PHILADELPHIA - Having won three straight and five of its last six, Temple men's basketball has momentum as the Owls (13-10, 5-6) return home to host ECU (9-13, 3-8) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. (ESPNews / 1210 AM WPHT).
> At halftime of Wednesday's game, over 350 Temple student-athletes will be recognized for having a fall semester grade-point average of 3.0 or above.
> Temple is in the midst of a strong stretch, having won three straight and five of its last six including an overtime win vs. #16/16 Tulane on Feb. 1.
> Most recently, the Owls won 83-76 on the road at Tulane, a team previously 9-3 on its home court. Freshman Nate Pierre-Louis
came off the bench for a team-high 18 points, while junior Shizz Alston, Jr.
notched his first career double-double with 15 points and 10 assists - the first points/assists double-double since Will Cummings
in Dec., 2014. For his efforts last week, Alston was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll.
> This is the 11th season in a row in which Temple has defeated a Top 25 program after the Owls had a couple huge defensive stops and prevailed in overtime against #16/16 Wichita State. Five scored in double figures for Temple for the first time since Nov. 19, led by sophomore Quinton Rose
with 19 points.
> The Owls have now scored 80 or more points in three straight games for the first time since defeating Manhattan, #25 Florida State and #19 West Virginia on Nov. 20, 24 and 25, 2016.
> The freshman class has been very impactful as of late, particularly Pierre-Louis who ranks third on the team in scoring for AAC games (10.8 ppg) and scored a career-high 23 points vs. Memphis.
> Rose is the Owls' leading scorer with 14.3 ppg, ranking 10th in the league. Junior Shizz Alston, Jr.
is averaging 13.1 ppg (16th in the AAC).
> The Pirates are 9-13 overall and 3-8 in the AAC after splitting back-to-back overtime games at home. They fell 71-69 to Tulane in OT on Jan. 31, but rebounded for an 88-85 OT win vs. Memphis on Feb. 3.
> Prior to the Memphis win, ECU had dropped six of its last seven and eight of its last 10.
> Four players are averaging double figures in scoring for ECU, led by senior guard B.J. Tyson at 14.3 ppg.
> Junior guard Isaac Fleming leads the team and ranks second in the AAC with 5.0 assists per game, while also averaging 12.1 ppg.
> Last year's ECU team finished a 15-18 overall, beating Temple in the AAC First Round before falling in a close game against SMU in the quarterfinals.
> Temple and East Carolina are meeting for the eighth time after beginning the all-time series in 2014-15. Temple leads, 4-3.
> The teams split meetings in the regular season last year, with Temple winning 81-62 at home on Jan. 7 but falling 78-64 at East Carolina on Feb. 17. ECU then bested Temple in the AAC Tournament, winning 80-69 in the first-round contest.
> The Owls and the Pirates also split regular season meetings in 2015-16, with Temple winning 78-60 at home on Jan. 9 before losing 64-61 in Greenville on Jan. 27.