2010-11 College Basketball

Posted by Zotta Rendevouz

Temple has made it to the NCAA college basketball tournament three years in a row. Temple has also went one-and-out three years in a row. Despite the early exits, making the tournament on a regular basis means the team has finally begun to establish itself as a national power.
The 2010-11 Temple Owls team brings back three starters from the team that finished last season ranked No. 12 in the final AP Poll. The returning seniors include the best player that has played for Temple in years in 6-9 Lavoy Allen.

The question marks for Temple include figuring out how to replace their best defensive players, Ryan Brooks and Luis Guzman. Guzman started every game for Temple in 2009-10 and Brooks was the Owls leading scorer.
The Temple Owls must find suitable replacements for those two players if they want to take the next step in their postseason goals in 2010-11.

The Frontcourt
Lavoy Allen is the best player to take the court for Temple this year. In 2009-10, Allen became the first Temple player to average a double-double (11.5 points, 10.7 rebounds) since 1970-71. Allen has started for Temple since his freshman year and the Owls hope to rely on him to lead their team both on and off the court.
Joining Allen inside is 6-11 junior, Michael Eric. Together, the two monsters give Temple an imposing presence under the net. Also joining them is Craig Williams, a rebounding machine but an uneven scorer. Williams will miss about a month with a foot injury and replacing him in teh time being might be smaller forward Scootie Randall.

The Backcourt
Juan Fernandez came to Temple reminding fans of former star Pepe Sanchez but he plays a completely different game than Sanchez was known for. Fernandez doesn’t rely on passing the ball as much, instead creating his own shots. Last season, Fernandez averaged 12.6 points with a 45.3-average on 3-pointers. He also led Temple in assists with 3.6 per game.

Ramone Moore joins Fernandez as a hot shooting guard tandem. Moore averaged 18 minutes a game, with 7.6 points per game to win the Atlantic 10 Conference Sixth Man of the Year Award. Moore moves into the starting position at shooting guard, but only hit 12.5 percent of his threes in 2009-10. Moore practiced with Argentina’s national team and hopes to improve this season.
Sophomore Rahlir Jefferson is another backcourt player who will see playing time, a more defensive minded player with adequate shooting skills. T.J. DiLeo and freshman Aaron Brown also might factor into the season for Temple.

Temple AP Preseason Ranking: No. 22
Temple Coaches’ Preseason Ranking: No. 22
All-Atlantic 10 First Team Players: Lavoy Allen, F

24 - Lavoy Allen, F - 6-9, 225, Sr
15 - Carmel Bouchman, F - 6-8, 215, So
999 - Aaron Brown, G - 6-4, 180, Fr
45 - Chris Clarke, F - 6-8, 200, So
11 - T.J. DiLeo, G - 6-2, 195, So
50 - Micheal Eric, F-C - 6-11, 225, Jr
4 - Juan Fernandez, G - 6-4, 180, Jr
31 - Jake Godino, G - 6-0, 170, Jr
32 - Rahlir Jefferson, F - 6-6, 200, So
999 - Anthony Lee, F-C - 6-9, 200, Fr
23 - Ramone Moore, G - 6-4, 180, Jr
13 - Scootie Randall, F - 6-6, 205, Jr
30 - Craig Williams, F - 6-9, 240, Sr
1 - Khalif Wyatt, G - 6-4, 210, So

Nov 12    Seton Hall
Nov 14    Toledo
Nov 25    @California
Dec 1    @Central Mich.
Dec 5    @Maryland
Dec 9    Georgetown
Dec 12    Akron
Dec 18    Northern Ill.
Dec 22    @Ohio
Dec 30    @Villanova
Jan 5    @Fordham
Jan 9    St. Louis
Jan 12    St. Bonaventure
Jan 15    @Duquesne
Jan 19    Penn
Jan 22    @Xavier
Jan 26    Charlotte
Jan 29    @Saint Joseph´s
Feb 2    @La Salle
Feb 5    Rhode Island
Feb 9    Fordham
Feb 12    @Dayton
Feb 17    Richmond
Feb 20    Saint Joseph´s
Feb 23    @Duke
Feb 26    @G. Washington
Mar 2    @Massachusetts
Mar 5    La Salle