Monday, April 27, 2015

Very few analysts - if any - give Temple a shot

Temple has no shot.

Very few analysts - if any - give Temple a shot

“I guess they really shouldn’t respect us,” Khalif Wyatt said of national analysts who´ve picked N.C. State to beat Temple. (H. Rumph Jr/AP file photo)
“I guess they really shouldn’t respect us,” Khalif Wyatt said of national analysts who've picked N.C. State to beat Temple. (H. Rumph Jr/AP file photo)

Temple has no shot.

At least, that’s the message being delivered by college basketball analysts, who made NCAA tournament predictions on television.

All of the predictions I’ve watched had eighth-seeded North Carolina State defeating ninth-seeded Temple in Friday’s East Regional second-round matchup in Dayton, Ohio.

Surprisingly, Owls guard Khalif Wyatt, known for using the slightest thing as motivation, doesn’t have a problem with being doubted.

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“I guess they really shouldn’t respect us,” Wyatt said. “We haven’t won a tournament game.  So we really haven’t proven anything in March.  So I can understand why everyone is choosing N.C. State.

“But there’s nothing that we really can control. We just have to go out there on Friday, and leave it all out there.”

The Owls (23-9) are making their sixth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.  However, Temple’s only opening-game tourney win in the previous five seasons came against Penn State in the 2011 West Regional second-round game in Tuscon, Ariz.

Meanwhile, coach Fran Dunphy’s NCAA tournament mark is 2-14, a record that dates back to 17 seasons at Penn. The Drexel Hill native is in his seventh season at Temple.

The Wolfpack (24-10) advanced to Sweet 16 last season.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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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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