Saturday, May 30, 2015

Judgement game for Owls' big three

By now, we're all aware that no one is giving Temple a chance to beat Duke Wednesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Judgement game for Owls' big three

By now, we’re all aware that no one is giving Temple a chance to beat Duke Wednesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Some people are even predicting a bloodbath or worse.  The reality is that No. 1 Duke is around 18 points better than the undermanned 24th-ranked Temple (21-5) at home.

With that said, I’m more interested in seeing if any of the Owls players can step up and hold their own against the Blue Devils (25-2).

I want to know if junior shooting guard Ramone Moore can continue to step up in big games.  Will junior point guard Juan Fernandez play at the same high level as he did the last two games? And  is senior power forward Lavoy Allen really an NBA prospect?

All those questions will get answered  Wednesday night against an extremely talented Duke squad.

Moore, a 6-foot-4 Southern High product, had a career-high 30 points against Georgetown. He also finished with 26 points at Dayton and 24 versus Richmond.

After playing in a slump for most of the season, Fernandez shot 70.6 percent from the field (12 of 17) en route to averaging 16 points in the Owls’ last two games. He also made 62.5 percent (5 of 8) of his three-point attempts in those victories.

And Allen, a preseason all-American, is averaging 10.7 points and 7.2 rebounds this season. The school’s all-time leading rebounder has six double-doubles this season.

We’ll see Wednesday if any of the three players can come close to duplicating those performances against a national title contender.

Did you know?:  Wednesday’s game will be the sixth time Temple faced Duke while the Blue Devils were ranked first. The Owls lost the first five contests by an average of 18.2 points.

 

-   Keith Pompey

Inquirer Staff Writer
About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

Keith Pompey Inquirer Staff Writer
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