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Men’s basketball celebrates Senior Day Sunday with key AAC game with USF

Men's basketball celebrates Senior Day Sunday with key AAC game with USF

PHILADELPHIA — Temple will honor its senior graduates on Sunday (2 p.m. / ESPN+ / 12:10 p.m. WPHT) and look to earn a bye at the upcoming Air Force Reserve American Athletics Conference Men’s Basketball Championships 2022.

A win over visiting South Florida (8-21. 3-14 AAC) would give Temple (16-11, 9-7 AAC) a bye to the first round of the tournament and a likely meeting with Tulane in the quarter. of final. A loss would most likely push the Owls to sixth and a date with 11and seeded in either South Florida or Tulsa in a first-round game.

Temple will also seek revenge against USF, which beat the Owls 52-49 in Tampa on a three-point desperation with 20 seconds on the clock.

GAME PROMOTIONS
> The doors to the IBC entrance (in front of the Liacouras center garage) will open at noon for “Temple on Tap”. From 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., enjoy discounts on domestic products, imports, crafts, food, soft drinks and more behind section 116!
> All other arena gates will open at 12:30 p.m. for Hooter’s Birthday Party activities. Children will have the opportunity to participate in games, meet and receive autographs from local mascots, take pictures with Elsa and Spider-Man, attend a magic act, have their face painted and receive Balloons. All activities will remain open until halftime.
> The “Senior Day” pre-match festivities will begin around 1:45 p.m.
> A fan will have the chance to win a 2022 Audi A4 Sedan!
> After the game, fans are encouraged to come to the side of McGonigle Hall to watch the Temple women’s gymnastics team in action! Simply present your ticket from
Men’s basketball match at the ticket sales table in the lobby of McGonigle Hall and receive a free ticket for the gymnastics match which starts at 4:30 p.m.

SCOUTING TEMPLE
> Damien Dunnwho has scored in double digits a team-high 20 times, leads the Owls in scoring (14.7 ppg/7th AAC) and free throw percentage (112-135, .830/5th AAC).
> Jeremiah Williams, who has missed four of the last five games (shoulder), remains questionable. He’s second on the team in points (9.5 ppg) and tops the Owls in assists (4.3 apg, 5th AAC), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.94/4th AAC) and interceptions (30).
> Tai Strickland is averaging 8.5 points per game (3rd on the team). He exploded for a career-high 27 points in the SMU win and had 11 points in his first college start at Cincinnati.
> Zach Hicks (8.0 points per game), which has averaged 12.1 points and 6.4 rebounds over the past eight games, leads the Owls with 55 three-pointers. He’s been scorching lately, making 49 of his treys in the last 16 games, including a school-best 10 treys against Delaware State.
> Nick Jordan (7.0 ppg), which scored a career-high 23 at Tulsa, leads TU in blocks (1.7 bpg/2nd AAC) and offensive rebounding (2.4 pg/4th AAC) while being second in overall rebound (5.3 rpg/18th AAC).
> White Jahlil (7.34 ppg), who came off the bench to tie his career high (17 pts) in Memphis, leads the team in rebounds (5.8 rpg / 12th AAC).
> Hysier Millerwho has averaged 8.7 ppg and 3.7 apg since joining the starting lineup at Tulane, scored a career-high 16 points at Memphis.


SOUTH FLORIDA SCOUTING
> South Florida has lost seven of its eight games since losing to Temple 52-49 on Feb. 7 in Tampa. The only victory dates back to two games (February 26) in Cincinnati, 56-54.
> The Bulls are a tough defensive team, ranking second in the AAC (64.7 points per game), three spots ahead of the Owls (67.7).
> USF is led by Caleb Murphy and Javon Greene. Both Murphy guards lead the team with 11.4 ppg and assists (95) while Greene leads the team in three-pointers (42) and the AAC in steals (1.8 pg) with an average of 9.2 points per game.
> Jamir Chaplin and Russel Tchewa were mainstays of the starting five with Chaplin third on the team in points (8.8 ppg) and third in rebounds (4.4 rpg) while Tchewa tops the the team in rebounds (5.5 rpg) and is fourth in points (7.9 ppm).
> South Florida has struggled to score this season, averaging a league-low 57.8 points per game.

SERIES HISTORY
> Temple and South Florida have met 19 times, with the Owls leading 13-6 in the series.
> South Florida have won three of the last four meetings, including a 52-49 win at Tampa this season on Feb. 7.
> The Owls had won 11 straight before falling at home in the 2019-20 season.
> South Florida has won three of seven meetings in Philadelphia, including the last two games at Liacouras Center.
> USF won two of three meetings last season, with all three competitions also being the Owls’ final games of the season. Temple won the first, 83-76, in Tampa before losing the last two, 65-47 in Philadelphia and 73-71 at the AAC tournament in Dallas.
> The first meeting of the series took place 10 years ago in the NCAA Second Round at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The Bulls won by a score of 58-44 after leading Temple 19-15 at halftime. USF also won the first-ever meeting as conference opponents on January 9, 2014, 75-82, but did not win again until the 2019-20 campaign.