Posts Tagged ‘Temple’

TalkSportsPhilly Bowl Projections: Week 2

November 11th, 2015 by Robert Waterman | Comments Off on TalkSportsPhilly Bowl Projections: Week 2 | Filed in College Sports, Football, General, Sports

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So, Week 2 of the College Football Playoff Rankings have been released, and there are some significant changes as there were some big upsets last weekwhich have shaken up the rankings so let’s recap the initial College Football Playoff top 10 teams before we go any further:

(As of November 3, 2015)

1. Clemson
2. LSU
3. Ohio State
4. Alabama
5. Notre Dame
6. Baylor
7. Michigan State
8. TCU
9. Iowa
10. Florida

My, how things change in one Saturday. Three teams that were in the top 10, saw their dreams shattered as LSU, TCU and Michigan State all lost last weekend. LSU lost to Alabama by a score of 30-16 in Tuscaloosa, as Derrick Henry ran wild on the Tigers defense carving them up for 210 yards and 3 touchdowns. Meanwhile, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, The Oklahoma State Cowboys had their way with TCU as they destroyed the Horned Frogs 49-29, all but ending their chance at redemption for missing the playoffs last year. And finally in Lincoln, Nebraska in what may have been the most controversial ending of the season.

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NCAAF: Temple, Penn State impressive, but big test looms for one

October 12th, 2015 by Robert Waterman | Comments Off on NCAAF: Temple, Penn State impressive, but big test looms for one | Filed in College Sports, Football, General, Sports

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So one game I think we all knew who would win, and another one I couldn’t have been more wrong with. So we will start with Penn State, who was impressive in their homecoming win over Indiana despite yet another slow start which had fans wondering if they would even get going. That is until midway through the 1st quarter, when Christian Hackenberg threw the 1st of 2 touchdown passes on the game, and the rest was history as Penn State won 29-7. Hackenberg was 21 for 39, threw for 262 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also running for 2 more touchdowns in what was probably his best performance of the year. Same could be said for the offense as a whole as they put up 420 yards of offense for the game.

Next up for Penn State is perhaps the game of the year as the Nittany Lions travel to Columbus to take on top ranked Ohio State who is coming off a 49-28 thrashing of Maryland.

As for Temple, I hate to admit when I’m wrong, but I was wrong in this case. Temple came out on Saturday and put a hurting on Tulane, in their own homecoming game, by a score of 49-10. The Owls were led by QB P.J Walker who went 11 for 15 with 183 yards and 2 touchdowns. The ground game also did its job by racking up 122 yards and 3 TDs, while the defense forced 2 interceptions on the game.

Now mind you this all came after Temple fumbled 5 times early on in the game, so this goes to show that despite the big win, it was nowhere near perfect or pretty for that matter. Next for Temple is a Saturday night game of their own at home against an 0-6 UCF team that just can’t seem to win a game, yet at the same time could potentially hand Temple their 1st loss if the year. This reporter’s prediction? Don’t give one!


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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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The Big 5, Two Weeks in

December 1st, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on The Big 5, Two Weeks in | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, Sports
The NCAA basketball season is fully underway.

The NCAA basketball season is fully underway.

Here’s a look at what’s been going on with the basketball teams from Temple, LaSalle, Saint Joe’s, Penn, and Villanova.

1. Villanova’s Dylan Ennis and JayVaughn Pinkston have already led the 12th-ranked Wildcats to six wins. On Sunday, they breezed past Delaware in a 78-47 win (five Wildcats – Kris Jenkins, Darrun Hilliard, Daniel Ochefu, Dylan Ennis, and Phil Booth – recorded double figures). Not all of Nova’s games have been so simple, though; it took a late comeback last Tuesday to edge past Michigan, 60-55. Coach Jay Wright, who is understandably very happy with his team’s start this season, says, “We have a lot of work to do offensively, and we can do that.” With a tougher schedule approaching, Wright knows that his squad can’t rely on its outstanding defense alone – they’ve allowed an average 56.3 points per game. Luckily, he has a solid frontcourt that will only get better with practice. Villanova leads the Big East with a 6-0 record, and their next game is on Wednesday at 8:30 at LaSalle.

2. LaSalle will go into Wednesday’s game against Villanova with a 4-2 record. Not even Jarrell Wright’s 19 points could move the Explorers past Vanderbilt on Saturday, as LaSalle lost 68-55. While 4-2 is a decent start, coach John Giannini has some issues on his hands. His team is missing easy scoring opportunities by committing turnovers and missing free throws; forget about 3-pointers. Giannini is apparently channeling Andy Reid, and says, “We need to get better.”
To be fair, LaSalle’s other loss this season is to reigning ACC champs and 9th-ranked Virginia. Luckily, the rest of the A-10 conference is off to a similar start this season.

3. Temple’s Mark Williams led the Owls to a 76-67 victory over Penn last Tuesday night. Three others (Will Cummings, Quentin DeCosey, and Josh Brown) also had double-digit games. Granted, Penn is a terrible team; however, Temple succeeded in shaking off their losses to Duke and UNLV. The Owls entered Sunday’s game against LIU Brooklyn with a win against Penn under their belt, and thanks in large part to Quentin DeCosey’s three 3-pointers, the Owls took the game 70-56 in overtime. Starters Josh Brown and Will Cummings, along with DeCosey, have been putting up consistent numbers so far this season. Cummings, a senior, and DeCosey, a junior, are showing the leadership that coach Fran Dunphy needs. Temple absolutely has the ability to hold its own in the American conference this season, and hopefully surpass last year’s 9-22 record. The Owls play at Saint Joe’s on Wednesday at 6:30 pm.

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This is Why We Call it “Madness”

March 23rd, 2013 by AmyMac | Comments Off on This is Why We Call it “Madness” | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General

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By Amy McGinnis

March Madness is well underway, and thanks to Harvard and Florida Gulf Coast, my bracket has already fallen apart.  Upsets and Cinderella stories are what make the month of March fun.  Fans everywhere completed their brackets last week (many while on the clock at work), and now we’re watching games and frantically checking scores (again, many while at work).  At least my picks for the title game (Louisville and Kansas, with Kansas winning the championship) are still alive.

Harvard’s win over 3rd seed New Mexico busted a lot of brackets, including my own, and they will play 6th seed Arizona this evening.  Oregon, who surprisingly beat Oklahoma State, will play St. Louis tonight.  The biggest upset of all, I think, was Florida Gulf Coast’s win over 2nd seed Georgetown.  I definitely didn’t see that coming, and I doubt any Georgetown fans did, either.  This is why we call it “madness,” and we see in game after game that anything can happen.

Fortunately for fans in Philadelphia, La Salle and Temple live to play another day.  13th seed La Salle is set to take on 12th seed Ole Miss tomorrow night. Temple will play Indiana tomorrow afternoon, and as I predicted before the season began, 6’4″ guard Khalif Wyatt is showing great leadership.  If you follow him on Twitter (@KhalifW05), you’ll see that he states “Temple Mens Basketball #1 … Tryna make it to the top, so I can let my dawgs know it exist.” As a Temple alum, I love this kid and the rest of Fran Dunphy’s squad.  Go Owls!

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On the Bubble

February 28th, 2012 by Craig C. | 2 Comments | Filed in College Sports, General

This year has been one of the best for the cities college basketball teams in my recent memory, outside of Villanova. It really is a shame that besides Temple and possibly Drexel, unless they win their conference tournament, they will not make the big dance. Obviously there are many division one schools throughout the country and only 68 get in now so there is a lot of heartbreak but nevertheless.

Drexel 25-5, Lasalle 18-11, St. Joes 19-11, Penn 17-11, Delaware 17-12, even Lehigh who is 23-7.

So these teams will likely be excluded from the tourney because they play in weaker conferences and they do not make money for the NCAA or for the TV stations. Uconn, West Virginia, N.C. State, Texas, etc will possibly get in and they all have 10, 11, or 12 losses each because of who they are. I’m not going to lie to you, I think the Philly teams would have a good chance to knock off the big guns.

St. Joes just beat nationally ranked Temple, Penn just beat nationally ranked Harvard, Drexel beat a mainstay in the tournament in VCU. My point is any team especially theses teams, can win at any time and they do have a decent enough record to warrant consideration but they won’t because they are not in the Big East, or the ACC, or the SEC.

In the flawed college football system, if you have a .500 record you are eligible for postseason play, and most likely you will get that bowl bid. I guess the NIT is a decent tournament, and now there are two other smaller postseason tournaments that these teams could reach, but in my opinion, when you deserve something, and it doesn’t matter what conference you play in, you deserve to get a chance.

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