Sixers' Joel Embiid announces Under Armour signature shoe

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Sixers' Joel Embiid announces Under Armour signature shoe

Joel Embiid's first signature shoe is set to be released in Fall 2020.

The Sixers' center promised he had "big things" planned when he signed with Under Armour in October 2018. He announced the upcoming release of the UA Embiid 1's on Tuesday afternoon in Baltimore.

According to an Under Armour press release, Embiid played a significant part in designing the shoe.

During the design process, Joel relayed what mattered most to him," the release reads, "a sneaker that could handle a versatile player capable of draining buckets from beyond the arch when they want, and posterizing the competition in the paint when they need. By studying Embiid's shooting form and mobility on the court, the UA team engineered a positionless shoe intended to help any player — from the 5 to the 1 — perform better than the jerseys across from them.

The UA Embiid 1 will also help fans discover more about Joel, each colorway spotlighting a critical moment or victory from Joel's emerging career.

Under Armour will first release The Embiid 1 Origin, followed by several colorways throughout the 2020-21 season, each of which will "spotlight a critical moment from Joel's emerging career," per the release.

The 25-year-old Embiid, who had surgery Friday on a torn ligament in the ring finger of his left hand, has averaged 24.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 189 NBA games.

"As a kid, I never could have dreamed of being in this situation with my own signature shoe," Embiid said in the release. "The process has been incredible with the work that's been put in. Not a lot of guys in my profession get this opportunity and I'm truly grateful for it. I can't wait to debut it on the court."

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Temple pounds South Carolina at MSG behind Quinton Rose's 24 points

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Temple pounds South Carolina at MSG behind Quinton Rose's 24 points

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NEW YORK -- When it was over, the question posed to Fran Dunphy was simple:

Was this his team's best performance so far this season?

His answer, though, could and maybe should concern future opponents.

"I don't know that I can say that," Dunphy said after Temple's 76-60 rout of South Carolina on Thursday night in the second game of the Under Armour Reunion at Madison Square Garden.

Quinton Rose scored a season-high 24 points to lead Temple, which improved to 4-1 with its fourth win in its last five games. Damion Moore finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Obi Enechionyia added 15 points for the Owls.

"(I'm) proud of our guys," Dunphy said.

Pride was not the emotion Dunphy's counterpart, Frank Martin, felt after the 16-point loss.

"We just got thoroughly outplayed," said Martin, who later added, "Guys have to understand how to play in college," after South Carolina dropped to 5-2. The game was South Carolina's first at Madison Square Garden since Sweet 16 and Elite Eight wins over Baylor and Florida, respectively, last March.

"This is good for us," Martin said. "We've got a young team. We've got to learn. We've got to learn."

David Beatty led the Gamecocks with 13 points. Maik Kotsar scored 12 and Justin Minaya tallied 11.

Leading 38-27 at the start of the second half, Temple outscored the Gamecocks 16-12 in the first 8:20 to extend its lead 54-39. The Owls started the second half with two Enechionyia dunks and a jumper, a Moore jam and jumper, and eight points from Rose.

"I was going out there trying to be aggressive," said Rose, who praised Moore's play. "It makes it a thousand times easier. The guy on defense has to make a decision earlier. If (Moore has) it going (the defender) knows I'm going to dump it off, but he also has to step up and stop me from scoring."

The lead grew to 60-41 after Moore's putback and layup on consecutive possessions. Following the layup with 9:39 left, Martin called time out. It did not matter as Temple pushed its lead to 23, 66-43, after Rose's layup at 6:27.

"We kept missing shots and then turnovers," Martin said. "We had 17 turnovers (and) 12 of them were steals. You give Temple 12 steals (and) they're coming at you in the open court. They're going to make you pay almost every time.

"We struggled to guard the dribble. We guarded the 3-point line. We struggled to guard the dribble and then our bigs did a lot of ball watching. We just didn't play well."

Big picture
South Carolina: The Gamecocks entered the game with their bench having a plus-34 scoring differential over the course of the season. But that number is somewhat misleading. South Carolina's bench outscored its opponents by a combined plus-35 margin in the first two games of the season, only for it to be minus-one in the next four. Against Temple, South Carolina's bench was outscored 25-21.

Temple: The Owls' modus operandi was simple: Get it inside. And oftentimes simple works. To wit: In Temple's 16-point win, 38 of its 76 points were scored in the paint.

Notable
South Carolina: Thursday night's game was the Gamecocks' fifth straight on the road, and sixth out of seven away from home overall.

Temple: The Owls improved to 8-7 all-time against South Carolina. The game was the first between the programs since Dec. 22, 2005.

Up next
South Carolina: Hosts the University of Massachusetts on Saturday afternoon.

Temple: Travels to George Washington Sunday afternoon.