Temple vs. North Carolina State

Khalif Wyatt , who is averaging 19.8 points a game, and the Owls are fired up and ready to go.
Khalif Wyatt , who is averaging 19.8 points a game, and the Owls are fired up and ready to go.
Posted: March 23, 2013

Who's hot

Wolfpack forward Scott Wood might be one of the hottest players in the NCAA tournament. The 6-foot-6 senior averaged 19 points while shooting 59.3 percent on three-pointers in last week's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Who's not

It's hard to believe that Temple's Khalif Wyatt would be in this category. But the Atlantic Ten player of the year struggled through 4-of-19 shooting last Friday in a loss to Massachusetts in the A-10 quarterfinals.

Who wants the ball in crunch time

This definitely goes to Wyatt, who has a knack for producing late-game heroics for the Owls. A prime example was Temple's victory over Detroit on Feb. 28. Wyatt scored 12 of the Owls' final 14 points in the 83-78 decision.

Wrong guy to foul

Wood is the one person Temple - or any team, for that matter - doesn't want to put on the foul line. The Indiana native has made 81 of 88 free throws for 92 percent.

Right guy to foul

N.C. State forward C.J. Leslie excels at a lot of things. Foul- shooting is not one of them. He's shooting just 61.8 percent (139 of 225) from the free-throw line.

Who hits the three

Wood's marksmanship in the ACC tourney wasn't a fluke. He's the all-time leader in three-pointers (332) at N.C. State. He also leads the ACC in three-point field-goal percentage (44.3).

Toughest matchup

It will be interesting to see how Temple's undersize forward Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson defends Leslie. At 6-9, the Wolfpack junior has three inches on Hollis-Jefferson. But the Chester native has a knack for shutting down bigger opponents.

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