- It's a quick turnaround for Temple men's basketball as the Owls (13-8, 7-3) will face UCF (11-9, 5-4) on Saturday, Feb. 6. The game will tip at noon, less than 40 hours after the conclusion of Temple's thrilling 83-79 overtime win against Tulsa at home on Thursday night. Saturday's contest will be broadcast by ESPNU and 1210 AM WPHT.Headlines
• Temple has won five of its last six contests, including an 89-80 upset of #8 and previously undefeated SMU. The Owls' most recent win was an 83-79 overtime thriller against Tulsa on Feb. 4.
• Senior guard Quenton DeCosey
led Temple with 21 points vs. Tulsa, all scored in the second half and overtime. He had the assist on a three-pointer by senior Devin Coleman
with two seconds left in regulation that forced OT.
• DeCosey has led or tied for the team lead in points in 13 of 21 games. In the Owls' recent win at USF on Jan. 31, he scored a career-high 30 points including 14-of-17 from the free throw line.
• The Owls' only two losses in their past nine games have come in the final seconds both at Memphis (67-65 on Jan. 13) and at East Carolina (64-61 on Jan. 27).
• With the SMU win on Jan. 24, Temple has now taken down a Top 10 team in seven of the last eight seasons.
• Coleman went a perfect 8-of-8 from the field including 7-of-7 from long range against SMU. He scored a career and game-high 23 points, and was named The American's Player of the Week.
• With 516 career wins, 10th-year head coach Fran Dunphy
is now tied with former Owl coach John Chaney as the all-time winningest coaches in Philadelphia Big 5 history. Dunphy has 206 wins at Temple, surpassing James Usilton, Sr
. (205) and moving into third place in all-time coaching wins for the program behind Chaney and Harry Litwack
• With 7.8 made three-pointers per game, Temple leads all teams in the American Athletic Conference.
• As a team, the Owls lead the nation in fewest turnovers per game at 9.4. They have recorded single digit turnovers in 11 of 21 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.
• DeCosey is Temple's leading scorer this season with 16.6 points per game, ranking second in the conference, and has scored in double figures in 19 of 21 contests. He has scored 1,336 points to rank 31st all-time in program history. When DeCosey scores at least 20 points, the Owls are 7-1 so far this season.
• Senior Jaylen Bond
, the Owls' leading rebounder at 8.2 rpg (seventh in the league), missed two games in a row with a lower back injury before returning to action on Jan. 31 at USF. He notched his sixth double-double of the season in the Tulsa win on Feb. 4 with 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
• UCF had lost three straight before winning its most recent game 70-62 at Tulane on Feb. 4. Redshirt sophomore guard A.J. Davis leads the Knights with 13.1 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game.Temple vs. UCF
• Temple and UCF are meeting for the sixth time, with the Owls holding a 3-2 lead in the series.
• 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.One Win To History
Temple head coach Fran Dunphy
is one win away from surpassing former Owl coach John Chaney and becoming the all-time winningest coach in Philadelphia Big 5 history. Dunphy, who became the fifth coach to win 200 games at two schools while taking each to six NCAA Tournaments, is the one of eight coaches to have won 200 or more games at a Big 5 school since the city league was formed in 1955. Below is the list of 200-win coaches in city-series history.
John Chaney (Temple), 516-253 (1982-06)Fran Dunphy
(Penn/Temple), 516-278 (1989-present)
Phil Martelli (Saint Joseph's), 393-269 (1995-present)
Rollie Massimino (Villanova), 357-242 (1973-92)
Jay Wright (Villanova), 338-155 (2001-present)
Jack Kraft (Villanova), 242-96 (1961-73)
Speedy Morris (La Salle), 238-203 (1987-01)
Jack Ramsay (Saint Joseph's), 234-72 (1955-66)Game Notes
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