Temple vs. NC State: Full Game Preview

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Temple vs. NC State: Full Game Preview
Temple
(23-9, 8-5 away)
NC State
(24-10, 17-2 home)
Venue: University of Dayton Arena
1:40PM ET / 10:40AM PT, March 22, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Temple K Wyatt 19.8 A Lee 7.0 K Wyatt 4.1
NC State C Leslie 14.9 R Howell 10.7 L Brown 7.2

No. 8-seeded NC State battles No. 9-seeded Temple in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at University of Dayton Arena on Friday. The game tips off at 1:40 p.m. ET and you can see it on TBS. The Wolfpack have not played the Owls since the 2002-03 season, when they fell 76-54.

In their last game on Mar. 16, Scott Wood put up 21 points and five rebounds for the Wolfpack in a loss to Miami (FL), 81-71. While contributing 3.0 rebounds per game, he also scores 12.7 points per game. The Owls were defeated by Massachusetts 79-74 on Mar. 15 despite 17 points and nine rebounds from Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson. With 1.8 steals per game and 1.0 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. When considering the Four Factors, Temple performs well in turnover percentage at 16.2. This ranks first in the conference and 11th in the country.

Temple StatSmack

  • The NC State assist leader (Lorenzo Brown, 204 assists) has more assists than the Temple assist leader (Khalif Wyatt, 128 assists).
  • The ACC has had 48 more NBA Draft picks than the A-10 over the past 10 years.
  • Diaper Dandies love NC State. NC State has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Temple (15 vs. 5).
  • The ACC has 3 teams - Duke (41.6 percent), NC State (39.0 percent), and Virginia (39.0 percent) - that shoot a better three-point percentage than the A-10 leader, Dayton (38.3 percent).
  • NC State players are more experienced than Temple players (17,621 minutes played vs. 16,656 minutes played).
  • Even computers respect NC State more. NC State has a better RPI this season than Temple (RPI: No. 28 vs. No. 37).
  • NC State has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Temple (six vs. one).
  • NC State is a better three-point shooting team (39.0 percent vs. 33.5 percent) than Temple this season.
  • The NC State basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Temple (60 percent vs. 33 percent).
  • The ACC has a conference RPI that is better than the A-10 (No. 4 vs. No. 7).
  • Last year the ACC had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the A-10.
TEMPLE Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Khalif Wyatt 33 20 3 4 2 0 3
B Scootie Randall 35 12 6 2 1 0 1
B R. Hollis-Jefferson 31 9 6 3 2 1 2
B Anthony Lee 25 11 7 0 0 1 1
C+ Jake O`Brien 20 9 3 1 1 1 1
C Will Cummings 23 6 2 2 1 0 1
C T.J. DiLeo 19 3 2 2 1 0 0
D+ Dalton Pepper 11 3 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Quenton DeCosey 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Devontae Watson 2 2 1 0 0 1 1
D+ Daniel Dingle 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
NCSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Richard Howell 31 13 11 2 1 1 2
B+ Lorenzo Brown 34 12 4 7 2 1 4
B+ C.J. Leslie 32 15 8 1 1 1 3
B+ T.J. Warren 26 12 4 1 1 0 1
B Scott Wood 34 12 3 1 1 1 1
C+ Rodney Purvis 27 9 2 1 1 0 1
C Tyler Lewis 13 4 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Thomas de Thaey 9 5 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Staats Battle 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Jay Lewis 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Jevoni Robinson 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
D J. Vandenberg 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Chase Cannon 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
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