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Tigers @ Owls | NCAA Basketball

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Tigers @ Owls | NCAA Basketball

By Don Phillips

Memphis Tigers at Temple Owls
7:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 03, 2016
Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

TV: ESPNU (PBP, Alex Faust; Color, Malcolm Huckaby)
Radio: 1210 AM WPHT (PBP, Harry Donahue; Color, John Baum)
Live Stats:
Twitter Updates: @TUMBBHoops

Series: Memphis leads, 8-7
at Temple: Memphis leads, 4-2
at Memphis: Tied, 3-3
at neutral sites: Temple leads, 2-1
First Meeting: Temple, 71-64 @ Temple (1/17/53)
Last Meeting: Memphis, 67-65 @ Memphis (1/13/16)
Last Temple win: 80-75 @ American Quarterfinals (3/13/15

Memphis Tigers (16-13, 7-9 American)
HEAD COACH: Josh Pastner (Arizona ‘98)
Overall Record: 164-71 (7th Yr.)
at School: Same
vs. Temple: 3-2
LAST TIME OUT: W, 92-82 vs. Tulsa 2/28/2016
Pts: Dedric Lawson (15.5 ppg)
Rebs: Dedric Lawson (9.3 rpg)
Assists: Ricky Tarrant, Jr. (3.4 apg

Temple Owls (18-10, 12-4 American)
HEAD COACH: Fran Dunphy (La Salle ‘70)
Overall Record: 521-281 (27th Yr.)
at School: 211-118 (10th Yr.)
vs. Memphis: 2-3
LAST TIME OUT: W, 63-61 vs. UCF 2/27/2016
Pts: Quenton DeCosey (15.9 ppg)
Rebs: Jaylen Bond (7.9 rpg)
Assists: Josh Brown (4.7 ap)

After the first two games of the season, head coach Fran Dunphy used the same starting lineup for 10 games in a row. That group included sophomore Obi Enechionyia (out for season opener due to injury), junior Josh Brown, senior Jaylen Bond, senior Devin Coleman and senior Quenton DeCosey. Dunphy then mixed up his lineup for five straight games, replacing Coleman and Enechionyia with a combination of freshmen Ernest Aflakpui, Levan Shawn Alston, Jr. and Trey Lowe, redshirt junior Daniel Dingle and junior Mark Williams. Aflakpui started in six straight games, the most of anyone outside the five who started in 10 straight. The Owls went 5-1 while switching up the lineup each game.

They then kept the same lineup for three games, going 2-1 including a win over #8 SMU. The starters switched yet again for the Tulsa game on Feb. 4, a lineup that was used in four straight games and seven of the last eight, all but one of them wins for the Owls (Brown, Bond, DeCosey, Dingle, Enechion). America’s Bookie patrons made out like a bandit when betting on this lineup!

Junior point guard Josh Brown leads the American Athletic Conference in minutes played at 35.7 minutes per game, and it’s not hard to see why. Brown has proven that the Owls’ are in good hands, literally, when he has the ball. Over the past seven games, Brown has dished 36 assists while turning the ball over just five times. He recorded zero turnovers in three of those contests, and recently tied his career high with nine assists in a win vs. UCF on Feb. 27. Brown’s 4.7 assists per game this season rank fourth in the league, while his assist to turnover ratio of 3.6 is tops in the conference and 12th in NCAA Division.

Memphis is coming off a 92-82 win vs. Tulsa on Feb. 28 after losing its two previous games to USF and SMU. The Tigers won five in a row early in the season, but have since won or lost no more than two in a row. Freshman guard Dedric Lawson and senior forward Shaq Goodwin lead Memphis with 15.5 and 15.1 ppg, respectively. The two are also the team’s rebounding leaders with 9.3 and 8.1 rpg, respectively.
Selection: Temple