No. 9 Temple Will Beat No. 8 N.C. State If ... The Very Least (Really) You Need to Know

No. 9 Temple Will Beat No. 8 N.C. State If ... The Very Least (Really) You Need to Know
March 22, 2013, 7:10 am
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9 Temple (23-9, 11-5 A-10) vs. 8 NC State (24-10, 9-7 ACC)

Time: 1:40 p.m.
Channel: TBS (Very funny.)
Region: East
Place: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio

Please not another One-and-Dunph: Temple is one of only eight programs in the country — along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Marquette, Michigan State and Wisconsin — that has made the NCAA Tournament in each of the last six seasons. Of course, they haven't enjoyed much success when they've gotten there, winning only one game in their last five trips (and even that required a last-second make against an inferior opponent). Head coach Fran Dunphy has gotten his team to the tournament 15 times in 24 years but owns just a 2-14 record.

What they're dealing with: N.C. State forwards combine for 27.6 points and 18.1 rebounds per game and shoot a combined 53.8 percent from the field. Leslie leads the team in scoring with 14.7 points per game and Howell led the ACC this season with 10.7 rebounds per game. As for the rest of the team the Wolfpack scoring the fifth most points in country (77.5) on the fifth-best shooting percentage (49.4) and the 12th-best three-point percentage (39.3 percent).

The Owls win if… they're not overly passive, don't stand around on offense,
don't settle for bad jumpers and don't just generally fold — the usual tourney
strategy. Temple's defense has been lax all year and N.C. State scores the fifth-most points in the country, so the offense has to keep pace.

This infographic displayed in the practice facility should also come into play:

Pregame reading:
>> NCAA scouting report: 8 N.C. State vs. 9 Temple [Me]
>> Temple's Anthony Lee expected to play Friday [Gonzo]
>> Temple's keys vs. N.C. State: Hollis-Jefferson and Randall [Me]
>> Temple seniors out to reverse their tourney history [Me]

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