Site: Gampel Pavilion
Time: Wednesday, 9 p.m.
TV: CBS Sports Network (Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Swin Cash)
Radio: WTIC-AM 1080, WILI-AM 1400, WELI-AM 960, WGCH-AM 1490, (Joe D'Ambrosio, Wayne Norman)
Series history: Tied, 7-7
Last meeting: UConn 77-62, March 12, 2016 in AAC Tournament at Orlando, Fla.
Streaks: Temple, W1, UConn, W1
Temple (10-7, 1-3 AAC)
2 ALANI MOORE II, G, 5-10, Fr., 8.4 – Shooting 44.3 percent (31-for-70) on three-pointers
3 SHIZZ ALSTON, Jr. G, 6-4, So., 12.6 – Has 73 assists, 21 turnovers, 31 steals
4 DANIEL DINGLE, G, 6-7, Sr., 12.1 – Scored 15 in Temple win over UConn last Feb. 11
0 OBI ENECHIONYIA, F, 6-10, Jr., 14.6 – Scored 26 vs. St. Joseph's Nov. 30
24 ERNEST AFLAKPUI, F, 6-10, Jr., 4.6 – Had 13 points, 10 rebounds vs. East Carolina
13 QUINTON ROSE, Fr, 6-8, Fr., 10.4 – Averaging 23.1 minutes off bench, shooting 45.6
UConn (6-9, 1-3)
15 RODNEY PURVIS, G, 6-4, Sr., 13.1 – Scored 17 in win over UCF, made AAC honor roll
2 JALEN ADAMS, G, 6-3, So., 15.5 – Leads AAC with 5.8 assists, 7.0 league play
35 AMIDA BRIMAH, C, 7-1, Sr., 7.0 – Highest career FG percentage, 65.6, in UConn history
12 KENTAN FACEY, F, 6-10, Sr., 6.5 – Averaging 8.0 rebounds in conference play
5 VANCE JACKSON, F, 6-8, Fr., 3.4 – Is 9-for-14 from floor last two games
1 CHRISTIAN VITAL, G, 6-1, Fr. 7.3 – Averaging 28.1 minutes, tops for UConn freshman
What To Watch
Trouble with Temple: The Huskies have had problems with Temple since they became league rivals, losing four in a row before beating the Owls in the AAC Tournament last season. Coach Fran Dunphy is known to get the most from his talent, and his teams have been at their best against UConn, especially last February when they came from 12 points down in the final six minutes to win in Philadelphia.
Pressing matters: The Huskies came out with pressure defense against UCF, and suggest that will be their M.O. for the time being, to try to get off to better, more energetic starts in games. It could be particularly effective against Temple, which starts a freshman, Moore, at point guard.
Jackson Heights: Jackson has been playing more, and shooting better in the last two games. He gives the Huskies a long, and legit three-point threat when he is out there, and allows them to play a bigger lineup, give their guards breathers. He may be coming into his own as a college player.
Rebounding strengths: Seniors Brimah and Facey, playing together, are playing the best basketball of their careers, rebounding and staying out of foul trouble. The Owls are sure to attack them, and Enechionyia, at 6-10, likes to step out – he has shot 100 three-pointers, making 42. It will be a challenging frontcourt matchup.
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