DAYTON, Ohio. – Here are observations heading into Sunday’s NCAA tournament East Regional third-round game between ninth seed Temple and top seed Indiana here at the University of Dayton Arena.
Who’s hot: Indiana junior guard Victor Oladipo is arguably the best player in the country. The 6-foot-5, 214-pound was named the national player of the year by Sporting News. He averaged 13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals heading into the postseason.
Who’s not: Temple post player Anthony Lee's statistics have suffering a concussion in March 15 against Massachusetts. The 6-9 redshirt sophomore was limited to eight minutes of action in the Owls’ 76-72 second-round victory over North Carolina State on Friday. He averaged 2.5 points during the last two games.
Who wants the ball in crunch time: This definitely goes to Temple guard Khalif Wyatt, who has a knack for producing late-game heroics for the Owls. The Atlantic Ten player of the year scored 12 of the Owls’ final 17 points against the Wolfpack. His final two points came on a pair of foul shots with two seconds left.
Who don’t you foul: Wyatt is the one person the Hoosiers can’t afford to put on the foul line. The Norristown native is making 83 percent (200 of 240) of his free throws.
Who do you foul: Averaging 9.5 points, Will Sheehey is the Hoosiers’ talented sixth man. However, he struggles at the foul line, shooting just 65 percent (57-87).
Who hits the three: The Owls better place close attention to Christian Watford when he roams the perimeter. The 6-9 senior forward shoots 49.2 percent on three-pointers.
Toughest matchup: It will be interesting to see the matchup between Wyatt and Oladipo. Wyatt is known for frustrating defenders by making unbelievable off-balance shots. But will be able to do that against the Big 10 defensive player of the year? Oladipo routinely shuts down opposing team’s best perimeter players.