on the boards with 13 rebounds, including seven
Wyatt has been the Owls' top performer this season, averaging nearly 20.0 ppg
to lead the A-10 and shooting over 82.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Randall adds 11.7 ppg but has struggled from the field, shooting below 40.0
percent. They have recently been without the play of Anthony Lee who scores
10.6 ppg and is their top rebounder, grabbing 7.0 rpg. Lee is questionable
with a hip-pointer that he suffered a couple of weeks ago in practice.
Ryan Canty led the Rams with a solid double-double performance in the loss to
the Hawks. Canty pulled down 16 rebounds and scored 14 points, while shooting
7-of-11 from the field. Mandell Thomas was Fordham's top scorer with 15 points
but shot just 5-of-15 from the field to go with his eight rebounds. Branden
Frazier was the final Ram to score in double figures, managing 11 points.
Fordham shot just 33.3 percent from the field and hit on only 5-of-24 attempts
from 3-point range, while allowing Saint Joseph's to shoot 50.0 percent from
the floor and 10-of-24 from long-range.
Frazier is the squad's leading scorer this season, posting 14.2 ppg but shoots
a very poor 33.8 percent from the field and just 28.3 percent from beyond the
arc. Gaston follows closely behind in scoring with 14.0 ppg. Gaston also pulls
down 7.7 rpg but in his absence it has been Canty who grabs 7.0 rpg and while
he scores just 6.1 ppg, he shoots 56.6 percent from the field. Fordham has one
of the worst defenses in the nation and allows 76.1 ppg.
This late in the season there isn't much room to show improvement, but in
order to close the season strong the Rams need to allow Canty to get going
more offensively to offset their poor defense. The Owls should have no problem
with this matchup as the Rams will have to wait another game to snap out of