Randall expected to play

Scootie Randall averaged 11.6 points for the Owls during the regular season. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Temple swingman Scootie Randall is expected to see action when No. 7 seed Temple faces No. 10 seed Penn State in Thursday’s NCAA tournament second-round matchup at the McKale Center.

The 6-foot-6 junior will come off the bench after missing the past seven games with a hairline fracture in his right foot.

 “He was pain free on Monday and Tuesday,” Temple coach Fran Dunphy said. “So we’re hopeful that he can give us some minutes tomorrow.

“I think then the question becomes: How soon will he help us and then how long will he help us? That would be to be determined.”

Randall, who began practicing on Monday, is the Atlantic Ten tourney’s most improved player of the year. He averaged 11.6 points per game before suffering the injury against Richmond on Feb. 17.

- Keith Pompey