PHILADELPHIA - The start of the 2017-18 American Athletic Conference slate has arrived for Temple men's basketball, as the Owls (7-4) host Tulane (9-3) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28 (ESPN2 / 1210 AM WPHT). Temple is 22-13 in conference openers dating back to 1982 when the Owls joined the Atlantic 10.
> Temple begins American Athletic Conference play at home against Tulane, a team the Owls have won six contests in a row against.
> Most recently, the Owls struggled in a non-conference match at Georgia on Dec. 22, falling 84-66 despite a career-high 27 points from senior forward Obi Enechionyia
>Enechionyia hit a career-high seven three-pointers (7-of-9), the most by a Temple player since Devin Coleman
went 7-for-7 in an upset of #8 SMU on Jan. 24, 2016.
> Sophomore guard and leading scorer Quinton Rose
(16.6 ppg) posted a career-high 27 points in the Owls' loss to #1/1 Villanova on Dec. 13, but has struggled since. Rose scored just five points vs. Drexel, and was held scoreless in the first half at Georgia before scoring 13 points in the second.
> The Owls stand at No. 13 in the NCAA Division I RPI, ranking as the best team in the American Athletic Conference.
> Either Rose or junior guard Shizz Alston, Jr.
(14.7 ppg) have led or tied for the team lead in scoring in 10 of 11 of Temple's games in 2017-18.
> Enechionyia became the 52nd player in program history to reach 1,000 points with his 16-point effort at La Salle on Nov. 26. Enechionyia has now scored 1,091 career points and is just one rebound away from 500, currently with 499.
> The Green Wave won five in a row to start the season, and are now 9-3 overall after the conclusion of non-conference play.
> The Green Wave are coming off a 77-73 win over South Alabama on Dec. 21.
> After finishing the 2016-17 season at 6-25, Tulane has already improved its win total this year.
> Three players average in double figures in scoring for the Green Wave, led by Melvin Frazier and Cameron Reynolds at 16.8 ppg and 16.5 ppg, respectively.
> Frazier, Reynolds and Samir Sehic (10.8 ppg) all average between six and seven rebounds per game to lead Tulane.
> Temple and Tulane are meeting for the 10th time, with the Owls holding a 7-2 lead in the all-time series.
> Temple has won six straight including all five meetings since the teams have both been members of the American Athletic Conference. Last year, Temple won 79-71 at Tulane on Jan. 31 and then took a thriller in double overtime at home on Feb. 25, winning 86-76.
> The teams met just once in 2015-16, in New Orleans, with the Owls winning 64-56 to clinch the American Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship on March 6, 2016.
> Prior to the first meeting in 2014-15, the teams had not faced each other since 1996.