Temple (0-0) at Kent State (1-0)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 13, 12 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: M.A.C. Center (6,327) -- Kent, Ohio.
Television: ESPN. Home Record: Temple 0-0, Kent St. 1-0. Away Record: Temple
0-0, Kent St. 0-0. Neutral Record: Temple 0-0, Kent St. 0-0. Conference
Record: Temple 0-0, Kent St. 0-0. Series Record: Kent State leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Temple Owls finally tip off their 2012-13 season as they
travel to the Buckeye State to take on the Kent State Golden Flashes in a
nationally-televised afternoon affair.
Last year's regular-season Atlantic 10 champions get set to embark on another
highly anticipated season, as Fran Dunphy's squad comes into 2012-13 season
with a solid nucleus and some exciting newcomers. The Owls are in search of
their fourth league crown in the last five years.
The Golden Flashes have already knocked off a Philadelphia program with a
great deal of hype, with last Friday's 66-62 overtime thriller against Drexel,
regarded as one of the nation's top mid-major programs this season. Rob
Senderoff is in his second season at the helm in Kent and hopes his young team
can build momentum heading into Mid-American Conference play.
Kent State opened the 2006 season against Temple, knocking off the Owls, 63-54
in Dunphy's first game as the head coach.
The Owls will head into the new season led by the A-10's top returning scorer
in senior guard Khalif Wyatt (17.1 ppg). Much more than a scorer, Wyatt was
also one of the A-10's top thieves (2.2 spg), while showing the ability to get
others involved as well (3.3 apg). Wyatt will serve as a leader in the
backcourt to sophomore guard Will Cummings (1.4 ppg) who is expected to take
over the point guard duties. Senior forward Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (9.3 ppg,
6.6 rpg) will be the team's staple in the frontcourt. Hollis-Jefferson is an
above-average shooter (.522) and knows how to finish around the basket. The
remainder of the starting five is likely to consist of senior forward Scootie
Randall (knee injury last season) and sophomore forward Anthony Lee (5.0 ppg,
While Kent State is chock-full of young talent, it was seniors Chris Evans and
Randal Holt that got the job done down the stretch, leading to the upset of
the Dragons in the season-opener. Evans just missed a double-double and
finished with team-highs of 21 points and nine rebounds. Holt poured in 17
points, 15 of which came after halftime, while junior guard Bryson Pope chimed
in with 10. Evans and Holt went 4-for-4 from the line in the overtime session
to secure the win. Mark Henniger didn't add much offensively, but was a key
contributor on the boards, finishing with eight rebounds. Kent State won the
game despite shooting a rather modest .351 from the floor, including just 6-
of-22 from three-point range. They will need to do much better than that to
The Golden Flashes are riding high right now and may be in for a better season
than originally thought. However, knocking off two strong Philadelphia squads
in a few days isn't likely.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Temple 71, Kent State 65
11/13 10:37:53 ET