Wichita State meets Temple in AAC quarters
Wichita State (18-13, 11-8) vs. No. 3 seed Temple (23-8, 13-5)
American Athletic Conference Tournament Quarterfinals, FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Wichita State and Temple are prepared to face off in the AAC tournament quarterfinals. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Jan. 6, when the Owls created 21 Wichita State turnovers and turned the ball over just 11 times en route to an 85-81 victory.
LEADING THE WAY: Temple’s Shizz Alston Jr. has averaged 19.7 points and 5.1 assists while Quinton Rose has put up 16.5 points and 2.1 steals. For the Shockers, Markis McDuffie has averaged 17.8 points and 4.8 rebounds while Samajae Haynes-Jones has put up 12.1 points.
CREATING OFFENSE: Alston has accounted for 51 percent of all Temple field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has 26 field goals and 16 assists in those games.
WINLESS WHEN: Wichita State is 0-8 when scoring fewer than 62 points and 18-5 when scoring at least 62.
WINNING WHEN: Temple is a perfect 19-0 when it scores at least 75 points. The Owls are 4-8 when scoring any fewer than that.
DID YOU KNOW: Temple has committed a turnover on just 15.6 percent of its possessions this season, which is the best percentage among all AAC teams. The Owls have turned the ball over only 11 times per game this season.