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March 14, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
MEMPHIS - Lose 22 of 31 games and the numbers are going to be difficult no matter where you look. Record against ranked opponents: 1-8. Points allowed: 77.6, ranked 324th of 345 eligible teams. Field goal defense: 47.5, also 324 of 345. The curtain had just been drawn on Temple's 9-22 season when coach Fran Dunphy reiterated his No. 1 priority going into next year. "[Defense] is the one thing that I think we need to spend so much time on in the offseason and get to better spots," Dunphy said.
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February 18, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
THIS COULD have been cruel, but not unusual. There was Temple, with more players in uniform on the floor than on the bench and its double-double machine, Anthony Lee, on the pine with a minor left knee injury, somehow leading No. 23 SMU deep into the second half yesterday at the Liacouras Center. The 2013-14 script would have had the Owls gallantly taking the Mustangs to the wire and losing. The script was altered. Not unlike the script that was Dalton Pepper's for the first 4 years of his college career.
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February 18, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
In the fall of 1997, not long into Larry Brown's first season as the 76ers' head coach, Fran Dunphy started visiting their practices, eager to observe a brilliant basketball mind in action. Dunphy had never met Brown before, but in maintaining a long friendship with Gregg Popovich, one of Brown's apprentices, he'd heard Popovich praise Brown over the years and had come to admire him from afar. Now here was an opportunity to glean some insight from the man himself, to watch Brown at work - only Brown wasn't content to have Dunphy simply sit there.
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February 16, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The frustration continued Friday night for Temple and it's all encompassing - a harmful mix of poor defense and inefficient offense that looks particularly bad against the ranked teams of the American Athletic Conference. Louisville, the nation's No. 13 team, came into the Liacouras Center and treated it like its home court. With sophomore center Montrezl Harrell dominating the paint at both ends, the Cardinals rolled to a snow-delayed 82-58 victory and handed the Owls their 12th loss in their last 13 games.
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February 7, 2014 | By ANDY FRIEDLANDER, For the Daily News
UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas - Deion Sanders was on hand last night at Moody Coliseum, but the Temple Owls were decidedly not ready for prime time. With the Hall of Fame cornerback looking on - along with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert and Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt - the Owls wilted under defensive pressure by Southern Methodist University and slogged to a 75-52 loss. The defeat was the Owls' 10th in their past 11 games, and their second straight of a lopsided variety following a 90-74 loss to Villanova on Saturday.
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January 31, 2014 | By Joey Cranney, For The Inquirer
Earlier this week during practice, Fran Dunphy pulled Will Cummings aside. The senior guard had been struggling. Cummings missed two games in the middle of January with concussion symptoms and had been inconsistent in his two games back. Dunphy's message at practice: Find ways to get other players the ball. In an 88-82 win against Rutgers at the Liacouras Center on Wednesday night, it seemed Cummings got the point. Cummings had a career- high eight assists and scored 21 points to help Temple (6-13, 1-7 American Athletic Conference)
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January 27, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
On the coffee table in Fran Dunphy's Temple basketball office, underneath a book about legendary Owls coach John Chaney, another on the divine nature of basketball, and one that tells you to Get in the Game - the Game of Life, there is a slim volume titled, Doing More With Less. Hmmm. "That was a business thing that somebody sent me," Dunphy said, batting away the notion that anything in the book might help a shorthanded basketball squad break a seven-game losing streak. Dunphy isn't the type to allow excuses.
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January 17, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THE MAGIC of the Palestra is much more than just jump shots and free throws. It is to Philadelphia what Fenway Park is to Boston, what the old Forum used to be to Montreal. Officially, it is where Penn plays its home games. But really, it is the region's homecourt. There aren't nearly as many games played there as before, but it remains one of the most hallowed facilities in the land. And so many of us have our own unique piece of it. Phil Martelli still can hear the "ding" of the bell from the Septa trolley he and his Finnegan Playground mates used to take from Southwest Philly.
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January 10, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
EVERYONE FIGURED that depth could turn out to be an issue this season on North Broad. But last night at the Liacouras Center, it finally became too much to overcome. On Dec. 29, Temple lost sophomore swingman Daniel Dingle for the season with a knee injury suffered at practice. Saturday at Central Florida, one of the Owls' big men, freshman Mark Williams, sprained an ankle. Then, in the first half against South Florida last night, leading scorer Will Cummings went out with concussion-like symptoms after taking a hit to his head.
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December 9, 2013 | By Ray Parrillo, For The Inquirer
It didn't take long for Fran Dunphy's blood to start boiling Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. During the early stages of Temple's game against young but talented Texas, Dunphy watched the Longhorns leave Owls defenders in their wake, racing down the floor time and again for easy baskets until the Owls fell behind by 16 points. At the first television timeout, the red-faced Dunphy slammed down his folding chair, gathered the Owls around him, and told them they had better start guarding or else they were doomed.
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