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RE: Temple’s men’s 2020-2021 basketball season
Temple now finds itself having a 2-3 conference record. After losing it’s first two conference games to Houston and SMU, arguably the AAC’s two best teams, Temple won it’s last two AAC’s games by beating both UCF and Tulane.

We now have enough of a body of work to see that offensively Temple is a very good team at getting to the foul-line (22 per game, 2nd in the AAC) and shooting three’s ( 34.8 percent, 1st in the AAC), but a very poor two point shooting team ( 39.6 percent, 10th in the AAC).

Redshirt freshman Damian Dunn is largely responsible for Temple getting to the foul-line as often as it does as he’s averaging 8.0 ft’s per game, and Temple is making an average of 3.6 more foul shots than their conference opponents make.

While Temple’s three-point shooting is very good, it ranks just 6th in the conference is most three’s taken, and has taken slightly less three’s than it’s opponents. Temple’s excellent three point shooting in conference play is almost solely do to transfer Brandon Barry who has averaged 5.8 three’s per game, and has converted them at a whopping 58.6 percent. He may well be the best three-point shooter in the nation.

Since Temple is only averaging 64.2 ppg in conference play, HC Mckie would be wise to put Barry in the position to shoot more than twice as many three’s per game as he has to date.

Temple’s big fall-off is in shooting two pointers, specifically 2-point jump shots. Dunn, who’s game is a high volume shooter, who mainly shoot two-point jump shots has been awful shooting them, as he has only converted on 30 percent of his two-point jump shots. Dunn somewhat off sets that with him getting to the foul line as often as he does.

Temple would be better off scoring-wise if Dunn shot less, and both Perry and Moorman drove to the hoop, and Barry would take far more three’s than he has.

McKie has to limit the number of three’s players take in a game when they’re off.

Freshman Jeremiah Williams has played very well so far this year. Whether he should start over Brandon Barry is an open question.

Although Temple’s offense is committing about the same number of turnovers as last season which is somewhat surprising as Temple has a new backcourt. Temple would commit even fewer turnover if it didn’t run the offense at times thru Dunn who is averaging 3.5 turnovers per game.

However, Temple is committing 2.2 more turnovers per game than it’s opponents which is almost double that of last season. This is due to Temple averaging but 3.8 steals per game, worse in conference play. Temple last season ranked third in the conference averaging 7.4 steals per conference game.

Temple has committed 3.6 less fouls per conference game this season, which is a sharp reversal from last season, when Temple committed 1.7 more fouls per conference game than opponents did. Dunn, Forrester, and Battle all need to cut down on their fouling.

Temple defense has been bad until the last two games when it held UCF to 55-points, and Tulane to scoring but 55 points. We’ll have to see if that continues going forward.

Temple has played mostly small ball as Forrester is averaging just 22 mpg.
He still is committing both turnover and fouls at a high rate and such is drag on both Temple’s offense and defense. He has improved both his rebounding and foul-shooting.

Moorman’s three-point shooting and defense has improved from last season.

Perry’s offense seems to be coming around.

Strickland, Ademokoya and Parks, have performed poorly. Battle has a bad first game playing Tulane.

Temple is scheduled to play at home Cincinnati on Wednesday at 9 pm.
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RE: Temple’s men’s 2020-2021 basketball season
McKie cares more about stopping the 2-ball then stopping the three-ball. So he has his defensive perimeter players play-off opponent players and has them closing out on three’s shot. This has proven to be a disaster as conference opponents are averaging almost one more three ball attempt per game than Temple does, but also opponents are shooting three’s at 36.4 percent. If Temple played more man to man on the perimeter, opponents would both shooting far fewer three’s than Temple, but also shooting a lower percentage than Temple does shooting three’s.

McKie should be forcing conference opponents to shoot more two’s since they convert them at only 44.5 percent compared to the equivalent rate of 58 percent opponents shoot on three’s.
McKie doesn’t seem to realize that.

It also makes no sense for Barry to average but 6.8 fga’s per conference game, while Dunn averages 11.6 fga’s) as Barry is an excellent shooter, and Dunn isn’t. As Dunn shoots but 36.2 percent on fga’s attempts compared to Barry’s 52.9 percent. As such, Dunn should not be taking more fga’s than Barry. Also, Barry should not be shooting but once every 4.5 minutes as he does, while Dunn is shooting ( including foul shots) almost once every 2 minutes he plays. Their respective fga’s should be reversed. Plus Barry shoots mostly three’s, and converts them at a high rate.

If Barry shot far more and Dunn less, Temple would average way more than the 63.2 ppg in conference play as they presently do. And if Mckie played a perimeter man to man defense, opponents would be averaging far less than the 69.2 ppg they are averaging in conference play.

If McKie would make these obvious needed changes going forward would be the difference between winning and losing conference games. Unless these changes made, it won’t be the players who lose games, but rather responsibility with be on Temple’s HC.
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RE: Temple’s men’s 2020-2021 basketball season
(01-18-2021 06:43 AM)Miggy Wrote:  
(01-17-2021 11:43 AM)Miggy Wrote:  Temple finds itself with a 3-3 overall record, and a 2-3 conference record. After losing it’s first two conference games to Houston and SMU, arguably the AAC’s two best teams, Temple has won it’s last two AAC’s games by beating both UCF and Tulane.

We now have enough of a body of work to see that offensively Temple is a very good team at getting to the foul-line (22 per game, 2nd in the AAC) shooting three’s ( 34.8 percent, 1st in the AAC), but a very poor two-point shooting team ( 39.6 percent, 10th in the AAC).

Redshirt freshman Damian Dunn is largely responsible for Temple getting to the foul-line as often as it does as he’s averaging 8.0 ft’s per game, and Temple is making an average of 3.6 more foul shots than their conference opponents make.

While Temple’s three-point shooting is very good, it ranks just 6th in the conference is most three’s taken, and has taken slightly less three’s than it’s opponents. Temple’s excellent three point shooting in conference play is almost solely do to transfer Brandon Barry who has averaged 5.8 three’s per game, and has converted them at a whopping 58.6 percent. He may well be the best three-point shooter in the nation.

Since Temple is only averaging 64.2 ppg in conference play, HC Mckie would be wise to put Barry in the position to shoot more than twice as many three’s per game as he has to date.

Temple’s big fall-off is in shooting two pointers, specifically 2-point jump shots. Dunn, a high volume shooter, who mostly shoots two-point jump shots, has converted them at only 30 percent. Dunn somewhat offsets that by getting to the foul line and shooting well from there.

Dunn taking the most fga’s and shooting so poorly has kept Temple’s scoring down. Temple would be better off if Barry took Temple’s most fga’s. Barry should also take far more three’s than he has, and both Perry and Moorman should drive to the hoop more.

McKie has to limit the number of three’s players take in a game when they’re off.

Freshman Jeremiah Williams has played very well so far this year. He needs to shoot more. Is better defensive player than Barry and Dunn. Whether he or Dunn should start over Brandon Barry is an open question.

Although Temple’s offense is committing about the same number of turnovers as last season which is somewhat surprising as Temple has a new backcourt. Temple would commit even fewer turnover if it didn’t run the offense at times thru Dunn who is averaging 3.5 turnovers per game.

However, Temple is committing 2.2 more turnovers per game than it’s opponents which is almost double that of last season. It’s hard for teams to win games when they commit more turnovers than their opponents do. This is due not only to Dunn's excessive turnovers, but also due to Temple averaging but 3.8 steals per game, worse in conference play. Temple last season ranked third in the conference averaging 7.4 steals per conference game.

Temple has averaged 3.6 less fouls per conference game this season, which is a sharp reversal from last season, when Temple committed 1.7 more fouls per conference game than opponents did. Temple kept it’s last two opponents scoring down by committing just 10-fouls against UCF and but 15 fouls against, Tulane. Dunn, Forrester, and Battle all need to cut down on their fouling.

Temple defense has been bad until the last two games when it held UCF to 55-points, and scoring 57-points against Tulane. We’ll have to see if that continues going forward.

Temple has played mostly small ball.

Forrester is still committing excessive turnovers and fouls, but against Tulane he committed but one foul. He shot well against Tulane by taking fewer shots. He has also improved his rebounding and foul-shooting.

Moorman is not playing better offensively than last season, but is more productive defensively. He’s Temple’s best defensive player.

Perry’s offense seems to be coming around.

Strickland, Ademokoya and Parks, have performed poorly. Battle has a bad first game playing against Tulane.

Temple is scheduled to play at home against Cincinnati on Wednesday at 9 pm.
01-19-2021 11:06 AM
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