Coming off two heartbreaking losses in close contests against ranked opponents, the Temple Owls came into the Liacouras Center for their home opener on Sunday night with one thing on their mind: winning. Though Jaylen Bond and Obi Enechionyia began the contest against the Delaware Blue Hens scoring the first six points for Temple, it was an entire team effort by the Owls as they came away with a convincing win in front of a proud Temple crowd.
By the end of the first half, all but three Temple players scored. Jaylen Bond along with freshmen, Levan Alston Jr. and Trey Lowe, were tied in team high scoring with six points each heading into halftime while Temple’s bench outscored Delaware’s bench 16-0 through the first 20 minutes of play. It wasn’t until the 12:18 mark in the second half when Enechionyia hit a three-pointer for his 10th point of the game that a Temple player was in double figures, yet the Owls led by as many as 12 without a double-digit scorer.
Obi wasn’t the only Owl to break 10. By the end of regulation, Temple came away with a 69-50 win over the Blue Hens and three of their five starters, including Enechionyia, scored in double figures. Eleven different Owls played in the home opener and eight of them scored. In the first half, Temple had 5 team assists but when the final buzzer sounded, the Owls upped their total to 13 dimes, four more than Delaware’s 9 total assists. Moreover, the Owls bench continued to dominate the Blue Hens bench in the second half, and at the end of the game, Temple’s bench outscored Delaware’s bench 21-4, a 17 point differential.
The emphasis on team play didn’t stop on the court either, Jaylen Bond and Obi Enechionyia spoke a lot about the entirety of the team during the postgame press conference as well. After the team effort by the Owls in the home opener, Bond, the lone captain for the Owls, expressed confidence and belief in his squad. “I think we can compete with anybody in the country, but we also can lose to anybody in the country,” Bond said. “We have to play hard every night to be successful.”
When asked about the performance of the active freshmen, Enechionyia stated, “They’re pretty impressive. To be honest I wasn’t really expecting them to come in and be as efficient on offense as they are.” Enechionyia, who was a freshman last year, added that he knows and understands how difficult the transition from the high-school level to the collegiate level is. “As a freshman that’s pretty tough. Coming in from high school, it’s a big jump, so for them to be playing as well as they are, it’s impressive.”
Lowe and Alston Jr. finished the game with a combined 14 points off the bench. Lowe totaled eight points while Alston had six, proving that they are not afraid to score despite the lack of experience in the college game.
“They’ve surprised me with how fearless they are,” head coach Fran Dunphy said about Lowe and Alston. “They’re not afraid of anything.”
Daniel Dingle rounded out the rest of the bench scoring with seven points, making three of his five field goals.
Though it is still early in the season, this theme of team camaraderie seems to be a big part of what the Owls are trying to instill in their game plan this season. “We’re focusing more on moving the ball this year,” Enechionyia said. “Last year we let [Will Cummings] drive and kick and this year, I think the ball moves a lot more. It’s showing a lot.”
Though filling the void of a star point guard like last year’s Will Cummings is not an easy one, Dunphy added that with the departure of such a ball dominant player, he has seen an improvement on sharing the ball. “I do think we move the ball…better than we did in years past. I’m hoping that that’s because we’re emphasizing it but I’m hoping that these guys are buying into that aspect as well.”
The Owls have not dropped their assist totals in the first five games of the season any lower than 10 and recorded a season high 18 assists against Minnesota in their only win during the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Currently they are averaging 13.4 assists through five games, a one assist improvement over last year’s 12.4, but as the season progresses and more games are played, expect the average to increase even more when the team chemistry begins to solidify.
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PUERTO RICO – This past weekend, the Temple Owls competed at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan, but it was nothing close to a vacation. The team played against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, #22 Butler Bulldogs, and the #16 Utah Utes.
In Temple’s first game of the three day tournament, it was a quarterfinal contest against Minnesota in which they won, 75-70. Both teams played competitively throughout with the lead changing several times, but ultimately it was Temple’s three-point shooting and ability to share the ball that led to the victory for the cherry-and-white. The Owls shot an impressive 43.5-percent from behind the arc and totaled 18 assists at the end of regulation. Minnesota was outplayed in both of those departments, shooting a pedestrian 33.3-percent from deep and only dishing out eight assists for the game.
Due to the high assists margin, all but two Temple players scored. It was an all-around team effort as five Owls contributed double-figures in points. Senior captain, Jaylen Bond, scored a team high 19 points on 8/12 shooting while grabbing seven rebounds in 32 minutes. Devin Coleman was able to drop 15 points, nine of which came from three, while shooting a perfect four-of-four from the free throw line. Quenton DeCosey added 12 points and made four of his six field goal attempts while also making both of his free throws. DeCosey also dished out three assists, which tied the team high with Levan Alston Jr. who also had three assists for the game. Off the bench, sophomore, Obi Enechionyia, made three three-pointers and ended the game with 14 points and four rebounds.
The victory advanced the Owls to the semifinals which would pit them against an efficient and high scoring Butler team that was ranked 22nd in the nation. The Owls led early in the game, and by a comfortable margin that blossomed to as high as 12, the largest lead of the game for either team. Despite the double-digit lead, Temple was unable to contain Butler’s offense for the entirety of the game and lost the contest 74-69.
Though the final stats show a very even game throughout, Butler proved that they simply just wanted the ball more. The only statistic that shows a decent separation between the two teams is in rebounding, where Temple was outrebounded by a margin of six. Butler grabbed a total of 47 rebounds while Temple grabbed 41, but every other team statistic had no larger margin of separation than three and the Owls had more field goals, three pointers, free throws and blocks than Butler, making it hard to believe that the cherry-and-white lost.
Four of the five starters for Temple racked up double-digits in scoring, once again showing another balanced scoring attack by the Owls. Quenton DeCosey led all scorers with 24 points on 9/16 shooting while making all four of his free throws and crashing the boards 10 times as well. Fellow senior Jaylen Bond also had a double-double, scoring 13 points and corralling 13 rebounds. Though Josh Brown and Devin Coleman were able to add 12 points and 10 points respectively, it was not enough to come away with the victory.
Nevertheless, the Owls still had a chance to play for third place in the consolation match against a Utah Utes team that was ranked 16th in the country, making them the second straight ranked opponent and third in four games for the Owls.
In this third place contest, Temple trailed by as many as 14 points in the second half, but in the closing minutes were able to tie the game and even take the lead on multiple occasions. There were four lead changes in the final 3:06 of play but the Owls were unable to pull the upset, losing 74-68.
Quenton DeCosey and Obi Enechionyia were the only players in this game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off that scored double-digits for the Owls. DeCosey led with 14 points and Enechionyia trailed not far behind with 13 points.
Temple was unable to halt the dominance of NBA prospect and Utah star, Jakob Poeltl. The Owls allowed the All-American to score 32 points on 83-percent shooting while also letting the big man grab a game high 11 rebounds.
The heartbreaking loss was topped off with two consecutively missed free throws by Daniel Dingle that could have tied the game at 70 in the last 16 seconds of regulation. Prior to those two misses, the Owls missed just one of their seven free throws.
Ultimately, the Owls’ effort did not seem suffice throughout the tournament. Rarely, if ever, did you see an Owl player diving on the floor for a loose ball or making those effort plays. While watching all three games, the Owls often let opposing offenses dominate them rather than the usual gritty Owl defense. Not that every defensive possession was bad, but as a team, the effort level is not collectively there yet. However, the Owls showed multiple signs of brilliance on defense and offense that display hope for the coming games in the season.
One thing that supremely stood out was Temple’s full court press. Though the half-court defense was not as stout as it should have been, the full court pressure that Temple ran in the closing minutes of each game forced crucial turnovers. The full court attack was what ultimately pulled the Owls closer to the Utes in the third place game and if head coach Fran Dunphy runs it more often, expect the Owls to rack up more wins as the season progresses.
Although the full court press impressed throughout the tournament, it bit the Owls in the back end in the closing moments of each of their two losses in Puerto Rico. Dunphy’s squad elected not to foul with the shot clock off in both the Butler and Utah game when the Owls found themselves down by manageable deficits. If they were to stop the clock, it would have given the Owls more time to respond with more chances for offensive possessions. Instead of fouling, they attempted to run a full court trap that led to seconds ticking away. On both occasions in each of the games, the failed trap led to a layup on the other end for the opposition. So not only did the traps extend the lead, but the intent of not to foul milked precious seconds away that the Owls could have used to their advantage.
All in all, the reason coach Dunphy and the team decided not to foul was most likely because of the extremely efficient success they had when running the full court pressure earlier in each of the games. Ultimately, the success more than likely bated Temple into thinking they could force another turnover in the closing seconds rather than giving up points at the charity stripe. This proves that decision making is another aspect that the Owls must improve on if they want to win more this season.
The two losses and one win in the early season tournament put the Owls at 1-3 through the first four games of the season. Though the record does not look promising at this point, the three losses came against ranked teams (#1 UNC, #16 Utah, #22 Butler) while the win was against a Minnesota team that was riding a solid two game winning streak. It is still way too early in the season to be talking about March, but if one thing is certain, it is that the Temple Owls certainly do not have a weak schedule and they have shown they can play with some of the best in the country.
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Since the game ended around 9PM Friday night, I’ve had a lot of trouble determining if I should be optimistic or angry about Temple’s 23 point loss to the nation’s number 1 ranked team, the University of North Carolina. For starters, the team played with UNC for most of the game, keeping it within 10 points until late in the second half.
Redshirt senior Devin Coleman finally put it together with 19 points in 21 minutes, including a stretch where he couldn’t be stopped.
The young freshmen, Trey Lowe, Levan Shawn Alston Jr., and Ernest Aflakpui, all played big roles in the loss. Lowe, who we knew could score after 2,500 points in high school, showed off his quick stroke and good feel for the game. Although he seemed a little slow on defense and had trouble breaking through the UNC picks, the Ewing, NJ native was a bright offensive spot.
Alston also had a lot of positives and showed off his fearless will. After being pickpocketed on his first offensive possession of his college career, he came back the next possession and took UNC’s sophomore guard Joel Berry to the rack for a bucket. Finishing with 12 points, he showed his real offensive potential. Aflakpui saw the least time of the three freshmen, but had a nice layup and garnered solid time. Now listed at 6-foot-10 after being listed as 6-foot-8 during the offseason, the hope is that he can continue to grow and develop and build off of an average game.
But on top of those positives, there were more negatives.
After the Owls’ game, I stayed for the Navy versus Florida match. Like a typical military academy, in the first ten minutes, there must have been four charges drawn and at least four or five times when a Navy player dove after a loose ball. It got me thinking. I couldn’t remember a time when Temple had fallen on the floor for a loose ball during their game. I soon noticed that I couldn’t remember a moment where they looked like they really wanted the game. Never in my life did I think I would write these words.
I’m not saying they didn’t play hard. They just didn’t bring that extra Temple fire that we are used to seeing. That is the Temple way. That is supposed to be their identity.
In addition to effort, Temple basketball has been all about defense, especially under coach Dunphy. But this was not evident during the North Carolina game. They looked like they didn’t want it. UNC big men Kennedy Meeks, Brice Johnson, and Joel James were able to get into any position they wanted without much fight. The Carolina offensive players set screen after screen and the Temple players struggled to fight through. The heart, will, and desire just was not always there. This upsets me because I have waited for UNC versus Temple my entire life. Growing up under the wing of a UNC grad, I anxiously awaited the day they would face off. I always honestly thought that Temple would win, because they would outwork the Tar Heels. It was a common problem for North Carolina, as they would lose to teams that wanted it more. Yet it seemed that on Friday, Temple wasn’t the team who wanted it more.
The bottom line is that this Temple basketball team has a lot of talent. Quenton DeCosey averaged double digits last season. Jaylen Bond is well rounded and is supposed to be their defensive anchor. Josh Brown handles the offense in a calm and composed manner. Devin Coleman showed he could be a potential offensive spark. And they have a freshmen class that holds an immense amount of potential.
This Temple squad has the chance to be good, but if they don’t stick to their roots of hard, gritty, and tough play, it may be a year of disappointment.
With that being said, this is not a game to forget for the Owls. They need to remember the good, the bad, and the humility that came along with this lackadaisical loss.
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The Temple Owls opened up the 2015-16 season this past Friday against the top ranked, University of North Carolina Tar Heels. The game was set in Annapolis, Maryland at Navy’s Alumni Hall and was the first of two nationally televised contests. This was the first chance for Temple to earn some national recognition, and although it would be a tough test, the Owls came out of the gates on a mission.
The game opened up with Temple leading the Tar Heels, 9-4, behind Quenton DeCosey’s five point burst of a made three-pointer and midrange jump shot. Devin Coleman added four points to start as well, two via the free throw line and two off a layup. The Owls defense was playing well for the first five minutes of the game up to that point, holding the opposition to a poor 2/9 shooting. UNC head coach, Roy Williams called a timeout to regroup, and from there, the momentum started to shift away from the cherry-and-white and towards the Carolina blue.
The Tar Heels came out of the timeout on a 7-2 run and snatched the lead for the first time in the game, as the Owls found themselves down by three, 14-11. Though the game stayed close throughout the first half, the Owls were never able to regain the lead. The opening half remained a battle, as Temple was able to tie the game on several occasions behind a strong offensive outing from Devin Coleman, who finished the first half tying his career high with 16 of the Owls 36 points. In addition, Coleman scored eight straight for Temple from the 3:47 mark all the way up until there were 16 seconds left in the first half. It was not enough however and the Owls found themselves in a manageable yet double-digit hole at halftime, trailing 47-36.
Temple ended the half with poor defense and left too many wide open three pointers for the Tar Heels — three of the five first half three-pointers by North Carolina came in the final two minutes of the half. Surely, the Owls planned to close out on the outside shot more in the second half, but to no avail.
In the final half of play, Temple cut the lead to as close as eight with 18:41 left, but that was the closest they ever got to North Carolina. The Owls were unable to contain the top-ranked roster of the Tar Heels which included the likes of Kennedy Meeks, Joel Berry II, Brice Johnson, and Nate Britt. All four scored in double figures and Meeks led the way with a season opening double-double, tallying a game high 25 points and 11 rebounds.
The final score was 91-67, putting the Owls at 0-1 to begin the season. Although the score may not show it, there were a number of bright spots for the Owls in their opening contest.
Devin Coleman scored a team high 19 points, proving that he can be a serious offensive option behind Quenton DeCosey, who scored 11 for the game. This was a question many seemed to ask with the departure of Will Cummings last season. Who would be the secondary scorer behind DeCosey? Many thought the next best option for the Owls would be this year’s freshman, Levan Alston Jr., but from what was shown against the top ranked Tar Heels, Coleman has a case for being a consistent and high scoring threat for the Owls with his ability to shoot the three ball well and finish around the rim.
Speaking of Levan Alston Jr., the newcomer hand an impressive outing in his first game as an Owl. The freshman put up 12 points on an accurate five-of-seven shooting and 50-percent from behind the arc in just 15 minutes of play. His high-school AAU teammate, Trey Lowe, also had a decent showing in his first game for Temple as he put up eight points off the bench. Another Owl freshman, Ernest Aflakpui, scored his first points in cherry-and-white on his one and only field goal, ending the game with two points and two rebounds in 12 minutes.
All in all, poor rebounding, free throw shooting, and shot selection is what ultimately put the nail in the coffin for the Owls. Temple totaled 27 rebounds while North Carolina grabbed 48 — the Owls were outrebounded by a margin of 21, 14 of which came on the offensive glass for the Tar Heels. Granted, the Owls stretch power forward, Obi Enechionyia, sat out due to an injury, but not even his athleticism would be able to make up for that large of a rebounding deficit. Offensively, Temple shot a total of 17 free throws and only made 10, resulting in an ugly 58.8-percent shooting from the line. The Owls also only made 24 of their 62 field goals, 38.7-percent from the field, almost as much as their three-point percentage, which was actually a decent 36-percent. Last year, the Owls shot 30-percent from three but with the additions of capable shooters such as Trey Lowe and Levan Alston, coach Dunphy may begin to run more sets which result in open perimeter shooters.
We will see if Temple decides to open up the floor more with three pointers when the Owls return to action on Thursday, November 19th, in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
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Last Season’s Record: 26-11 (13-5 AAC), NIT Tournament Semifinalist
Head Coach: Fran Dunphy (193-108 at Temple)
The Owls of Temple University have quite a respectable history in the context of men’s college basketball. They are the fifth most winningest program in NCAA basketball history, have made over 30 NCAA Tournament appearances, seven Sweet Sixteen appearances, seven Elite Eight appearances and have competed in a pair of Final Four contests. The Owls were also national champions in 1938 under hall-of-fame coach, Harry Witlack, and NIT champions in 1969. John Chaney, another Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, coached Temple from 1982 to 2006 and brought the Owls national fame in the modern era of college basketball by compiling a total of twenty 15-win seasons with an overall record of 516-253 and a handful of national rankings. Succeeding Chaney, was another outstanding coach in Fran Dunphy. He has coached Temple to six straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2007 to 2013 but for the past two seasons, Dunphy the Owls have found themselves in unfamiliar territory.
After being a regular fixture in the NCAA Tournament, the Owls have failed to make the ‘Big Dance’ in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. The first year out of the tournament was a deserved one, as Temple recorded a 9-22 record in what was an injury riddled season. Last year however, the Owls were left out in what was a controversial committee decision that had college basketball experts across the nation dumbfounded. That is why this year, the Owls are looking to leave no doubt and make it clear that they are a competitive team. But as last year’s snub displayed, Temple cannot play good basketball, they have to play great basketball.
vs. UNC, Novmeber 13th and vs. Wisconsin, December 5th
The biggest opponents this season for the Owls will be the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and the Wisconsin Badgers. These two teams on the Owls schedule are the most respected nationally coming into this season as UNC is projected to be the top team in college basketball for the 2015-16 season. The Badgers are coming off of a season that ended in a closely contested national championship game against Duke. If the Owls are able to put up a fight against these two teams and come away with the victory, there is no doubt that they will earn the national respect they are used to having.
vs. SMU, January 23rd, 2016
SMU is coming off of a nationally ranked season and an NCAA Tournament appearance, so this will be a vital conference matchup for the Owls to take seriously. Last season, the Owls were swept by the Mustangs in the conference series with each game resulting in a blown halftime lead by Temple. It was assumed that if Temple beat SMU at least once last season, they would be a sure selection for the tournament. Therefore, the Owls must win against the Mustangs this time around.
G – Josh Brown (8 PPG, 4 APG, 20 MPG)
G – Quenton DeCosey (15 PPG, 3 APG, 34 MPG)
F – Daniel Dingle (6 PPG, 2 APG, 18 MPG)
F – Jaylen Bond (11 PPG, 9 RPG, 36 MPG)
C – Devontae Watson (4 PPG, 6 RPG, 13 MPG)
6th – Obi Enechionyia (10 ppg, 7 RPB, 44% FG)
7th – Levan Alston Jr. (12 ppg, 6 APG, 3 RPG)
Brown will be the first successor of Cummings. Although he is not quite the playmaker and scorer that Cummings was, Brown has the ability to command the offense at the point. As a lefty, Brown has deceptive finesse, can get by defenders using his signature spin move that he flashed a couple of times last season, and has a decent mid-range shot. To take his game to the next level, Brown has to add more range on his jumper, improve his ability to draw attention from the defense, and make plays to his open teammates.
At the shooting guard position, senior wingman Quenton DeCosey will man a majority of the minutes. ‘Q’, as the fans like to call him, will be the offensive and backcourt leader coming into this season. DeCosey has been a top option for the Owls on offense since his sophomore campaign and he has not let down by averaging double-digits each of those seasons. This year he is expected to carry the offensive load for the Owls and be their primary scorer.
Daniel Dingle is an interesting player to keep an eye on. Coming out of high school, he was a four-star recruit under the assessment of ScoutHoops. He is an underrated passer who also actually has an impressive handle and can score when he needed. Although he has only averaged pedestrian numbers thus far at Temple (3.6 ppg in 16.5 minutes last season) Dingle is one of those players who when is on the floor, knows how to play the game.
Jaylen Bond will be the star for the Owls this season in addition to being named team captain in October. ESPN’s Seth Greenberg compared his physical frame to that of Lebron James, while Doris Burke praised Bond’s IQ, skill. and effort on the court by comparing his game to that of reigning NBA Champion, Draymond Green. Bond is a player who is all about hustle, grit, grind, and momentum plays. He is a defensive minded player who thrives off of blocked shots, tough rebounds, and throwing himself into passing lanes. He can also throw down posterizing dunks that are Sports Center Top 10 worthy — last season Bond made the SC Top 10 highlight reel three times! Jaylen will be that energy guy and leader for Temple this year and much is expected out of him.
Devontae is a seasoned veteran at the center position. By starting Devontae, opposing teams usually have trouble scoring around the rim due to his towering height. At six-eleven, Watson can protect the rim without even jumping and has the ability to drain the occasional hook shot in the paint. He is a vital part of creating mismatches in the opening minutes of the game for the Owls.
Though Brown and Watson will be starting, I see freshman Levan Alston and sophomore Obi Enechionyia taking most of the minutes at those two positions, respectively. Alston is a four star recruit and seems to be the next big thing at Temple. Alston has the skills of Will Cummings with better height and a more polished jump shot. Enechionyia is arguably the most athletic player on the Temple roster and provides quickness at the center position with a decent outside shot. Enechionyia’s combination of speed, leaping ability, and an impressive perimeter touch for a big man will certainly create problems for opposing defenses.
The Owls haven’t made the NCAA Tournament and this may be the year they can break back into the big dance. Their scheduled currently hosts five preseason ranked opponents in Villanova, Wisconsin, UCONN, UNC, and Butler with SMU and Cincinnati receiving votes as well. If Temple can hang with all of these opponents and keep the games competitive while winning some of them, do not be surprised to see the Owls back in the Top 25 polls.
Defense was a huge improvement last year, and it was coach Dunphy’s priority to bring back that defensive culture. Unfortunately however, the Owls offense was inconsistent throughout the season when it was expected to not be a struggle with Will Cummings and Quenton DeCosey predicted to be a tough backcourt to guard. Although the Owls flashed moments of offensive brilliance last season — especially when Jesse Morgan became eligible — consistency was an issue. Josh Brown is replacing Cummings this season, but don’t expect him to be as productive as his former teammate. Freshman Levan Alston Jr. will be the player to develop into that next dynamic guard and depending on how quickly he falls accustomed to the NCAA game that will determine how well the Owls do. If Alston is able to adapt instantly, expect the Owls to average around 75-80 points a game. That is a 10-plus point improvement from their 65.8 that they averaged last season. With the young group they are bringing in, they should run the ball in transition as much as possible to create easy opportunities to score.
The defense should carry over from last year as key defensive players such as Jaylen Bond, Obi Enechionyia, and Devontae Watson are returning. The frontcourt is set but the backcourt is where the Owls will have to piece the defensive puzzle together. Just as he was the offensive leader last season, Will Cummings was Temple’s perimeter defensive leader as well. This year, DeCosey and Josh Brown have to step up and stay in front of their opponents. The two are not the worst defenders, but they did not defend with the intimidating aggressiveness that Cummings carried. The two have natural long length and quickness to stay in front of other players, but the effort and aggressiveness they play with will dictate how well the Owls defense contains opposing offenses.
All in all, the Owls schedule is tough. It is difficult to tell how many wins the Owls will record because of their competitive schedule and their new personnel. A safe guess would predict the Temple Owls to win AT LEAST 15 games but I expect them to have as many as 20 Ws to end the regular season. Temple is hungry to return to their usual national recognition in the college basketball world and are due for a tournament appearance. With the schedule they have now along with the fresh legs they are bring to the hardwood this season, this is the ultimate opportunity for the Owls to do just that.
Coming into this season, the Owls have already improved in terms of depth. Since losing star guard playmaker Will Cummings, and three-point threat Jesse Morgan, the Owls have brought in four new freshmen that have all been rated as competitive prospects out of high school. The most impressive out of the bunch is Levan Shawn Alston Jr. who is four-star recruit and an offensive maestro. At six-foot-four, Alston is the ideal height at the guard spot for the college game. He creates a size advantage at the point guard position and a speed advantage at the shooting guard spot while also coming into the college game with refined shooting, finishing and passing skills. With high school teammate, Trey Lowe, by his side, the two can establish an offensive chemistry for Temple that seemed to sputter at times last season.
When analyzing the team as a whole, this idea of offensive depth seems to be the biggest improvement coming into the season. Although Fran Dunphy and his staff are defensive minded, the Owls have true offensive talent this season that can make them more respectable.
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