Lions, Owls Downplay Round 1

Temple is said to have dominated an October scrimmage between the two teams. But people from both programs contend that matters little as an NCAA showdown looms.

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Penn State faces Temple in NCAA second-round action at McKale Center here Thursday. But it is not the first time the two teams will have met this season.

Much of the talk about Thursday's Keystone State showdown in the desert has reflected back to a closed scrimmage between the Nittany Lions and the Owls in late October. It was held in the Jordan Center and by most accounts, Temple dominated.

“I have to say, the beat us up pretty good,” said PSU guard Talor Battle. “They were more physical.”

So what impact will that have on Thursday's action?

Wednesday, representatives of both schools downplayed what went down in the scrimmage. Four-plus months later, PSU has been through 33 games (winning 19) while the Owls have played 32 times (winning 25).

“That was early in the year,” Temple guard Ramone Moore said. “Both teams were starting off the season. It's kind of different now. I think Penn State won seven out of their last 10 games and they've been playing pretty well. So I don't think we can look back on the scrimmage.”

Among those not looking back is Lion coach Ed DeChellis.

“I didn't even watch the tape,” he said. “My staff watched it. We're a different basketball team and they're a different basketball team.”

Added Battle: “That was a long time ago. (We are) two totally different teams. Especially us.”


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