[12:32 PM] Temple @ Florida State

What will be the GAME RESULT?

Temple: Wins or Single Digit Loss

#25 Florida State: Wins By Double Digits


The line for this game is Florida State by 10.5 points.

Florida State brings an up-tempo offense that produced back-to-back 100-point games for the first time in 20 years into a meeting with Temple on Thursday at the NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Seminoles scored 99, 100 and 100 in defeating Iona, Winthrop and Detroit Mercy by a combined 64 points after a season-opening 88-67 win over Charleston Southern.

Obi Enechionyia, a 6-10 junior forward, averages 20.8 points and 8.5 rebounds while sinking 11-of-22 from 3-point range and 20-of-39 inside the arc. Dingle provides 15.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists while sophomore guard and Philadelphia native Shizz Alston Jr. is off to a quick start with 11.8 points, 5.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds. The Owls allowed an average 64.7 points in their last three games since a season-opening 97-92 overtime win against La Salle, forced their most turnovers since 2011 with 22 versus Manhattan and are even with opponents in total rebounds this season 155-155.

Dwayne Bacon, a 6-7 sophomore guard, averages a team-best 17.5 points as one of two double-figure scorers. The other is 6-10 freshman forward Jonathan Isaac (14.5 points, 6.0 rebounds), the reigning ACC Freshman of the Week who Bacon told reporters “plays very much like Kevin Durant.” Terance Mann, a 6-6 sophomore guard, averages 9.8 points and 5.8 rebounds while Rathan-Mayes distributes 5.5 assists.

The Seminoles’ back-to-back 100-point games marked the first time a Hamilton-coached team accomplished the feat. He is 482-397 at Oklahoma State (four seasons), Miami (10) and Florida State (15th).

Enechionyia became the first player since All-American Mark Macon in 1987-88 to score 20 or more points in Temple’s first three games of a season before recording 17 versus Manhattan.

The winner meets No. 17 West Virginia or Illinois, which lost to Winthrop 84-80 on Monday, in Friday afternoon’s championship game.



StreakSmarts Pick: Temple: Win or Single Digit Loss

Confidence: 4/10

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