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Who's Hot, Who's Not: Temple vs. NC State

DAYTON, Ohio. – Here are observations heading into Friday’s NCAA tournament game between Temple and North Carolina State at the University of Dayton Arena.

Who's Hot, Who's Not: Temple vs. NC State

North Carolina State forward Scott Wood. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
North Carolina State forward Scott Wood. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

DAYTON, Ohio. – Here are observations heading into Friday’s NCAA tournament game between Temple and North Carolina State at the University of Dayton Arena.

Who’s hot: Wolfpack guard/forward Scott Wood might be one of the hottest players in the tourney.  The 6-foot-6 senior averaged 19 points while shooting 59.3 percent on three-pointers in last week’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Who’s not: It’s hard to believe that Temple’s Khalif Wyatt would be in the category. But the Atlantic Ten player of the year struggled through 4 of 19 shooting in last Friday’s A-10 tourney quarterfinal loss to Massachusetts.

Who wants the ball in crunch time: This definitely goes to Wyatt, who has a knack for producing late-game heroics for the Owls.  A prime example was Temple’s victory over Detroit on Feb. 28. Wyatt scored 12 of the Owls’ final 14 points in the 83-78 decision.

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Who don’t you foul: Wood is the one person Temple – or any team for that matter- doesn’t want to put on the foul line. The Indiana native is has made 81 of 88 free throws for 92 percent.

Who do you foul: N.C. State forward C.J. Leslie excels at a lot of things. Foul shooting is not one of them.  He’s shooting just 61.8 percent (139 of 225) from the free-throw line.

Who hits the three:  Wood’s marksmanship in the ACC tourney wasn’t a fluke.  He’s the all-time leader in three-pointers (332) at N.C. State.  He also leads the ACC in three-point field-goal percentage (44.3).

Toughest matchup:  It will be interesting to see how Temple’s undersized forward Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson defends Leslie. At 6-9, the Wolfpack junior has three inches on the Hollis-Jefferson. Yet,  the Chester native has a knack for shutting down bigger opponents.

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. 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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