Temple looks to get on track Wednesday night vs. Cincinnati

Matt Leon
January 21, 2020 - 4:42 pm
Temple Owls guard Quinton Rose (1) moves the ball down the court in the first half against the Belmont Bruins in the First Four of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Dayton Arena.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Temple Owls will be home on Wednesday night for an American Athletic Conference battle with Cincinnati at the Liacouras Center.

It has been tough sledding as of late for Temple as they have dropped four of their last five to fall to 10-7 on the season (2-4 in the AAC). 

"I thought early on in the year we were doing a better job of sharing the ball," Temple head coach Aaron McKie told KYW Newsradio about what's behind their recent struggles. "We got away from that. And shot making. When you start in the beginning of the season, your preseason part of the schedule, teams don't know much about you. Once you get into conference play, competition gets a little stiffer, people know you a little bit better. Conference play is always hard and that's across the board, if it's the American Conference, the Big East Conference, ACC, that's across the board. It's taken us some time to adjust. I think our defense is pretty solid and our offense just hasn't caught up to our defense."

That Owls defense is holding opponents to 63.4 ppg, 38% shooting from the field and 28% shooting from three.

Cincinnati is 11-7 on the season (4-2 in the AAC) and coming off an 82-57 win over East Carolina.

"They are a really good team," McKie said. "They are starting to put it together. I think early on in the year, they struggled and I would imagine that was due to those guys learning a new system, they've got a new coach (John Brannen) and he's implementing his style. It's taken those guys some time to adjust and it looks like they're adjusting at the right time."

McKie says Cincinnati has all the components you want in a team.

"They have a big man around the basket who can score the ball," he said. "They have a 'go-to' guy in (Jarron) Cumberland, they can put the ball in his hands and they can go make a play. They've got shooters out on the perimeter, they've got guys that are willing to do the dirty work."

Temple has lost its last five games with the Bearcats.

Wednesday night's game tips off at 7:00 p.m. 

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