Temple Owls Will Surprise Some Teams In The AAC

By Daniel Karpuc
Anthony Lee
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Coming off of a nail-biting 81-80 loss at the hands of the Texas Longhorns last Saturday, the Temple Owls sit at a .500 record of 4-4. Two of their four losses can be categorized as “bad” losses, as they came against Kent State and Towson. On the flip side, they beat Georgia and Saint Joseph’s. That being said, this team can be in store for quite the roller coaster season. In the ups and downs, I wouldn’t be surprised if they shocked one of the teams at the top of the American Athletic Conference.

But why would I even predict such a thing? The answer lies in the individual statistics of a few of the top Temple players.

Junior Will Cummings leads the team in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per contest. He also leads the team in assists, with 4.5 per game. His 36 assists to 22 turnovers results in an above average ratio.

Senior Dalton Pepper ranks second on the team, scoring 16.5 points per game to go with 5.1 rebounds. He also leads the team in three-point attempts and made three-pointers, shooting 18-of-45 or 40 percent from behind the arc.

Junior Anthony Lee has been one of the best big men in the country, in my view, so far this season. He is putting up big numbers, averaging 14.5 points per game to go with 10.3 rebounds. It’s not often that a college player averages a double-double, and Lee most likely will keep those numbers up all season.

Finally, sophomore Quenton DeCosey is putting up 13.6 points per game and has hit 14 three-pointers.

You might be questioning why this team isn’t better than 4-4. The answer lies in its depth. Lee averages 29.1 minutes, Cummings averages 33.5 minutes, and Pepper and DeCosey both are in the game an average of 35 minutes per contest. However, as seen against Texas when they almost pulled off an upset, when the four guys above all click this team can surprise anyone on any given night. This will be no easy matchup for any team in the AAC.

Dan Karpuc is an American Athletic Conference basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @dan_karpuc, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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