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Temple Outplays Kansas in Surprise Win

December 24th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Temple Outplays Kansas in Surprise Win | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General

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There’s really only one word to describe the Owls’ win over Kansas Monday night: stunning.

The No. 10 Jayhawks’ eight-win streak came to a halt at the hands of Temple’s top-scoring trio, Will Cummings, Quenton DeCosey, and Jesse Morgan.  The three scored a combined 54 points, outscoring the entire Kansas team.  Head coach Fran Dunphy called it “our night,” and Temple fans flooded the floor of Wells Fargo Center at the conclusion of the second half.  And why shouldn’t we? The Flyers are off to a mediocre start, there’s a stalled fire sale at CBP, 76ers are winning about 12% of their games, and the Eagles are set to play a meaningless game against the Giants this week.  Go ahead and celebrate, Temple University fans; the Owls just rode the subway to South Philly and embarrassed a top-ten team in front of thousands.  Let’s enjoy this.

You may recall that exactly two years ago, on December 22, 2012, TU took down Syracuse at Madison Square Garden.

Bill Self’s Kansas team looked exhausted in their second loss thus far this season, shooting just 32.1 percent from the field.  Frank Mason III’s 20 points weren’t enough to keep the Jayhawks alive; in fact, no other Kansas player banked double digits.  The Owls held the lead throughout both halves, thanks in large part to the Jayhawks’ seventeen turnovers.

Temple, eclipsed in the Big 5 by undefeated Villanova, is now 8-4.  While Tulane holds onto first in the American conference, there is still plenty of basketball to be played.  the Owls will host Delaware State on Sunday at 5:00.

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Sixers select Kansas center Joel Embiid with 3rd pick in NBA Draft

June 27th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Sixers select Kansas center Joel Embiid with 3rd pick in NBA Draft | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

(Charlie Riedel/AP)

The speculation is up; the draft commenced and Philadelphia finally has an answer as to who’ll be their top pick in this year’s draft.  That honor belongs to Joel Embiid.

A bit of background on Embiid, he’s not only a center that played collegiately for Kansas (2013-14) but a 7’0, 250-pound one at that. He owns a similar frame, in terms of past NBA players, — successful ones at that — to Hall-of-Famer Hakeem Olajuwon and former Sixer, and defensive player of the year, Dikembe Mutombo.  All three were in the 7-foot, 250-pound range physically, as well as originally being from/near Africa.  Albeit a way-smaller (and small sample size in general) sample size, and comparing one player’s collegiate stats to another’s professional, Embiid also shared another fact with Mutombo; a very-similar stat line. Mutombo, in 1196-career NBA games, averaged 9.8 points — in which I’ll round that figure off to 10 points/game — and 2.8 blocks/game. In comparison, despite his sample size being much lower at 28 games, Embiid averaged a combination of 11.2 points/2.6 blocks per game last season; his lone collegiate one.

Embiid averaged a point/game higher and .02 blocks/game lower, roughly, than Mutombo; though Embiid’s Jayhawks only played in 40-minute games,  compared to the NBA-minutes regulation/game of 48. Like his two predecessors/similar players listed above, assuming this to be true, Embiid is a passionate, emotional, honest, yet loving team player.

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