Men's College Basketball
Preview
Temple at Delaware
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 18, 2014
Where: Bob Carpenter Center, Newark, Delaware

Temple looks to bounce back from an ugly loss to nationally ranked Villanova when it visits winless Delaware for a non-conference affair Thursday. Coach Fran Dunphy's squad lost by 23 to the Wildcats, and face another nationally ranked squad in Kansas on Monday, but the Owls can't afford to look past a Blue Hens team that is looking to get a win before Christmas. Delaware is one of only three winless teams remaining in Division I - along with Central Arkansas and Florida A&M - a club that Monte Ross would like his team to get out of as soon as possible.

The Owls will get a boost with the additions of Massachusetts transfer Jesse Morgan and Clemson transfer Devin Coleman, both of whom become eligible for the first time for this contest. Morgan averaged 13.4 points for the Minutemen before suffering a knee injury last season, while Coleman scored 5.4 points a game with the Tigers. Those two join a potent scoring pair in Will Cummings (14.8 points) and Quenton DeCosey (14.7), giving the Owls more offensive options to help diversify the offense a bit.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, no TV

ABOUT TEMPLE (6-4): By this point of the season, most teams have their rotations set, with players understanding their roles and the expectations of them. But Temple is going to have to change things midstream with transfers Morgan and Coleman becoming available to play, although the duo has been practicing with the team, with Dunphy wary about upsetting his team's chemistry. “It is difficult to change your team's dynamics in the middle of the season, and that's what we're going to have to pay attention to,” Dunphy told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “You've got to figure out substitution patterns and, most important, you have to have everyone buying in. It's going to be interesting, but I think this group is ready to make the necessary adjustments.”

ABOUT DELAWARE (0-7): While the Blue Hens might not have a win to their credit yet this season, Ross sees his team playing with the right attitude, not giving up no matter what their deficit in an effort to get that first victory. Down 19 in the second half to Delaware State in its last outing, Delaware fought back to pull within nine with just over six minutes to play, an effort that - while it didn't bring a win - made Ross quite happy. “As a team, we're built a certain way; we're built to play until the final buzzer,” Ross told the Newark Post. “We kept fighting, that's what we asked these guys to do and that's what they did.”

TIP-INS

1. Delaware will get some reinforcements with senior G Kyle Anderson, playing for the first time this season after hand surgery, and junior F Marvin King-Davis coming back from a hamstring injury that has sidelined him since the season opener.

2. DeCosey has scored in double figures in all nine games since the season opener, averaging 16.1 points over that stretch.

3. Cummings ranks eighth through Tuesday's games among all Division I players in free throws made this season with 61 and is on pace to set the Temple school record with his 6.1 made free throws per game.

PREDICTION: Temple 68, Delaware 61



Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Temple 6-4 L1 5-0 0-2 1-2 2-1 4-3 0-0
Delaware 0-7 L7 0-2 0-5 0-0 0-3 0-4 0-0
Last Meeting
Temple Delaware
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/25/12 DEL 75 TEM 80 80 28 48.1 75 27 56.9
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Temple S. Randall 18 37.5 3
Delaware J. Hagins 29 64.7 7
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Temple S. Randall 8 2 6
Delaware J. Hagins 12 3 9
Assists Player  
Temple K. Wyatt 7
Delaware T. Rogers 3
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Temple W. Cummings 148 31.2 61
Delaware C. Hayes 108 29.1 26
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Temple W. Cummings 61 13 48
Delaware M. Jeffers 31 17 14
Assists Player  
Temple W. Cummings 31
Delaware K. Holden 25
Quickchart Matchup
Temple Off vs  Delaware Defense
62.4 Points For
72.9 Points Against
36.2 FG%
43.3 FG%
34.5 Reb
37.6 Reb
Delaware Off vs  Temple Defense
54.7 Points For
63.0 Points Against
32.0 FG%
39.0 FG%
37.6 Reb
34.2 Reb