Temple Owls men's basketball

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Temple Owls
2014–15 Temple Owls men's basketball team
Temple Owls athletic logo
University Temple University
Conference The American
Location Philadelphia, PA
Head coach Fran Dunphy (9th year)
Arena Liacouras Center
(Capacity: 10,206)
Nickname Owls
Colors

Cherry, Black, and White

                  
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Away jersey
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Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta champions
1938
Pre-tournament Helms champions
1938
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1956, 1958
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1956, 1958, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1999, 2001
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1956, 1958, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1999, 2001
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2011
NCAA Tournament appearances
1944, 1956, 1958, 1964, 1967, 1970, 1972, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Conference tournament champions
1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010
Conference regular season champions
1937, 1938, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1977, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2010, 2012

The Temple Owls men's basketball team represents Temple University in the sport of basketball. The Owls compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I as a member of the American Athletic Conference (The American). They play their home games in the Liacouras Center on the university's main campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and are currently led by head coach Fran Dunphy.

On March 7, 2012, the Temple Owls announced that they would be rejoining the Big East Conference for all sports in 2013, with the Owls football team membership beginning in the 2012 season. Before Temple became an all-sports member of the Big East, the conference split along football lines. The league's non-FBS football schools formed a new Big East in 2013, while Temple's new conference renamed itself the American Athletic Conference.

History[edit]

The Temple men's basketball program is only the 6th team in NCAA history to reach 1,800 wins, along with Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke, and Syracuse. The Temple Owls became the first National Invitation Tournament (NIT) champions in 1938, one year before the conception of the NCAA Tournament. They again won the NIT championship in 1969.

During the 1950s, the Temple basketball team made two NCAA Final Four appearances in (1956, 1958) under legendary Head Coach Harry Litwack. Litwack would be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame after concluding a 21-year coaching career that included 373 wins.

Head Coach John Chaney, also a Hall of Famer, won a total of 741 career games (312 losses) and took Temple to the NCAA tournament 17 times. His 1987-88 Owls team entered the NCAA tournament ranked #1 in the country, and he has reached the Elite Eight on five different occasions. He was consensus national coach of the year in 1988.

On April 10, 2006, University of Pennsylvania head coach and La Salle University alumnus Fran Dunphy was named the new Temple's Men's Head Basketball coach. Dunphy had coached the Quakers for 17 straight seasons prior to the move. Dunphy and his Owls won the Atlantic-10 tournament in 2008. And in 2009, the Owls won their second consecutive Atlantic-10 tournament, for their conference leading 8th A-10 title. Dunphy's 2009-2010 team went into the A10 tournament as its regular season champions sharing the title with Xavier. The '09-'10 team has been Dunphy's most successful yet, it ranked #12/#13 going into the NCAA tournament after being ranked in the top twenty-five for thirteen straight weeks in both the AP and ESPN polls.

Players Mark Macon, Juan Ignacio Sanchez, Eddie Jones, Lavoy Allen, Aaron McKie, Tim Perry and Mardy Collins are just a few who have gone on to play in the NBA. An avid supporter is Bill Cosby, who once attended Temple University.

Postseason[edit]

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Owls have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 31 times. Their combined record is 33–31.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1944 Elite Eight
Regional 3rd Place Game
Ohio State
Catholic
L 47–57
W 55–35
1956 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Holy Cross
Connecticut
Canisius
Iowa
SMU
W 74–72
W 65–59
W 60–58
L 76–83
W 90–81
1958 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Maryland
Dartmouth
Kentucky
Kansas State
W 71–67
W 69–50
L 60–61
W 67–57
1964 First Round Connecticut L 48–53
1967 First Round St. John's L 53–57
1970 First Round South Carolina L 51–53
1972 First Round West Virginia L 71–77
1979 #7 First Round #10 St. John's L 70–75
1984 #8 First Round
Second Round
#9 St. John's
#1 North Carolina
W 65–63
L 66–77
1985 #8 First Round
Second Round
#9 Virginia Tech
#1 Georgetown
W 60–57
L 46–63
1986 #9 First Round
Second Round
#8 Jacksonville
#1 Kansas
W 61–50OT
L 43–65
1987 #2 First Round
Second Round
#15 Southern
#10 LSU
W 75–56
L 62–72
1988 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#16 Lehigh
#8 Georgetown
#13 Richmond
#2 Duke
W 87–73
W 74–53
W 69–47
L 53–63
1990 #11 First Round #6 St. John's L 65–81
1991 #10 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#7 Purdue
#15 Richmond
#3 Oklahoma State
#1 North Carolina
W 80–63
W 77–64
W 72–63OT
L 72–75
1992 #11 First Round #6 Michigan L 66–73
1993 #7 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#10 Missouri
#15 Santa Clara
#3 Vanderbilt
#1 Michigan
W 75–61
W 68–57
W 67–59
L 72–77
1994 #4 First Round
Second Round
#13 Drexel
#5 Indiana
W 61–39
L 58–67
1995 #7 First Round #10 Cincinnati L 71–77
1996 #7 First Round
Second Round
#10 Oklahoma
#2 Cincinnati
W 61–43
L 65–78
1997 #9 First Round
Second Round
#8 Ole Miss
#1 Minnesota
W 62–40
L 57–76
1998 #7 First Round #10 West Virginia L 52–82
1999 #6 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#11 Kent State
#3 Cincinnati
#10 Purdue
#1 Duke
W 61–54
W 64–54
W 77–55
L 64–85
2000 #2 First Round
Second Round
#15 Lafayette
#10 Seton Hall
W 73–47
L 65–67OT
2001 #11 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#6 Texas
#3 Florida
#7 Penn State
#1 Michigan State
W 79–65
W 75–54
W 84–72
L 62–69
2008 #12 First Round #5 Michigan State L 61–72
2009 #11 First Round #6 Arizona State L 57–66
2010 #5 First Round #12 Cornell L 65–78
2011 #7 Second Round
Third Round
#10 Penn State
#2 San Diego State
W 66–64
L 64–712OT
2012 #5 Second Round #12 South Florida L 44–58
2013 #9 Second Round
Third Round
#8 NC State
#1 Indiana
W 76–72
L 52–58

NIT results[edit]

The Owls have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 17 times. Their combined record is 20–15. They are two time NIT champions (1938, 1969).

Year Round Opponent Result
1938 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Bradley
Oklahoma A&M
Colorado
W 53–40
W 56–55
W 60–36
1957 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Dayton
Bradley
St. Bonaventure
W 77–66
L 66–77
W 67–50
1960 First Round Dayton L 51–72
1961 First Round
Quarterfinals
Army
Dayton
W 79–65
L 62–60
1962 First Round
Quarterfinals
Providence
Loyola–Chicago
W 80–78
L 64–75
1966 First Round
Quarterfinals
Virginia Tech
BYU
W 88–73
L 78–90
1968 First Round Kansas L 76–82
1969 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semfinals
Finals
Florida
Saint Peter's
Tennessee
Boston College
W 82–66
W 94–78
W 63–58
W 89–76
1978 First Round Texas L 58–72
1981 First Round
Second Round
Clemson
West Virginia
W 90–82
L 76–77
1982 First Round Georgia L 60–73
1989 First Round Richmond L 56–70
2002 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Fresno State
Louisville
Villanova
Memphis
Syracuse
W 81–75
W 65–62
W 63–57
L 77–79
W 65–64
2003 Opening Round
First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Drexel
Boston College
Rhode Island
Minnesota
W 68–59
W 75–62
W 61–53
L 58–63
2004 First Round Rutgers L 71–76
2005 First Round Virginia Tech L 50–60
2006 Opening Round Akron L 73–80

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