Temple (6-15) at Houston (11-12)
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DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 9, 2 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479) -- Houston, Texas. Television:
ESPNews. Home Record: Temple 2-6, Houston 8-4. Away Record: Temple 1-6,
Houston 2-6. Neutral Record: Temple 3-3, Houston 1-2. Conference Record:
Temple 1-8, Houston 3-7. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: Both the Temple Owls and Houston Cougars will try to end losing
streaks as they clash in an American Athletic Conference showdown at Hofheinz
Temple has lost two games in a row and 10 of its last 11 games altogether. In
the inaugural year of the AAC, the Owls are occupying the basement in the
conference standings at 1-8 - tied with UCF - nine games back of conference
leader Cincinnati. The Owls are coming off a 75-52 torching at the hands of
Houston is on a five-game losing streak, and has lost seven of its last eight
games, including a 77-62 defeat against Louisville. Oddly, the team both
Temple and Houston defeated for their last wins was Rutgers. The Cougars are
3-7 in the AAC this season.
This meeting will represent the first-ever clash between Temple and Houston as
new members of the AAC. The two programs will meet up later this season on
March 1 at Temple.
Temple was outscored by double-digits in each of the two halves of play
against SMU Thursday night. The Mustangs jumped ahead at the end of the first
half, and took a 12-point lead into the intermission. Temple could never
recover. Dalton Pepper led the Owls with 15 points and added seven rebounds in
the loss, while Anthony Lee notched a double-double with 12 points and 11
rebounds. Will Cummings chipped in 10 points and dished out a team-high five
assists for Temple.
Pepper leads the team this season in scoring with 17.5 ppg on 45.2 percent
shooting from the floor. Pepper's 27 steals in a high for the Owls this year,
and his 5.2 rpg average is second only to Lee's 9.2 rpg total. Lee chips in 14
ppg this season for Temple. Cummings is second in scoring at 16.6 ppg, and
Quenton DeCosey is third with 15.3 ppg. Cummings is first on the squad with 81
Louisville took a 19-point lead at the half over Houston in the Cougars' last
outing, and survived any comeback attempt Houston attempted in the second
period. The Cardinals held on for the 15-point victory. TaShawn Thomas and
Jherrod Stiggers each netted 14 points to pace Houston in the losing effort.
Thomas added eight rebounds to his stat line, but turned the ball over a team-
high four times. Danuel House added 11 points for the Cougars.
Thomas and House are the top two scorers this season for Houston, leading the
pack as the only two players to average double-digit point totals. Thomas is
the team leader at 15.8 ppg with an impressive 59.6 percent shooting average
from the floor. His 8.7 rpg mark is also first on the Cougars, along with 67
blocked shots and 27 steals. House averages 12.7 ppg. L.J. Rose leads the team
with 89 assists on the year.
Both the Owls and Cougars are suffering through tough first seasons as members
of the brand new AAC. Houston and Temple both have one or two go-to scorers,
but the Cougars have more in terms of role-player depth. At home, Houston
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Houston 71, Temple 63
02/09 10:17:48 ET
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