Temple coach Fran Dunphy answered questions about Wednesday's matchup against Duke after the Owls' 66-63 win over Delaware Friday and on Monday's Atlantic 10 Conference Coaches' Call. Read a transcript of his responses here.
On approaching an opponent like Duke without injured starters Scootie Randall and Micheal Eric:
"Unfortunately this will be the second year in a row we'll try to do this. We did not have either one of those guys last year either, but we did have Lavoy Allen, who helped us and took up a lot of space in there defensively. It will certainly be a challenge for us. As hard as it will be defensively, they are a fantastic defensive team, too. When opportunities present themselves, we have to take advantage of them, but what a fabulous opportunity we have in front of us to bring a team like Duke to Philadelphia, as storied a program as it is. We'll hopefully be ready to go."
On being able to play Duke as often as they have:
"It's a great game, I think it's a great game for Philadelphia. We're pleased to have the opportunity to bring them to Philly. When you get a chance to coach against that program and play against that program, that's what you want. That's why you come to Temple. That's what you want for Philadelphia as well. It's a great, great opportunity."
On the differences in Duke this year from last season:
"Certainly they're different but similarly effective. Their defense is really solid. Their numbers are extraordinary. They have that glaring statistic we all look for. .. made foul shots versus opponents' attempted. They blow that out of the water. That's how they are. They're a terrific team. We have to play our best basketball. We have to be very, very efficient at everything we do."
On how guards Ramone Moore, Juan Fernandez and Khalif Wyatt can improve on their 7-for-26 performance against the Blue Devils last year:
"We have to really take care of the ball. They're going to give you very few good looks and when that happens, you're going to have to take advantage of it. You have to sacrifice a little bit, make the extra pass, count on other players like Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson and Anthony Lee. You have to maximize your opportunities, because there will be so few of them."
On the challenges the Plumlee brothers present inside:
"They're intelligent players and know exactly what their roles are, which is typical of everything Coach K does. They're great rebounders, efficient on the offensive end and they know where the ball is supposed to be all the time. They're big basketball bodies; big, strong guys who will be an unbelievable challenge. I wish they were the only two. They have Ryan Kelly too who is a good rebounder off the bench. In my mind, they have 10 starters. They're really a tremendous basketball team. Everybody out there is going to pose a problem for us, so hopefully we can minimize the damage."
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