TUCSON, Ariz. -- Temple faces Penn State this afternoon in an NCAA second-round game at the McKale Center. Game time is 2:10 p.m. Eastern on TNT.
Here are our keys to the game for each team:
Three things Temple must do:
1. Find a way to keep Talor Battle from going off. When Penn State’s star gets hot, his whole team feeds off it.
2. Do not turn it over, as they have not all season. Possessions will be at a premium. There won’t be much more than 60 for each team so each one will matter. The Owls are 11th best (of 345 teams) in lowest percentage of turnovers per possession.
3. Run its beautiful offense smoothly and get the kinds of shots that will allow it to keep court balance and set its defense at the other end. If the Owls make a solid percentage of shots, they are very difficult to beat, as nothing ever comes easy for opponents.
Three things Penn State must do:
1. Find a way to get Battle clean looks, by setting solid screens for him as he moves without the ball, and getting into the open court off misses.
2. Don’t get discouraged when Lavoy Allen, as he often does, seems to cover up everything in the lane with his great position defense.
3. Find a second and third scorer against a team that makes everything difficult because it makes so few mistakes defensively. Jeff Brooks has played at a high level most of the season and point guard Tim Frazier has played really well down the stretch.