Temple, fifth seed, to play Friday

Posted: March 11, 2012

Temple is the No. 5 seed in the Midwest Regional for the NCAA tournament.

The 21st-ranked Owls (24-6) will play in a second-round game in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday. They will play the winner of the first-round game between California and South Florida, the winner emerging as a 12th seed.

This is Temple's fifth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.

Last season, the Owls posted their first victory in four tourney appearances by defeating Penn State, 66-64, in a second-round West Regional game.

The victory also snapped Temple coach Fran Dunphy's 11-game tournament losing streak that dated to his 17 seasons at Penn. Dunphy, in his sixth season at Temple, has a 2-13 tournament record.

Temple will head into the tournament as the outright Atlantic Ten regular-season champion. The Owls were the top seed in the conference tourney only to lose to Massachusetts in the tourney quarterfinals.


ContactKeith Pompey at 215-854-2939 or kpompey@phillynews.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/pompeysgridlock Read his blog at www.philly.com/OwlsInq.

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