February 27, 2015 |
IN HIS first eight seasons at Temple, Fran Dunphy made the NCAA Tournament six times. In those seasons his teams lost back-to-back games in February only once. That was back in 2009. And those Owls would win the next five after that to get their second consecutive Atlantic 10 championship. A week ago, these Owls were riding a seven-game winning streak. Then they lost at SMU and Tulsa, the top two teams in the American Conference standings. So, what now? Well, the good news for the Owls (19-9, 10-5)
February 27, 2015 |
ON WEDNESDAY, Fran Dunphy said his Temple team could lose to anybody. For a while last night at the Liacouras Center, the Owls tried to prove him right. Coming off back-to-back road losses at SMU and Tulsa, the top two teams in the American Athetlic Conference, Temple hosted a Houston team that had won twice since December. And only once in the AAC. That was by two points. Neither was on the road. Yet for the fourth straight game, and seventh time in eight, the Cougars led at the half.
February 19, 2015
ISSUE | NEW CHARTERS Focus on oversight before expansion As the son of a Philadelphia teacher, a graduate of a public school, and a dean at a public charter school, I appreciate the important role different types of schools play. I don't see a difference between me and fellow educators in traditional public schools. We all want our students to excel. Yet for that to happen, we must put aside differences, rebuild trust, and advocate for a sustainable solution to the city schools crisis.
February 13, 2015 |
Temple point guard Will Cummings and forward Jaylen Bond were 70 seconds into their postgame session with the media Tuesday night when they were asked how helpful the crowd had been during the Owls' 16-point win over Cincinnati. The man asking the question looked young enough to be a Temple student. If he was pleased by the raucous atmosphere inside the Liacouras Center during a terrific performance by Cummings, Bond, and the entire Temple team, he had every right to be. "It was a great crowd," Cummings said.
February 2, 2015 |
The first-half Temple defense was simply smothering. It was also record-setting in a hard-to-believe opening 20 minutes. While the offense still is inconsistent, if Temple can maintain the defensive effort it gave in a 55-37 American Athletic Conference win over Tulane on Saturday at the Liacouras Center, then the Owls will make a serious run at an NCAA berth. Tulane's 37 points tied the lowest total this season by a Temple opponent, matching American in a 40-37, season-opening Owls win, and marked the first time since the 1993-94 season that Temple had held two opponents under 40 points.
February 1, 2015 |
Temple senior point guard Will Cummings won't proclaim himself 100 percent, but he's getting there, and the Owls are clearly following his lead on both ends of the court. Not only is Cummings the floor leader, but he is also the defensive catalyst for a Temple team that will continue to make its NCAA tournament push while hosting Tulane in Saturday's noon American Athletic Conference game at the Liacouras Center. On Jan. 7, Temple (14-7 overall, 5-3 AAC) earned a 64-56 win at Tulane (13-8, 4-5)
January 24, 2015 |
Point guard Will Cummings regained his health. His Temple team rediscovered its perimeter game. The collective confidence of the Owls also returned Thursday in a 73-48 rout of South Florida at the Liacouras Center. The win snapped a three-game losing streak and boosted Temple's record to 13-7 and 4-3 in the American Athletic Conference. It also matched Temple's largest margin of victory this season, equaled in a 77-52 win over Kansas. The recent losses came against Tulsa, SMU, and Cincinnati, the top three teams in the AAC. South Florida (7-12, 1-5)
January 16, 2015 |
This one was a true punch in the gut for Temple's basketball team. Leading by 13 points early in the second half, the Owls saw Philadelphia product Markus Kennedy put the team on his back as SMU defeated Temple, 60-55, Wednesday night at the Liacouras Center. It was the second straight loss for Temple (12-6, 3-2 American Athletic Conference) and the second consecutive game in which the Owls squandered a double-digit lead in the second half. SMU has won 11 of 12 to improve to 13-4, 4-1. "We have got to find a way to close out games," said Temple guard Jesse Morgan, who had a team-high 15 points.
January 6, 2015 |
At this point, opponents have to know how it's going to be. A Temple shot goes up - maybe a corner three, even a fastbreak layup - and one Owls player must be accounted for. It may not matter. "I hope - I feel like that should be in the scouting report," Jaylen Bond said Sunday in a hallway of the Liacouras Center. "That they do their best to try and box me out. " Bond suffered a sprained ankle just before the season began, which probably kept people from seeing exactly what Temple had in the transfer from Texas early on. It's obvious now, beyond Sunday's big offensive showing, when Bond hit 10 of 15 shots for a career-high 21 points, scoring 13 of Temple's first 19 points as the Owls beat Central Florida, 84-78.
December 2, 2014 |
TEMPLE COACH Fran Dunphy said he considered giving Jaylen Bond his first start as an Owl yesterday, but that was before the forward turned his right ankle in Friday's practice. It probably won't be much longer, then, until the Plymouth-Whitemarsh product slides into the starting spot he would've likely held from Day 1 if not for a preseason injury on the same ankle. Though he's still working his way back to full strength, Bond yesterday produced by far the best of his four games with Temple.