In his career as the Temple men’s basketball coach, Fran Dunphy has typically preferred an 8-9 man rotation.
Usually early in the year, he’ll lean on eight players with a ninth sometimes for a couple minutes. By the end of the season, it’s not surprising to see that rotation shrink to seven players.
So it will be interesting to see how Dunphy uses his bench Monday night against No. 10 Kansas now that guards Jesse Morgan and Devin Coleman are eligible after sitting out the first semester because of NCAA transfer rules.
The pair played their first game as Owls on Thursday night against winless Delaware after sitting out as transfers and made an immediate impact.
Morgan started and scored a team-high 16 points in the 82-62 win over the winless Blue Hens. Coleman came off the bench and drained three three-pointers in just 10 minutes of action.
The pair joined the Owls’ regular eight-man rotation of guards Will Cummings and Josh Brown, swingman Quenton DeCosey and forwards Devontae Watson, Daniel Dingle, Mark Williams, Jaylen Bond and Obi Enechionyia.
The win over Delaware, in which Dunphy felt comfortable subbing liberally, only gave a partial look at the coach’s thinking. Monday’s game against the Jayhawks should be a better indicator of how the coach uses his bench.
Now that the Owls have depth at guard – which they lacked earlier in the year – it’s likely players like Cummings won’t be on the floor for 40 minutes. But it will also mean the forward rotation could shrink with Williams and Enechionyia struggling to find substantial minutes.
Williams played 17 minutes against Delaware, while Enechionyia – the Owls’ lone freshman who has shown nice development lately – played eight.
How will Dunphy use rotation against Kansas?
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