USF Men's Basketball Preview - Temple

The South Florida Bulls (9-6, 0-2) hope to pick up their first American Athletic Conference win this evening on the road against the Temple Owls (5-7, 0-2).

For the first time in program history, the South Florida Bulls (9-6, 0-2) have a chance to improve to 4-0 in true road games this evening against the Temple Owls (5-7, 0-2) on ESPNU at 7:00 p.m.. So far in 2013, the Bulls have picked up road victories against Bradley, Bowling Green and George Mason.

For the Bulls, they'll be without stud point Anthony Collins (knee) for the sixth consecutive game. To prove the importance of his absence, Collins has led South Florida in assists every game he's suited up for the Bulls this season.

For the Owls, they're led by the conference's second leading scorer, Will Cummings, who averages 17.8 points per game on 47 percent shooting. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Jacksonville native is also averaging 3.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists on the year, including 31 point outing last time out against UCF.

Cummings isn't the only having a terrific season in the Owls' backcourt. Dalton Pepper, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound senior shooting guard, has been on all season long. Pepper is averaging 16.7 points and 5.8 rebounds, while shooting 48 percent from the field and 40 percent from downtown. Three games ago against LIU Brooklyn, Pepper finished with 26 points on 6-for-8 shooting from three-point range.

Another member of the Owls' high power backcourt attack is 6-foot-5, 180-pound sophomore swingman, Quenton DeCosey. On the year, DeCosey has scored in double figures in every game, including a season low 11 points in an overtime loss against the University of Texas. The New Jersey native is averaging 15.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists on 46 percent shooting, including 41 percent from behind the long line.

Upfront in the paint for the Owls, 6-foot-9, 230-pound junior, Anthony Lee, does all the dirty work and is efficient inside the paint. Not making a single three-pointer in his three years at Temple, Lee is shooting 50 percent from the field and is averaging 13.7 points and 9.4 rebounds a game in 28 minutes a contest.

With four Owls averaging double figures for the year, there should be no surprise that Temple ranks fourth in the conference in scoring with 78.2 points per game, but give up 75.4 points per game, which puts them at the bottom of the conference in scoring defense.

The two teams have met just once, which resulted in a 58-44 win in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2012.

Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. inside the Liacouras Center and can be seen on ESPNU.


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