Pennsylvania Quakers vs. Temple Owls Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/9/13
Temple Owls (24-10) at Pennsylvania Quakers (9-22)
NCAAB Basketball: Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm (The Palestra)
The Line: Pennsylvania Quakers +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: not listed
The Temple Owls and Penn Quakers take the floor in the season opener for bragging rights in Philadelphia.
No matter how you slice it Penn suffered through a dismal 2012-13 campaign with a 9-22 record. However, the Quakers lost Fran Dougherty to injury half way through the year and the Quakers were dead in the water without their best player suiting up. With that said Penn is being touted as a top tier squad in the Ivy League with a healthy Dougherty returning as well as virtually the entire lineup. Before he was hurt Dougherty averaged almost 13 points and over seven rebounds and the team didn't have the depth to compensate. The Quakers have a solid backcourt with Miles Cartwright and Tony Hicks that combined for 23 points but the key will be whether forward Henry Brooks will team with Dougherty to give the offense two big men that are offensive threats.
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Temple has jumped ship in the Atlantic Ten to join a revamped AAC in an ever changing landscape of college basketball. The Owls were a fixture at the top of the A 10 but the AAC is something of a different animal; a bigger one. In prior years I would say Temple would have no problem competing in the former Big East but with some valuable departures and some new faces I can't say that with not really knowing how this team will come together. Offensive production could be a problem with Khalif Wyatt, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson and Scootie Randall gone. The Owls will lean hard on center Anthony Lee to break in to the DD scoring department while guard Will Cummings needs to improve upon his six point average. With this duo remaining as the Owls only proven scoring threats, look for more focus on defense in 2013-14.
If Penn ever has a shot at knocking off Temple this is the time even though I would prefer a few more baskets. I'm backing them but admit this might be stepping out on a limb...