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Temple put forth a valiant effort on Sunday against Indiana, and this slide could easily go to high scorer Khalif Wyatt, who dropped 31 on the Hoosiers despite a gimpy left thumb.
But I'm going with my man Fran Dunphy, a coach whose program-building brilliance has been regularly overshadowed by his 3-15 NCAA tournament record.
Some of that criticism is justified, but I can tell you that loss No. 15 was in spite of Fran, not because of him.
All season long we've known that Indiana's kryptonite—if indeed the Hoosiers have one—has been defensive-oriented teams like Wisconsin that like to play slow and limit transition opportunities.
Temple is not that kind of team.
The Owls played at a fairly quick clip this year (124th in adjusted tempo) and were merely middle-of-the-pack defensively during A-10 play.
So credit Dunphy and his players for adjusting their style of play on short notice, committing to a slow pace against a team that feeds on speed and nearly pulling off a titanic upset in the process.
Around this time of year we always see teams and coaches thump their chests and proclaim that the other team has to stop them and what they do. March, we are told, is no time for compromise.
But Temple knew that kind of hidebound thinking would get them nowhere against Indiana, and Dunphy's team made the sound basketball adjustment. Kudos to the Owls for their bold thinking and steadfast execution.