Looking Ahead to Temple, UConn’s Next Opponent

by Categorized: American Athletic Conference, Kevin Ollie, UConn men's basketball
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The Huskies have to regroup, come back to work on Monday and get ready to play Temple on Tuesday night at the XL Center at 7 p.m..

Here’s a preliminary look at the struggling Owls:

* Temple made the NCAA Tournament out of the Atlantic 10 last season, beating NC State, then losing to Indiana. It was the sixth trip to the tournament under Fran Dunphy, who took over as coach in 2006.

*Temple won 24 games last season, but is in a rebuilding cycle – 5-11, and 0-5 in the American Athletic Conference. The Owls have lost six in a row.

*They’ve hung in there in most league games. Closest was a two-point loss at UCF.

* Best win, over Georgia, 83-81 on Nov. 22.

* Temple is shooting 44.8 percent from the floor, opponents shooting 43.9 percent against them.

* Owls are being outrebounded by 3.2 per game.

* Top scorer is Dalton Pepper, 17.3 points per game. Top rebounder is Anthony Lee at 9.9. Lee, who is 6-foot-9 and 230 pounds, averaged 14.3 points per game. He has eight double-doubles, most recently getting 19 points and 15 rebounds in a loss to La Salle in Big Five action on Saturday.

* Temple has one Connecticut guy: Nick Pendergast from Bridgewater and Kent School, who has played in five games.

* Temple is an historic basketball program, winning the first NIT in 1938, a year before the NCAA Tournament began. Temple won the NIT in 1969, and reached the NCAA Final Four in 1956 and 58 (UConn defeated Temple during the ’58 season). Under John Chaney, the Owls reached the Elite Eight five times.

* Temple and UConn have played seven times, UConn winning four, but they have not played since Jan. 27, 1965, a 71-60 Huskies win.

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UConn will have interview opportunities following practice on Monday, we’ll have all the details here, on twitter and on our main website. Here is our story for the Monday Courant.

And here is some video, on our site, of Kevin Ollie’s ejection.

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