AAC Basketball Conference Play Preview and Predictions: Temple Owls

By Daniel Karpuc
Anthony Lee
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The following fact kind of sums up the roller coaster season the Temple Owls are having: they lost to Texas by one point and also lost to Texas Southern by one point. In other words, this team is the furthest thing from consistent. With bad losses to Kent State and Towson in addition to Texas Southern, this team is very unpredictable. Though talented, you never know when this talent will show up. It did in wins against Georgia and Saint Joseph’s as well as the 101-65 win against LIU Brooklyn in their last game. However, in American Athletic Conference play, there will be no time to figure things out.

The Owls have four players averaging over 14.4 points per game — something that no other team in the AAC has. Will Cummings, Dalton Pepper, Quenton DeCosey, and Anthony Lee are averaging 17.7, 17.2, 14.7, and 14.4 points respectively. In addition, Cummings has 46 assists to 26 turnovers, Pepper averages 5.9 rebounds a game, and Lee pulls down 9.5 rebounds per contest. From a talent perspective, this starting lineup is very good. However, this squad lacks depth very badly which will make things very tough, especially when starters get injured or get in foul trouble. Cummings, Pepper, and DeCosey all average 34.1 or more minutes per game.

Here’s how I think Temple will do in the AAC. You should stop reading now if you’re a Temple fan.

They will beat Rutgers, Central Florida and Houston at home and will lose the rest of their conference games. This will lead to a disappointing season at 3-13 in conference and end up at 9-19 after a non-conference win against LaSalle and a non-conference loss to Villanova in the middle of the AAC schedule. This young team needs another year to develop.

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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