The Owl's double digit scorers this year are junior Quenton DeCosey and Will Cummings. In last season's matchup with Temple these players had big offensive games. DeCosey had 18 points on 5-17 shooting and Cummings went 9-16 to finish with 24. On the bright side, last year's leading scorer in Dalton Pepper had only 11 points, so the `Cats look to once again succeed in locking up their big-time scorers.
Keep an eye on Quenton DeCosey
Temple shoots a poor 25.8% from beyond the arc this season, while shooting 41% from within. Similar to Villanova, this team can fall in love with the 3-ball, and this season it has not been working for the Owls. DeCosey is arguably their most efficient shooter from all over the court, so containing him will force the other less-reliant players to step up, and that's something easier said than done when Cummings is shooting near 30% on the year
Rebound, Rebound, Rebound
Temple has been grabbing more boards per game this season, with 37.8 RPG compared to Villanova's 35.6. The key for Temple's success here is balance- 7 different players for the Owls grab at least 3 rebounds per game. The Wildcats have only 4 that can say this. Their rebounding is lead by both junior forward Jaylon Bond and guard Will Cummings who each get 6.3 RPG. With such success with rebounding, `Nova will need not only Daniel Ochefu or JayVaughn Pinkston to box out. The guards will also need to lookout for these opportunites in order to reduce Temple's second-chance points.
Who has Daniel Dingle?
The Dylan Ennis counterpart for the Owls. While Dingle is not impressive in any one stat category, he has stepped up in many games this season. Against the Long Island Blackbirds he pulled down 8 rebounds and vs. the Penn Quakers he dished out 5 assists. He's reached a peak of 11-points on three different occasions this year, thus he has the ability to have a breakout game. If `Nova focuses too much on Cummings or DeCosey, Dingle is capable of keeping the Owls in a tight race.