Scouting reports: Temple-Tulane and St. Joe's-Davidson

Scouting reports: Temple-Tulane and St. Joe's-Davidson

A pair of City 6 schools will hit the floor Tuesday night. Let's take a look at the matchups.

Temple (11-11, 2-7 AAC) at Tulane (4-17, 1-8 AAC)
8 p.m. at Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans on ESPNews

Last time out
The Owls last Saturday lost their fifth road game in a row as they fell, 79-66, to Houston at Hofheinz Pavilion. Obi Enechionyia led the way for the Owls with 16 points, but it wasn't enough to match Houston's Rob Gray and Damyean Dotson, who combined for 48 points.  

Tulane also dropped a road conference game last Saturday, losing to UConn, 78-68, at Gampel Pavilion. UConn went on a 17-0 run to go ahead in the second half to make the game 69-56. UConn's Kentan Facey led the Huskies to victory with a game-high 20 points.

Scouting report
Temple enters this game against Tulane with only one win over its last four contests. The Owls are also 1-7 on the road this season.

This time of the year, Fran Dunphy's teams usually turn around their seasons, but that doesn't seem to be the case this year — unless Temple's leading scorer, Enechionyia, gets hot like he did in the beginning of the season when he scored 20 or more points in five of the first seven games.

Since the New Year, Enechionyia has scored in double figures five of the seven games, including three with more than 15 points.

Tulane has been struggling all year to find wins. It allows the most points in the American Athletic Conference at 78.6 per game. 

The Green Wave also give up the most three-pointers in the AAC, which is great for the Owls. Temple has made 10 or more three-pointers in five of the last seven games. 

What it means
Temple is currently ranked No. 81 in the RPI. A win would give the Owls much-needed momentum as they enter the final part of their schedule.

With a win, Tulane would improve its win total to five games and also tie Temple in the AAC standings.

This will be the eighth time Temple and Tulane play each other. Temple has won four straight against the Green Wave and own a 5-2 all-time series lead.

Last year, the Owls won, 64-56, in New Orleans to become the AAC regular-season champions.

What's next
Temple will return to the Liacourus Center Sunday to take on USF at 1 p.m.

Tulane will play at East Carolina Saturday at 1 p.m.

Saint Joseph's (10-10, 3-5 A-10) vs. Davidson (11-8, 4-4 A-10)
8 p.m. at Hagan Arena on TCN

Last time out
St. Joe's is coming off a victory over rival La Salle in which Lamarr Kimble hit a game-winning shot with 15 seconds left to edge the Explorers, 73-72, last Saturday. Chris Clover also had a career-high 21 points in the victory.

Davidson beat Fordham last Saturday, 84-66, thanks to Jack Gibbs and Peyton Aldridge each scoring 28 points. Davidson also shot the lights out from three-point range, shooting 17 of 29 from beyond the arc.

Scouting report
With the Hawks losing Shavarr Newkirk for the year, Kimble will have to continue to make clutch plays like he did against La Salle. The plus side for St. Joe's is that the Hawks are starting to see some of their young players score the ball.

Charlie Brown has scored in double figures 11 times in the past 12 games, including a career-high 19 points against Penn. 

Davidson has some guys who can flat out score the ball. 

Gibbs leads the A-10 with 22.7 points per game. He also can unload from beyond the arc, where he shoots 41.3 percent. Aldridge averages 21.2 points per game, third best in the Atlantic 10.

Davidson averages 75.5 points per game, which is good for fifth best in the A-10. The Wildcats are also on a two-game winning streak.

What it means
With a win, St. Joe's would be tied with Davidson at 4-5 in the A-10.

If Davidson wins, it'll be two games back of A-10 conference leader Richmond.

St. Joe's, which leads the all-time series, 8-5, lost its first road game of last season to Davidson, 99-93. Gibbs racked up 35 points in the contest to top DeAndre' Bembry's 19.

What's next
St. Joe's will play Fordham at Hagan Arena at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Davidson will return home to face off against Rhode Island on Friday at 7 p.m.

Villanova, Penn with polar opposite NCAA Tournament draws

Villanova, Penn with polar opposite NCAA Tournament draws

No surprises on the Main Line and well, the Quakers have quite the hill to climb to advance.

Villanova on Sunday night was awarded the 1-seed in the East Region and will face the winner of the LIU Brooklyn/Radford game Thursday in Pittsburgh. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:50 p.m. on TNT.

The Wildcats have been a top-two seed since 2014 and it's the second straight year they're a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Villanova was the No. 1 overall seed in last year's tournament.

Penn was named the 16th seed in the Midwest Region and will face the No. 1-seeded Kansas Jayhawks on Thursday at 2 p.m. on TBS in Wichita, Kansas.

Steve Donahue has the Quakers back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007 in his third season as Penn's head coach.

The Quakers are 24-8 and this will be their 24th-ever appearance in the tournament.

'Nova survived a scare from Providence on Saturday night to win its second straight Big East title and its third in the past four years.

If the Wildcats beat LIU Brooklyn/Radford, they'll face the winner of the No. 8-seeded Virginia Tech and No. 9 seed Alabama. Purdue is the No. 2 seed in the East.

Also in the East are No. 3 Texas Tech and No. 4 Wichita State.

Penn aims to end 11-year drought this weekend

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Penn aims to end 11-year drought this weekend

NBC Sports Philadelphia anchor/reporter Amy Fadool and senior producer Sean Kane get you set for all the weekend's local college basketball games with Fastbreak Friday. With the regular season ending this weekend, this will be the final Fastbreak Friday column of the season.

Temple (16-13, 8-9 AAC) at Tulsa (18-11, 11-6 AAC), Sunday at 3 p.m.
 It’s been a rough season for the Temple Owls. Yes, there was that win over ranked Wichita State in the middle of a 5-game win streak. But after the stumbles down the stretch, that seems like a distant memory. 

Of course, the bad can be washed away with an AAC tournament run, but first, the Owls need to close out on the road against Tulsa. 

Given their track record on the road, things don’t line up well for Fran Dunphy’s crew. Plus, it’s dollar dog, dollar soda and dollar popcorn night at Tulsa. That’s a delicious trifecta. 

But there is still some fight in this team. Quintin Rose and Shizz Alston have been everything the Owls have needed, and throw in Nate Pierre-Louis and you have a nice core back for next season.

Temple 71,  Tulsa 70

Pennsylvania (21-7, 11-1 Ivy) at Yale (14-14, 7-5 Ivy), Friday at 7 p.m.
Pennsylvania (21-7, 11-1 Ivy) at Brown (11-14, 4-8 Ivy), Saturday at 6 p.m.
Penn enters the final weekend of the regular season in control of its own destiny. If the Quakers beat Yale and Brown on the road they'll win their first Ivy League championship since 2007 and earn the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, which will be played at the Palestra next weekend. It all adds up to Penn having the inside track to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 11 years.

This seems like an appropriate time to salute the job done by head coach Steve Donahue. In just his third season at Penn, he has the Quakers poised to reclaim top billing in the Ivy League. He inherited a team that finished 9-19 in the 2014-2015 season and promptly began a swift rebuilding project. Penn went 11-17 in Donahue's first season, 13-14 in his second year, and now stand at 21-7 overall and 11-1 in conference play. Look for those winning ways to continue this weekend and for Donahue and company to do some celebrating.

Penn 73, Yale 66
Penn 69, Brown 60

La Salle (13-17, 7-10 A-10) at St. Joseph's (14-15, 9-8 A-10), Saturday at 2 p.m.
La Salle and St. Joe's will each try to keep the good times rolling heading into next week's A-10 Tournament. La Salle has won three of its last four games, including a convincing 18-point win over Dayton earlier this week. St. Joseph's meanwhile has a 5-1 record in its last six games and just recorded arguably one of the most stunning victories of this college basketball season.

The Hawks went on the road and beat No. 18 Rhode Island, 78-48, on Tuesday, spoiling the Rams' senior night in the process. It was the first road win over a ranked team for St. Joseph's since 1979 and it came in shockingly easy fashion. I expect the Hawks to build on that momentum this weekend and avenge a three-point loss to La Salle earlier this season.

St. Joseph's 74, La Salle 68 

Drexel (12-19, 6-12 CAA) at James Madison (10-21, 6-12 CAA), Saturday at 4 p.m. in first round of CAA Tournament
The Dragons' season has been marked with highs and lows. While it may seem like a marginal improvement — with 12 wins to their credit compared to nine last season — they did double their conference win total. 

Also, Drexel beat the top two teams in the CAA this season as well as set an NCAA Division-I record for the largest comeback ever when they erased a 34-point deficit against Delaware. 

But the Dragons did have two separate losing streaks that would cause any coach to lose sleep, one of five straight and the other of four straight losses. 

Drexel begins the quest for its first-ever CAA tournament title against JMU, then Charleston awaits on basically home turf. Go ahead and make it a baker’s dozen, Dragons. 

Drexel 76, JMU 74

Prediction Records
Sean Kane: 30-11
Amy Fadool: 22-21