Tonight in the City 6: Temple finally hosts Detroit

Tonight in the City 6: Temple finally hosts Detroit
February 28, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Temple (19-8, 8-5 A-10) vs. Detroit (19-10, 11-4 Horizon) – 7 p.m.

Exactly two months after the originally scheduled meeting, Temple will finally host Detroit in the final game of the Chevrolet Gotham Classic. The game was supposed to be Dec. 28 but mother nature postponed it.

Detroit is no cupcake; Temple will have its hands full searching for a fourth straight win. If the Owls can overcome the Titans, they’ll have two very winnable games against Rhode Island and Fordham that could lead to 22 wins. They end the season at the Liacouras Center against VCU.

League play
Temple has eight wins in the Atlantic 10, trailing only No. 18 Saint Louis, No. 20 Butler, VCU and La Salle.

The Owls have won five of six – three of those by one point apiece – to put themselves in position for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the A-10 tourney.

The departure of Butler has allowed other teams to compete in the Horizon League, where Detroit is currently second to Valparaiso.

Previous games
Temple is coming off a 20-point road win over Charlotte last Sunday.

Detroit beat Loyola (Ill.) by a point on Tuesday. Prior to that the Titans had won seven of eight. Four of their losses have come to Syracuse, Pitt, Miami and St. John’s.

Leading scorers
Temple’s MVP Khalif Wyatt was relatively quiet against Charlotte, scoring 12 points on 12 shots while dishing out seven assists. He’s averaging 19.4 points on the season and shooting 82 percent from the line.

Ray McCallum is that guy for Detroit. He’s averaging 19.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists, and the junior guard is impressively shooting 50.1 percent on the season. In the Titans’ last five games he’s averaged 22.4 points. Included in there is a 16-point, 13-rebound, eight-assist performance against Cleveland State.

Drexel (11-17, 7-9 CAA) at Old Dominion (4-24, 2-14 CAA) – 7 p.m.

One of Old Dominion’s two conference wins was over Drexel, because of course it was. The Dragons were picked to win the CAA but are mired in a struggle of a season that has them in seventh place in the Colonial.

Drexel’s last two losses to Delaware and Towson were by a combined three points. One was an overtime loss, Drexel’s fourth of the season. Bruiser Flint’s boys have lost nine games by six or fewer points.

ODU is a non-factor in the CAA. The Monarchs are ineligible for the CAA tournament because of a pending move to Conference USA for the 2014 season.

Even if Drexel wins its last two games it can’t rise above the fifth seed in the CAA tourney, and they can only reach that high because Towson and Georgia State are also ineligible.

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