- Postponed by one day due to snow, Temple men's basketball will host #8 SMU on Sunday, Jan. 24 at noon on ESPN2. The Owls have won four of their last five games, and are looking to upset the only undefeated team left in Division I. SMU comes into Sunday's game at 18-0 overall and 7-0 in the American Athletic Conference, while Temple stands at 10-7 overall and 4-2 in league play.Headlines
• Temple has won four of its last five games, and is coming off a 62-49 Philadelphia Big 5 win against La Salle at the historic Palestra on Jan. 20. Senior Quenton DeCosey
and junior Josh Brown
led the Owls with 12 points apiece.
• The Owls' most recent American win was a thrilling, double-overtime victory against Cincinnati, 67-65 on Jan. 16. DeCosey scored a game-high 22 points, while senior Devin Coleman
came off the bench for 15 points.
• Sunday's game gives Temple its second chance in 2015-16 to defeat a Top 10 team. The Owls achieved that feat for five straight seasons through 2012-13, and did so again in 2014-15 against #10 Kansas. Temple already has two wins over Top 25 teams this year, and has now had at least one win over a ranked opponent for nine straight seasons.
• Temple's only loss since Jan. 2 was a narrow, 67-65 defeat at Memphis in the final seconds. The Owls tied the game on a Brown layup with two seconds left, but a foul on the next possession sent the Tigers to the free throw line.
• This season marks the first since 1998 that the Owls have beaten two Top 25 opponents on the road (#22/23 Cincinnati on Dec. 29, #23/24 UConn on Jan. 5).
• DeCosey is Temple's leading scorer this season with 15.6 points per game, ranking fifth in the American Athletic Conference, and has scored in double figures in 15 of 17 contests. He has scored 1,252 points to rank 38th all-time in program history.
• Senior Jaylen Bond
recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and a season-high 14 rebounds at Memphis, while Brown led the Owls with a season-high 15 points along with seven assists.
• The Owls' 55-53 win at #23/24 UConn on Jan. 5 was the 200th win for head coach Fran Dunphy
in his 10 seasons at Temple. He is now one of just five Division I coaches with 200 or more wins at two different schools, while also taking each school to six or more NCAA Tournaments.
• With 513 wins, Dunphy is just four wins away from surpassing former Owl coach John Chaney and becoming the all-time winningest coach in Philadelphia Big 5 history.
• As a team, the Owls are ranked second in the nation in fewest turnovers per game at 9.2. They have recorded single digit turnovers in 10 of 17 games, tallying as few as five (vs. Delaware on 11/29).
• Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown returns to Philadelphia for a third time with the Mustangs. Brown, who served as the Philadelphia 76ers head coach from 1997-03, led the city's NBA team to the 2001 NBA Finals with current Temple assistant coach Aaron McKie
earning NBA Sixth Man of the Year that season.
• SMU is the only undefeated team in Division I, and its 18-0 start is the best in program history. Despite the success and a #8 ranking in the AP Poll, the Mustangs are not eligible for any postseason play due to NCAA sanctions.
• Senior guard Nic Moore, the 2015 American Player of the Year, leads SMU with 15.6 ppg and 4.9 apg. Temple vs. SMU
• Temple and SMU are meeting for the eighth time with SMU holding a slim, 4-3 lead in the all-time series.
• SMU took three meetings from Temple in 2014-15, winning both in the regular season and taking the Owls out of the American Athletic Conference Tournament in the semifinals. The Mustangs won 60-55 at Temple on Jan. 14 and 67-58 at home on Feb. 19, before winning 69-56 in the tournament. Temple let double-digit leads slip away in all three contests.
• The teams split meetings in 2013-14, with SMU winning 75-52 at home on Feb. 6, but the Owls coming back for a 71-64 home win over the #23 Mustangs just 10 days later on Feb. 16.
• Prior to meeting as American opponents in 2013-14, the most recent meeting was in 1955-56 when the Owls beat the Mustangs 90-81 in the NCAA Final Four third-place game.
• Both coaches have played eight games vs. the other team, but only the most recent five with their current school.
• The first meeting between the teams was in 1937-38, with Temple earning a 53-41 win at the Philadelphia Arena.
• SMU head coach Larry Brown is 7-1 all-time against Temple, with two of those wins coming as head coach of Kansas (1985-86 and 1986-87) and a third being with UCLA (1980-81).
• Fran Dunphy
faced SMU three times while at Penn, winning in 1989-90 and 1990-91 and losing once in 1995-96.Ticket InformationFans should use Saturday's men's game ticket for entry into the Liacouras Center on Sunday. Plus, enjoy $1 hot dogs at the game – as part of Dollar Dog Day! Temple Athletics will be offering a ticket exchange for fans who are unable to attend the Temple-SMU game due to the change in dates. Fans may exchange their tickets to the Temple-SMU game for comparable seats to one of the following three upcoming games:Thursday, February 4 vs. Tulsa at 7:00 p.m.Sunday, February 14 vs. USF at 3:00 p.m.Thursday, March 3 vs. Memphis at 7:00 p.m.All ticket exchanges must take place at the Liacouras Center during normal box office hours (Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) or on game day at the Liacouras Center Box office beginning three hours prior to game time. Customers must present their unused game ticket(s) in order to make the exchange. No refunds will be issued.*** The 13th Annual Owl Club Auction – originally scheduled for 1/23 – will now take place at the Temple-UConn game on Thursday, February 11 at 7 p.m. at the Liacouras Center. Download the Auction App to start bidding today. Visit HERE for more information.
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