DEVELOPING: Dunphy to Step Down After 2018-2019 Season

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Coach Fran Dunphy at a press conference

One last time could very well be Fran Dunphy’s motto for the 2018-2019 season.
According to multiple news outlets, Temple Men’s Basketball head coach, Fran Dunphy, will be stepping down after his 13th season. The 17-16 record for the Owls 2017-2018 season capped Dunphy’s 12 the season with Temple. Dunphy’s overall record with Temple is

247-152 prior to a 310-163 record with Penn. He is one of five coaches that have won over 200 games at two different division one schools in addition to being the winningest coach in The BIg 5 with 221 wins.

Despite all of Dunphy’s accomplishments and his impeccable contributions to the community, including his Coaches vs. Cancer philanthropy and teaching in The Fox School of Business, a new regime is not out of line for the Temple Owls. Even though Dunphy has led the Owls to seven NCAA Tournament appearances in his 12 seasons, Temple has found themselves out of the big dance for four of the last five seasons. Also, the team has never made it to the sweet sixteen under him.

Mckie, a former Temple player, is currently on staff as an assistant coach

Aaron Mckie is no stranger to the program. He was a Temple Owl under John Chaney and a pretty good one at that. He is number six on the all-time leading scorer’s list with 1,650 points and led the Owls to the Elite Eight in 1993. He was then drafted in the first round of the 1994 NBA draft where he played in the league for 13 seasons. Eight of which were played with the Sixers. McKie then served as an assistant coach on for the Sixers before making his way back to Temple where he has been an assistant coach under Dunphy for four seasons.

Temple University has not confirmed or made an official statement on these reports. Philly.com, 6 ABC, and CBS Sports have all attributed an unnamed source, that has yet to be confirmed.

This is a developing story. We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

Temple Eliminated From AAC Tournament After 89-81 Loss to Shockers

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Temple’s hopes of making the NCAA Tournament are officially coming to an end after an 89-81 loss to Wichita State in the second round of the AAC tournament.

 

This game came down to the wire. It was the 19th game decided by 10 or fewer points for the Owls. They are now 11-8 in games determined by less than 10. Wichita State held the lead for the entirety of the game, with a lead as large as 10 and short as one. The Owls were able to cut it to 5 with 25 seconds remaining on the clock with a drive from Josh Brown. Inevitably, Temple was never able to gain the lead.

 

Fouls. Both teams found themselves in foul troubles, but the Owls were struggling from the opening minutes. Obi Enechionyia picked up two quick fouls in the first three minutes of the game, forcing Fran Dunphy to substitute Dre Perry. Perry would go on to foul out as well as JP Moorman. The big men being in foul trouble all night created another obstacle Temple needed to overcome. Temple was outrebounded by the Shocker, again, 35-24.

 

Wichita State shot 48% from the field and only 9-23 from behind the arc. However, 6 of those 9 threes came from Landry Shamet who went 6-9 from three and dropped 24 points on the Owls. The last time Temple played the Shockers they had a season-high of 16 made threes, including 11 in the first half. This time, Temple made 11 threes for the entire game.

 

Even though the Owls shot 50% from the field and 45% from the three, they could not stop the Shockers. “They’re [Wichita State] a really good basketball program, they have some veteran guys that made some veteran plays at the right times,” said coach Dunphy. Wichita State head coach, Gregg Marshall said that Temple is, “…hard to guard, thank goodness we made enough shots and plays to win the game.”

 

A lot of plays were made from the foul line. Temple had 29 team fouls to Wichita’s 18. The Shockers had 28 made free throws, while the Owls only got to the foul line 21 times. The 11 extra fouls Temple gave Wichita State an advantage on the line. Which ultimately resulted in Temple not being able to get on a stop on the Shockers.

 

Although the Amway Center is a neutral location, the arena felt like a home game for Wichita State. The fans were overwhelming crowded with Shocker fans, and there was hardly any cherry in the sea of black and yellow. However, Temple claims it did not bother but fueled them. “It felt like we were back at Wichita at first,” said Quinton Rose. “We kind of just thrive from that, knowing it’s your guys against everybody else,” said Brown.

 

While the Owls hopes of making it to the big dance are over, their postseason isn’t necessarily over. They are still a prominent candidate for the NIT Tournament, however, they will have to await their fate on Selection Sunday.

 

Temple is currently 17-15 overall. This matchup also served as their first neutral site loss this season. They were previously 5-0.

Temple to Take on Wichita State in Second Round of AAC Tournament

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Same song, different team. After barely knocking off Tulane, Temple finds themselves in a similar matchup in the second round of the AAC Tournament. Although the Shockers have a far better record than Tulane, their record against the Owls is the same. Two close games that came down to the wire. The winner of the series will be determined after AAC tournament play.

 

The first time these two teams met in contest, the Owls welcomed #16 Wichita State to the American Athletic Conference with an 81-79 upset in overtime. Temple had five Owls score in double figures, Quinton Rose led all with 19 points. Even though the Shockers had four players of their own in double-figures, including Shaquille Morris and Austin Reaves, who both had 20 or more points, the Owls were still able to pull off the upset. Temple once again found themselves shooting under 70% from the free throw line, but Obi Enechionyia made two big free throws in the final seconds of the game to secure the two-point victory.

 

The next battle would have a different outcome for the Owls. Enechionyia led the Owls with 17 points, along with four other Temple players to score double-digits. Temple shot just under 50% from the field, and 55% from behind the arc, making 16 three-pointers- a season record. Temple made twice as many three point shots as the Shockers, 11 of which came in the first half. Hence, the 14 point Temple lead going into halftime. Wichita State was led by Morris’s 16 second-half points where the Shocker outscored the Owls 51-30 to come back and win 93-86.

 

Each team won a tight a game on their respective floor. The two teams will face off for the third time this season at 7 pm on March, 9th. The action will be on ESPNU. The winner will advance to take on the winner of Houston vs. UCF in the semi-finals of the AAC Tournament.

 

Temple Advances to Second Round of AAC Tournament with 82-77 Win Over Tulane

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Basketball may be in the postseason, but Temple basketball kept it close just like they did during the regular season.

 

In the first round of the AAC Tournament, the Owls barely topped Tulane 82-77.

Temple played catch-up for the majority of the first half. The Green Wave started to play with a 10-1 run, leaving the Owls with one field goal up until the first media timeout. Temple, a team that averages 8.2 three-pointers per game, was shooting just 14% from behind the arc with just seven minutes remaining in the first half. That 1-7 from three quickly adjusted to 5-12 (42%). That surge in three-point shooting and uncharacteristically good shooting from the free throw line10-13 (76%) in the first half gave Temple the momentum they needed going into halftime. The Owls have averaged only 68% from the foul line all season.

Similar to the Owls previous victory over Tulane, Temple was aided by a strong second half shooting attempt. In their 83-76 win, they shot 55% from the field and 62% from the three. In their 82-77 win, Temple shot 52% from the field and 66% from behind the arc in the second half. The three ball proved once again to be the difference. The Owls 11 made three-pointers sealed the deal. Five of which came from senior, Obi Enechionyia. The big man led all Owls with 19 points while shooting 5-7 from three.

 

Despite a strong shooting percentage from three-point range, the game still came down to the wire. The Owls, who had a lead as great as 13 points, found themselves up by only one with less than 30 seconds to play. Tulane was then forced to foul Shizz Alston, Temple’s leading free throw shooter, who averages 94% from the line. After making both of his foul shots, Brown followed up with a pair of free throws to secure a win for the Owls.

 

The Temple upperclassmen led the way for the Owls in the first round of the tournament. Enechionyia led all with 19 and grabbed 3 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Brown added 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. Shizz Alston contributed 17 points and 8 assists with only one turnover.

 

Temple will advance to the second round of the AAC Tournament where they will take on Wichita State. The Owls split their regular season series with The Shockers. Tipoff is set for 7 pm on ESPNU.

Temple to Face Tulane in First Round of AAC Tournament

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It’s officially March and that means postseason basketball. The American conference will be starting their tournament on Thursday, March, 8th, at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

Temple is set to take on Tulane in the first round of the bracket at 7 pm. If the Owls were to beat Tulane, they would advance to play Wichita State in the second round. The Green Wave has one win over the Owls and the Owls have one win as well. The first round of the AAC Tournament will determine which team wins their conference series.

Despite Temple scoring more than 70 points and having three Owls score in double-figures, they could not stop Tulane in their first contest of the season. Melvin Frazier and Cameron Reynolds proved to be a force for the Owls. Frazier put up 25 points and dished out 7 assists, while Reynolds was unstoppable on the boards with 10 rebounds and 17 points to match. The Green Wave went back to New Orleans with an 85-75 win over the Owls at the Liacouras Center.

The next time these two teams met, the high score was similar, but the outcome was in Temple’s favor. Nate Pierre-Louis provided a burst of energy for the Owls, leading all Temple scorers with 18 points. Ernest Aflakpui grabbed 10 rebounds as well, having nearly a third of Temple’s 35 rebounds. Reynold and Frazier still gave the Owls trouble, but a second-half shooting effort of 55% from the field for Temple was enough to steal a win. Temple came out on top 83-76.

The Owls are coming into this third matchup at the 7 seed and Tulane at the 10. Even though the Owls are on a two-game losing streak, they are still running with some momentum from a five-game winning streak that took place just before their last stretch of the season.

Tipoff is set for 7 pm on ESPNU.

Owls Burst Bubble Hope After Falling 72-66 to Huskies

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March is just around the corner, ergo March Madness is basically here. For a team that is hovering around being a bubble team, Temple may have just popped their bubble.

The Owls traveled up to Connecticut to take on the UConn Huskies, which Temple had previously beaten by their largest margin, 28, earlier this season. UConn did not take that lucky, and they came in with a different attitude on their Senior Day. Even though the Owls heavily outrebounded the Huskies, UConn still was able to secure a 72-66 victory over the Owls.

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Rebounding is usually an area where Temple struggles. They are dead last in the American for rebounds per game with 38.1 and rebound margins at -4. Yet somehow the Owls were able to grab 53 rebounds tonight, a season-high, opposed to UConn’s 41. Temple was allotted themselves a slew of second-chance opportunities but was not able to convert.

Where Temple usually struggles on the boards, they make up for behind the arc. They average about 36% from the line, averaging roughly 8.3 a game. The Owls shot only 20% from three, shooting 6-30. UConn had nearly double the number of triples with 11 and shot only 29 times from behind the arc.

Despite struggling offensively and shooting 36.5% from the field and 50% from the foul line, the Owl’s still had four players put up double figures. Enechionyia led the Owls with 15 points and 8 rebounds. The big man did find himself in foul trouble, forcing Coach Dunphy to substitute offense/defense in the critical final minutes of the game. Shizz Alston contributed 13 points for the second game in a row, he had 8 rebounds as well. However, Alston only dished out one assist out of the Owls 12 total. In their last matchup with the Huskies, the Owls accumulated 20 assists. Quinton Rose added 11 points for the Owls, along with 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Nate Pierre- Louis had 10 points of his own to go with his 6 rebounds.

Jalen Adams was the guy with the hot hands. He dropped 25 points on the Owls, leading all scorers. Adams also dished out 8 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds for the Huskies.

The Owls have one more game before the AAC Tournament. They will take on Tulsa, another bubble team, Sunday, March 4th.  A road win against Tulsa is crucial for the Owls, which are still hoping for a bid on Selection Sunday. There best chance and most likely the only chance is to win out in the AAC Tournament.

 

Give Me 5- Owls drop USF 73-55 for Fifth Straight Win

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Temple basketball usually consists of a back and forth battle for the entirety of the game, resulting in either heartbreak or relief. Consistency is not something that is often associated with the Owls. However, Temple’s five-game win streak is proving that this team is pushing for consistency in the right direction.

 

The Owls went down to South Florida and added to their five-game winning streak with a 73-55 victory over the Bulls. This gives the Owls a 7-6 record in the AAC and 15-10 record overall. Three of their next five games all had previous matchups that were decided by 3 or fewer points. Three of their upcoming games are also on the road, serving as a good opportunity for the Owls to increase their resume leading up to the AAC Tournament and Selection Sunday.

 

This matchup against USF started off how Temple usually likes it, too close for comfort. Both teams shot around 40% from the field. USF put down three 3-pointers, and the Owls only put down two. Both teams were struggling on both ends, resulting in a 30-30 halftime score.

A 7-0 run to start the second half would give Temple the push they needed to finish the second half strong. They outscored the Bulls 43-25 in the second half, shooting 16-29 (55%) from the field. Quinton Rose made an impressive impact in the second half. He added 16 points to his first half’s four. Rose also picked up all four of his steals and five of his six rebounds in the second half alone. Shizz Alston contributed 19 points for the Owls and grabbed five rebounds of his own while dishing out five assists. Josh Brown had 12 points of his own and six rebounds to go along with it.

 

Temple’s next matchup will be in Kansas where they will be taking on #22 Wichita State. Temple barely knocked the Shockers, 81-79, in their last contest. Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. and can be viewed on ESPN2.

Owls Shock the #16 Shockers in 81-79 OT Victory

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A last second drive to the lane with six seconds remaining on the clock to give an opportunity for the other team to close out the game would be unsettling for most teams. Way too close for comfort, unless that team was the Temple Owls.

 

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Thursday’s matchup against Wichita State marks the Owls’ 11th game this season determined by five or fewer points. Temple is now 6-5 in those contests. Despite the Shockers having a 17-4 record opposed to the Owls’ 11-10 record coming into this game, this was still a highly anticipated matchup. Especially for Temple. Fran Dunphy and co. were coming off of an interesting pair of games. They were handed their biggest loss of the season just two games prior at the hands of the Cincinnati Bearcats, followed by their largest win of the season over the UConn Huskies. Luckily for the Owls, the team that played Connecticut showed up at the Liacouras Center.

 

This marks the second time this season that Temple has had five players score in double figures. Quinton Rose led the Owls with 19 points, despite only playing for 25 minutes. Josh Brown showed serious senior leadership. He had 15 points and was 3-4 from behind the arc. He also contributed five rebounds and three steals. Shizz Alston started cold, he finished the night with 12 points even though he was 5-22 from the field and 0-6 from three. However, the junior guard had the most important bucket of regulation, a drive to the lane with less than 10 seconds on the clock to advance the Owls to an overtime contest. Obi Enechionyia and Nate Pierre-Louis both had 11 points. Pierre-Louis also grabbed five

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rebounds and had two steals.

 

Turnovers were a key to a Temple victory. They needed to not turn the ball over. With 10 rebounds, they relatively did what they needed to do. What they did better than not turn the ball over was force Wichita State turnovers. The Shockers had 16 turnovers at the hands of the Temple Owls. The Owls were one steal away at 11 from tying their season-best of most steals in one game.

This marks the 11th straight season that temple has defeated a top 25 team. This should significantly boost the Owls’ resume and their March Madness tournament hopes alive. Their impressive wins over Clemson, Auburn, SMU, and Wichita State are overshadowed by their bad losses to teams like George Washington, La Salle, and a big margin loss to Villanova and Cincinnati.

The Owls are headed to down to New Orleans this Sunday to take on Tulane.

Owls Earn Big Conference Win Over UConn 85-57

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By: Carl Tienabeso

After coming off of a close win against Southern Methodist University, the Uconn Huskies were looking to steal an AAC conference win on the road in Philadelphia against the Temple Owls. UConn’s basketball program again is in hot water with the NCAA, as they’ve been issued an inquiry into the men’s program over a suspicion of recruiting violations. Going into this game, they looked for the leadership of their star player, Jalen Adams, who leads the team in both points and assists.

Following a brutal loss at the hands of conference foes Cincinnati by 23, the owls looked to start their homestand with a must

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needed conference win Monday night
The Owls started the game off hot with a 7-0 run that forced UConn to use an early timeout.
After the owls found themselves up 11-4 early in the half, the Huskies chipped away the margin with a pair of threes to take the lead 18-14.

 

A key steal from Nate Pierre Louis added a needed spark midway through the first half extending temples lead to 7 with a layup followed by a rim-rocking slam on the other end.

The owls continued to put their foot on the gas and never looked back extending their lead to a 14 point halftime margin.

The second half saw more of the same action. Uconn came out flat to start the half as their shots would not fall. The Owls were led by the strong play of their junior guard, Shizz Alston. He finished the night with 18 points and dished out 4 assists with his most important stat showing zero turnovers.
The energy on both ends of the floor for the Owls was tough for Uconn to matchup with. Temple suffocated the Huskies with a great defensive showing forcing them to give the ball away 16 times with 9 of those coming off of steals.

Temple keyed in on their star player Jalen Adams using both size and quickness in forcing him into a rough first half that saw him turn the ball over 4 times. The team defense was strong throughout as Uconn poor shooting from the field at 39 percent and from 3 to 29 percent prevented them from ever making the contest competitive.

Junior Ernest Aflakpui was tough to stop in the paint adding 13 points and Senior Obi Enechionyia reeled in 8 offensive rebounds to go with his career high in assists.

When asked about the impending NCAA investigation into their program and whether it played a part in their loss, Coach Kevin Ollie maintained his stance on the matter, “ I don’t feel it played a part in the way we played, we were just sloppy with the ball and our shots aren’t falling all night. All the credit goes to temple, their a good basketball team. We are cooperating with the NCAA fully and assisting them with everything they need.”

After the game, Coach Fran Dunphy explained how his team’s aggressive mindset tonight was important in securing their must needed win. “It was two different games. Wednesday we did not play well on either side of the ball and today we made shots and took care of the ball with only 5 turnovers as a team. Shizz made tough shots for us and Nate gave us good energy.
As a team, they played well defensively and performed well-keeping Adams in front of them and limiting his abilities.“

Temple defeated the Uconn Huskies 85 to 57 for the largest margin of victory this season. The Owls improved their record to 11-10 on the season and 3-6 in conference play. Their next matchups see them taking on nationally ranked Wichita State Shockers in another American Athletic Conference matchup on Thursday.

#1 Villanova Tops the Owls 87-67

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Good things come in threes, and apparently so do bad things. They certainly do in regard to Temple playing Villanova when Villanova is ranked No.1.

It doesn’t matter if they play them at the Liacouras Center, Pavilion or the Palestra, Temple just can’t seem to shake this new era of Wildcats. Temple has dropped five straight matchups against Villanova. In their third consecutive effort to upset a top Nova team, the Owls could not result in an 87-67 loss.

Temple could not tame two Wildcats, in particular, Jalen Brunson and Omari Spellman. Brunson always seems to play his basketball against the Owls. He notched a new career high of 31 points, going 11-16 from the field and 6-10 from behind the arc. Brunson also grabbed 6 rebound and dished out 5 assists, while accumulating zero turnovers. However, Brunson was far more dominant in the first half, 22 of his of 31 coming from the first 20 minutes of play. When Brunson [hardly] dropped off, Omari Spellman picked it up for the Wildcats. Spellman went 11-14 from the field and 4-7 from the three. He also grabbed 8 boards. It should not be forgotten that the Wildcats’ leading scorer was irrelevant on the court. Mikal Bridges, who averages just over 18 ppg, only added 7 points to the offense.

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While Brunson and Spellman were practically unstoppable, Quinton Rose did everything in his power to give the two Wildcats a response on the scoreboard. Rose also earned a new career high of 27 points. He went 9-12 from the field and 5-6 from behind the arc. He also ignited a 13-0 run in the first half by draining back-back-back 3s in under 70 seconds to cut the Villanova lead to 7.

Rose did not have much help on the floor. Shizz Alston only had 10 points and went 0-4 from deep. While Brunson was dishing assists all night with zero turnovers, Alston was doing the opposite. He had two turnovers and zero assists. Temple as a unit had 8 assists and 11 turnovers. Villanova also had 11 turnovers, but they had 19 assists.

Villanova was essentially without Bridges and Temple was essentially without Obi Enechionyia. Despite having 7 rebounds, he did not contribute much to the Owls’ effort to upset the No.1 team in the nation. He was 1-7 from the field, 0-2 from behind the arc, 1-4 from the foul line and had 3 personal fouls. Overall accounting for only 3 points of offense.

Villanova truly showed why they are the top team in the country and they made it look easy. They shot 60% from the field and 46% from deep while Temple shot 47% from the field and just 36.8% from behind the arc. Villanova’s ability to convert on fastbreaks put the game out of reach for the Owls. They outscored Temple 21-9 on fastbreak points, accounting for 12 of their 20 points over the Owls.

The Owls are back in action Saturday, December 16th, at 5:00 o’clock at the Liacouras Center. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.