Temple played a terrific zone defense in the second half, which held Texas to 25 points. Although the zone could use a little work if they want it to work against tougher opponents, it's a good sign to see that Temple is willing to be more flexible and versatile on defense in order to maintain a competitive edge. While they looked good in the paint in the zone, the guards kept creeping out too far beyond the three point line, stretching the defense and creating holes for the Longhorns. When they review the film from this game, I'm sure Dunphy will let Pepper and the other guards know of this and the zone defense will be much improved come 2014.
Next Game: Wednesday December 18 vs. Texas Southern 7pm
By: Dan Goggin