Temple (21-8) at Fordham (6-23)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, March 6, 7 p.m. (et)
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 offensive.
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 their streak.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Temple 77, Fordham 62
03/06 10:37:04 ET