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Temple’s Josh Brown expected to play against St. Joe’s

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25:  Temple Owls forward Mark Williams (10) holds up the Championship Trophy along with his teammates after winning the NIT Season Tip-Off NCAA Mens basketball game between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Temple Owls on November 25, 2016, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn,NY.  The Temple Owls defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers 81-77.  (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
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Temple Owls talent Josh Brown has been going through full practices, and is now expected to make his season debut on Wednesday night in the team’s game against the Saint Joseph’s Hawks, a source told FanRag Sports.

A senior, Brown was the Owls’ starting point guard last season when Temple won the American Athletic Conference regular season title. He averaged 8.3 points, 4.9 assists, and 4.8 rebounds in 15-16.

The 6-3 senior was recovering from an achilles injury that occurred earlier in the preseason.

He ranked first in the AAC and 10th in the nation with an assist/turnover ratio of 3.5. Brown also led the conference in minutes played at 36.2 and ranked second with 4.9 assists per game. He would hit double digits in 14 games, and recorded a season-high 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field (2-3 from three) in the NCAA Tournament First Round.

The Owls went 21-12 during the 2015-16 season, making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013. Since  Fran Dunphy took over for the legendary John Chaney, he has led the program to the the Big Dance seven times in 10 seasons.

Temple is currently 4-2 on the season. Coming off two straight victories against ranked teams, the Owls will play Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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