DePaul Blue Demons (5-2) vs. Temple Owls (6-3) – Saturday, December 8th, 10:30 a.m. Central – American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Television – ESPNU
Radio – WSCR AM 670
It’s been an up and down season for the Temple Owls.
They have lost games at home to New Hampshire and a close one on the road at UMass. Up until Wednesday night, they were on a roll having won five straight including defeating two top 25 teams, Florida State and West Virginia, to win the Preaseason NIT championship.
Then came a close loss at home to George Washington, where the Owls had an opportunity to tie the game at the buzzer.
Temple may very well be the best opponent that DePaul has faced yet this season. The Owls are currently ranked 86th in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Ratings.
Fran Dunphy’s team is coming off a season where they advanced to the NCAA Tournament and lost to Iowa by 2 points in the opening round, and finished the season at 21-12.
Temple is led by Obi Enechionyia, who leads the team in both scoring (19 points per game) and rebounds (7.8 rebounds per game). Obi is also the team’s best 3-point shooter and is hitting trifectas at a clip of 47.3 percent.
Shizz Alston, Jr. is contributing 12.3 points per game. Daniel Dingle adds 12.1 ppg and is shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc. Quinton Rose is chipping in with 11 points per game.
For DePaul to win, they will need a much better effort than they showed on the road at Northwestern last week.
"Rebounding, defending, and we are definitely going to have to run our sets better than we did (against Lamar)," DePaul guard Eli Cain said of keys to the game. "They're longer and better defensively than Lamar was."
The game will be the first in a doubleheader played at American Airlines Arena on Saturday. Georgetown will face LaSalle in the second game.
The Last Time
On December 22, 2001 in Philadelphia, PA, the Blue Demons defeated the Owls 60-58.
DePaul’s win came on the heels of Sam Hoskin’s tip-in with 2.1 seconds left.
Hoskin finished with seven points and 11 rebounds.
Freshman Quemont Greer scored a then career-high of 25 points to lead all scorers.
David Hawkins led the Owls with 22 points.
NO NAME YR POS HT WT HOMETOWN HIGH SCHOOL
0 Obi Enechionyia Jr. F 6-10 220 Springfield, Va. St. James (Md.) School
1 Josh Brown Sr. G 6-3 195 Newark, N.J. St. Anthony's
2 Alani Moore II Fr. G 5-10 170 Washington, D.C. Friendship Collegiate Academy
3 Shizz Alston, Jr. So. G 6-4 180 Philadelphia, Pa. The Haverford School
4 Daniel Dingle R-Sr. G/F 6-7 225 Bronx, N.Y. St. Raymond's
10 Mark Williams Sr. F 6-8 225 Cleveland, Ohio Montrose Christian
11 Trey Lowe So. G 6-7 165 Ewing, N.J. Ewing
13 Quinton Rose Fr. G 6-8 185 Rochester, N.Y. Bishop Kearney
15 Isaiah Lewis Jr. G 6-4 175 Brooklyn, N.Y. Arlington Country Day
22 Mike Robbins Sr. G 6-4 190 Wynnewood, Pa. Lower Merion
23 Damion Moore Fr. C 6-11 225 Jackson, Miss. Callaway
24 Ernest Aflakpui So. C 6-10 240 Accra, Ghana Archbishop Carroll (Pa.)
25 Steve Leonard R-Jr. G/F 6-6 180 Collegeville, Pa. Perkiomen Valley
32 Ayan Nunez de Carvalho R-Fr. G 6-5 200 Parana, Argentina Escuela Normal Superior