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A Very Brief Temple Preview

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Temple enters tonight's game against Kansas ranked 110th in KenPom, and with a record of 7-4 on the year.

The Owls are almost like taking Lafayette and flipping them around, bring a decent defense but scuffling offense to this game. Temple ranks 288th in 3-point percentage and 326th at making its twos, although they recently added two midseason transfers, both of whom have made immediate impacts.

Offensively, the Owls rank 18th in turnover percentage, turning it over on just 16 percent of their possessions thus far on the season. As you'll read about later today, that might not bode well for the Jayhawks tonight, and the Owls might score a few more points than you'd think, even if they have scored more than a point per possession just four times this year.

Temple has some decent height, ranking 88th in effective height, but most of that is in the backcourt and on the wings. Their tallest player to get regular minutes stands just 6'8", so this could be a game for Perry Ellis and Cliff Alexander to get back on track. I also think Jamari Traylor will get quite a bit of playing time, as he'll be needed to get out and guard on the perimeter and he'll be able to score inside against Temple's (non) bigs.

Defensively, Kansas's big key will be to keep Quenton DeCosey from getting free on the perimeter. The junior is shooting 41.3 percent behind the arc on 46 attempts. I would expect to see a lot of Kelly Oubre on him (of course the last two times I said that we didn't see much Oubre so disregard).

Like Kansas, Temple leans on its starting point guard quite a bit. Will Cummings is playing over 90 percent of the minutes for the Owls, and as a Senior he'll be a good test for Frank Mason. Cummings can't shoot very well (34.8% eFG) but has solid assist numbers and very good turnover numbers, so it will be one of Mason's tougher tests as a perimeter defender.

The Jayhawks are favored by 7 in this one, and with their advantage in height, and with how important that is to their success, not to mention how many Jayhawks fans will likely be at the game I think they'll cover fairly easily, and win 75-63.