Non-conference slate prepares Owls for N.C. State

Kansas center Jeff Withey (5) looks to pass the ball around Iowa State forward Anthony Booker during the first half an NCAA college basketball game in the Big 12 men's tournament on Friday, March 15, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Dayton, Ohio – Temple swingman Scootie Randall believes the Owls’ non-conference schedule will prepare them for North Carolina State’s talented post players.

Temple played Duke, Syracuse and Kansas – teams with towering and talented front-court players. 

Now the ninth-seeded Owls (23-9) face the eighth-seeded Wolkpack (24-10), which boasts forward C.J. Leslie (who stands 6-foot-9) and center/forward Richard Howell (6-8) in Friday’s NCAA second-round East Regional at UD Arena.

“We played against Syracuse. They got [6-foot-9 power forward] Rakeem Christmas and [6-8 forward] James Southerland, who can step outside – inside,” Randall said. “So I think we played against some of the best big men in the country with Kansas having [7-0 center] Jeff Withey.

“So everything will take care of itself if we just go in there with the mindset that we can play with anybody. We are going come in here and do what we need to do, and we are going to take care of business hopefully.”

Temple defeated Syracuse and lost a close game to Kansas.  The Owls also suffered a lopsided loss to a Duke squad that featured forwards Ryan Kelly (6-11) and Mason Plumlee (6-10).

“We tried to learn from those games and things that we can do differently,” Randall said. “So I think right now, we are in the right state of mind. We know what we need to do to go in here and get a win.”