2009–10 Temple Owls men's basketball team

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2009–10 Temple Owls men's basketball
TUOwls logo.png
A-10 Regular Season Co-Champions
A-10 Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament, First round
Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
Ranking
AP #12
2009–10 record 29–6 (14–2 A-10)
Head coach Fran Dunphy
Assistant coach Dave Duke
Assistant coach Matt Langel
Assistant coach Shawn Trice
Home arena Liacouras Center
Seasons
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 Atlantic 10 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#12 Temple 14 2   .875     29 6   .829
#25 Xavier 14 2   .875     26 9   .743
#24 Richmond 13 3   .813     26 9   .743
Saint Louis 11 5   .688     23 13   .639
Rhode Island 9 7   .563     26 10   .722
Charlotte 9 7   .563     19 12   .613
Dayton 8 8   .500     25 12   .676
St. Bonaventure 7 9   .438     15 16   .484
Duquesne 7 9   .438     16 16   .500
George Washington 6 10   .375     16 15   .516
UMass 5 11   .313     12 20   .375
Saint Joseph's 5 11   .313     11 20   .355
La Salle 4 12   .250     12 18   .400
Fordham 0 16   .000     2 26   .071
2010 Atlantic 10 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll


The 2009–10 Temple Owls men's basketball team represented Temple University in the 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were led by head coach Fran Dunphy and played their home games at the Liacouras Center. The Owls are members of the Atlantic 10 Conference. They finished the season 29–6, 14–2 in A-10 play to claim a share of the regular season championship. They won the 2010 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament for the third consecutive year to receive the conferences automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. They received a 5 seed in the East Region where they were upset in the first round by 12 seed Cornell.

Preseason[edit]

The team is set to play their home games at Liacouras Center, which has a capacity of 10,206.[1] They are in their 28th season as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference.[2] Coming back from their 2008–09 season, they compiled a record of 22–12 and won the Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament for the second consecutive year.[3]

However, Temple lost star player Dionte Christmas to graduation, whom Blue Ribbon Yearbook said that, if "anything good that happened to the Owls last year, Christmas had a hand in it."[3] He led Temple in three statistics: points per game (19.5), three-pointers completed (107), and total steals (51); he finished second in two more: rebounds per game (5.5) and assists (28).[3] In addition, he was an honorable mention All-American and scored 2,000 points over his college basketball career. Also graduating were two other starters: 7–0 center Sergio Olmos, who was selected as an All-A10 Tournament player, and point guard Semaj Inge.[4]

Temple's schedule was announced on September 3, 2009, consisting of a school record-tying 31 games in the regular season.[5] The out-of-conference portion, adopted on July 21, was regarded as one of the toughest in college hoops.[3][6] The highlights of it include: Georgetown and Siena, which began the season ranked; Virginia Tech, a competitor in the Atlantic Coast Conference; Penn State, who won the 2009 National Invitation Tournament; and Villanova and Kansas, two top 10 teams.[3]

Due to these factors, Temple was picked to finish fifth in the conference by the Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll, tied with Duquesne. Lavoy Allen was the only team member selected on the Preseason All-Atlantic 10 First Team.[7] The Blue Ribbon Yearbook gave the backcourt a grade of B, the frontcourt a B, the bench/depth a C+, and the intangibles a B+. They commented that "the Owls have had a way the last couple years of surprising people," and that while Temple "might still surprise some people, but don't expect it to be with an NCAA Tournament berth."[3]

Recruiting[edit]

Incoming signees[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Rahlir Jefferson
SF
Chester, Pennsylvania Chester (PA) 6 ft 5.5 in (1.97 m) 192.5 lb (87.3 kg) Sep 19, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 85
Khalif Wyatt
SG
Norristown, Pennsylvania Norristown (PA) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Aug 18, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 84
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

2010–11 team recruits[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Anthony Lee
F/C
Orlando, Florida Eustis HS (FL) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sep 26, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 88
Aaron Brown
SF
Newark, New Jersey St. Benedict's Prep (NJ) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Nov 2, 2009 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 83
Jimmy McDonnell
PF
Jackson, New Jersey Jackson Memorial HS (NJ) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Aug 8, 2010 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 40
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

Players[edit]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown High School
1 Khalif Wyatt 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 pounds (95 kg) G Fr. Norristown, Pennsylvania U.S. Norristown HS
2 Ryan Brooks 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 pounds (91 kg) G Sr. Narberth, Pennsylvania U.S. Lower Merion HS
4 Juan Fernandez 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 pounds (82 kg) G So. Río Tercero, Córdoba Argentina Dr. Alexis Carrel HS
10 Luis Guzman 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 pounds (91 kg) G Sr. New York City U.S. Paramus Catholic HS
11 T.J. DiLeo 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 pounds (88 kg) G Fr. Cinnaminson, New Jersey U.S. Cinnaminson HS
15 Carmel Bouchman 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 pounds (98 kg) F Fr. Tel Aviv Israel Irani Tet HS
21 Rafael DeLeon 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 pounds (91 kg) F Sr. District Heights, Maryland U.S. Bishop McNamara HS
23 Ramone Moore 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 pounds (82 kg) G So. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S. South Philadelphia HS
24 Lavoy Allen 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 pounds (102 kg) F Jr. Morrisville, Pennsylvania U.S. Pennsbury HS
30 Craig Williams 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 pounds (110 kg) F Jr. Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands U.S. St. Croix Central HS
31 Jake Godino 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 pounds (77 kg) G So. Chester, Pennsylvania U.S. Delaware County Christian School
32 Rahlir Jefferson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 pounds (91 kg) F Fr. Chester, Pennsylvania U.S. Chester HS
33 Scootie Randall 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 pounds (93 kg) F So. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S. Communications Tech HS
45 Chris Clarke 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 pounds (91 kg) F So. Orchard Lake, Michigan U.S. St. Mary's Prep
50 Micheal Eric 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 pounds (110 kg) F/C So. Lagos Nigeria Church Farm School

Coaches[edit]

Name Position Year at
Temple
Alma Mater (Year)[8]
Fran Dunphy Head coach 4th La Salle (1970)
Dave Duke Assistant Coach 4th Villanova (1974)
Matt Langel Assistant Coach 4th Pennsylvania (2000)
Shawn Trice Assistant Coach 4th Pennsylvania (1995)
Jeff Wilson Director of Operations 4th Temple (2004)
Steve Spirro Athletic Trainer 6th Temple (2002)
Dion Dacons Coordinator of Student Development/Manager 2nd Temple (2007)

Schedule[edit]

2009–10 game log
2012–13 season schedule

Season[edit]

Preconference season[edit]

The Owls kicked off their season on November 14, 2009 with a 76–56 win against the University of Delaware, sending the Fighting Blue Hens to their fourth straight loss as a home opener.[9] On November 17, the Owls failed to capitalize on preseason No. 19 Georgetown Hoyas' sloppy play, as the Hoyas were victorious 45–46. The game featured more fouls (18) and turnovers (16) than completed baskets (15) for Georgetown, playing their home opener at the Verizon Center. Georgetown led 19–13 at halftime, but Temple managed to mount a comeback, as they led with 6 seconds left in regulation until Hoya Greg Monroe scored the winning 3-pointer. After the game, Temple's 68-game winning streak when opponents scored less than 50 points was crushed.[10]

On November 21, Temple beat the Siena Saints, after overcoming a six-point deficit at the half to end the game at 73–69.[11] As a result, the Owls began receiving votes in the 2008-09 NCAA Division I men's basketball rankings for the week of November 23.[12] After an easy win against Ball State on November 24, the Owls next faced Virginia Tech in the semifinals of the Philly Hoop Group Classic.[13][14] Temple overcame Malcolm Delaney's 32 points to defeat the Hokies 60–51 on November 27. Their 4–1 start was the Owls' best since 2000.[14]

The team suffered their second loss of the season by the undefeated Red Storm of St. John's on November 28, in the championship game of the Philly Hoop Group Classic. Temple led 22–21 at the half, but the Red Storm went on a 14–2 run in the beginning of the second half from which the Owls could not recover, and St. John's won 55–48.[15] This caused Temple to lose all support in the national rankings.[16] The Owls rebounded with three consecutive wins: against Western Michigan, Penn State, and Miami (Ohio).[17][18][19] The Penn State game was notable in that it was the second lowest scoring game in the 13-year history of the Liacouras Center. Ryan Brooks's 19 points, the only Owl scoring in double figures, helped lead Temple over the Nittany Lions 45–42 in the largely defensive matchup.[20]

Temple entered the top 25 in national rankings for the first time since 2001.[21]

Atlantic 10 regular season[edit]

Lavoy Allen shooting a free throw against La Salle on February 28, 2010

Postseason[edit]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Final
AP[22] 47 30 21 18 21 19 16 15 19 21 21 20 20 17 12
Coaches[22] 30 25 19 25 21 17 15 17 21 20 18 16 17 13 27
ESPN.com Power Rankings[23] N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 23 18 16 18 19 21 20 16 19 N/A

Awards & honors[edit]

Lavoy Allen
  • Preseason All-Atlantic 10 First Team[7]
  • November 30, 2009 Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Week[24]
  • November 30, 2009 Temple University Athlete of the Week[25]
  • December 14, 2009 Philadelphia Big Five Honor Roll[26]
  • January 11, 2010 Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Week[27]
  • January 11, 2010 Temple University Athlete of the Week[28]
Ryan Brooks
  • November 16, 2009 Philadelphia Big Five Honor Roll[29]
  • December 7, 2009 Philadelphia Big Five Honor Roll[30]
  • December 21, 2009 Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Week[31]
  • December 21, 2009 Temple University Athlete of the Week[32]
  • January 4, 2010 Philadelphia Big Five Honor Roll[33]
Juan Fernandez
  • December 14, 2009 Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Week[34]
  • December 14, 2009 Temple University Athlete of the Week[35]
  • December 20, 2009 A-10 Player of the Week[36]
  • January 6, 2010 Temple University Athlete of the Month[37]

Statistical leadership[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Temple". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved December 22, 2009. 
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  9. ^ "Temple 76, Delaware 56". ESPN. Associated Press. November 15, 2009. Retrieved December 22, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Hoyas blow 12-point second-half lead but hold off Owls". ESPN. Associated Press. November 18, 2009. Archived from the original on November 21, 2009. Retrieved December 22, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Temple 73, Siena 69". ESPN. Associated Press. November 22, 2009. Retrieved December 25, 2009. 
  12. ^ "2010 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings (Nov. 23)". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. November 23, 2009. Archived from the original on February 11, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Temple 66, Ball State 46". ESPN. Associated Press. November 24, 2009. Retrieved January 14, 2009. 
  14. ^ a b "Temple 61, Virginia Tech 50". ESPN. Associated Press. November 27, 2009. Retrieved January 14, 2009. 
  15. ^ "St. John's 55, Temple 48". ESPN. Associated Press. November 29, 2009. Retrieved January 15, 2009. 
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  18. ^ "Temple 45, Penn St. 42". ESPN. Associated Press. December 6, 2009. Retrieved January 15, 2009. 
  19. ^ "Temple 64, Miami (Ohio) 42". ESPN. Associated Press. December 9, 2009. Retrieved January 15, 2009. 
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  24. ^ "Allen and Sweeney Named Big 5 Weekly Award Winners". Philadelphia Big Five. November 30, 2009. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
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  26. ^ "Temple Sweeps Big 5 Honors". Philadelphia Big Five. December 14, 2009. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  27. ^ "Allen and Ford earn Big 5 Honors". Philadelphia Big Five. January 11, 2010. Retrieved January 15, 2010. 
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  29. ^ "Big 5 Players of the Week Announced". Philadelphia Big Five. November 16, 2009. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  30. ^ "Big 5 Names Players of the Week". Philadelphia Big Five. December 7, 2009. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
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  32. ^ "Athletes of the Week – Ryan Brooks". Temple Owls. Temple University. December 21, 2009. Retrieved January 1, 2010. 
  33. ^ "Villanova Sweeps Big 5 Honors Again". Philadelphia Big Five. January 4, 2010. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  34. ^ "Juan Fernandez Named Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week". Temple Owls (Temple University). December 14, 2009. Retrieved December 18, 2009. 
  35. ^ "Athletes of the Week – Juan Fernandez". Temple Owls. Temple University. December 14, 2009. Retrieved December 22, 2009. 
  36. ^ "Atlantic 10 Notebook – December 20". Atlantic 10 Conference. CBS Interactive. December 14, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2009. 
  37. ^ "Athletes of the Month – Juan Fernandez". Temple Owls. Temple University. January 6, 2010. Retrieved January 11, 2010.