The Temple Owls will face tough competition tomorrow when they face the Indiana Hoosiers at approximately 14:45 ET in Dayton, Ohio. The Owls are coming off of a 76-72 victory over the NC State Wolfpack yesterday in which they dominated the whole game.
The Hoosiers won convincingly over James Madison and set up a matchup where the winner goes to Washington D.C. for the Sweet 16 on Thursday.
The biggest matchup to watch is going to be Owls guard Khalif Wyatt versus Indiana guard Victor Oladipo.
Wyatt is Temple’s best player and go-to guy when they need a bucket. He averaged 19.8 ppg this season while putting up 31 points yesterday against NC State on 9 of 22 shooting.
Oladipo was the Big Ten defensive player of the year and his defense is a huge part of Indiana’s game. If it wasn’t for his ability to shut down the opposing teams’ best players, Indiana may not be in this situation. He’s a very good ball defender and can take the ball from anyone.
Wyatt is a slasher and not much of a shooter when his shots are contested. He was 1 of 7 yesterday from long-range, but did what he does best to help his team advance by driving. He likes to get to the rim and get fouled, which is exactly what he did yesterday.
He was 12 of 14 at the line yesterday, and will definitely try and do that against Indiana. The problem for Temple is if Oladipo can stay out of foul trouble and force Wyatt to shoot contested jump shots, they will be in trouble.
The Owls are a very bad shooting team as they only shot 43 percent on the year, which was ranked 192nd nationally. Contested shots are their nemesis.
Mix that with the team not liking to play defense on the other end as they allow teams to run, and this could get out of hand. Indiana is among the best in transition and can score in bunches. The Hoosiers averaged 80 ppg, which was good enough for third in the nation and shot 48-percent from the field, which ranked seventh nationally.
If the Hoosiers can hit their shots and get the same production out of freshman point guard Yogi Ferrell, then they should advance.