The Temple University Men’s Basketball Team was ranked 24th in the NCAA Division 1 standings posted on March 7th.
The Owls will enter the West Regional of the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 25-7 and an Atlantic-10 Conference record of 14-2. They will face Penn State in the 2nd round as both teams work to advance to the next round.
The Owls’ Season
The Owls have played hard throughout the whole season. They are coming off a loss to Richmond in the Atlantic-10 semifinals, giving them a regular season finish of second. With this loss, the Owls waited for Selection Sunday where they were named the No. 7 seed.
Temple will face No. 10 Penn state in the second round of tournament play on March 17. Penn state battled to the Big Ten Tournament final and fell to Ohio State 71-60. Both teams are coming of losses and are looking to reclaim a victory. Head Coach Fran Dunphy leads the Owls but needs Lavoy Allen, Ramone Moore, Khalif Wyatt, and Scootie Randall to handle pressure and get the win.
About The Team
Fran Dunphy is in his fifth season as Head Coach of the Owls. He has been named Eastern College Coach of the Year twice in his career. In his career, he has had 12 NCAA bids, 13 conference titles, 12 20-win seasons, five Philadelphia Big 5 City Series titles, seven Players of the Year, three Rookies of the Year, five perfect conference seasons, and 48 All-Conference honorees.
Outside the court, Dunphy is a professor in Temple’s prestigious Fox School of Business and National Council of Coaches vs. Cancer.
Senior Lavoy Allen was named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team and the A-10 All-Defensive Team. He averages 11.8 points per game, 1.8 blocks per game, and 8.2 rebounds per game. He is Temple’s all-time rebound leader with 1,103 and 27th on the all-time scoring list with 1,380 points. Junior Ramone Moore was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team. He averages 14.8 points per game as his first year as a starter.
He also leads the Owls in steals (37), minutes per game (33.1 mpg), free throws made (112) and assists (99). Sophomore Khalif Wyatt was named the league’s Sixth Man of the Year. He came off the bench in 25 of the team’s 30 games to average 9.5 points per game and has 12 double-figure scoring games.
Junior Scootie Randall was named the A-10 Most Improved Player. He has missed the last five games due to a foot injury but averaged 11.6 points per game, 5.1 rebounds per game and had 45 three-pointers
About The School
Temple University is located in Philadelphia, PA and has over 39,000 students. These students can choose from 9 campuses and 320 academic degree programs including 134 bachelor’s, 121 master’s, 56 doctoral and 7 first-professional. Temple is a national center of excellence in teaching and research with an international presence.