Previewing Temple

After a solid showing at the ACC Tournament, NC State (24-10) earned a No. 8 seed in the East Regional of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The Wolfpack will face No. 9 seed Temple in the first round. Here is a preview of the Owls.

Official Site: Temple
Conference: A-10 Conference
Record: 23-9
RPI: 41
SOS: 62
Roster: Official Roster
Schedule: Schedule
Stats: Stats

Last Outing: Temple lost 79-74 in the A-10 quarterfinals to UMass, a team State faced earlier this season.

Starting Lineup
G 01 Khalif Wyatt (6-4, 210): 19.8 ppg, 4.1 apg
G 02 Will Cummings (6-2, 180): 6.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg
F 33 Scootie Randall (6-6, 225: 11.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg
F 32 Rhalir Hollis-Jefferson (6-6, 215): 8.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg
F 03 Anthony Lee (6-9, 230): 10 ppg, 7.0 rpg

Feature Player: Khalif Wyatt -- Wyatt, the A-10 Player of the Year, leads the A-10 in scoring with a 19.8 average while ranking seventh in the conference in assists (4.1 apg.). Wyatt also ranks ninth in the A-10 in steals (1.6 spg) and seventh in free-throw percentage (.832).

Gottfried On Wyatt: "First of all, you've got to start with Khalif and how dangerous he is as a guard. He scores a lot of different ways. He gets to the foul line. As we watched more and more of him on tape, you're trying to find that old-school guard that you can compare him to, and we had a hard time.

"We were hunting for World Free or John Bagley or all these guys that were great players because he's a crafty guard. He really knows how to play, knows how to get to the line. We've got to do a good job with him."

Temple Head Coach Fran Dunphy On NC State: "I wish there was one person that we could concentrate our efforts on, but as we talked about as a team, Brown has an extraordinary number of assists and very few turnovers to go with that. That's really some good basketball playing. So that's great leadership from that position.

"Wood is just ridiculous when it comes to making 3s. I've watched any number of tapes, and he just makes every open look that he gets. So now you're trying to make sure you don't leave him open. And if you do that, you're probably compromising your defense a little bit, and somebody else like Howell can be open inside.

"All that aside, their leading scorer, C.J. Leslie, has a ton of ways to score. The kid Warren is playing well. The guys off the bench are doing a good job.

"There's no one specific area that we can concentrate on, and that's what makes them so dangerous."


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