A Look at the Temple Owls
Courtesy: Mat Schlissel, TowsonTigers.com  
Release: 12/12/2012

The Tiger men's basketball team (4-5) returns to action on Wednesday when they take on Temple (6-1) from the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia at 7pm.

This will be the Tigers' final game of a 10-game road swing to start the regular season. Towson finally makes its home debut this Saturday against North Dakota State at 7pm in the Towson Center.

Temple leads the series 2-0, which includes a 69-46 win in 2007 from Philadelphia.

Temple won its first six game of the season before falling to #2 Duke, 90-67 Saturday from the IZOD Center, in East Rutherford, N.J. Early in the season, the Owls defeated Kent State (80-66), Buffalo (54-39) and Villanova (76-61) on the road. Temple's home victories include wins over Rice (77-63), Delaware (80-75) and Wagner (70-62).

The Owls are coached by Fran Dunphy (140-66), who is in his seventh season.

Temple is a pretty efficient team on offense, shooting 43% from the field and 34% from the three-point range. Defensively, opponents are shooting 43% against them and 33.3% from beyond the arc. They are outstanding defensively, especially at forcing turnovers as they average 9.4 steals per game and teams are committing 15 turnovers per game against them. The Owls are getting outrebounded 35.3 per game to 34.4.

On Saturday against Georgetown, Towson ran into some of the lankiest 6-foot-8 and 6-foot-9 defenders they've ever seen on the court at one time. Now they are taking on a team that features three outstanding senior guards in Scootie Randall (6-6, 225), Khalif Wyatt (6-4, 210) and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (6-6, 215).

Randall sat out last year after suffering a knee injury during the summer. During the 2010-11 season, Randall averaged 10.7ppg and 4.7rpg. After two years, Randall is even better. He leads the team with 15.1ppg, while shooting 41% from the field and 31% from the three-point line along with shooting at a 79% FT clip.

Wyatt is a powerfully-built guard who averaged 17.1 points per game last season and finished as a second-team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection. This season, Wyatt is averaging 13.9 points per game and leads the team with 4.6 assists per game, while shooting 38% from the field and 28% (11-39) from beyond the arc.

Hollis-Jefferson leads the team in steals with 16 and in blocks with 12. He also averages 8.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 3apg. He shoots 45% from the field and 71% from the line.

At the point or lead guard spot is sophomore Will Cummings (6-2, 175), who averages 5.4ppg, while shooting 35% from the field and 75% from the line in 21mpg.

At center, sophomore Anthony Lee (6-9, 230) shoots a sizzling 61% from the field, while averaging 10.6ppg and 6.7rpg.

The top player off the bench is grad student Jake O'Brien (6-9, 220), a transfer from Boston University, who averages 6.6pg and 41% from the field.

Another grad student, T.J. DiLeo (6-3, 210) adds 4.9ppg and 2rpg, while shooting 53% from the floor. Freshman guard Quenton DeCosey (6-5, 180) contributes 4.6ppg, while shooting 59% from the field in just 7.3mpg.

The game will be broadcast in 1090AM WBAL.

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