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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.

History
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.

History
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.

Sliding Temple visits Army; Penn hosts Yale in need of Ivy win

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Sliding Temple visits Army; Penn hosts Yale in need of Ivy win

Temple (3-4, 1-3 AAC) at Army (5-2)
Michie Stadium, West Point, New York
Saturday, noon, CBS Sports Network

Last time out
Temple lost to UConn, 28-24, last Saturday.

Army beat Eastern Michigan, 28-27, last Saturday.

Scouting report
Last week against UConn, the Owls committed 12 penalties for 117 yards. Despite putting up 229 more yards and 13 more first downs than the Huskies, Temple couldn’t finish drives late in the game to pull out the win.

Temple’s schedule doesn’t get easier this week. The Owls play an Army team riding a three-game win streak and boasting the second-best rushing offense in college football (378.4 ypg). That will be the matchup to watch as Temple averages 167.1 rushing yards allowed per game, good for seventh in the American Athletic Conference.

Temple’s starting quarterback Logan Marchi missed some practice time this week, but head coach Geoff Collins said he expects him to play Saturday. If he can’t go, look for backup Frank Nutile to replace him.

What it means
Temple’s performance against UConn was embarrassing, while the Owls' bowl hopes would take a severe hit with a loss to Army. Tulsa and Cincinnati are the only other opponents on the schedule against which Temple should be favored. Navy and UCF, on paper, look to be tough matchups for the Owls.

Series history
Temple owns the 7-5 series advantage and is 6-1 against Army since 2008. That one loss came last year when the Black Knights beat the Owls, 28-13, at Lincoln Financial Field in Temple’s season opener. 

What's next?
Temple has its bye before hosting Navy on Nov. 2.

Army travels to Air Force. 

Penn (2-3, 0-2 Ivy) vs. Yale (4-1, 1-1 Ivy)
Franklin Field
Saturday, 1 p.m., NBC Sports Philadelphia+


Last time out
Penn lost at Columbia in overtime, 34-31, last Saturday.

Yale defeated Holy Cross, 32-0, last Saturday.

Scouting report
Penn has the worst scoring defense in the Ivy League, which doesn’t bode well for its chances in this one considering Yale has the best scoring offense in the league. The Quakers allow 32.6 ppg and the Bulldogs score 41 ppg. Penn’s total defense is also last in the league, allowing 449.2 ypg.

The Bulldogs take control on the ground with the best rushing offense in the Ivy. Zane Dudek and Deshawn Salter lead the Bulldogs, as both have rushed for more than 400 yards and each has seven touchdowns. Penn will have to win the battle in the trenches to slow down the Bulldogs.

Series history
This is the 84th meeting between the teams. The Bulldogs hold a 46-37-1 advantage but Penn has won 19 of the last 25.

What’s next?
Penn travels to Brown.

Yale hosts Columbia.

Temple-UConn observations: Despite valiant effort from Marchi, Owls lose 1st homecoming game since 2008

Temple-UConn observations: Despite valiant effort from Marchi, Owls lose 1st homecoming game since 2008

BOX SCORE

That’s why football is a week-to-week game. Forget about momentum.

Temple found that out the hard way. After coming alive in a big road win over East Carolina last week, the Owls were humbled when a fourth-quarter rally fell short Saturday in a 28-24 homecoming loss to Connecticut at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Owls had one final shot at the victory with a drive in the final minute, but a Logan Marchi heave to the end zone was broken up.

The loss dropped Temple back under .500 at 3-4 (1-3 American Athletic Conference). UConn moved to 2-5 (2-2) with the victory.

• Say what you want about Temple quarterback Marchi (and you surely will after this game), but the guy is a fighter. Whether things are going his way or not, he continues to try to search for his receivers and attempt to squeeze the ball into those windows on the field. He made it two consecutive games with 300-plus yards passing as he was 33 of 54 for 356 yards with one touchdown and one interception Saturday.

• The game marked Temple’s first homecoming loss in nearly a decade. TU hadn’t suffered a homecoming defeat since a 7-3 loss to Western Michigan on Sept. 27, 2008. On that day, former Eagles DB Jaiquawn Jarrett was beaten in coverage on a double move in the third quarter for the game’s lone touchdown. Coming into Saturday, the Owls had won eight straight homecoming matchups by an average margin of 19.3 points.

• There was a rare sighting for Temple at the Linc: a rushing touchdown from a tailback. In fact, there were two. David Hood, who became the first Owls tailback to score on a run this season in last week’s rout of East Carolina, punched it in from one yard out to open the scoring in the first quarter. Ryquell Armstead weaved his way into the end zone for a 10-yard TD on the first play of the fourth quarter.

• Delvon Randall is simply a playmaker. The Owls’ leading tackler, Randall added another five stops in Saturday’s win. The junior DB also made a beautiful play along the sideline in the first quarter when he undercut an out route for an interception. It marked Randall’s third straight game with a pick. The Owls only have four interceptions this season and Randall has three of them.

• My colleague Greg Paone touched on college football’s targeting rule a couple of weeks ago (see story)We agree on pretty much all of the nuts and bolts of the rule. I’m glad it’s in place to protect players from violent and unnecessary hits. However, the more I see it called each week — and it seems like there is at least one in every game now — the more I’m starting to dislike the implementation. Temple defensive lineman Sharif Finch was ejected for targeting on Saturday when he went high on Huskies quarterback Bryant Shirreffs on a third-quarter touchdown pass. Shirreffs sold the hit by jerking his head back as he fell to the ground, but it was definitely worthy of a penalty. Was it a late hit? Yes. A bone-headed hit? Absolutely. But one worthy of Temple losing a top defensive player for the remainder of the game? I don’t think so.

• Speaking of Shirreffs, it’s easy to see why the Huskies have the best passing offense in the AAC. He didn’t show it with yardage in this tilt (just 105), but he was able to connect on three touchdowns through the air. He also added 39 yards on the ground, including a key run up the middle late in the fourth quarter.

• The Owls simply aren’t a good enough team to overcome 12 penalties for 117 yards.

• Like any other major college football game around the country, Saturday’s matchup at the Linc had scouts from NFL teams listed to attend. Of course, the Eagles were listed for several scouts in their home stadium. While the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers were also among those expected to have representatives at the game, there was only one other team labeled for more than one scout besides the Eagles — the New York Giants. At 0-5, they can certainly use all the help they can get right now.

• Temple will look to rebound when the Owls travel to play their final non-conference opponent in Army at 12 p.m. next Saturday.