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Temple vs. St. Joseph's: implications
If there was ever a Jekyll/Hyde two-game turnaround in Temple athletics, the Missouri and St. Joseph's games were exactly that.

The Missouri game proved that, when depleted by injuries, Temple can be defeated, even somewhat ignominiously on its home court in some very winnable games.

That game established that the duo of Rose and NPL can't carry the team on their backs without a strong and deep supporting cast, even on their home court and against a respectable rival. It also exposed considerable flaws in the games of specific players whose performances vs. Missouri were beyond abysmal.

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The blow-out vs. the Hawks, with a 44 pt scoring margin and the first 108 point performance since 1962 prove for the first time this season that Temple is capable of a potent offense when it plays 9-11 man rotations - - at least against their less highly ranked opponents.

The size of the victory was particularly impressive, coming as it did shortly after the Hawks played Villanova fairly close for 30 minutes in their recent game.

I was starting to view the loss vs Missouri as a potential morale-crushing collapse, despite a couple of heroic efforts, but suddenly, the cavalry came charging in, and out of the blue, five Owls scored in double-figures, the team grabbed 51 rebounds, hit 63% of their FGAs, 53.3% of their 3 point shots, and added 19 assists, 8 steals, and 4 blocks.

Now, the main question is: Can the team keep the positive momentum game going as the Conference season rapidly approaches?

The answer may well be yes, simply because Parks, D. Moore, and JPL were able to contribute, coming off their injuries all at once, and because Damion Dunn may be about to join the team fairly soon.
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RE: Temple vs. St. Joseph's: implications
(12-12-2019 06:32 AM)jedclampett Wrote:  If there was ever a Jekyll/Hyde two-game turnaround in Temple athletics, the Missouri and St. Joseph's games were exactly that.

The Missouri game proved that, when depleted by injuries, Temple can be defeated, even somewhat ignominiously on its home court in some very winnable games.

That game established that the duo of Rose and NPL can't carry the team on their backs without a strong and deep supporting cast, even on their home court and against a respectable rival. It also exposed considerable flaws in the games of specific players whose performances vs. Missouri were beyond abysmal.

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The blow-out vs. the Hawks, with a 44 pt scoring margin and the first 108 point performance since 1962 prove for the first time this season that Temple is capable of a potent offense when it plays 9-11 man rotations - - at least against their less highly ranked opponents.

The size of the victory was particularly impressive, coming as it did shortly after the Hawks played Villanova fairly close for 30 minutes in their recent game.

I was starting to view the loss vs Missouri as a potential morale-crushing collapse, despite a couple of heroic efforts, but suddenly, the cavalry came charging in, and out of the blue, five Owls scored in double-figures, the team grabbed 51 rebounds, hit 63% of their FGAs, 53.3% of their 3 point shots, and added 19 assists, 8 steals, and 4 blocks.

Now, the main question is: Can the team keep the positive momentum game going as the Conference season rapidly approaches?

The answer may well be yes, simply because Parks, D. Moore, and JPL were able to contribute, coming off their injuries all at once, and because Damion Dunn may be about to join the team fairly soon.

It’s my view, there’s never been a need for Rose and Nate to carry Temple on it’s back as Rose is a poor shooter, and Nate is struggling shooting three’s, but keeps shooting them. Their a problem, not a solution, unless Temple plays a pressure defense that maximizes their skills. Time for them to let other Temple shoot, as they did in the St. Joe’s game.

It’s the style of play Temple plays that will lead to good results, not JPL, or D.Moore. Parks will help.

Temple has the defense to be a championship caliber team, but needs to improve it’s offense in order to challenge the big boys in the NCAA tournament. It has the players to do that.

Temple will have a better half court offense only when Scott plays more, and Dunn is able to play as well. As they are players who both are good shooters and like to shoot.
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In conference play last season, Temple shot three’s at 33.0 percent, which is the equivalent of shooting two’s at almost 50 percent Temple shot two’s in conference play at just 43.6 percent on two’s. As one can readily see Temple would have been far better off shooting more three’s than 2’s.

Yet HC Mckie in defiance of the above empirical proof, said after a game, that Temple was not a three point shoot shooting team, and instead had Temple players take 66.4 percent of their shots as two’s, while taking only taking 33.6 percent of all fga’s as three’s. Temple should have shot way more three’s. What he should had said that Temple was the third best three-point shooting team in the conference and last place team at no.12 shooting two’s.

The year before under HC Fran Dunphy, when Temple finished with a stellar 13-5 conference record, Temple also finished third in the conference in three point shooting, but Dunphy wisely had Temple take 38 percent of it’s fga’s as three’s.

Why McKie would chose to have his worse two point shooters take the most two’s, and have his team shoot more two’s this past season over the prior season, when Temple was the worse in the conference shooting two’s, and when Temple again were among the top teams shooting tthree’s defies both an explanation and logic. As does McKie not having Perry, his best two and three point shooter not playing much, nor Scott play much who shot two’s at 54.7 percent.,

Even Rose and NPL took few three’s even though they shot three’s at 31 percent which was an equivalent rate of 46 percent on two’s, that far exceeded them shooting two’s as they did at close to 40 percent. With both percentages being below the team’s average shooting percentage it made no sense for tbith of them taking Temple’s most shots.

Temple would have been far better off playing Perry over Moorman because he shot three’s and two’s far better than Moorman, and in order to get more shots. For the same reason, Temple would have been better off having Alani Moore shoot way more three’s as he shot three’s at 42.9 percent in conference play.

But Mckie followed the misguided Temple playbook by favoring certain older players over transfers and making younger players wait their turn. The only exception was his favoring his recruit in Forrester over Hamilton. It’s my view that Hamilton was a better player as Temple win with Hamilton starting early in the season.,

Merit should be the only standard. Perry has patiently waited his turn and this year along with others will hopefully be one of the focal points of Temple’s offense as he shot high percentages on both two’s and three’s last season.
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