But there's a belief that Temple turned the corner after defeating Richmond on Wednesday. A solid performance against the archrival Hawks (12-7, 3-3 A-10, 1-1 Big Five) could go a long way in justifying that. A loss would mark the Owls' sixth setback in 12 games.
And in some respects, Temple couldn't ask for a better place to prove itself. The Owls head to tiny Hagan Arena, where St. Joe's has an incredible advantage. It's also a place where Temple struggled last season.
The 82-72 setback there halted the then-21st-ranked Owls' 11-game winning streak. In the process, St. Joe's snapped a 10-game losing streak to Temple, which included a 78-60 drubbing earlier in the year at the Liacouras Center.
"It's definitely loud in there," guard Khalif Wyatt said of Hagan. "Their student section is one of the best. I'm sure they'll be up for the game.
"It should be fun. It's a Philly game. They know all our guys. We know all of them. They know all our sets. We know all their sets."
Consequently, the senior added, the outcome will come down to which team plays better and sticks together for 40 minutes. And that's something the Owls haven't done a lot this season.
Temple point guard T.J. DiLeo's status for the game is questionable. He missed Wednesday's game after spraining his right ankle against Butler on Jan. 26.
Temple at St. Joseph's
Saturday at 6 p.m., Hagan Arena
Records: Temple, 14-6, 3-3 Atlantic Ten, 2-0 Big Five; St. Joe's, 12-7, 3-3, 1-1.
TV/Radio: CBS Sports Network; WIP-AM (610), WPHT-AM (1210).
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