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Temple Owls (8-2) @ Seton Hall Pirates (8-0) 7PM Pre-Game Notes


As of now the game is still on despite the storm.

Temple @ Seton Hall, 7PM
Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Television: Hall Pass
Radio: 770 WABC

Projected starting five:
G-Eugene Harvey
G-Jeremy Hazell
SF-Robert Mitchell
PF-Herb Pope
C-John Garcia


Seton Hall (8-0) will welcome the Temple Owls (8-2) to the Prudential Center, in what should be the biggest non-conference test facing the Pirates this season.  The Owls will arrive in Newark exactly six days after knocking off #3 Villanova, 75-65 in Philadelphia.  Temple's #1 ranked defense (54.1ppg) will attempt to slow down the country's #2 ranked offense (90.8ppg.) 

Something's got to give.  

Seton Hall's ppg average is slightly skewed thanks to the 134 point thrashing they put on VMI, however the Owls would be foolish to overlook the offensive firepower so prominent throughout the Pirates depth chart.  Likewise, The Hall would be foolish to underestimate the quality of Temple's defense.  They traveled to Georgetown where they limited the Hoyas to 47, despite losing by a point.  47! In seven of their first ten contests, they've held their opponents to 56 points or less! There's no doubt that the Pirates have their work cut out for them, as the Owls also hold their opponents to a .244 3PT%, which suggests the Pirates will have difficulty launching at will.

Unlike the rhythm they created against VMI, there will be no way Jamel Jackson (or Hazell) would remain unguarded after making two 3PTs, never mind his first seven. 

From SHU Atheltics:
This is will be only the 10th meeting all-time between Seton Hall and Temple. The Owls own a slim 5-4 series lead all-time. Their last meeting was a memorable one. Seton Hall defeated Temple in the second round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament, 67-65, in overtime. Ty Shine came off the bench for an injured Shaheen Holloway and led the Pirates with 26 points in the win. Temple is one of Seton Hall's oldest rivals as their first game occurred on Feb. 3, 1923.
The opponent's perspective, TU Athletics:
Temple, under the direction of fourth-year head coach Fran Dunphy, is riding a four-game win streak, including a 75-65 win over previously unbeaten #3/3 Villanova on Sunday. Sophomore guard Juan Fernandez, who was named the Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week, exploded for a career-high 33 points, hitting 11-of-15 field goal attempts (7-9 3-pointers) to lead the Owls to the city-series win.
Quickly becoming my favorite game-preview to read, PirateCrew.com special contributor, 'Piratz, kills it with the stats:
Temple’s defense against Big East teams:
*2PT FG: .500 against Villanova & Georgetown, .342 against St. John’s.
*3PT FG: .167 vs. Georgetown, .273 vs. St. John’s, .333 vs. Villanova
*OFF REB: 4 vs. Georgetown, 11 vs. St. John’s, 6 vs. Villanova
*TO Margin: +6 vs. Georgetown, +3 vs. St. John’s, -3 vs. Villanova

The Villanova game was the clear outlier of the group in the sense that Temple relied on its offense to win that game. They shot an incredible .524 from the field, and .500 (11/22) from the arc to knock off the Wildcats. Both percentages were well beyond their season averages heading into that game of .407 and .297, respectively.
Blogging the opposition again, Owlified, or is it, 'The Owls Nest?" I'm not sure, but they add their take to the contest:
Overall, this is a well rounded squad. There are scorers that can take over the ball game both in the paint and beyond the arc. The majority of the team's offensive power does come from the guard play, but the forwards also find ways to average double digits and contribute.
Bench production could play a significant role in the outcome of the game, writes The Road 2 The Gold:
Temple's bench players only average a combined 17.8 points per game, while the Pirates' backups average 28.5, mostly due to the role play of Jackson and Theodore. Greatly anticipated: Keon Lawrence and Jeff Robinson will both see their first minutes of action in Seton Hall uniforms on Saturday night and it will be important to see how Gonzo utilizes these assets for the first time.
The Seton Hall/Temple game will not be televised Saturday night, which prompted Mike DeCourcy to write a blurb on the blackout of 'the big' college basketball game tomorrow:
There are complaints from those lacking access to the NFL Network about the inability to see the big New Orleans-Dallas showdown Saturday night. Even more rare, perhaps, is the big college basketball game no one can see on TV.

I give you: Temple at Seton Hall.