When Temple faces No. 25 Florida State in Thursday's 12:30 p.m. NIT Season Tip-Off at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Owls will be looking to cool down one of college basketball's most potent offenses.
Florida State (4-0) is eighth in the nation in scoring, averaging 96.8 points per game. The Seminoles beat Detroit Mercy, 100-71, on Sunday. It was the second consecutive game scoring in triple digits for the Seminoles, the first time they have accomplished that since 1996.
"They are young, talented and very deep," said Temple coach Fran Dunphy, whose 2-2 Owls are coming off Sunday's 88-67 win against visiting Manhattan.
The two players who lead the offense are 6-foot-7 sophomore guard Dwayne Bacon (17.5 ppg.) and 6-10 freshman Jonathan Isaac (14.5 ppg., 6.0 rpg.).
"Isaac can make shots from the perimeter and he is a good rebounder," Dunphy said. "He is a pretty high skilled guy."
Isaac is shooting 46.7 percent from three-point range (7-15).
Florida State's size also concerns Dunphy. The starting center is 7-1 Michael Ojo and a key reserve is 7-4 Christ Koumadje.
In Temple's win over Manhattan, senior swingman Daniel Dingle scored a career-high 22 points. Junior forward Obi Enechionyia had 17 points, the first time this season he did not score at least 20.
Temple point guard Josh Brown has yet to play for the Owls as he recovers from May 25 Achilles tendon surgery. Brown is practicing with the team, but Dunphy says he won't play in the Owls' games this week.
The winner of Thursday's game will play the winner of the nightcap between Illinois and West Virginia. The consolation is Friday at 12:30 p.m., with the championship game at 3 p.m.