Temple Owls

With new AAC pairings, Temple plays Wichita State, Cincinnati twice

The addition of Wichita State brings changes to the American Athletic Conference’s basketball scheduling. Teams are now paired with four opponents that they will play just once and seven that they’ll play twice for a total of 18 league games. Those pairings were announced Thursday.

Temple will play East Carolina and Memphis at home and travel to South Florida and SMU.

ECU and USF finished below eighth-place Temple in the league standings last season, while Memphis and SMU finished ahead of the Owls. SMU lost just one conference game last year.

These pairings mean Temple will have a home-and-home series with Cincinnati and newcomer Wichita State, two teams that made it to the NCAA Tournament in March and should do the same again next season.

The dates of all league games are to be announced.

The Owls went 16-16 last season, and will return three players who averaged double figures in points: junior guard Shizz Alston, Jr. (13.9), senior forward Obi Enechionyia (13.1) and sophomore guard Quinton Rose (10.1).