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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.
(This post was last modified: 12-12-2019 06:33 AM by jedclampett.)
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(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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