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