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Houston (14-14) at Temple (7-20)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 1, 9 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Liacouras Center (10,200) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Houston 11-4, Temple 3-8. Away Record: Houston 2-8, Temple 1-9. Neutral Record: Houston 1-2, Temple 3-3. Conference Record: Houston 5-9, Temple 2-13. Series Record: Houston leads, 1-0.

GAME NOTES: Coming off one of their biggest wins of the season, the Houston Cougars have made the trek to Philadelphia to take on the Temple Owls in an American Athletic Conference tilt at the Liacouras Center.

Houston is on a mini-roll of late, having won its last two and three of its last five games overall. The Cougars got a huge boost on Thursday night as they took down No. 21 Memphis, 77-68, at home. They currently sit in sixth place in AAC standings.

Temple was felled by Louisville on Thursday night on the road, 88-66, as the Owls reached 20 losses in a season for the first time in the program's 118- year history. That was the third straight setback for the last-place Owls, and the seventh in their last eight outings overall.

Houston won the only other meeting between these two programs in an 88-74 decision at home back on Feb. 9. TaShawn Thomas had 25 points and nine rebounds as the Cougars snapped a five-game losing streak with the win. Thomas finished 10-of-12 shooting and had six blocks, as the Cougars shot 54 percent for the game, including 11-of-24 from behind the arc.

Danuel House scored 19 points off the bench to help Houston hold off Memphis. TaShawn Thomas scored 16 points to go with seven rebounds and three blocks and Jherrod Stiggers added 14 points for the Cougars. With the score tied at 63-63 with 3:53 remaining, L.J. Rose started the Cougars on their game-ending run with two free throws. House hit a 3-pointer before Dixon cut the lead to three with a layup with 1:33 remaining, but that was as close as Memphis would get.

With a sub-.500 record in conference play, it's not a shock to see Houston giving up more points than it scores on average. The Cougars are netting 70.1 ppg while yielding 71.4 ppg, and they are also being outrebounded (-2.1) and are also slightly in the red with regard to turnover margin (-0.9). They do however, narrowly outshoot the opposition (.450 to .441), and there are three double-digit scorers on the roster, led by Thomas and his 15.8 ppg. Not just an offensive player, Thomas is also a force in the paint, as he pulls down 8.4 rpg while also swatting away 80 shots, both good for second-best in the AAC. If that wasn't enough, he also paces the team in steals with 35. House (13.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg), Stiggers (10.5 ppg) and Rose (8.2 ppg, 5.4 apg) have also made solid contributions.

Will Cummings scored 18 points and Quenton DeCosey had 17 to lead Temple in the loss to Louisville, The Owls played their fifth straight game against a ranked team for the first time ever, including two against the reigning national champion Cardinals. Louisville trailed 2-0, then scored the next 13 points and never looked back. The lead reached 18 just 7:07 into the game, and was 42-29 at halftime and the Owls never challenged after the break.

Temple is shooting a meager 42.6 percent from the field this season, while scoring a decent 73.0 ppg, but is giving up a league-worst 77.6 ppg. Despite failing to reach double figures against the Cardinals, Dalton Pepper has stepped into a leadership role this season and has delivered to the tune of 16.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Cummings has put up big numbers as well at 16.3 ppg, followed closely by DeCosey and Anthony Lee with 15.3 and 13.8 ppg, respectively. However, no other player on the roster is averaging more than 6.7 ppg. Lee leads the AAC in rebounding with 8.8 rpg, but he does not get much help on the glass, as the Owls are near the bottom of the conference in total rebounding (35.6 rpg).

Temple is in the midst of an historically bad season and has little to look forward to as far as postseason play goes. Houston has been playing better of late but would still need a conference championship run to make the NCAA Tournament. The Cougars have much better offensive weapons than the Owls, so expect them to leave the City of Brotherly Love with a win.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Houston 78, Temple 64

03/01 11:53:59 ET

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ECU 56
TEMPL 70
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NCCU 69
NCAT 58
 
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DET 4
ATL 6
 
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TAM 2
BAL 3
 
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PIT 1
NYY 2
 
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HOU 6
PHI 3
 
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MIA 1
STL 4
 
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CHC 6
 
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CIN 3
CLE 9
 
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LOS 6
 
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ANA 3
MIL 2
 
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CHC 2
OAK 2
 
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SEA 9
SDP 4
 
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KAN 5
TEX 4
 
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ARI 4
COL 3
 
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WAS 5
NYM 4
 
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MIN 9
BOS 8
 
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BAL 5
TOR 0
 
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CHI 108
OKC 105
 
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POR 13
DAL 12
 
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MDES 89
MRGST 76
 
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SIENA 71
NIAG 54
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LEH 62
AMER 68
 
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SCAR 74
ARK 78
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LAF 89
BU 64
 
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PETE 63
FAIR 33
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BUCK 90
HC 83
 
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UNF 71
LIP 57
 
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TENNM 65
MORE 76
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COL 72
NAVY 62
 
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ECU 56
TEMPL 70
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FATL 62
UAB 59
 
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FLGC 62
USCU 63
 
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CHAR 84
WKENT 88
 
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MINN 63
WISC 76
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MIZST 48
SILL 55
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COPST 92
DELST 104
 
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FIU 59
MTST 54
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HAMP 69
NORST 80
 
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NCCU 69
NCAT 58
 
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COOK 72
SCST 62
 
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APP 67
TXST 64
 
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GSOUT 76
TXARL 64
 
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LAMON 50
UGST 58
 
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ODU 67
MARS 50
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TXSA 74
RICE 76
 
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FAM 64
SAV 57
 
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LATU 72
SMISS 61
 
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JST 72
ALAAM 54
 
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GRAM 46
ALAST 70
 
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TXSOU 94
ALCOR 73
 
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NICST 77
CARK 70
 
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TAMCC 85
HOUB 72
 
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NARZ 58
PORST 51
 
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LAM 56
SHSU 60
 
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ARKST 76
SALA 81
 
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PVU 63
SOUTH 65
 
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LALAF 75
ARKLR 69
 
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NO 79
SELA 75
 
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INCWORD 58
ABCHRIST 46
 
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MVSU 0
ARKPB 0
 
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ARZ 83
CAL 45
 
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WASH 47
COL 64
 
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WEBER 72
IDAHO 61
 
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UCONN 51
MEM 52
 
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UTEP 83
UNT 60
 
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STEPH 92
NWST 63
 
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SUTAH 69
SACST 65
 
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DAVID 69
VCU 46
 
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IDST 79
EWASH 80
 
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QUIN 58
MAR 61
 
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BEL 84
EILL 55
 
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DRAK 26
BRAD 31
 
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LBSU 30
CSNO 25
 
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UCI 25
CSFU 22
 
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UCD 25
UCR 30
 
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Final
BOS 3
CAL 4
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WAS 1
MIN 2
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PHI 3
STL 1
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FLA 3
DAL 4
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TAM 4
TOR 2
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NAS 3
NYI 4
 
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ARI 1
VAN 0
 
1st
LOS 2
MON 0