George Washington (8-15) at Temple (17-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 8th, 6:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Liacouras Center (10,206) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: Comcast. Home Record: GW 5-6, Temple 8-1. Away Record: GW 1-8, Temple 7-3. Neutral Record: GW 2-1, Temple 2-1. Conference Record: GW 3-6, Temple 6-2. Series Record: Temple leads, 50-16.
GAME NOTES: The Temple Owls bring their six-game win streak home to Broad Street this evening, as they host the George Washington Colonials in an Atlantic 10 Conference bout at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.
Winners of seven of their last eight outings overall, the Owls recorded a convincing 73-56 triumph versus Rhode Island on the road last Saturday afternoon, which means the team is now 6-2 in conference play and that has them all alone atop the A-10 standings coming into this week.
As for the Colonials, a team which opened 2011-12 with four wins in five tries, they have a mere four wins dating back to the last week of November. Over the weekend the team coughed up an 86-75 loss to UMass at home, marking the fourth straight setback for GW as it fell to 3-6 in conference play.
The Owls own a huge 50-16 advantage in the all-time series with GW, thanks in part to a 57-41 win in the most recent matchup a year ago.
Tony Taylor nailed all but one of his 12 free throws over the weekend, finishing with 26 points and five assists, but still the Colonials could not take care of business at home versus UMass. Dwayne Smith accounted for 16 points and backup David Pellom responded with nine points, 10 rebounds and three assists in the setback as the squad shot a dismal 2-of-16 behind the three-point line and was charged with 14 turnovers. The leading scorer for the Colonials in each of the last three games, Taylor is now averaging 14.1 ppg to pace the program, his 100 assists also the top mark in that category as well. Lasan Kromah is responsible for 10.6 ppg and 5.8 rpg, the latter mark pacing the group, but his mere 60.4 percent shooting at the charity stripe is indicative of the overall effort of the Colonials (.658) at the line thus far.
Ahead by eight points at the break versus URI, the Owls went to work on defense and limited the Rams to just seven field goals in the second half, making it that much easier for the visitors to cruise to the 17-point win at the Ryan Center. Ramone Moore led three players in double figures with his 22 points, although his mere 2-of-7 showing behind the three-point line was disappointing. Khalif Wyatt and Aaron Brown responded with 16 and 15 points, respectively, as the team made good on 51.8 percent from the floor. Moore, who has at least had a share of the scoring lead for the Owls in each of the last five outings, is one of the top scorers in the conference with his 18.0 ppg, while Wyatt checks in with 16.4 ppg and Juan Fernandez another 11.5 ppg as the trio combines to hand out 227 assists over the first 22 games of the campaign. Because of his efforts recently, Moore was named the A-10 Player of the Week on Monday.
In looking at the records for each of these teams it is clear that the Colonials are at a huge disadvantage with just one win in nine road dates, while Temple is a near-perfect 8-1 at home. While there is always a chance that anything could happen, the stats suggest this is a game that belongs to the Owls.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Temple 73, George Washington 60
02/08 10:31:32 ET