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2013 NCAA Tournament: Temple Guard Khalif Wyatt Dominates in Two Postseason Games

Frank Victores-USA Today Sports

The Temple Owls gave No. 1 Indiana all they could handle on Sunday afternoon, but a late collapse allowed the Hoosiers to advance forward into the Sweet 16.

The career of Owls’ senior guard Khalif Wyatt has come to a close, but in two postseason games this year, he made his presence felt in convincing fashion. Following an off-season arrest in Atlantic City, Wyatt had some questions to answer heading into his final season at Temple. Wyatt answered his doubters, taking home the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year award, while averaging over 20 points per game this season.

In two NCAA Tournament contests here in 2013, Wyatt scored 62 points, going for 31 apiece in each game. On Friday, Wyatt shined, but in a more under-the-radar scenario as the Owls held off a late push from North Carolina State. In their loss to Indiana however, Wyatt has the star of the show despite the end result.

The 6-foot-4 guard was unconscious to begin the game, scoring 20 of the team’s first 26 points. Temple led nearly the entire contest and were looking destined to upset one of the tournament’s favorites. However, a 10-0 Hoosiers’ run down the stretch sealed their fate, as Temple blew a 52-48 lead in the waning minutes. Victor Oladipo did not let Wyatt breathe, forcing tough shots in the closing minutes, as Indiana went on to win the game by a final score of 58-52.

Including a 30-point performance in Temple’s regular season finale win over VCU, Wyatt scored 111 points over the course of his final four games in an Owls’ uniform. That’s an average of 27.8 points per game.

We know this guard can score, but it will be interesting to see from this point on if an NBA franchise agrees with his potential.

 

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