Temple University has officially released Temple Men’s Basketball’s 2019 non-conference schedule, which includes matchups with the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of Miami (Fla.)
Temple will play six games at home in the Liacouras Center and seven games on the road, including a trip to the Orlando Invitational. They’ll play three games there on Nov. 28, Nov. 29, and Dec. 1. The rest of the teams competing are Davidson, Fairfield, Marquette, Harvard, Maryland, Texas A&M, and USC. The tournament bracket has yet to be announced.
Aaron McKie will coach his first game as head coach on Nov. 5 when Temple plays hosts to Big 5 rival Drexel.
This will be the earliest regular season game in the program’s history.
Temple’s first two games of the season will be held at the Liacouras Center. After the Nov. 5 clash with Drexel, they’ll get a few days off before Morgan State comes to town on Nov. 9.
After that they’ll travel to La Salle on Nov. 16, USC on Nov. 22, and then to Orlando. They’ll come back to Philadelphia for back-to-back home games on Dec. 7 and Dec. 10 against the University of Missouri and Saint Joe’s.
It is the second straight year in which Temple will welcome a Southeastern Conference opponent (Missouri) to Temple. It will also be Missouri’s first ever game at the Liacouras Center.
They’ll then face off with Miami (Fla.) in the Inaugural Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Invitation at the Barclays Center on Dec. 17. They’ll then come back home for a matchup with Rider University on Dec. 21.
On Jan. 25 they’ll play Penn at the illustrious Palestra, then finish off the regular season with Villanova on Feb. 16 at home.
Temple played La Salle, Missouri, Saint Joe’s, Villanova, Drexel, and Penn all last year. In those matchups Temple went 4-2, with losses only coming too Villanova (Dec. 5) and Penn (Jan. 19).
If Temple had defeated Penn, they would’ve owned a share of the Big 5 title with Villanova. Penn won 77-70.
Temple is also traveling to the Bahamas from Aug. 3-6 for a preseason tournament where they’ll face off with Bahaman Select Teams. It’s the team first foreign trip since 2013.
Last season Temple finished with a record of 23-10, 13-5 (The American). They were upset 80-74 by Wichita State in the quarterfinals of the The American Athletic Conference Championship. Their season ended on March 19 when they ost to Belmont University in the First Four round of the NCAA Tournament by a score of 81-70.
The American Athletic Conference dates are scheduled to be released in August