Temple vs. Indiana: Full Game Preview
|Temple||K Wyatt 20.2||A Lee 6.8||K Wyatt 4.1|
|Indiana||C Zeller 16.7||C Zeller 8.1||K Ferrell 4.2|
No. 9-seeded Temple takes on No. 1-seeded Indiana in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at University of Dayton Arena on Sunday. Tipoff is at 2:45 p.m. ET and you can see it on CBS. The Owls have not played the Hoosiers since the 2003-04 season, when they won 59-50.
In their last outing, behind 31 points and five assists from Khalif Wyatt, the Owls defeated NC State 76-72 on Mar. 22. A crucial part of the team, he leads the way with 20.2 points per game and 4.1 assists per game. For the Hoosiers, Kevin Ferrell put up 16 points and eight rebounds in the 83-62 blowout of James Madison on Mar. 22. He averages 8.0 points per game in addition to a team-best 4.2 assists per game.
In reviewing statistical differences between the teams, Indiana appears to have an edge in one significant area, scoring, where the Hoosiers have the upper hand over the Owls, 80.1 points per game to 72.8 points per game. A few of the Four Factors in which Indiana stands out are free throw rate at 45.8, effective field goal percentage at 55.4, and offensive rebounding percentage at 39.8.
- A for effort, but Temple has emerged victorious against Indiana the last three times they've played.
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Temple currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (980 to 952) than Indiana, per the NCAA.
- Temple has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Indiana ($32,802 vs. $36,419).
- Khalif Wyatt is ranked 16th nationally in points.
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, free throws made, three-pointers, assists, steals, and blocks are in the A-10.
- Temple has more wins over the last 5 years than Indiana (145 vs. 106).
- Temple has an average margin of victory of 7 over Indiana in four wins since 1993.
- Temple has a much better overall winning percentage over the last five years (74.7 percent to 50.3 percent).
- Temple beat Indiana by 9 points the last time they played (Jan 03, 2004).
- The A-10 had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the Big Ten.