On November 13, the Temple Owls take on Kent State in their final season as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Temple's basketball program joined the A-10 in 1982, but has now switched to the Big East Conference beginning in 2013. Temple enjoyed much success in the A-10 and won the conference title nine times, including three straight in 2008-2010.
In their exit season, the Owls are seeking to leave the conference as winners.
Despite losing starters Juan Fernandez, Ramone Moore and Michael Eric to graduation, the Owls are a team with great depth. Returning to anchor the Owls is a Preseason First-Team All-Conference player and a likely A-10 Player of the Year candidate, Khalif Wyatt; a Preseason Third-Team All-Conference member, Scootie Randall; two key transfers, Dalton Pepper (from West Virginia) and Jake O'Brien (from Boston University); and blue chip freshman Daniel Dingle.
Temple has been picked to finish fourth in the conference, but expect Coach Fran Dunphy to have the Owls playing much better than expected.
The key to Temple's success will be how quickly this team can find the right chemistry to win.
With so many new starters and new players, the Owls must find a way to recapture the synergy that guided the tournament teams of the past few years.