Temple Must put Orlando Behind Them
Temple basketball has a long way to go to reach their desired expectations when March rolls around. The Owls went 1-2 at the Old Spice Classic including losses in the First Round to Cal 57-50 and to Texas A&M 54-51 in the 5th Place Game. Hopefully for the Owls sake it was just one of those bad weeks. The offense looked very stagnant as the Owls just continually settled for jumpshots.
It seems to me so far that Temple is missing the on-court leadership and scoring from the departed Ryan Brooks. The Owls need either Juan Fernandez or Lavoy Allen to step up and fill that leadership role. Neither is really built to lead; both are quiet guys.
In five games so far this season, Temple is shooting 19/80 from three (23.8%). Juan Fernandez is just 4/23 from downtown as he’s yet to get it going. Ramone Moore is currently the only player averaging double-digits (10.8 ppg).
I’m still waiting for Lavoy Allen to step up offensively. He needs to stop being so passive. Allen can score when he wants to.
Temple did have some bright spots from Orlando as two players in particular emerged; sophomore guard Khaliff Wyatt and junior forward Scootie Randall. Wyatt barely saw the floor as a freshman because of his lack of defensive intensity. During the offseason, Wyatt trimmed down and is playing the defense that Dunphy hoped for. Randall had a team-high 18-points in their win against Georgia.
Even with the offense struggling, the defense still shows up every night. They have yet to allow 60-points in a game so far this season. They’re allowing 54.5 ppg thus far. All in all, Temple missed out on some quality win opportunities in the tournament to boost their RPI. They did get the win against Texas A&M.
Hopefully the Owls fixed some of the kinks because the schedule doesn’t get much easier. After a “should be” win against Central Michigan tonight, the Owls go on the road to play Maryland and get Georgetown at home.