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We Should All Be Watching Temple and Villanova Basketball

January 2nd, 2015 by AmyMac | Comments Off on We Should All Be Watching Temple and Villanova Basketball | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General

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The 76ers haven’t been giving us much to celebrate lately, but if you’re looking to see some great basketball, Philadelphia has plenty.

The Ball Don’t Lie

Yesterday, Connecticut hosted Temple for both teams’ American Athletic Conference opener. The Owls pushed the reigning national champs into overtime, and thanks to some free throws, won 57-53.

Senior guard Jesse Morgan scored 17 points for the Owls, while junior guard Quenton DeCosey banked 11, including a couple of free throws in overtime that proved to be crucial. Soon after, though, DeCosey fouled UConn freshman Daniel Hamilton on a three-point attempt. Luckily for Fran Dunphy’s Owls squad, however, Hamilton missed all three foul shots. When asked after the game about the role that overtime free throws played, DeCosey stated, “I didn’t think I fouled him, but the ball don’t lie.”

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Temple Outplays Kansas in Surprise Win

December 24th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Temple Outplays Kansas in Surprise Win | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General

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There’s really only one word to describe the Owls’ win over Kansas Monday night: stunning.

The No. 10 Jayhawks’ eight-win streak came to a halt at the hands of Temple’s top-scoring trio, Will Cummings, Quenton DeCosey, and Jesse Morgan.  The three scored a combined 54 points, outscoring the entire Kansas team.  Head coach Fran Dunphy called it “our night,” and Temple fans flooded the floor of Wells Fargo Center at the conclusion of the second half.  And why shouldn’t we? The Flyers are off to a mediocre start, there’s a stalled fire sale at CBP, 76ers are winning about 12% of their games, and the Eagles are set to play a meaningless game against the Giants this week.  Go ahead and celebrate, Temple University fans; the Owls just rode the subway to South Philly and embarrassed a top-ten team in front of thousands.  Let’s enjoy this.

You may recall that exactly two years ago, on December 22, 2012, TU took down Syracuse at Madison Square Garden.

Bill Self’s Kansas team looked exhausted in their second loss thus far this season, shooting just 32.1 percent from the field.  Frank Mason III’s 20 points weren’t enough to keep the Jayhawks alive; in fact, no other Kansas player banked double digits.  The Owls held the lead throughout both halves, thanks in large part to the Jayhawks’ seventeen turnovers.

Temple, eclipsed in the Big 5 by undefeated Villanova, is now 8-4.  While Tulane holds onto first in the American conference, there is still plenty of basketball to be played.  the Owls will host Delaware State on Sunday at 5:00.

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Temple Basketball Preview

November 6th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Temple Basketball Preview | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, Sports
Temple Owls begin their season November 14.

Temple Owls begin their season November 14.

For the 2014-15 season, Fran Dunphy’s Temple University men’s basketball team will see three Philadelphia-bred transfer students. 6’7” forward Jaylen Bond of Plymouth Whitemarsh, a transfer from Texas, had a promising freshman year. Devin Coleman, a 6’2” guard from Clemson who played for Friends Central, will be eligible to play next month. 6’5” guard Jesse Morgan from Olney sat out last season after having transferred from UMass, and has spent a lot of time petitioning for eligibility this season. The fifth-year senior has only played a total of 63 games, and will be eligible to play only until the second semester begins. Freshman forward Obi Enechionyia also joins Dunphy’s squad; at 6’9” and 220 pounds, he’ll likely see some playing time if he outperforms Jimmy McDonnell.

Guards Will Cummings and Quenton DeCosey, who averaged 16.8 and 15.4 points per game, respectively, in 2013-2014, will return to TU’s backcourt this season. Sophomores Josh Brown, a 6’3” guard, and Mark Williams, a 6’8” forward, show potential for breakout seasons. Look for Devontae Watson, Temple’s best shot blocker, and David Dingle, a returning 6’7” guard, to add some depth to defense. We probably shouldn’t expect to see a lot of 6’5” senior forward Nick Pendergast, but stranger things have happened.

This year, Coach Dunphy has lost Dalton Pepper and Anthony Lee (who has transferred to Ohio State). Pepper and Lee, both high scorers for the Owls, will be missed. Let’s just hope for a better record than the 9-22 from the 2013-2014 season.

The Owls’ season officially begins on Friday, November 14. They’ll be hosting American University at 7:30 pm at the Liacouras Center. The game will be aired on ESPN3, but you can purchase tickets from the Temple Athletics Ticket Office at owlstix.com.

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A Look at Temple University’s Men’s Basketball

November 14th, 2012 by AmyMac | 4 Comments | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General

Temple University Men's Basketball Team 2012 - 2013

By Amy McGinnis

With the NHL lockout, baseball in its offseason, and Andy Reid still at the helm with an offensive line that looks like garbage, it looks like it’s time for Philadelphia to throw ourselves into basketball.  Sixers are currently 4-3, sitting in the middle of the Eastern Conference standings. We’re also lucky to live in a city with NCAA Division I men’s basketball at La Salle University, University of Pennsylvania, St. Joseph’s University, Temple University, and Villanova University.  I’d like to take a look at all five; I’m a TU alum, so let’s start with the Temple Owls.

We all remember the excitement of TU embarrassing Duke last season, and Temple’s elimination from the tournament when they fell to South Florida.  Dunphy’s squad looks a little different this season, as the team lost Ramone Moore, Juan Fernandez, Michael Eric, and Aaron Brown.  The good news is that Khalif Wyatt, Rhalir Hollis-Jefferson, and Anthony Lee are still on the roster.  I’ll be looking at Hollis-Jefferson, a 6’6″ senior forward from Chester, for leadership.  He excels at defense and rebounding, and as a senior this year, I want to see him really guide this team.  Khalif Wyatt, also a senior, is a 6’4″ guard from Norristown who was fourth in A10 scoring last season with 17.1 points per game.  Wyatt cannot, and shouldn’t be expected to carry this team, though.  Fortunately, the Owls have some young talent to try to complement the veterans on the team.  In the 2011-12 season, then-freshman Anthony Lee earned 17 starts.  He actually redshirted the 2010-11 season due to a back injury, and last season, the forward’s numbers weren’t impressive (5.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, and 1.1 bpg).  Lee has three full seasons ahead of him, and has the potential to become a big scoring threat.

Coach Dunphy will need to get the backcourt to shoot the ball more – the Owls will have a tough season otherwise.  Guards Will Cummings (a sophomore) and Dalton Pepper (a junior) could stand to dial it up a few notches.  With the way things currently look on this team, I’d say there’s about zero room for error if they want to have any sort of chance at the tournament in March.

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