TEMPLE OWLS (22-5/11-2)
Steady, under the radar and successful…. the Owls remain atop what’s a pretty deep Atlantic 10, they have defended their home floor and have the experience necessary to win in March. Temple’s early season wins over Wichita St. and a January win over Duke keeps looking better and better, and the Owls are playing well at the right time of the year….A move from the A-10 to the Big East in all sports figures to take Temple’s football and hoops programs to even greater heights. In hoops, Temple’s facilities are first-rate and their coach, Fran Dunphy, is one of the best coaches in the country. His players improve by leaps and bounds every year and if Dunphy is in the Big East, then he should be able to keep some of the city’s best players from escaping to the Main Line to Villanova or to other Big East schools.