They always say that McLennan and Temple is a toss-out-the-records kind of rivalry.
But the records kind of matter, too.
The 19th-ranked Highlanders will carry a 20-2 overall mark and a 3-1 conference record into Wednesday night’s matchup with the visiting Leopards. They’re tied atop the league standings with Temple (18-3, 3-1) and Collin County (15-6, 3-1), so the game sets up as a battle for conference supremacy.
MCC is coming off an 83-68 road loss to Collin that snapped a 15-game winning streak. As always, Kirby Johnson’s Temple College team boasts one of the highest-scoring squads in the nation, averaging 114.9 points a night. Temple sophomore guard Kaelin Jackson leads the conference in scoring at 26.2 points per game, and the Leopards’ starting lineup also includes Jibrael Washington, a 6-8 freshman out of University High School.
MCC’s Jashawn Talton is the reigning conference player of the week after averaging 17 points on 61.9 percent shooting last week.
Meanwhile, the MCC women (10-9, 3-2) are trying to keep pace with the conference leaders, as they’re a game back of Weatherford, Ranger and Collin, which are all tied at 4-1. Temple enters with an 11-9 overall mark and a 2-3 conference record. Last year, the teams split the season series, each winning on their home court.
Game times Wednesday are 5:30 for the women, 7:30 for the men, at The Highlands.