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Wyatt not intimidated by Oladipo

DAYTON, Ohio – Khalif Wyatt exudes confidence.

Wyatt not intimidated by Oladipo

Indiana guard Victor Oladipo brings the ball upcourt during practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Indiana plays James Madison in the second round on Friday. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Indiana guard Victor Oladipo brings the ball upcourt during practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Indiana plays James Madison in the second round on Friday. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
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DAYTON, Ohio –  Khalif Wyatt exudes confidence.

The Temple guard knows he can score on any defender in the country. That’s why he’s not concerned about matching up against Victor Oladipo in Sunday’s East Regional third-round game against Indiana here at University of Dayton Arena.  Oladipo, the Big Ten defensive player of the year, usually guards the opposing team’s best perimeter player.

“I know if he’s guarding me, I know he’s going to be up for the challenge, and he’s going to play hard,” Wyatt said of the 6-foot-5, 214-pounder, who averaged 2.2 steals a game. “I’ve just got to let the game come to me and just go out there and play my game, let my teammates get me shots, set screens, just work without the ball and stuff like that.

“He’s a good defender, but, I mean, not the first good defender.”

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Wyatt, the Atlantic Ten player of the year, has a knack for producing in big games.  He scored a game-high 31 points to lead the ninth-seeded Owls to Friday’s 76-72 victory over eighth-seeded North Carolina State.

Temple (24-9) will top-seeded Indiana (28-6) for the 10th time in school history.

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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.

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