Men's Basketball Holds White Out Game For Defending National Champ #13/8 Louisville Friday

Men's Basketball Holds White Out Game For Defending National Champ #13/8 Louisville Friday

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- Following a one-day postponement due to weather issues, Temple is looking for a "White-Out" as it hosts #13/8 Louisville, the defending NCAA champion, on Friday, Feb. 14 at 6:00 p.m. The first 8,000 fans will receive white t-shirts for the game, which will be broadcast on ESPN2. Five teams in the American Athletic Conference are now ranked in the Top 25, and Temple's next five games are against four of those teams.


• This contest has been designated as Temple's third annual "White-Out" Game, and 8,000 white t-shirts will be distributed to fans courtesy of Hoot Squad and Cross River Realty.

• Temple is currently the only team in Division I to have four players averaging 14 or more points per game.

• Prior to Friday's game, the Owls have faced the defending NCAA champion 10 times since the early 1950's, winning once vs. Villanova in 1985.

• For the first time in program history, Temple will play five straight games against teams in the Top 25. The Owls faced four in a row in 1995-96.

• Temple will be looking to continue an impressive streak, as the unranked Owls have defeated a top-10 team in each of the last five seasons. This will mark their second chance in 2013-14 after falling to #9/9 Villanova on Feb. 1.

Dalton Pepper tops the team in scoring (17.5 ppg, 4th AAC), three-pointers (2.8 pg, 1st AAC) and 3-pt percentage (.408, 10th).

Anthony Lee (14.0 ppg) leads the conference in rebounding (9.2 rpg), and has 10 double-doubles on the season.

• The Owls' top four scorers, who have accounted for 83 percent of the team's points, produced just 26 percent of last year's total points.

Quenton DeCosey (15.2 ppg, 9th AAC) scored in double figures in the first 17 games of the season and has done so in 20 of 22 overall.

Will Cummings is second on the team and fifth in the league with 16.4 ppg, and has scored in double figures in 18 of 20 games played.

• Temple and Louisville are meeting for the sixth time, but first since 2002 when the Owls beat the Cardinals in Louisville, 65-62 in the NIT 2nd Round.

• Louisville coach Rick Pitino's first season with the Cardinals ended with that NIT loss to Temple on March 19, 2002, bringing UofL's record to 19-13.

• Four players also average in double figures in scoring for Louisville, led by senior guard Russ Smith with 18.3 ppg (2nd in AAC) and sophomore forward Montrezl Harrell with 12.6 ppg to go with a team-best 8.2 rpg (3rd in AAC).
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