PHILADELPHIA - Temple men's basketball's first true road game of the season takes the Owls (5-1) to SEC foe Missouri (3-2) for an 8 p.m. Central/9 p.m. Eastern game on Tuesday, Nov. 27 (SEC Network / 1210 AM WPHT). Temple started the year 4-0 at home and then went 1-1 in neutral site games at the Barclays Center.
> Temple is off to a strong 5-1 start for the season, which is the Owls' best start since the 2012-13 team was 8-1 before dropping its second game.
> The Owls' lone loss was by a six-point, 57-51 margin to VCU in the Legends Classic in Brooklyn on Nov. 19. Temple rebounded a day later for a 76-59 win over Cal in the tournament's third-place game.
> Temple battled back from an early 17-point deficit to lead VCU by four with five minutes left, but the Rams closed on an 8-1 run. Junior Quinton Rose
scored a game-high 23 points, while senior Shizz Alston, Jr.
recorded his second career double-double with 15 points and a career-tying 10 assists.
> Alston, Jr. leads the team with 17.8 points per game while Rose is close behind with 17.3 ppg. Senior Ernest Aflakpui
is the team's rebounding leader at 7.2 rebounds per game, followed closely by sophomore Nate Pierre-Louis
with 7.0 rpg.
> Pierre-Louis was named to the Legends Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 10 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 3 assists in the two games. He was the only Owl to score in double figures vs. VCU with 11 points.
> Alston, Jr. scored 25 points vs. Georgia, getting his 1,000th career point early in a 16-point second half. He is the 53rd player in program history to reach the 1,000 point plateau and has now scored 1,053 points. Alston's 25-point effort came on the heels of scoring a career-high 30 points in the win over Detroit Mercy.
> Also scoring 25 points vs. Georgia was Rose who made 11-of-24 field goals. Rose is also eyeing the 1,000-point mark, currently with 919 points.
> After a 1-1 start to the season, the Tigers finished 2-1 at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands before Thanksgiving. Missouri bested Kennesaw State and Oregon State before most recently falling to Kansas State, 82-67.
> The Tigers, in their second season under head coach Cuonzo Martin, finished an impressive 20-13 in Martin's first season in 2017-18 and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, falling to Florida State in the first round. It was the nation's third-best turnaround after Mizzou finished 8-24 the year prior.
> Three players average in double figures in scoring for Missouri, led by senior Jordan Geist with 12.8 points per game. Sophomore Mark Smith and senior Kevin Puryear average 11.6 and 10.2 ppg, respectively, with both also pulling down a team-best 6.0 rebounds per game.
Series History vs. Missouri
> Temple and Missouri are meeting for just the fourth time, with the Tigers holding a 2-1 lead in the series.
> The teams last met in 1993 with Temple winning 75-61 in the NCAA Tournament First Round in Salt Lake City. Current associate head coach Aaron McKie
and teammate Eddie Jones each scored 24 points while grabbing eight rebounds.
> In the 1988-89 season, the 17th-ranked Owls lost 91-74 to eighth-ranked Missouri in double overtime as part of the Tournament of Champions in Charlotte, N.C.
> Missouri also won the very first meeting in 1982 as a #10 team, taking down the Owls 76-68.