SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- One would assume Temple has to face the Dallas Mavericks after listening to Owls coach Fran Dunphy.
“They are a team with very few weaknesses,” Dunphy said of the Purdue Boilermakers, Temple’s Puerto Rico Tip-Off semifinal opponent. “I think they guard you very, very well … It’s going to be a great, great challenge for us.”
The Owls (2-0) advanced to Friday’s 1 p.m. contest with a 69-55 victory over Western Michigan on Thursday. Purdue (3-0) defeated Iona in a 91-90 thriller.
The Boilermakers boast an all-American candidate in Robbie Hummel.
The 6-foot-8 senior forward finished with a game-high 24 points and nine rebounds against Iona. His three-pointer gave Purdue a 91-90 lead with 20 seconds remaining.
“He is just such a good basketball player,” Dunphy said. “Obviously, he’s good enough to make that winning three-point jump shot. And he’s good enough to take it to the hoop, and not only score, but make plays off of that drive to the basket.”
So defending Hummel will be the Owls’ toughest challenge.
“We better we ready to go,” Dunphy said. “It will be a great test for us to see where we are.”