St. Joe's–Temple rivalry

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St. Joe's–Temple rivalry
  • Saint Joseph's
  • Temple
Latest meeting December 3, 2014
Saint Joseph's 58, Temple 56
Next meeting December 13, 2015
Trophy None
All-time series Temple leads 75–65

The St. Joe's–Temple rivalry is a college rivalry between the Hawks of Saint Joseph's University and the Owls of Temple University. The rivalry is rich in history and is particularly intense in men's basketball. Both schools are located in Philadelphia, are members of the Big 5. Many of the games are played at the Palestra on the University of Pennsylvania's campus. The rivalry is probably the second most anticipated in the Big 5 after the Holy War between Villanova and Saint Joseph's.

The rivalry intensified when John Chaney sent in a player, Nehemiah Ingram, to intentionally foul Saint Joseph's senior John Bryant in 2005. Bryant, co-captain of the St. Joe's squad, ended up with a broken arm and an end to his college career. John Chaney ultimately retired but the immediate consequences were light.[1]

The rivalry is still intense but has become friendlier since Fran Dunphy became coach of Temple. Dunphy and Phil Martelli are close friends but the student bodies of each school still share hate for one another as St. Joe's students refer to Temple as "Thug U" and Temple students return the favor by calling SJU "St. Blows".[citation needed]