Monday, December 29, 2008

Temple Preview

Foe: Temple Owls (5-5)

Recent History
: This is Villanova's final Big 5 game of the season. Nova has won the last three contests versus Temple and has a 41-39 all-time record against the Owls. Last year Nova won in a 101-93 shootout. Scottie Reynolds led the Wildcats with 27 points and 9 assists. Temple had three players with 20+ points, among those Dionte Christmas. Christmas has been lights out this season, averaging 20.8 points per game and shooting .417 3P%. He dropped 35 points in the upset over Tennessee, and Villanova will definitely need to focus their defense on him. Temple won the A-10 Tournament last year and lost to Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA's.

Notable Win
: 88-72 vs. #8 Tennesse

Notable Loss: 76-71 at Long Beach St.

Famous Alumni: Bill Cosby, Mardy Collins, Eddie Jones, Adam McKay, Aaron McKie, Bob Saget

Fun Facts:
  • They are called the Owls because Temple was originally a night school.
  • Temple won the first-ever National Collegiate championship in 1938.
  • Former coach John Chaney won 724 collegiate games in his career.

Complimentary Youtube Video

Final Verdict: Villanova is a better team and should win, but I suspect this will be a close game. Nova's defense will be much better this time around; I doubt the Owls will come anywhere close to the 93 points they put up on us last year.

TV: ESPNU 7:00

Links: VUHoops, Official, Villanova by the Numbers, AP

2 comments: said...

Oh, I totally thought you would have included "Darryl Hall met John Oats while at Temple" under the FUN FACTS.

Tim said...

I'm too young, I don't even know who those guys are.