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Unbeatens collide as Temple meets No. 2 Duke in New Jersey

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The Owls will have their unblemished record put to the test on Saturday against the No. 2 Blue Devils in New Jersey.

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The Temple Owls will face their toughest opponent of the season this Saturday when they meet the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils at the IZOD Center in New Jersey.

In his preview Friday, Jordan Hall of CSNPhilly.com highlights the players who will need to step up -- as Temple did when it upset Duke last year -- to take down the Blue Devils:

"After redshirting last season because of a knee injury, Scootie Randall is excited to be back and his numbers show it. The 6-foot-6 senior leads Temple in scoring (16.7 ppg.) and rebounds (7.2 rpg.), while Khalif Wyatt, who nailed a pair of three-point daggers to finish off Duke last season, averages 15.2 points per game and a team-best 4.8 assists. Sophomore forward Anthony Lee chips in 11.3 points and 6.3 rebounds."

Hall also writes that Duke's balanced scoring attack is one of the team's best attributes:

"The Blue Devils boast five players scoring double figures, led by Mason Plumlee, who scores 19.6 points and snags 11 rebounds per game. Senior guard Seth Curry (15.1 ppg.) sat out Duke's previous game with an ankle sprain, and his status for Saturday is questionable. Ryan Kelly (13 ppg.), Rasheed Sulaimon (12.9 ppg.) and Quinn Cook (10.5 ppg.) also score at a double-digit clip. Cook, a sophomore guard, shoots a team-high 44 percent from three-point range and averages 5.9 assists."

To read all of Hall's preview of the contest, which tips off at 3:15 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPN, click right here.