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Lacking depth, Temple seeks competitive edge

Finding a competitive edge is a high priority as Temple prepares for its first season as a Big East member since 2004.

Lacking depth, Temple seeks competitive edge

Finding a competitive edge is a high priority as Temple prepares for its first season as a Big East member since 2004.

“How do we make ourselves different? We talked a lot about that in there,” Owls coach Steve Addazio said Saturday. 

Returning just eight starters, Temple is expected to have lack-of-depth issues.

“All of the things that we can do don’t take talent and we can do them all – tremendous physical condition, mental toughness, great assignment knowledge, attention to detail," Addazio said.

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Those things don’t require players to be faster, bigger or stronger than their opponents.

“They just require a little bit more mental toughness,” he said,” and we control that.”

The Owls are picked by the media to finish last in the eight-team conference.

About this blog
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. Reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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