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Central Florida-Temple preview: Owls out to end skid

Temple will have had a week off since losing last Sunday, 80-59, at home to Houston.

Quinton Rose of Temple dunking against Wichita State on Feb. 1.
Quinton Rose of Temple dunking against Wichita State on Feb. 1.Read moreCHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer

Central Florida (17-10, 8-7 American Athletic Conference) at Temple (15-12, 7-8)

2 p.m. Sunday, Liacouras Center.


Radio: WPHT-AM (1210)


Coaches: UCF, Johnny Dawkins (2nd season, 41-22; overall, 197-137); Temple, Fran Dunphy (12th season, 245-148; overall, 555-311).

Series: Tied, 5-5.

Last meeting: The Owls shot just 4 for 22 from three-point range and attempted just one free throw in a 60-39 loss at Central Florida on Jan. 7.

The latest: The Knights will be without 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall, who played in the first Temple game but is out for the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum. … Despite 26 points from guard B.J. Taylor, UCF lost, 70-61, Wednesday at Tulsa, snapping the Knights' three-game winning streak. … Taylor, a 6-2 redshirt junior, missed the first part of the season with a foot injury and is averaging 15.1 points in 11 games. … Temple has lost two in a row, including Sunday's 80-59 setback to visiting Houston in a game in which the Cougars scored the first 15 points and were never seriously threatened. … The Owls have allowed an average of 86.5 points in their last two losses, to Houston and Wichita State. … Temple sophomore swingman Quinton Rose averages a team-high 14.9 points. … After Sunday, the Owls will close their regular season with games at UConn and Tulsa.