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You have no idea what you're talking about. Temple didn't take a transfer because they thought he couldn't play.
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(04-20-2021 03:25 PM)JHG722 Wrote:  You have no idea what you're talking about. Temple didn't take a transfer because they thought he couldn't play.

You missed my point. Temple needs a big that’s better than the Centers presently on the roster. They didn’t get that in Okpomo, as he’s not a scorer ( shot but once every 10 minute) nor a particular good defender as WF fans say he’s often out of position.

He does block shots, but that’s negated if he’s out of position on most plays. His blocks will be valuable if he otherwise learns to play defense better.

He did not show at WF that he can keep opponents scoring down. He needs to show that.

But the bigger problem for Temple is they need more scoring not less from the front court as the backcourt being able to shot at a consistently decent rate was lack the past few years. One can only hope it improves this upcoming season. Temple’s poor record last season, that’s not what Temple needs
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Can’t understand why both AAC and Houston fans are so so ga-ga over Houston. Yes getting an AAC team into the Final Four is nice, but beating low-seeds and failing to average even 64 points over their last four NCAA Tournament games is hardly starling play.

Also, Houston scored poorly in at least one-half of it’s last four tournament games-Rutgers (27-points) Syracuse (30 points) Oregon State (30 points) and Baylor (20-points).

Fact that only one Houston player scored more than 3 points in the first half against Baylor sJoe’s how good Baylor really is.
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Baylor was light years better than any other team in the nation. Even Gonzaga was far behind. Baylor is one of the best college bb teams ever. Was a privilege and pleasure to watch them play.
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I've never understood the big deal about ranch.
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(04-24-2021 09:05 PM)JHG722 Wrote:  I've never understood the big deal about ranch.

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I went to my local bodega today, and they sell cans of hard coffee. Hard coffee, hard seltzer, hard beer, hard iced tea--they really sell everything with alcohol now.
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I've been on a real chicken kick of late. This is my go-to recipe:

https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/jama...rk-chicken

Great way to clear out your sinuses too. I use a lot of hot peppers.
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If Temple is going to average far more than the 65 ppg again and improve their ranking of 299th out of 350 Division 1 teams in points scored, Temple will needs to play a pressure defense and fast break more, as it does not have enough consistent shooters in half court sets to win games.


Temple is also going to have to average far more than 27 points they did from the front court. This could happen if Jourdain is able to shoot as well as he did in limited playing time as he showed signs of being an excellent three point shooter. He did average 19 ppg his last season in Prep school. J.White and Z. Hicks have to contribute as well.

Battle and Dunn are not a good match playing together, because both turned the ball over excessively and Dunn shot poorly last season. Highly touted freshman PG Hysier Miller should start from the get-go, and play alongside Battle and Williams, with Dunn coming off the bench.

Do think that Temple will improve defensively on the perimeter with J.White coming off the bench, but it’s unknown whether Zach Hicks’s will earn playing time. He is a good shooter. What Tolbert’s and Okpomo’s contribution will be is unknown.
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LOL
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One of Temple’s main offensive problems last season was that Battle shot but 26 percent on two-point jump shots and D.Dunn but 30 percent, and Dunn converting on only 18 percent on his three’s. Dunn’s poor shoo was slightly offset by him being fouled a lot and his getting to the foul-line a good bit.

Thankfully Battle took his fewest shots as 2-point jump shots, but he still needs to show he can finish at the rim and shoot far better than the 48 percent he shot at the rim.

Temple can improve it’s two-point shooting if Temple would only fast break more, play a pressure defense that results in forced turnovers and easy hoops on the other end. Mckie should also install some back-door plays that results in easy hoops.
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Temple’s best chance to have a decent record this upcoming season is if Battle,Jourdain, Miller, and Williams, are Temple’s leading scorers. They are not only Temple’s best scorers, but if the ball is mostly in their hands, Temple will likely commit far fewer turnovers than they did last season.
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One reason Temple has gone from posting a 13-5 conference record in the 2018-2019 season, to a 6-10 conference record in the 2019-20 season, to a 4-10 conference record in 2020-21, is because Temple has gone from averaging 8.6 steals per game in conference play, 1st in the conference, three season’s ago, to only garnering only 4.2 steals per game, last in conference play, this past season.

That’s because great ball stealers three seasons ago like Rose, who averaged 1.9 steals per game and NPL who averaged 1.5 steals per game are gone, and replaced this past season by Battle who averaged but . 3 steals per game, and Dunn who averaged a .5 steals per game this past season.

Also, this past season, Temple committed 2.1 more turnovers per game than their opponents in conference play, as compared to Temple committing an average of 3.2 less turnovers per game than their opponents three years ago. That’s a 5.3 turnover swing.

While one can hope that Temple will lower it’s turnover deficit, Temple is not likely to return anytime soon to the days when Temple committed less turnovers than it’s opponents. Until they do, it’s difficult seeing Temple having a winning. Given the importance of the turnover differential between opponents in winning or losing games. At best, Temple may be able to break-even this season committing turnovers.

One can only hope that PG Hysier Miller a good shooter, ball stealers shooter, ball stealer, and hopefully a low turnover player, replaces Dunn’s playing time and such reduces both Temple’s negative turnover margin, and increases Temple’s scoring.

So one can only hope that Miller, Battle, and Williams, all start in Temple’s backcourt. When Dunn does play he should limit himself to rebounding, and driving to the hoop. .He should shoot far less than he did and that should cut down his high turnover rate.

Temple still needs to improve it’s offense, as three seasons ago, Temple shot 49 percent on two’s in conference play, but only shot 43 percent on two’s the last two losing seasons in conference play.
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The fact that Temple did not sign a first rate Center, and settled for Wake Forrest transfer E.Okpomo who didn’t score nor defend well last season hurt’s Temple’s hope of scoring more points than last seAson. improving it’s interior defense. If he plays, it’s difficult to see what positive things he brings to the table.

Undersized but quick Sage Tolbert and Forrester should combine in holding opponents to shooting around 45.8 percent on two’s just like last season, and possibly less if Tolbert proves to be a better interior defender than Moorman.

But any hope of holding opponents to shooting but 43 percent on two’s, which is less than Temple did last season, seems remote.

Just don’t see Temple to limit opponents from shooting a high percentage on three’s unless Mckie plays man to man on the perimeter which he hasn’t done. To even hold opponents to shooting 45 8 percent on two’s again or slightly lower this season, Mckie will again have to have his perimeter players cheat-in. resulting in opponents shooting 35 percent on three’s as they did in conference play last season.


Any hope of opponents shoring less on three’s is dependent on J.White being able to play a good bit and taking some of D.Dunn’s minutes. Also, he has to show he can shoot better than Dunn. He didn’t show that in HS, but Mckie said he greatly improbved in team scrimmages before he injured hiss knee again.

Zach Hicks is a “X” factor. Although he shoots well, it’s not clear whether he defends and rebounds decently.

Temple’s biggest need is to improve it’s scoring. Losing both Barry and Perry is a loss toward attaining that as both shot well, although both didn’t shoot as much as they should have.

So much rides on Battle shooting consistently well, with three new players with two payers with no college playing experience-Miller and and White, along with N.Joudain with little college experience, all being major contributors to Temple’s offense. Hicks would be a bonus.
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When Temple went 13-5 in conference play three years ago, opponents had 1.7 percent higher FG percentage which was insignificant since Temple Temple averaged 3.2 less turnovers per game than their opponents did.

In conference play this past season, opponents out shot Temple by only .6 percent, by Temple committing an average of 2.1 more turnover per game than opponents in conference play this past year, such basically shows the more significant role the turnover differential
Plays in a winning or losing season.

So while a big difference in FG percentage can effect the outcomes in games, for Temple the turnover battle has played a more significant factor in deterring it’s win-loss record.

So Temple’s deficit turnover margin this season in conference games, played a large role and closely explains why Temple’s had a deficit scoring margin of 3.1 points per game, after having a positive scoring margin of 4.1 ppg over opponents three years ago in conference play when Trmple committed 3.2 fewer turnovers per game than opponents did.

If Temple is going to have a winning record next season, they need to commit less turnovers per game than their opponents do. Such is more significant than Temple even improving it’s shooting as it also must do.

Getting the the ball out of Dunn’s hands so he doesn’t have as many turnovers (2.6 turnovers per game) and to prevent him from shooting as much, can Temple both lessen it’s turnovers, and increase it’s scoring.

Battle also has to reduce his turnovers down from 2.8 per game, while still shooting a lot. By having Miller shooting and distribute the ball more and committing fewer turnovers, does Temple significantly lower its turnovers and score more.
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Under HC Mckie last season, conference opponents committed an average of only 11.3 turnovers per game, the fewest turnovers committed by any conference team. Clearly Temple was not applying a pressure defense that tried to force opponent turnovers.

In Mckie’s first season as HC, Temple’s conference opponents averaged 12.3 turnovers per game, also the lowest forced opponent turnovers in conference play. Both Rose and NPL were on that team. .

But the year before, Fran Dunphy’s team also with Fide and NPL opponent forced opponent turnovers than Temple committed. Rose and NP

As Temple forced an average of 14.4 conference opponent turnovers per game, some 2.1 more forced turnovers by conference opponents then the following season under HC Mckie.

Why McKie choose not apply a pressure defense in his two years as HC as is puzzling, especially this past seAson when he had a much younger squad and knew his team were going to commit more turnovers than the his first season and they did.

HC Mckie allowing Temple to go from committing less turnovers than opponents to more Templeturnovers than opponents did, goes a long way in explaining his two consecutive losing seasons.
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James Monty Scott going for a record 4 D-I schools in 6 years. Heard he turned down Kansas, Kentucky and Duke for Eastern Michigan.
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(05-15-2021 12:27 AM)JHG722 Wrote:  lol

While not ideal, nice he had a chance to learn from five ( have to include Dunphy the year he sat out) different head coaches. Also, he got to start at PG last season and in an offensive system that ran pick and rolls on offense, and a full-court press on defense. Will do the same this season playing for Eastern Michigan.

Also, not bad having graduated a school on the west coast, having met a variety of different people in four separate regions of the country. He also will pick-up a Master’s degree in building construction. And not having to pay a cent and incurring debt to do so.Doesn’t sound bad to me.

And now Scott, after being pursued by high-major colleges, leaves Portland State with a 15.7 Big Sky Conference scoring average to attend and play for Eastern Michigan under new HC Stan Heath who was the HC of the NBA Orlando Magic G-league team that won the G-League Championship this past season. This up-coming season will give Scott the chance to play in a professional bb offense and defense that aligns and should bring out the best in his skill-set. Will also give him an opportunity to gage his potential of having professional future in bb.

Inhis first year as HC years ago, HC Stan Heath left NCAA National Champions Michigan State, where he served as an Assistant Coach, , and took over the HC position at Kent State, and promptly led them to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. Later in his college career, HC Heath took both Arkansas and South Florida to the NCAA tournament.
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