For Penn look to their experienced backcourt led by star Zack Rosen, who put in a 26 point effort in the win over the Retrievers. Penn also relies heavily on Tyler Bernadini, 10 points against UMBC, and Miles Cartwright, 4 points and 5 rebounds. Their backcourt aside the Quakers are a very young team, meaning quite a few players will be seeing their first Big 5 action.
Temple, though not ranked to start the year, looks to continue on its breakthrough to the round of 32 in last year's tournament with another strong regular season. The Owls will be led by experience this year with Juan Fernandez, Kaliff Wyatt, and Ramone Moore all returning. Look for the Owls to dominate the Quakers through their spped and their size. Temple should control the paint both offensively and defensively. Coach Fran Dunphy has been known to emphasis defense and this year should be no exception. Tip-off is set for 7:00.
Prediction: Temple 74 Penn 56