Saturday, February 1st, 2014
When: 4:00 pm ET
RPI: Villanova: 3 | Temple: 173
KenPom: Villanova: 14 | Temple: 148
Liacouras Center (Capacity: 10,200)
Where: Philadelphia, PA
TV: CBS Sport Network
Odds: Villanova -11.5
Saturday's matchup between the two Big 5 rivals, Villanova and Temple, will be the 86th meeting between the two schools. The Wildcats hold the edge in the series by a single game, 43-42. The Owls have won 3 of the last 4, including last season's matchup. The Wildcats hold the recent edge winning 6 of the last 10 meetings.
Head to head against Temple, Villanova head coach Jay Wright is 8-5.
The #9 Wildcats take a quick break from Big East conference action as they play in their final, non-conference game of the regular season. The game against Temple is also the final game of Villanova's Big 5 schedule. With victories in hand over Penn, St. Joe's, and La Salle, a win over the Owls would give Jay Wright's squad the school's 22nd Big 5 crown. An owl victory would be a split crown between the Wildcats and their Broad Street foe.
Temple, playing their first season in the American Athletic Conference, is facing unexpected difficulties. The Owls have a 6-13 season record and have won one (against Rutgers) of eight in the conference. Fran Dunphey's squad is 0-3 against ranked teams with losses to Cincinnati (twice) and Memphis.
Dalton Pepper, who started his college career at West Virginia, is Temple's leading scorer at 18ppg. Temple is the only school in the NCAA to have four players averaging in double figures as Will Cummings (16.5), Anthony Lee (14.2), and Quenton DeCosey (15.6) do as well. Lee, the 6'9" junior, is also Temple's interior rock leading the team on the boards grabbing 9.1 rebounds each game.