Crean: 'Wyatt takes a backseat to no one in the country'

DAYTON, Ohio – Indiana’s Tom Crean is latest coach to praise Khalif Wyatt.

He compared Temple’s standout guard to Michigan point guard Trey Burke, a future NBA lottery pick, during Saturday’s NCAA tournament press conference here at University of Dayton Arena. The ninth-seeded Owls (24-9) face the top-seeded Hoosiers (28-6) in Sunday’s 2:45 p.m. East Regional third-round matchup.

“You can start making comparisons to Trey Burke and how he plays and how much the ball is in his hands,” Crean said, “and not only the way he shoots it, but the way he delivers it. We’re used to that.

“Khalif Wyatt takes a backseat to no one in the country right now when it comes to being a complete guard.”

Wyatt, the Atlantic Ten player of the year, averages 20.2 points, four assists and 1.6 steals. The 6-foot-5 senior had a game-high 31 points to lead Temple to Friday’s 76-72 second-round victory over eighth-seeded N.C. State. That marked the sixth time Wyatt scored 30 or more points this season.