Detroit (19-10) at Temple (19-8)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 28, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Liacouras Center (10,200) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Detroit 13-2, Temple 11-3. Away Record:
Detroit 6-8, Temple 7-4. Neutral Record: Detroit 0-0, Temple 1-1. Conference
Record: Detroit 11-4, Temple 8-5. Series Record: Detroit leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: Non-conference foes will meet at the Liacouras Center in
Philadelphia on Thursday night, as the Temple Owls entertain the Detroit
The game was originally scheduled for Dec. 28 as part of the Gotham Classic
but was rescheduled because of weather-related issues.
Following a thrilling Tuesday night win at home against Loyola-Chicago
(76-75), Detroit clinched the No. 2 seed in next week's Horizon League
Tournament, which results in an crucial double-bye. The Titans have now won
seven of their last nine games to climb to 19-10 overall and 11-4 in
Since suffering a terrible home loss to last-place Duquesne on Feb. 14
(84-83), Temple has gotten back on track with three straight victories, most
recently collecting an outstanding road win at Charlotte last Saturday, 71-51.
The Owls are 19-8 overall and 8-5 in the tough Atlantic 10 Conference, and
they will have a great chance to ascend in the standings by closing out the
regular season with matchups against Rhode Island, Fordham and VCU.
These two teams have met just once before, with Detroit winning way back in
After coughing up a nine-point halftime lead, Detroit trailed Loyola in the
waning seconds its last time out but Jason Calliste converted the game-winning
layup as time expired to lift the team to a dramatic victory. The Titans shot
50 percent from the field in the first half, but only 40.7 percent in the
final 20 minutes. They kept the game close by dominating the turnover battle,
15-6. Ray McCallum played all 40 minutes and cashed in with 22 points, five
assists, five rebounds and two steals, Nick Minnerath tallied 21 points and
Doug Anderson finished with 14.
Not only are the Titans the Horizon League's top scoring team, but they at
tied for seventh in the nation as they pour in 78.9 ppg, and they are led by
the efforts of McCallum. The favorite to be named the HL Player of the Year,
McCallum shoots greater than 50 percent from the field for a league-high 19.1
ppg, while ranking second in both assists (4.7 pg) and steals (1.9 pg).
Minnerath (15.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg) and Calliste (13.9 ppg) are also stellar scoring
options, with the pair combining for 111 3-pointers. Rounding out the double-
digit scorers is Doug Anderson, who nets 11.7 ppg on nearly 54 percent
Temple jumped out to a 15-point halftime lead over Charlotte last time out,
and never looked back as it outshot the 49ers from the field in the blowout
victory, 48.3 percent to 27.4 percent. Scootie Randall shot 7-of-12 from
floor, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range, for a team-high 18 points. Khalif
Wyatt scored 12 points and dished out seven assists, while Jake O'Brien took
advantage of 22 minutes off the bench to log 10 points.
The Owls have one of the most potent scoring offenses in the A-10, netting
71.7 ppg, and their scoring defense, which ranks a distant 12th (67.4 ppg) is
strong enough for them to sport a +4.3 scoring margin. Wyatt is the league's
top scorer with 19.4 ppg, and he does a lot of his damage from 3-point range
(61-of-177) as well as the free-throw line (138-of-169). He also ranks among
the league leaders in assists (4.1 apg) and steals (1.6 spg). Complementing
Wyatt is an impressive trio of forwards in Randall (11.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg),
Anthony Lee (10.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and Rahlir Hollis Jefferson (9.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg,
1.8 spg, 1.2 spg).
While this late-season matchup won't affect either team's standing in their
respective conferences, it is a crucial resume' builder as both have NCAA
Tournament aspirations. In what is sure to be a high-scoring bout, Temple gets
the edge at home, especially considering Detroit's modest road effort this
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Temple 81, Detroit 75
02/28 10:36:18 ET
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