Temple Owls men's basketball

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Temple Owls
2015–16 Temple Owls men's basketball team
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University Temple University
Conference American Athletic Conference
Location Philadelphia, PA
Head coach Fran Dunphy (10th year)
Arena Liacouras Center
(Capacity: 10,206)
Nickname Owls
Colors Cherry and White[1]
         
Uniforms
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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, 2013
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, 2016
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, 2016

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 inception of the NCAA Tournament. The Owls were retroactively recognized by the Premo-Porretta Power Poll and the Helms Athletic Foundation as the national champion for the 1937–38 season.[2] Temple 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.[3]

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.

Rivalries[edit]

As a member of the Big 5, the Owls have long-standing rivalries with Villanova University, University of Pennsylvania, Saint Joseph's University, and La Salle University. The Owls have the most Big 5 titles to date, with 27. However, they have not won an outright Big 5 title since the 2000-01 season. The Owls won their most recent Big 5 title in 2012-13, going 3-1 in Big 5 play and splitting the title with La Salle. During Big 5 games, the Temple student section unfurls long banners about the opposing team, which has been a Big 5 trademark for Temple. Other rivals include Drexel University, University of Cincinnati and University of Connecticut. Temple is in the American Athletic Conference with both Cincinnati and UConn and play them regularly in the regular season.

Season-by-season results[edit]

The following is a list of Temple Owls men's basketball seasons, with records and notable accomplishments.

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Charles M. Williams (Independent) (1894–1899)
1894–95 Charles M. Williams 8–3
1895–96 Charles M. Williams 15–7
1896–97 Charles M. Williams 10–11
1897–98 Charles M. Williams 22–5
1898–99 Charles M. Williams 18–6
Charles M. Williams: 73–32
John Rogers (Independent) (1899–1900)
1899–1900 John Rogers 14–8
John Rogers: 14–8
1900–01 No varsity team
Harry Shindle Wingert (Independent) (1901–1905)
1901–02 Harry Shindle Wingert 8–3
1902–03 Harry Shindle Wingert 5–6
1903–04 Harry Shindle Wingert 4–4
1904–05 Harry Shindle Wingert 3–5
Harry Shindle Wingert: 20–18
John Crescenzo (Independent) (1905–1908)
1905–06 John Crescenzo 3–4
1906–07 John Crescenzo 5–4
1907–08 John Crescenzo 6–2
John Crescenzo: 14–10
Edward McCone (Independent) (1908–1909)
1908–09 Edward McCone 8–3
Edward McCone: 8–3
Frederick Prosch, Jr. (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1909–1913)
1909–10 Frederick Prosch, Jr. 4–6
1910–11 Frederick Prosch, Jr. 3–5
1911–12 Frederick Prosch, Jr. 4–4
1912–13 Frederick Prosch, Jr. 6–5
Frederick Prosch, Jr.: 17–20
William Nicolai (Independent) (1913–1917)
1913–14 William Nicolai 5–7
1914–15 William Nicolai 9–4
1915–16 William Nicolai 7–6
1916–17 William Nicolai 10–9
William Nicolai: 31–26
Elwood Geiges (Independent) (1917–1918)
1917–18 Elwood Geiges 8–7
Elwood Geiges: 8–7
1918–19 No varsity team due to World War I
M. Francois D'Eliscu (Independent) (1919–1923)
1919–20 M. Francois D'Eliscu 9–7
1920–21 M. Francois D'Eliscu 7–4
1921–22 M. Francois D'Eliscu 4–8
1922–23 M. Francois D'Eliscu 10–4
M. Francois D'Eliscu: 29–23
Samuel Dienes (Independent) (1923–1926)
1923–24 Samuel Dienes 15–5
1924–25 Samuel Dienes 12–10
1925–26 Samuel Dienes 12–6
Samuel Dienes: 39–21
James Usilton (Independent) (1926–1932)
1926–27 James Usilton 14–5
1927–28 James Usilton 17–5
1928–29 James Usilton 16–4
1929–30 James Usilton 18–3
1930–31 James Usilton 17–4
1931–32 James Usilton 13–7
James Usilton (East Intercollegiate Conference) (1932–1939)
1932–33 James Usilton 21–3 5–3 2nd
1933–34 James Usilton 9–12 5-5 T-3rd
1934–35 James Usilton 17–7 5-3 2nd
1935–36 James Usilton 18–6 6-4 T-2nd
1936–37 James Usilton 17–6 7-3 T-1st
1937–38 James Usilton 23–2 9–1 1st NIT Champions
1938–39 James Usilton 16–4 5–2 1st
James Usilton: 205–79 41–25
Ernest Messikomer (Independent) (1939–1942)
1939–40 Ernest Messikomer 13–10
1940–41 Ernest Messikomer 12–9
1941–42 Ernest Messikomer 10–8
Ernest Messikomer: 35–27
Josh Cody (Independent) (1942–1952)
1942–43 Josh Cody 11–11
1943–44 Josh Cody 14–9 - NCAA Elite Eight
1944–45 Josh Cody 16–7
1945–46 Josh Cody 12–8
1946–-47 Josh Cody 8–12
1947–48 Josh Cody 12–11
1948–49 Josh Cody 14–9
1949–50 Josh Cody 14–10
1950–51 Josh Cody 12–13
1951–52 Josh Cody 9–15
Josh Cody: 122–104
Harry Litwack (Independent) (1952–1958)
1952–53 Harry Litwack 16–10
1953–54 Harry Litwack 15–12
1954–55 Harry Litwack 11–10
1955–56 Harry Litwack 27–4 NCAA Final Four
1956–57 Harry Litwack 20–9 NIT 3rd Place Game
1957–58 Harry Litwack 27–3 NCAA Final Four
Harry Litwack (Middle Atlantic Conference) (1958–1964)
1958–59 Harry Litwack 6–19 4–7 9th
1959–60 Harry Litwack 17–9 9–2 3rd NIT First Round
1960–61 Harry Litwack 20–8 9–1 2nd NIT Quarterfinals
1961–62 Harry Litwack 18–9 8–2 2nd NIT Quarterfinals
1962–63 Harry Litwack 15–7 6–3 4th
1963–64 Harry Litwack 17–8 6–1 1st NCAA First Round
Harry Litwack (Independent) (1964–1969)
1964–65 Harry Litwack 14–10
1965–66 Harry Litwack 21–7 NIT Quarterfinals
1966–67 Harry Litwack 20–8 NCAA First Round
1967–68 Harry Litwack 19–9 NIT First Round
1968–69 Harry Litwack 22–8 NIT Champions
Harry Litwack (Middle Atlantic Conference) (1969–1973)
1969–70 Harry Litwack 15–13 2–3 T-3rd (East) NCAA First Round
1970–71 Harry Litwack 13–12 3–3 4th (East)
1971–72 Harry Litwack 23–8 6–0 1st (East) NCAA First Round
1972–73 Harry Litwack 20–8 5–1 2nd (East)
Harry Litwack: 373–193 58–23
Don Casey (Middle Atlantic Conference) (1973–1974)
1973–74 Don Casey 16–9 4–2 3rd (East)
Don Casey (East Coast Conference) (1973–1982)
1974–75 Don Casey 7–19 4–2 3rd (East)
1975–76 Don Casey 9–18 3–2 T-2nd (East)
1976–77 Don Casey 17–11 4–1 T-1st
1977–78 Don Casey 24–5 4–1 2nd (East)
1978–79 Don Casey 25–4 13–0 1st (East) NCAA Round of 32
1979–80 Don Casey 14–12 8–3 2nd (East)
1980–81 Don Casey 20–8 9–2 T-2nd (East)
1981–82 Don Casey 19–8 11–0 1st
Don Casey: 151–94
John Chaney (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1982–2006)
1982–83 John Chaney 14–15 5–9 3rd (East) NCAA Second Round
1983–84 John Chaney 26–5 18–0 1st NCAA Second Round
1984–85 John Chaney 25–6 15–3 1st NCAA Second Round
1985–86 John Chaney 25–6 15–3 T-2nd NCAA Second Round
1986–87 John Chaney 32–4 17–1 1st NCAA Second Round
1987–88 John Chaney 32–2 18–0 1st NCAA Elite Eight
1988–89 John Chaney 18–12 15–3 2nd NIT First Round
1989–90 John Chaney 20–11 15–3 1st NCAA First Round
1990–91 John Chaney 24–10 13–5 2nd NCAA Elite Eight
1991–92 John Chaney 17–13 11–5 2nd NCAA First Round
1992–93 John Chaney 30-4 13-3 T-2nd NCAA Elite Eight
1993-94 John Chaney 23–8 12–4 2nd NCAA Second Round
1994–95 John Chaney 19–11 10–6 T-2nd NCAA First Round
1995–96 John Chaney 20–13 12–4 2nd (East) NCAA Second Round
1996–97 John Chaney 20–11 10–6 4th (East) NCAA Second Round
1997–98 John Chaney 21–9 13–3 1st (East) NCAA First Round
1998–99 John Chaney 24–11 13–3 1st (East) NCAA Elite Eight
1999–2000 John Chaney 27–6 14–2 1st (East) NCAA Second Round
2000–01 John Chaney 24–13 12–4 T-2nd NCAA Elite Eight
2001–02 John Chaney 18–15 12–4 T-1st (East) NIT Semifinals
2002–03 John Chaney 18–16 10–6 T-2nd (East) NIT Quarterfinals
2003–04 John Chaney 15–14 9–7 2nd (East) NIT First Round
2004–05 John Chaney 16–14 11–5 2nd (East) NIT First Round
2005–06 John Chaney 17–16 8–8 T–7th NIT Opening Round
John Chaney: 516–253 296–100
Fran Dunphy (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2006–2013)
2006–07 Fran Dunphy 12–18 6–10 10th
2007–08 Fran Dunphy 21–13 11–5 T–2nd NCAA First Round
2008–09 Fran Dunphy 22–12 11–5 T–2nd NCAA First Round
2009–10 Fran Dunphy 29–6 14–2 1st NCAA First Round
2010–11 Fran Dunphy 26–8 14–2 2nd NCAA Third Round
2011–12 Fran Dunphy 24–8 13–3 1st NCAA Second Round
2012–13 Fran Dunphy 24–10 11–5 T–3rd NCAA Third Round
Fran Dunphy (American Athletic Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Fran Dunphy 9–22 4–14 9th
2014–15 Fran Dunphy 26–11 13–5 T–3rd NIT Semifinals
2015–16 Fran Dunphy 21–11 14–4 1st NCAA First Round
Fran Dunphy: 214–120 104–53
Total: 1849–1025 (.643)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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Postseason[edit]

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Owls have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 32 times. Their combined record is 33–32.

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
2016 #10 First Round #7 Iowa L 70–72OT

NIT results[edit]

The Owls have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 18 times. Their combined record is 23–16. 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
Semifinals
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
2015 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Bucknell
George Washington
Louisiana Tech
Miami (FL)
W 73–67
W 90–77
W 77–59
L 57–60

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Temple University Logo Usage Guide" (PDF). 2015-07-30. Retrieved 2016-01-21. 
  2. ^ ESPN, ed. (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. New York, NY: ESPN Books. p. 546. ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2. 
  3. ^ http://www.owlsports.com/news/2010/3/8/MBB_0308104758.aspx
  4. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/tem/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/MBB_MG_History_2008-09.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/temple/