Temple (0-0) at Penn (0-0)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 9, 5 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Palestra (8,722) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Television: None. Home Record: Temple 0-0, Penn 0-0. Away Record: Temple 0-0,
Penn 0-0. Neutral Record: Temple 0-0, Penn 0-0. Conference Record: Temple 0-0,
Penn 0-0. Series Record: Temple leads, 43-19.
GAME NOTES: The earliest Big 5 game in history takes place on Saturday
evening, as the Temple Owls take on the Penn Quakers at the legendary Palestra
Temple head coach Fran Dunphy is facing one of his former players in Penn
coach Jerome Allen, and the Owls are seeking their seventh straight win in a
series they have dominated over the years (43-19).
Temple is embarking on its first season as a member of the brand new American
Athletic Conference after previously calling the Atlantic 10 Conference home.
Dunphy, who enters his eighth year with the Owls, served as Penn's coach for
17 seasons and led the team to 10 Ivy League championships. He is 6-1 against
his former club, and Temple is looking to up the ante after logging a 24-10
record last season.
Penn went just 9-22 in 2012-13, dropping eight of its 14 Ivy bouts along the
way, but Allen is confident that his team will bounce back this season. The
Quakers have called the Palestra home since it opened in 1927, and they
currently have the third-most victories (803) nationally of any team in one
The usually defensive-minded Owls showed a different side to their game last
season, as they averaged 72.2 points, while yielding 67.9 ppg, that latter
figure ranking them in the bottom half of the A-10 standings. A return to
stingier times may be in order however, as Dunphy seeks a suitable replacement
for last year's A-10 scoring champion Khalif Wyatt (20.5 ppg). In all, the
Owls must figure out a way to overcome a loss of 73 percent of last season's
offensive production, and that process will involve guys like junior Will
Cummings (5.8 ppg, 1.8 apg, 1.4 spg) and senior Dalton Pepper (2.9 ppg).
Others who will need to elevate their effort include Quenton DeCosey (1.9
ppg), who led the team in scoring on its recent trip to Europe, and Anthony
Lee (9.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg), a decent two-way performer who will need to perform
even better as Temple hopes to make some noise in a league that presently
boasts outstanding teams like Louisville (defending national champs), Memphis
The Quakers haven't had the kind of success under Allen they experienced with
Dunphy, but that's not to say there isn't talent on the roster. All five
starters return this season, and while some may view that as a negative
considering the team won only nine games in 2012-13, others believe that the
experience gained will be invaluable. Senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright (13.5
ppg, 3.8 apg) is expected to be the club's anchor, as the bulk of the offense
is likely to run through him. Fran Dougherty (13.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg) should add to
the mix, but he appeared in only a dozen games last season due to injury. At
6-foot-11, Darien Nelson-Henry (7.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg) will help clog the middle,
while guards Tony Hicks (10.4 ppg) and Jamal Lewis (3.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg) round
out the starting five. Henry Brooks, Jr. (6.5 ppg) is another guy who could
prove to be a valuable piece to the puzzle for Penn, which will need to play
well at both ends of the floor today, and all season long in what should be a
very competitive Ivy League.
This should be a good early test for both squads, and while technically a road
game for the Owls, they will get off on the right foot with a hard-fought
victory against a long-time rival.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Temple 67, Penn 60
11/09 10:31:14 ET
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