|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.
- 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.
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