The 4-2 Saint Joseph's Hawks will look to win their third in a row on Wednesday night when they visit the 3-3 Temple Owls.
Temple is also riding a two-game winning streak, with back-to-back wins over Georgia and UAB to their resume. After opening the season with a win over Penn, Temple lost three in a row: to Kent State, Towson, and Clemson.
Temple has four players averaging in double-digit points, led by point guard Will Cummings at just over 18 a night. Dalton Pepper, Quenton DeCosey, and Anthony Lee (pictured above) are Temple's other double-digit scorers.
St. Joe's should have a major advantage on the interior Wednesday night, with Ron Roberts playing at an all-league level. Halil Kanacevic should also be a factor for St. Joe's up front against a front court that is unproven outside of Anthony Lee.
One key to this game should be how well Chris Wilson, Langston Galloway, DeAndre Bembry, and Daryus Quarles match up in the backcourt against Temple's Cummings, DeCosey, and Pepper. The Cummings-Wilson match-up in particular is worth monitoring, as is the DeCosey-Bembry match-up.
Temple opened up as three-point favorites over the Hawks. If St. Joe's can exploit the Owls inside with Roberts and Kanacevic, they should have a very realistic chance of leaving North Broad with a win, a 5-2 record, and top 15 Villanova coming to campus on Saturday night.
Flipping from this year's Hawk team to the future, Cardinal Hayes (NY) senior point guard Shavar Newkirk had 19 points in a season-opening win over Iona Prep today. Newkirk, who will battle for minutes at the point next year on Hawk Hill, possesses tremendous speed and the ability to blow by opposing defenses.
St. Joe's assistant coach Dave Duda watched 2016 Germantown Friends (PA) wing Austin Harriot this afternoon, as first reported by City of Basketball Love's Jeff McDevitt. Harriot had 17 points in the loss to Penn Charter, per McDevitt.
Check back with Hawk Hill Hardwood tomorrow night for full post-game coverage of the Hawks' game at Temple.
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