By Jeff Goodman
Temple coach Fran Dunphy is optimistic that Scootie Randall is expected to return sometime in early December.
"He's such a voice for us - especially on the defensive end," Dunphy told CBSSports.com.
Randall tore his meniscus in the summer and is in the midst of the rehab process.
"He's doing well, but the doctors are being cautious," Dunphy said. "It'll be a couple of weeks before we have him. ... He's a big part of our chemistry and is a glue guy."
The 6-foot-6 senior averaged 10.7 points per game and shot 37 percent from beyond the arc. His spot will be filled by Khalif Wyatt.
Dunhpy's concern appears to be on the defensive end to start the season - as he'll be without Randall and also graduated senior big man Lavoy Allen.
"He was so good defensively in terms of positioning," Dunphy said of Allen.
Dunphy said that 6-foot-11 veteran Micheal Eric will likely play about 28-30 minutes up front and 6-foot-9 redshirt freshman Anthony Lee should get plenty of time as well.
The team will be anchored by its backcourt of Juan Fernanez and Ramone Moore - which combined to average 26.4 points last season.
Temple doesn't open with a cupcake, either. The Owls play Dunphy's former team, Penn, in the Palestra on Nov. 14.
- Dunphy shaved off his mustache on Oct. 6 to honor ex-player Dionte Christmas - who earned his degree. Now he's growing it back as part of "Movember" - a cancer awareness fundraising campaign. "I've got it growing back," he said. "I'm a week in - and it doesn't look too sporty. I've got a face for radio, anyway."