Temple Owls Make Run For Ncaa Tournament

Jason GillesContributor IMarch 8, 2010

KNOXVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 9:  Lavoy Allen #24 of the Temple Owls battles for a rebound against Ryan Childress #34 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena November 9, 2007 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeated Temple 80-63.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Temple Owl's mens basketball team is projected today to be a number 4 seed in the March Madness tournament.  The team this year has been on fiire, showing their ability to control oppenent scoring, and hit big shots when they need them.  Temple is currently 26-5 with its only out of conference loses coming from Kansas, Georgetown, and St. Johns. 

The team this year has stepped up from last year filling the gap of leading scorer Dionte Christmas.  Christmas who went undrafted in last years picks, was the leading scorer of the A10 for 3 years running and was suppose to leave some slack to be picked up back in Philadelphia when he left.  Much to every ones pre-ranking surprises(owls projected at 5th in the conference) On Saturday the Owls won first place in the A10 regular season conference.  What makes this year different is the honors are spread though out the team.  Coach Fran Dunphy getting A10 coach of the year, Lavoy Allen with first team A10 player of the year, Ryan Brooks with second team, Ramone Moore 6th man of year, and Juan Fernandez with honorable mention.

The team this year has March in it's sights, in fact they have even been said to be a potential cindrella team.  Junior Lavoy Allen has come out of his shell in the second half of the season and is now averaging a double double which is a main factor of their success.  If the Owls bench can play well, and they can play the type of defense they are known for, I can see them going pretty far this year in the tourney.  I like their chances of being a sweet 16 team but thats when it gets rough and number 4's start playing number 1's, and im just not sure if Temple's up for that quite yet.