Temple vs Penn St: Preview & Prediction

    
March 15th, 2011
(7) Temple vs. (10) Penn State

West Region -Tucson

March 17 - 2:10 TNT

 

Two teams from the Keystone State all the way out in Tucson in this 7-10 battle.  Temple won their last NCAA Tournament meeting in 2001 (Lynn Greer was outstanding for the Owls in that one). Fran Dunphy doesn't have the greatest track record in the Big Dance but he does have an experienced nucleus led by Lavoy Allen, Juan Fernandez and Ramone Moore. Ed DeChellis has an experienced team as well led by guard Talor Battle, but it's been a decade since the Nittany Lions made an NCAA Tournament appearance. Penn State took care of business when they needed to last week, winning three games before falling to Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament final.

 

CHN Team Capsules (w/ stats, records, and rankings):

Temple

Penn St

 

Stars to Watch:

G Talor Battle (Penn State)

F Lavoy Allen (Temple)

 

Vegas Odds:

Temple -2.5

 

Predictions:

RealTimeRPI: Temple 66 - Penn St 62

KenPom: Temple 62 - Penn St 61

CollegeHoops.net Betting Pick: Temple

 

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