Thursday, July 2, 2015

Temple vs. UMass at a glance

NEW YORK – As crazy as it sounds, Temple can't focus too much on stopping Chaz Williams in Friday night's Atlantic Ten quarterfinal against Massachusetts.

Temple vs. UMass at a glance

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The Owls must find a way to contain UMass point guard Chaz Williams, an all-Atlantic Ten selection. (Al Behrman/AP)
The Owls must find a way to contain UMass point guard Chaz Williams, an all-Atlantic Ten selection. (Al Behrman/AP)

NEW YORK –  As crazy as it sounds, Temple can't focus too much on stopping Chaz Williams in Friday night's Atlantic Ten quarterfinal against Massachusetts.

The Owls (23-8)  tried that in the first half of an 83-82 victory over the Minutemen (20-10) on Feb. 16 in Amherst, Mass. It backfired. The Minutemen scored 26 points in the paint before intermission. Fourteen of them came from Cady Lalanne, a sophomore center.

Now, Owls guards Will Cummings and T.J. DiLeo will have their hands full against the speedy Williams, an all-Atlantic Ten selection. However, they must stay out of foul trouble, while at the same time making things uncomfortable for Williams.

Meanwhile, Temple center Anthony Lee must also play aggressive while staying out of foul trouble. The Owls don't have a backup post player capable of slow down the Minutemen inside. More important is having offensive balance.

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If Temple plays solid defense and gives Khalif Wyatt scoring help, Massachusetts will struggle.

 Here are the probable starters, coaches’ records and series information for the Atlantic Ten tournament quarterfinal between Temple and Massachusetts on Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn:

PROBABLE STARTERS

TEMPLE (23-8)

32 Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson F 6-6 Sr. 8.8 ppg. 1.8  spg.

3  Anthony Lee F 6-9 Gr.. 10.3 ppg. 7.1 rpg.

33 Scootie Randall G/F 6-6 Sr. 11.8 ppg 6.3 rpg.

1  Khalif Wyatt G 6-4 Sr. 19.9 ppg. 4.1 apg.

3  Will Cummings G 6-2 Soph. 6 ppg. 1.5 spg.

UMASS (20-10)

21 Sampson Carter F 6-8 Jr. 6.2 ppg. 4.1 rpg.

33 Terrell Vinson F 6-8 Sr. 12.6 ppg. 4 rpg

25 Cady Lalanne C 6-10 Soph. 8.5 ppg. 7.3 rpg.

3   Chaz Williams G 5-9 Jr. 15.4 ppg. 7.6 apg.

23 Freddie Riley G 6-5 Sr. 8.8 ppg. 1 apg.

TEMPLE

Fran Dunphy (467-236 career record)

UMASS

Derek Kellogg (65-65)

SERIES

Temple holds a 43-21 advantage and has won six of the last eight meetings. Temple won the last meeting, 83-82, on Feb. 16 in Amherst, Mass.

Click here to read the article about Scootie Randall regaining his shooting touch.

 

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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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