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Basketball announces non-conference schedules

Men’s basketball head coach John Chaney has once again put together one of the nation’s toughest slates with his team’s non-conference schedule.

The Owls will take on seven teams that qualified for postseason play during the 2004–05 season. They also will compete in the 2005 Preseason NIT, facing Army in the first round at the Liacouras Center, Nov. 15.

The schedule includes three teams from the Southeastern Conference (Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina), three teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (Duke, Maryland and Miami), two Philadelphia Big Five teams (Penn and Villanova), Rutgers (Big East) and Princeton (Ivy).

Four of the teams (Alabama, Duke, Penn and Villanova) competed in the 2005 NCAA Tournament with two (Duke, Villanova), advancing to the Sweet 16. Three teams played in the 2005 NIT, including NIT champion South Carolina and Final Four participant Maryland.

Chaney, who enters his 24th season with the Owls, is only one win away from 500 at Temple.

He returns nine letterwinners and four starters from last year’s squad that posted a 16-14 record and earned a berth in the NIT. It marked the 22nd straight season that the Owls have reached a postseason tournament. Senior All-America candidate Mardy Collins, who led the Owls in scoring, rebounding and assists, leads the veteran team.

Three of Temple men’s non-conference games will be televised nationally. ESPN will televise the Alabama (Dec. 10) and Duke (Feb. 25) games while the Owls game against Maryland (Jan. 28) will be carried on ESPN2.

The women’s team, coming off what was arguably the most successful season in program history, also faces steep competition.

Head coach Dawn Staley has her squad squaring off against three teams that were ranked in the Top 25 last season, as well as Philadelphia rivals, Villanova, Penn and Drexel. Temple will also compete in the University of Portland Invitational beginning Nov. 11.

The Owls will play host to SEC powerhouses Tennessee, Georgia and Florida and travel to New Brunswick, N.J., for a rematch with Rutgers. Tennessee went to the Final Four. Rutgers, which ended Temple’s unforgettable run last season in the NCAA second round, advanced to the Elite Eight of the Philadelphia Regional, only to be taken down by Tennessee. Georgia made it to the Sweet 16 before falling to Duke. Temple rebounded after its 77-58 loss at Florida on Dec. 4, 2004, to compile a 25-game winning streak.

When broken by Rutgers on March 22, the streak was the longest of any women’s or men’s team in the nation.

The Rutgers/Temple rematch, which will pit USA Basketball teammates Candice Dupree and Cappie Pondexter and Olympic player Dawn Staley and Olympic coach C. Vivian Stringer against one another, will be shown nationally on ESPNU on Jan. 19.

Staley, who enters her sixth season at Temple, has become the fastest coach in Temple women’s basketball history to reach the 100-win mark and currently boasts an impressive 102-51 career coaching record. Senior All-America candidate Candice Dupree, who led the Owls in scoring, rebounding and blocks, will captain the 2005–06 squad.

For schedules and more information about Temple men’s and women’s basketball, visit
www.owlsports.com.

- By Larry Dougherty and Aimee Cicero

 

 


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