October 2, 2013 |
On Monday, as Temple's basketball team gathered for the first official practice of the season, Will Cummings and Anthony Lee didn't need anyone to remind them how different things are. "There are a lot of faces that were here last year that are gone," Lee said. "But that's what the time we have now is for. We're going to keep working and working to make sure that it all comes together on the floor. " Lee is a 6-foot-8 forward who returns as Temple's leading rebounder (6.8 per game last season)
August 1, 2013 |
THE TEMPLE men's basketball team will be doing something a little different this summer. While the Owls will still be shooting, rebounding and scrimmaging, they also will be writing. The Owls will be taking a transcontinental flight to Europe on Aug. 14 for a 10-day training trip. Owls coach Fran Dunphy will have them focused on more than just basketball while they are overseas. "All of our guys are going to keep a journal and work hard at making the best memories that they can from this trip," Dunphy said.
March 26, 2013 |
DAYTON, Ohio - Sometimes, it falls to a single player to heal a program's reputation. In Temple's case, it fell to, of all people, Khalif Wyatt. Temple entered this NCAA Tournament everyone's favorite loser, an annual disappointment just waiting to happen. The Owls made it to the Dance each of the last 5 years, but they won just one game. Twice, they lost their opener as a No. 5 seed, to a 12 seed. This time, propelled by Wyatt, of all people, they beat eighth-seeded North Carolina State on Friday in the East Regional, and they led top-seeded Indiana here Sunday until the final 79 seconds.
March 25, 2013 |
DAYTON, Ohio - There is almost no chance Fran Dunphy will ever storm into another coach's postgame news conference and threaten to beat him up. And it is impossible to picture Tom Crean losing his mind and throwing a folding chair across the court. These are good things, to be sure. And yet . . . The last time Temple and Indiana played each other in the NCAA tournament, John Chaney and Bob Knight were at the height of their turbulent Hall of Fame careers. They had never faced each other until that second-round game in 1994 in the old USAir Arena in Landover, Md. It was like having a couple of fictional characters walking around.
March 24, 2013 |
DAYTON, Ohio - Fran Dunphy couldn't quite figure it out. His Temple basketball team had just hung on for a program-energizing NCAA tournament win over North Carolina State, and many of the questions seemed to be about Khalif Wyatt's thumb. The senior guard jammed his left thumb during the second half and had to come out for a couple of minutes. The athletic training staff wrapped the thumb and Wyatt returned to the floor. Was Dunphy worried? Did he think Temple could have withstood the Wolfpack's frenetic comeback charge without Wyatt?
March 23, 2013 |
DAYTON, Ohio - On Sunday, Fran Dunphy set the tone for his team's foray into the NCAA tournament. Moments after a roomful of fans and supporters roared approval at Temple's selection, Dunphy walked in and apologized. The coach was talking specifically about the team's quarterfinal loss to Massachusetts in the Atlantic Ten tournament. But the theme has carried all the way to Dayton, where the Owls prepared for Friday's game against North Carolina State. "I can't sit here today and tell you we have a fabulous NCAA record," Dunphy said.
March 22, 2013 |
DAYTON, Ohio - If great players are defined by their performances on the biggest stage, Friday night is the biggest night of Khalif Wyatt's basketball life. Yes, Wyatt played in NCAA Tournament games each of his first three seasons. But he has never been Temple's best player, with 19.8 points and 4.1 assists per game. He has never been the Big 5 and Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. He never has been the face of frustration. Before this season, Wyatt was just a part of the fabric of failure, an ever larger piece of the Owls' 1-5 tournament record since Fran Dunphy took over the program seven seasons ago. That includes two losses as a No. 5 seed in their tournament opener; in 2010 to Cornell, and, last year, to South Florida.
March 19, 2013 |
Time and TV money will tell whether the great college basketball conference shuffle leaves Temple better or worse off than they have been in the Atlantic Ten Conference. Once again, on Sunday, the Owls' A-10 membership helped deliver a berth in the NCAA tournament. Not only did Fran Dunphy's team get in for the sixth consecutive year, Temple was awarded a surprisingly high No. 9 seed. For all the tears shed over the end of the Big East as we've known it, the A-10 is changing every bit as much.