How can you lose a top guard and still be left with one of the best backcourts in the East? Easy: Use three guards the season before. The Owls' Ed Coe (15.6 points per game) is the only starter gone from a 25-6 NCAA tournament team. But Temple will win again this season because of the two guards that are back. Nate Blackwell (13.1 points and 5.1 assists per game) and Howard Evans (12 and 5.1) made fewer turnovers than any backcourt duo in the land. Forward Tim Perry (4 blocks, 9.5 rebounds per game) and 6'10" center Ramon Rivas were largely responsible for making the Owls the sixth-best defensive team in the nation.
But the Owls lack depth. "We can't be expected to overwhelm anybody," says coach John Chaney. "We'll have to control the game." Fortunately, control is Black-well's game.