Coach: Fran Dunphy
Conference: Atlantic 10
2012-13 Record: 10-2
#2 Will Cummings, 6'1 Sophomore point guard
5.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.9 spg, 1.6 to/game, 36.1% fg, 78.3% ft, 31.6% 3pt
Cummings has terrific speed and quickness and is a pure point guard. He is a very good on-ball defender but is a below average perimeter shooter. Cummings game is based on getting into the paint and finishing at the rim so the Jayhawks must play solid defense on the basketball while he is in the game.
#1 Khalif Wyatt, 6'4 Senior shooting guard
15.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.3 spg, 2.5 to/game, 37.6% fg, 83.6% ft, 25% 3pt
Wyatt is a big-time scorer who can shoot the ball from distance and take the ball to the rim. On the season he is struggling from beyond the arc, knocking down 25% of his attempts from 3pt range and can shoot the ball off of the catch or coming off of screens. Wyatt has a good shot fake, will attack the basket with his strong hand, and does a good job of getting to the line, averaging 5.6 attempts per game. He has improved his ability to create offense for his teammates but he has been turnover prone at times early this season.
#33 Scootie Randall, 6'6 Senior small forward
12.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.3 spg, 2 to/game, 36.8% fg, 77.1% ft, 25.9% 3pt
Randall missed all of last season with an injury but has made a strong return, averaging nearly 13 points per game this year. His game is based on the 3pt shot which he can shoot off the catch or coming off of screens. Randall doesn't possess great ball skills but can put the ball on the floor with his right hand to create offense for himself. He has rebounded the ball very well this season and averages 2.3 offensive rebounds per game.
#32 Rahlir Hollins-Jefferson, 6'6 Senior combo forward
9.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.8 spg, 1.4 bpg, 2 to/game, 44.3% fg, 67.6% ft
Jefferson is a long, skinny player who operates in the paint for this team but has range out to 17ft. He has proven to be a solid rebounder for this team, grabbing 5.4 rebounds per game on the season, including 2.4 on the offensive end. Jefferson prefers to go left, struggles to create offense, and has proven to be an average passer. The Jayhawks will need to keep him off the glass, especially on the offensive end, to limit his effectiveness.
#3 Anthony Lee, 6'9 Sophomore center
11.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.5 spg, 1 bpg, 0.9 to/game, 55.3% fg, 67.4% ft
Lee uses his length to block shots and is a solid rebounder. While he has really improved offensively, Lee’s lack of strength can make it difficult for him at times to establish low post position and finish shots around the basket. The Jayhawks will need to keep Lee off the offensive glass and use pump fakes to limit his shot blocking ability on the defensive end.
#11 T.J. DiLeo, 6'2 Senior shooting guard
3.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1 spg, 0.5 to/game, 47.6% fg, 73.7% ft, 30.8% 3pt
DiLeo has shot a solid percentage from the floor this season, but has struggled from beyond the arc, going 4-13 on the year. DiLeo is a good decision maker and contributes by moving the basketball and by taking care of the basketball, sporting a 2.83:1 assist to turnover ratio. On the season he only attempts 1.8 shots per game and isn’t a player that creates offense for himself or his teammates.
#21 Dalton Pepper, 6'5 Junior shooting guard
2.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.5 apg, 0.4 spg, 0.7 to/game, 28.1% fg, 100% ft, 28.6% 3pt
Pepper is a terrific perimeter shooter for the Owls after transferring from West Virginia. While he hasn't been consistent from beyond the arc this season 65.6% of his field goal attempts have come from 3pt range. He will shoot the 3pt shot off the catch, in transition, and coming off of screens. Pepper isn't comfortable putting the ball on the floor and can be forced into turnovers when he does so. The junior can be taken off the dribble and is a very average defender.
#22 Jake O’Brien, 6'9 Senior power forward
8.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.6 bpg, 0.7 to/game, 46.2% fg, 66.7% ft, 44.4% 3pt
O’Brien, a transfer from Boston University, has added some scoring punch to the Owls this season. After scoring in double figures in each of his first three years at Boston University, the senior is averaging 8.2 points per game this season. O’Brien is a very good perimeter shooter and 57.7% of his field goal attempts have come from beyond the arc. He struggles to get to the free throw line, he is a below average rebounder, and struggles as a post defender. Kansas must make O’Brien put the ball on the floor from the perimeter and punish him when he defends the low post.
#25 Quenton Decosey, 6'5 Freshman shooting guard
3.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.2 to/game, 45.7% fg, 22.2% ft, 44.4% 3pt
Decosey is a very good athlete who is at his best in transition or attacking the basket off of one or two dribbles. The freshman has shot the ball at a higher level than expected and over half of his shots have come from beyond the arc. Decosey has really struggled from the line and needs to continue to develop as a ball handler if he wants to take his game to another level.
3pt Field Goal Percentage Defense
Temple is a team that packs the paint and tries to cut off penetration as much as possible. While their lack of size has hurt their defensive statistics, their ability to keep the ball out of the paint off the dribble has forced their opponents to shoot a large number of contested 3pt shots. On the season the Owls opponents are knocking down only 30.8% of their 3pt field goal attempts.
Temple has done an outstanding job taking care of the ball this season. On the year they have an assist to turnover ratio of 1.37:1. This team is unlikely to beat itself in this game.
The Owls have experience and talented seniors in Wyatt, Randall, and Hollins-Jefferson. They combine to average 37.3 points per contest and all three are capable of making winning plays late in tight games.
Consistent Perimeter Shooting
Temple has really struggled from beyond the arc this season, knocking down just 31% of their 3pt attempts. However, in their two losses this season the Owls were only able to knock down less than 25% shots from beyond the arc (12-49).
On the season the Owls have a rebounding differential of -0.6. They are very poor on the offensive glass, grabbing only 35.6% of their missed shots on the season.
The Owls don’t have a great deal of quality depth on the interior and depend upon smaller players for a contribution on the glass. If Lee gets into foul trouble trying to defend Withey the Owls could be in for a long day as they wouldn’t have anyone capable of guarding the Kansas big man down low.
Kansas Keys to the Game
Kansas has shot the ball exceptionally well as of late and will need to knock down perimeter shots against the Owls sagging defense. In the two Temple losses on the season they have allowed their opponents to knock down 22-41 3pt field goal attempts. If the Jayhawks can hit a few open shots and extend the Temple defense they should be able to get another victory over what should be an NCAA Tournament team.
Temple will pack the paint in hopes of taking away driving lanes for their opponents. They will switch guard to guard screens, dig into the paint, and force teams to knock down shots. For Kansas to be successful they will need to get into the paint thorugh penetration and post entry passes. If they are able to get the ball into the lane they will have open looks from 3pt range, instead of the contested looks that Temple wants to give up.
Due to their lack of size and quality post depth, the Owls have struggled rebounding the basketball this season. On the year they have a rebounding margin of – 0.6 and are below average on the offensive glass. Kansas must win the battle of the boards in this game. The effort of the Jayhawks guards on the glass is going to be a key area to watch as the Temple guards rebound their positions very well.
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