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Postby Commissioner » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:49 am

Temple

When: Friday, November 9, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Liacouris Center, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
TV: ESPN3 (Free)
Radio: 910 AM Superstation; Temple Broadcast at https://player.radio.com/listen/station ... -1210-wpht

The Titans showed some tenacity in Tuesday's season opener at Western Michigan, but cold first half shooting and the inability to stop Seth Dugan down low left Detroit in a big first half hole from which our guys never recovered.

Episode 2 of the Mike Davis road show takes place Friday in Philadelphia when Detroit takes on Temple for just the third time ever. At Christmas, 1968, the Spencer Haywood-led Titans beat the eventual NIT champion Owls in the finals of the Motor City Tournament, 87-76, boosting the Detroiters to 10-0 and a #7 national ranking. The squads didn't play again until 2013, when the Owls rallied from an 8 point halftime deficit to win 83-78 in Philadelphia.

Temple has its roots as a Baptist University, but is now a state-supported, secular institution. The team is called the Owls because it originally was a night college only, and its students took to calling themselves "night owls" for their late class times.

The Owls have an impressive basketball history that goes way back. It's 1956 and 1958 teams, led by two-time All America Guy Rodgers, reached the Final Four, and Bill Mlkvy, the "Owl without a vowel," was a first team All American in 1951. And it's been a remarkably stable program. Temple has had just 5 men's basketball head coaches in the last 77 years. We've had 5 in the last 12 years, if you count poor Kevin Mondro. Yet if, 40 years ago, you had asked whether Detroit or Temple would be the big-time program in 2018, the likely answer would have been Detroit. In the 1978 season, the Titans averaged over 8000 fans a game; Temple, located in a dangerous, crumbling section of Philadelphia, averaged 833. That's right, 833 (though in fairness, they played five of their big name opponents at the Palestra, so those higher attendance match-ups weren't technically home games). And that's despite the fact that the team went 24-5 on the season. The Titans, meanwhile, were rolling through the Vitale-Gaines years with Top 20 rankings, whereas the Owls, though generally competitive, hadn't been nationally ranked in 20 years. And Detroit city was a hotbed of high school talent. But Detroit went backwards, and Temple, especially after the hiring of John Chaney in 1982, went forwards.

I know, I know, I dwell too much on history. But sometimes, going forward starts with remembering what once was, and what might be again.

So what can we expect going forward on Friday? Logic says a defeat, for one thing. Temple is a middle of the pack AAC team, but should still be at least vaguely in contention for an NCAA at-large bid when things wrap up. Head coach Fran Dunphy has announced his retirement at the end of this season, and the players would like to send him out in style. They knocked out crosstown rival La Salle on Tuesday, 75-67.

Temple is led by Quinton Rose, a 6'8" junior guard who is a likely All-AAC pick this year. Rose can score from anywhere on the court, and move strong to the hoop. He'll be joined in the backcourt by 6-4 senior Shizz Alston, a solid three-point shooter and solid point man. Alston also has that feature that is so valuable in a point guard if the game is close late--he makes his free throws. Sophomore Nate Pierre Louis starts on the wing. He had a big game at La Salle, with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Another soph, 6-7 De'Vondre Perry, also started, giving Temple a 4 guard lineup. You can get away with that when your guards runs 6-8, 6-7, 6-4 and 6-4. And it helps, too, when you've got a 6-10 center, in senior Ernest Aflakpui, a native of Ghana.

Off the bench junior guard Alani Moore hit just 25% of his three point attempts last year, but connected on over 40% as a freshman. Can he bounce back? Against La Salle, he missed both his three point attempts and finished with 5 points in 18 minutes. Aflakpui is prone to foul trouble, but the Owls have 6-11 junior Damion Moore and 6-10 soph Justyn Hamilton on the bench to spell him. 6-7 Sophomore J.P. Moorman adds more size off the bench.

Like Detroit, the Owls' strength is in the backcourt. All four of the starting guards played at least 30 minutes against La Salle, with Alani Moore periodically subbing as each in turn took a blow. The 4 big men divvyied up time at the final position, and only rarely were two of them (Moorman and one of the centers) on the court at the same time. The Owls had a balanced attack on Tuesday, with 4 players in double figures, led by Rose with 15. Alston had a tough shooting night (3-13) and overall the Owls hit just 38.6% from the floor, with the 4 big men just 6-17. The Titans played zone all the way through the Wayne State exhibition and WMU games, so I assume that is the drill for the foreseeable future. That should help keep our limited supply of size out of foul trouble, but we're going to have to improve that zone and not let Temple's bigs get easy looks down there, as Western did with Seth Dugan.

The Owls also rolled up a huge (50-28) rebounding edge on La Salle, mainly by denying the Explorers almost any second opportunities (just 5 offensive board for La Salle), but also pulling down 15 offensive rebounds. The Titans have been strong on the offensive glass in their two trial runs, and will need to be again--especially if the shots still aren't falling. Meanwhile, we'll have to be much better at grabbing defensive rebounds. That's sometimes a problem for zone defenses. If the Titans stay in this game at all, our performance on the boards at both ends will be the likely reason.

We'd have to play quite a bit better than Tuesday night to win a rematch with Western, and this Temple team is better than Western. But Davis wanted to toughen up the team, and win or lose, a road game at Temple is pretty good for that.

Temple Starters (with 2017-18 stats):
G: Shizz Alston, 6-4 Sr. (13.3 ppg, 3.1 apg, 39.7% 3PtFG, 89.8% FT)
SG: Quinton Rose, 6-8 Jr. (14.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 34.5%3PtFG)
SG: De'vondre Perry, 6-7 Soph. (3.0 ppg)
W: Nate Pierre Louis, 6-4 Soph. (7.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 33.3% 3PtFG)
C: Ernest Aflakpui, 6-10 Sr. (4.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg)

Key Reserves:
G: Alani Moore, 5-10 Jr. (3.1 ppg)
F: J.P. Moorman, 6-7 Soph. (3.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg)
C: Damion Moore, 6-11 Jr. (3.5 ppg)
C: Justyn Hamilton, 6-10 Soph. (0.3 ppg)
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Re: Temple Preview

Postby Tacitus651 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:56 am

Thanks for all the history, super interesting.

Should be fun to watch because I imagine unless Antoine trips over his own feet or puts the ball in the wrong basket he will be named HL Freshman of the week.
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Re: Temple Preview

Postby UDDRUMMER » Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:35 pm

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Re: Temple Preview

Postby Titans03 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:54 pm

We have a special one in Davis. And Brandon ain’t too shabby either.
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Re: Temple Preview

Postby ptctitan » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:00 pm

Wow!!!!!

Need just as good a second half, though.
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Re: Temple Preview

Postby JDetroitTitan » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:02 pm

Got to be on a laptop for the game to work to watch

http://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=3453059
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Re: Temple Preview

Postby Tacitus651 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:02 pm

MAKE DETROIT MERCY DO GREAT THINGS AGAIN!
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Re: Temple Preview

Postby TitanVoiceofReason » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:08 pm

Amazing shot by Davis. He, McFolley & Brandon looking good! Future is good but this season's outlook is quite promising. All the players are contributing one way or another. Team is playing together much better tonight.
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Re: Temple Preview

Postby ptctitan » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:26 pm

Gotta step it up on the floor to respond to Temple now.
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Re: Temple Preview

Postby Tacitus651 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:28 pm

We need to slow the tempo and take some high percentage shots. Still in reach with 15:00 left.
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Re: Temple Preview

Postby TitanVoiceofReason » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:29 pm

Yes, Temple has knocked it up a notch, see if we can match their intensity
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Re: Temple Preview

Postby ptctitan » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:37 pm

Gotta make a shot. Not taking good shots this half due to increased defensive pressure by Temple.
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Re: Temple Preview

Postby MooseGuy1 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:55 pm

Win or lose, I feel so much better about this team and this coach. Growing pains for sure, but after the gauntlet we run in non conference, there's no way this team finishes 10th in the HL as has been predicted. We will get better and possibly have a good run in the conference.
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Re: Temple Preview

Postby Tacitus651 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:57 pm

The broadcasters are saying a lot of positive things about us.
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Re: Temple Preview

Postby TitanVoiceofReason » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:59 pm

time to take a run and tighten the game up

they sure are Tacitus
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Re: Temple Preview

Postby MooseGuy1 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:01 pm

Tacitus651 wrote:The broadcasters are saying a lot of positive things about us.


They are, and with good reason. We are doing some things well. It's just hard to match the Owls' size. Too many 2nd, 3rd, 4th chances for them.
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Re: Temple Preview

Postby Tacitus651 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:02 pm

We should have put names on the backs of our jerseys this season - with 13 new players it’s hard to learn who is who.
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Re: Temple Preview

Postby MooseGuy1 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:05 pm

TitanVoiceofReason wrote:time to take a run and tighten the game up

they sure are Tacitus


Probably too late, TVOR, but this is still a respectable showing. We'll get better. I just don't see a Davis coached team imploding like the last couple of years.

Yes, Tacitus, I'd appreciate names on the jerseys. At least until I recognize everyone by sight.
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Re: Temple Preview

Postby TitanVoiceofReason » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:07 pm

lol, I have a program from the Wayne State game to refer to for the numbers

Lol, Moose, at the time I think we were down by 11 with the possession but then Temple stomped out that ray of hope.
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Re: Temple Preview

Postby Tacitus651 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:10 pm

We beat the spread!
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