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Fran Dunphy and Herb Magee to host an exhibition for charity

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Fran Dunphy and Herb Magee to host an exhibition for charity

Two legendary Philadelphia basketball coaches will square off for charity.

Temple’s Fran Dunphy and Jefferson’s (Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University) Herb Magee will have their teams face off at the Liacouras Center on Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

All ticket sales will be donated to One America Appeal to help those impacted by recent hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

“When the opportunity presented itself to play an exhibition game to raise money for the people suffering from the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, we knew right away that we needed to be a part of it,” Dunphy said in a statement. "I called my good friend, Herb Magee, one of the most respected men in the business, and he felt the same way. This gives our fans a rare opportunity to see our programs compete while also helping out those in need.”

“It is a tremendous opportunity for our team,” Magee said. “Coach Dunphy and I have been friends for a long time. We talked about playing one day and that time is now. We're looking forward to it, especially as we begin our new era as the Jefferson Rams. Being able to provide aid to those impacted by the recent natural disasters makes this game that much more special.”

Temple requested a waiver from the NCAA to play this exhibition for charity.

The Owls tip off their season against Old Dominion in the Charleston Classic on Nov. 16, while the Rams travel to Anaheim, California to open Concordia on Nov. 3.

Return of leader Josh Brown gives Temple backcourt depth to strike back

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Return of leader Josh Brown gives Temple backcourt depth to strike back

When fifth-year senior guard Josh Brown tore his Achilles tendon in late May 2016, it dealt a huge blow to the Owls’ 2017 NCAA Tournament chances.

Brown, who led the AAC with 36.2 minutes per game as Temple’s primary ball handler in 2015-16, underwent surgery on May 25 and came back for five games early in the year. But after a 78-57 loss at Villanova in mid-December, Brown was ruled out for the rest of the season.

The loss of the Owls’ backcourt leader put their young guards in a tough position, thrusting them into the spotlight without much experience. Although they acquitted themselves well, Temple had a disappointing season, finishing 16-16 and losing in the first round of the AAC Tournament to East Carolina.

The Owls did not advance to a postseason tournament and missed the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years.

However, with Brown returning for his fifth year after being granted a medical redshirt, the Owls' glaring weakness from last year is now their greatest strength.

“The [guard] rotation is going to be interesting for us,” head coach Fran Dunphy said. “We’ll probably play four guards a number of times because we have an abundance of guys that want to be out there and need to be out there on the court. We have a bunch of guys that are ready to go. Again, as our preseason stuff has been working, it’s been the competitiveness that has been terrific.”

Junior guard Shizz Alston Jr. will be a big part of that rotation. After Brown was lost for the season in 2016-17, Alston became Temple’s primary ball handler as a sophomore with little experience.

He had to average 36.4 minutes per game and responded well, leading the team with 13.9 points and 4.1 assists per game.

“His mindset is totally different,” Brown said about Alston. “Going from his freshman year to his sophomore year, he was thrown into the fire and I thought he did a pretty good job, you know. Now, with all that experience he has on the court, I think he’s ready to take that next step and be a consistent scorer and a be a consistent guy on defense and be a consistent guy that we can all lean on.”

Sophomores Quinton Rose and Alani Moore had to make up for the absence of Brown, as well, averaging 24.8 and 25.8 minutes per game last year, respectively. Moore, a starter in his freshman year, likely will come off the bench this season, which is a true testament to the amount of depth the Owls have in the backcourt.

Moore’s offensive versatility, which allows him to bring the ball up in certain situations and play on the wing, as well, will be very important if the Owls want to make it back to the NCAA Tournament.

“You can let other guys bring it up and have others guys do other things on the court, so it helps out a great deal,” Brown said. “It opens up everybody’s game. Like Alani Moore, he’s a point guard, but he’s also a great shooter, so he can spot up from time to time and things like that.”

“Alani and Q aren’t your average sophomores,” Alston added. “We played almost the same amount of minutes [last year] and I’m a junior, so they’re very veteran guys already.”

Players have also been raving about the talent and competitiveness that freshmen guards/wings Nate Pierre-Louis, J.P. Moorman and De’vondre Perry have shown throughout the offseason and preseason.

“It’s amazing, I’ve never seen freshmen this ready to play,” Alston said. “J.P. can bring the ball up, ‘Dre can bring the ball up, even Nate sometimes, so it’ll help us a lot.”

When you factor Trey Lowe, a redshirt sophomore guard who missed all of last season as he has been recovering from a February 2016 car accident and could return later this season, into the equation, the Owls have an incredibly deep and versatile backcourt.

The last time the Owls made it to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament was in 2001 when they lost to Michigan State in the Elite Eight. According to Alston, immediately after the Owls were bounced from the AAC Tournament last year, they talked about their potential to make a run.

“We see teams like South Carolina go all the way, teams similar to ourselves that are not the big blood teams like Kentucky or Duke,” Alston said. “We think we can make it to the second round, third round or as far as we want.”

If they’re going to do it, their veteran backcourt will be the reason why.

Temple releases full 2017-18 basketball schedule

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Temple releases full 2017-18 basketball schedule

Temple’s full 2017-18 schedule is out and the Owls will look to bounce back after finishing eighth in the American Athletic Conference last season, just two years removed from their 2015 AAC regular season title.

The conference slate features challenging road games at Wichita State, SMU and Cincinnati. Fran Dunphy’s squad will compete in the Charleston Classic in South Carolina, play a non-conference game against 2016-17 semifinalist South Carolina at Madison Square Garden in the Under Armour Reunion, as well as take a trip to the Palestra for a Big 5 matchup against Penn.

Fran Dunphy enters his 12th season as the head coach of Temple, where he has collected 230 wins.

Temple, which finished 16-16 (7-11 in conference) last season, will be led by 6-foot-4 junior guard Shizz Alston, Jr. who averaged 13.9 points and 4.1 assists per game in his second year with the Owls.

Here's a look at Temple’s full schedule:
Nov. 16: Old Dominion *
Nov. 17: Auburn/Indiana State *
Nov. 19: Clemson/Ohio/Dayton/Hofstra *
Nov. 26: at La Salle
Nov. 30: South Carolina (MSG)
Dec. 3: George Washington (VC)
Dec. 6: Wisconsin
Dec. 9: Saint Joseph’s
Dec. 13: Villanova
Dec. 16: Drexel
Dec. 22: at Georgia
Dec. 28: Tulane
Dec. 30: at Houston
Jan. 4: Cincinnati
Jan. 7: at Central Florida
Jan. 10: at SMU 
Jan. 13: Memphis
Jan. 17: Tulsa
Jan. 20: at Penn (Palestra)
Jan. 24: at Cincinnati
Jan. 28: UConn
Feb. 1: Wichita State
Feb. 4: at Tulane
Feb. 7: East Carolina
Feb. 10: at South Florida 
Feb. 15: at Wichita State
Feb. 18: Houston
Feb. 25: Central Florida
Feb. 28: at UConn
March 4: at Tulsa 
March 8-11: AAC Tournament

* Charleston Classic- TD Arena Charleston, S.C.
MSG- Madison Square Garden (Under Armour Reunion game)
VC- Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.