Sizing Up the Owls

Penn State gets into the NCAA Tournament as a No. 10 seed against No. 7 Temple in the West Region. Get a look at the Owls right here.

Penn State is heading across the country for its opening NCAA Tournament game on Thursday in Tuscon, Ariz. Yet the Nittany Lions will be facing off against in-state rival Temple. The Owls boast a 25-7 record overall, going 14-2 in Atlantic 10 play this season.

Temple made it to the semifinals of the A-10 tournament, dropping the contest to the eventual tournament champion Richmond Spiders 58-54.

With an RPI of 39 and strength of schedule at No. 5, Penn State is facing a Temple squad that has an RPI of 30 but a strength of schedule ranked No. 108.

The Owls are led by junior guard Ramone Moore (6-foot-4, 180 pounds), who averages 14.9 point and 3.2 average assists while shooting 39 percent from 3-point range. In a loss to Richmond Saturday, Moore played all 40 minutes and racked up 11 points, going one for five on 3-point attempts.

Temple also looks to center Lavoy Allen, who averages 11.8 points per game and leads the squad with 8.4 rebounds per contest. Allen is a 6-9, 225-pound senior. Against Richmond he tallied 32 minutes, 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Juan Fernandez is often used as a set-up guard for the Owls, averaging 4.1 assists per game, but can also add points from the perimeter, averaging 10.7 points per game and hitting 32 percent of his 3-point attempts. The 6-4, 180-pound guard from Argentina had seven points, seven rebounds and 10 assists against the Spiders in the A-10 semifinals.

Khalif Wyatt is a 6-4, 205-pound guard who is averaging 10 points per game and 2.2 rebounds per game. The threat he poses is with his 3-point shot. He's hit 42.5 percent from behind the arc and in Temple's last two games he went 6 for 13.

Short Shots

  • Temple finished second in the Atlantic 10 standings on the year to Xavier, who defeated the Owls 88-77 in late January.

  • Temple faced three Top 25 teams this season, beating No. 10 Georgetown 68-65, and losing to No. 8 Villanova 78-74 and No. 1 Duke 78-61.

  • Penn State was knocked out of the Sweet 16 by the Owls during its last trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2001.

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