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- After a week lay-off, the Temple men's basketball team returns to the hardwood Sunday when the Owls host Delaware at the Liacouras Center (2:00 p.m./OwlAccess/1210 AM WPHT). It is Parent-Child Layup Day and immediately following the game, all kids ages 14 and under – with an accompanying adult – can come onto the court and score a basket.
Temple will be looking for its first 3-0 start under head coach Fran Dunphy
. The last time an Owl team opened a season with three consecutive wins was the 2000-01 season when the Cherry and White posted a 24-13 record and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight. Senior swingman Scootie Randall
leads the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 23.5 scoring average while his 75 percent (12-16) shooting from the field ranks second in the league to teammate Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson
(10.5 ppg/81.8 fg%).
Senior guard Khalif Wyatt
(13.0 ppg.) also averages in double figures while leading the team in assists (6.0 apg.) and steals (2.0 spg.). Sophomore Will Cummings
(2.5 ppg.) rounds out the starters while graduates T.J. DiLeo
(5.5 ppg.) and Jake O'Brien
(4.5 ppg.) provide depth off the bench as does junior Dalton Pepper
Delaware, under the direction of seventh-year head coach Monte Ross, has his team off to a 2-3 record. The Blue Hens are coming off a trip to Madison Square Garden for the Preseason NIT?Final Four where UD dropped tough games to Kansas State (66-63)?and Pittsburgh (85-59). The Blue Hens scored a huge 59-53 win at Virginia to advance to the Garden Party behind 15 points from junior Devon Saddler. Saddler (21.6 ppg.) leads the UD attack while sophomore Jarvis Threatt (10.4 ppg.) also scored in double figures. Seniors Josh Brinkley (9.0 ppg.) and Jamelle Hagins (8.8 ppg.) also provide solid offensive threats while Hagins tops the team in rebounding (11.8 rpg.)?and blocks (2.0 bpg.).
Temple leads the series, 37-6, and has won the last 17 meetings. The last Delaware win came on January 3, 1963, 64-52 at The Palestra.