Duquesne (7-16) at Temple (16-7)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 14, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Liacouras Center (10,206) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television:None. Home Record: Duquesne 6-6, Temple 10-2. Away Record: Duquesne 1-9, Temple 5-4. Neutral Record: Duquesne 0-1, Temple 1-1. Conference Record: Duquesne 0-9, Temple 5-4. Series Record:Temple leads, 40-14.
GAME NOTES: The Duquesne Dukes continue their search for their first Atlantic 10 Conference win of the season in the City of Brotherly Love, as they take on the Temple Owls at Liacouras Center.
Temple leads the series 40-14, including a 21-5 advantage in games played in Philadelphia. Duquesne has won just three of the past 19 meetings, with all three wins coming at home.
Jim Ferry's first season at the helm of the Dukes' program has been anything but a smooth ride. Duquesne suffered its 11th straight loss on Saturday when it dropped a 73-65 decision at home to Xavier. The team is now 0-9 in A-10 action, making it the only school left in the conference without a win over a league foe. The prospects of a victory in Philadelphia seem slim for the Dukes, as they are just 1-9 on the road with the lone win coming by just a point over Appalachian State of the Southern Conference.
Duquesne started three freshmen in the loss to the Musketeers. Quevyn Winters tallied his career-bests with 19 points and four assists while swingman Jeremiah Jones chimed in with 11 points. Derrick Colter, who paces the team with 12.7 points and 5.0 assists per tilt, finished with just eight points. The rookies failed to lock down the interior, which led to a 32-18 advantage for Xavier in points in the paint. During their winless campaign through the A-10, the Dukes have been outscored by 13.1 ppg.
As for the Owls, they are coming off of a 72-71 decision at Dayton that marked their third win in four games. Fran Dunphy's squad has risen to 16-7 overall and 5-4 in league play with its recent surge. Temple continued to thrive behind the leadership of senior point guard Khalif Wyatt versus the Flyers, as he tallied 20 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with just seven seconds left. The Owls managed to win the contest despite shooting 43.1 percent from the floor and going 10-of-22 at the charity stripe to Dayton's 48.0 percent shooting and 19-of-33 showing at the free-throw line.
Temple is one of the most frustrating teams in the A-10 this season as it has shown the ability to play with anybody with wins over Syracuse, Saint Louis, and Charlotte, but also the ability to look dismal in losses to St. Bonaventure, Canisius, and Saint Joseph's. The Owls have the fifth-best scoring offense in the A-10 with 69.0 ppg, but they are tied for ninth on the other end with the same amount allowed. Wyatt nets a team-best 18.9 ppg, while Anthony Lee posts 11.3 points and a team-best 7.7 boards per tilt.
In their own building, Temple should be able to fend off the struggling Dukes. The Owls' previous three games have been decided by just a single point each, but this game presents an opportunity to win more comfortably. Duquesne's youth and inexperience could actually help it, as the group of freshmen will be hard to prepare for and have very little pressure on them.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Temple 73, Duquesne 64
02/14 10:41:01 ET