Hooter The Owl
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Men's Basketball

Temple Will Celebrate Hooter the Owl's Birthday on Saturday vs. UCF

PHILADELPHIA - Temple will celebrate Hooter the Owl's birthday on Saturday, Feb. 27 when men's basketball hosts UCF at noon (ESPNews/1210 AM WPHT). The Owls are 17-10 and lead the American Athletic Conference with a record of 11-4, while the Knights stand at 11-15 overall and 5-10 in league play.

Fans can meet many other local mascots at Saturday's game, and enjoy games, face painters, and more on the concourse. The first 1,000 kids ages 14 and under will receive an Owls duffle bag sponsored by the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union. After the game, fans can take part in the picture-taking and autograph session with the Temple players. The Family Four Pack includes four upper level tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for only $80. To purchase tickets, visit owlstix.com

• Temple remains atop the American Athletic Conference standings with a record of 11-4, but had its six-game conference win streak snapped at Tulsa on Feb. 23 in a 74-55 loss.
• Overall, the Owls have won nine of their last 12 games and have a 6-1 record against the next four teams in the conference standings.
• Temple is celebrating Hooter the Owl's birthday on Saturday, and has a perfect 10-0 record since the first time the Owls celebrated their mascot's birthday in the 2005-06 season.
• Sophomore Obi Enechionyia has come on strong of late, and is averaging 15.6 ppg over the last nine contests. Enechionyia hit 6-of-9 from long range en route to a career-high 26 points in a win at Houston on Feb. 21, and was also the Owls' leading scorer at Tulsa with 17 points.
• The Owls trailed by 10 in the second half at Houston before closing the game with an 8-2 run, capped by two free throws from Josh Brown to get the win and avenge a home loss to the Cougars on Jan. 2.
• Temple had won five straight before a home loss to #1/1 Villanova in a Philadelphia Big 5 game on Feb. 17. The Owls narrowed a 23-point gap in the second half to 11 points in the 83-67 loss, but could come no closer.
• Freshman Trey Lowe had a breakout game against Villanova, coming off the bench for a career and team-high 21 points and hitting 5-of-8 shots from long range.
• For the first time this season, Temple had five players reach double figures in scoring in a 77-65 win vs. USF on Feb. 14. Enechionyia and senior Jaylen Bond led the way with 18 points apiece, while Bond made it his seventh double-double of the season with 14 rebounds (tying his season high). 
• With 8.0 rebounds per game, Bond leads the team and ranks eighth in the American Athletic Conference.
• When Temple edged UCF on the road on Feb. 6, 62-60, the Owls gave 10th-year head coach Fran Dunphy his 517th career victory to make him the all-time winningest coach in Philadelphia Big 5 history.
• Senior Quenton DeCosey is Temple's leading scorer this season with 15.9 points per game, ranking third in the conference, and has scored in double figures in 24 of 27 contests. He has scored 1,415 points to rank 27th all-time in program history. When he scores at least 15 points, the Owls are 12-1 this season.
• With a win vs. #8 SMU on Jan. 24, Temple has now taken down a Top 10 team in seven of the last eight seasons.
• With 8.0 made three-pointers per game, Temple leads all teams in the American Athletic Conference.
• As a team, the Owls rank third in the nation in fewest turnovers per game at 9.3. They have recorded single digit turnovers in 16 of 27 games, tallying as few as five (vs. Delaware on Nov. 29 and at USF on Jan. 31).
• The Owls have three regular-season wins over Top 25 teams, the most since 1999-00. This season also marks the first since 1998 that the Owls have beaten two Top 25 opponents on the road. Temple has beaten at least one ranked opponent for nine straight seasons.
• UCF has lost six straight and nine of its last 10, winning only at Tulane by a score of 70-62 on Feb. 4. Redshirt sophomore guard A.J. Davis leads the Knights with 12.2 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game.

Temple vs. UCF
• Temple and UCF are meeting for the seventh time, with the Owls holding a 4-2 lead in the series.
• The Owls have won three straight against the Knights, including a 62-60 win on the road on Feb. 6.
• Both meetings in 2014-15 went to Temple. The Owls won 84-78 at home on Jan. 4 before getting an 86-62 win on the road on Jan. 28.
• The teams met three times in the 2013-14 season, with two of those contests going to overtime. Each won at home before the Knights got a narrow, 94-90 win in double overtime in the American Athletic Conference Tournament first round.

Hooter the Owl's Birthday
The annual celebration of Temple mascot Hooter the Owl's birthday is set for Saturday when the Owls host UCF. Mascots from all around the area will be on hand to help Hooter celebrate his special day. Temple has a strong tradition of success on Hooter's birthday, going 10-0 all-time since the first celebration during the 2005-06 season. 

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