Originally posted on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 1/11/13
Courtesy: SLU Media Relations SETTING THE SCENE Saint Louis (12-3, 1-0 A-10) plays its first road game in more than a month when it travels to Philadelphia to take on Temple (10-4, 0-1 A-10). Game time is scheduled for 5 p.m. (CT). BILLIKEN NOTABLES The Billikens are riding a nine-game winning streak and enter Saturday's game with a 12-3 overall record, 1-0 in Atlantic 10 Conference play. This is the Billikens' first nine-game winning streak since winning 14 straight to start the 1993-94 season. The streak has coincided with a season-long nine-game homestand, which SLU just wrapped up with a win against UMass in the A-10 opener. The last (and only this season) road game for the Bills was Nov. 28, a 66-61 loss at Washington. The Bills lead the A-10 in scoring defense, yielding 55.5 ppg. SLU allowed 46 or fewer points in four straight games recently, the best defensive streak by SLU since 1949-50. The Billikens held UMass to 10 points below its average, and the 62 points tied the Minutemen's lowest scoring output of the year. Junior guard Mike McCall Jr. leads the Billikens in scoring with 12.0 ppg. He tops the team and is second in the A-10 in 3-point field goal percentage (.509, 29-57). Junior forward Dwayne Evans is second on the squad in scoring (10.6 ppg) and leads the team in rebounding (6.3 rpg). Senior forward Cody Ellis is third on the squad in scoring (10.5 ppg) and second in rebounding (3.9 rpg). He hits 90.9 percent from the free-throw line to rank 2nd in the A-10. Junior guard Jordair Jett averages 9.2 ppg and boasts a .535 (53-99) shooting clip from the field, which leads all A-10 guards. Senior forward Cory Remekun leads the A-10 in shooting percentage (.639) from the floor. He is also fourth in the league with 1.8 blocked shots per game. Senior guard Kwamain Mitchell has started the last four games after missing the first 11 games with a foot injury. SLU shoots 45.6 percent (334-732) from the floor, 36.6 percent (93-254) from 3-point range and 73.0 percent (1232-318) from the line. Next up, Saint Louis hosts Rhode Island Saturday, Jan. 19, at Chaifetz Arena at 7 p.m. LAST TIME OUT Rob Loe scored a career-high 20 points to lead four Saint Louis players in double figures, and the Billikens outscored Massachusetts 20-8 over the final 9:14 to claim a 70-62 victory Thursday night at Chaifetz Arena in the Atlantic 10 Conference opener for both teams. Loe tied his career high with six field goals (6-of-10), including a 2-of-4 effort from 3-point range, and also posted career highs of six free throws and seven free-throw attempts. Jordair Jett scored 15 points, while Mike McCall Jr. and Kwamain Mitchell tallied 10 each. Cory Remekun collected nine rebounds to power the Billikens to a 38-35 edge on the glass. Loe had a season-high seven rebounds, while Dwayne Evans and Cody Ellis grabbed six boards apiece. Loe, Jett, McCall Jr. and Mitchell combined to shoot 20-of-32 (.625) from the floor. Evans led SLU and equaled his career bests with four assists and three blocks. Jett made a game-high three steals to tie his season high. ABOUT TEMPLE Temple University enters Saturday's game looking to end a two-game skid. The Owls dropped a 69-62 decision at No. 6 Kansas, and fell Thursday in the A-10 opener 57-52 at Xavier. Senior guard Khalif Wyatt leads the team with 15.4 ppg. He has made 31 consecutive free throws. Wyatt leads the Owls with 55 assists. Senior guardforward Scootie Randall scores 12.5 ppg and leads the team with 7.4 rpg. He has buried a team-leading 24 treys. Sophomore forward Anthony Lee records 11.6 ppg and pulls down 7.1 rpg. Senior forward Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson scores 8.7 ppg, while sophomore guard Will Cummings scores 6.0 ppg and has registered a team-high 26 steals. The Billikens and Owls have one common opponent this year - Kansas. Temple fell 69-62 in Lawrence Jan. 6, while SLU lost 73-59 in Kansas City Nov. 20 in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic final. Last year, the Owls went to their fifth straight NCAA Tournament and posted a 24-8 overall record en route to an A-10 regular-season championship. This is the last season for the Owls in the A-10, as they begin play in the Big East next season. Fran Dunphy is 454-232 in 24 years as a collegiate head coach. He is 144-69 in seven years at Temple. Dunphy, who also coached at Penn, has taken 14 teams to the NCAA Tournament in his career. SERIES Temple leads the series 6-1. The only SLU win was when the Billikens knocked off the John Chaney-coached Owls in the first meeting in 2005. SLU has yet to win at the Liacouras Center.
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