|Head coach||Aaron McKie (2nd season)|
|Arena||Liacouras Center (Capacity: 10,206)|
|Colors||Cherry and White |
|Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta Champions|
|Pre-tournament Helms Champions|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|1944, 1956, 1958, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1999, 2001|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1956, 1958, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1999, 2001|
|NCAA Tournament Round of 32|
|1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2011, 2013|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1944, 1956, 1958, 1964, 1967, 1970, 1972, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2019|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|1979, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
|1937, 1938, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1977, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2010, 2012, 2016|
The Temple Owls men's basketball team represents Temple University in the sport of basketball. The Owls compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I as a member of the American Athletic Conference (The American). They play their home games in the Liacouras Center on the university's main campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and are currently led by head coach Aaron Mckie. Temple is the fifth-most winningest NCAA Division I men's college basketball program of all time, with 1903 wins at the end of the 2017–18 season.
On March 7, 2012, the Temple Owls announced that they would be rejoining the Big East Conference for all sports in 2013 after 31 years in the Atlantic 10 Conference, with the Owls football team membership beginning in the 2012 season. However, before Temple became an all-sports member of the Big East, the conference split along football lines. The league's non-FBS football schools formed a new Big East in 2013, while Temple and the remaining football members remained in the old conference, but renamed it the American Athletic Conference.
The Temple Owls became the first National Invitation Tournament (NIT) champions in 1938, one year before the inception of the NCAA Tournament. The Owls were retroactively recognized by the Premo-Porretta Power Poll and the Helms Athletic Foundation as the national champion for the 1937–38 season.Temple again won the NIT championship in 1969.
During the 1950s, the Temple basketball team made two NCAA Final Four appearances in (1956, 1958) under legendary Head Coach Harry Litwack. Litwack was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame after concluding a 21-year coaching career that included 373 wins.
Head Coach John Chaney, also a Hall of Famer, won a total of 741 career games (312 losses) and took Temple to the NCAA tournament 17 times in 24 seasons with the Owls. His teams won the Atlantic 10 regular season championship eight times, while winning the A-10 Tournament six times. His 1987–88 Owls team entered the NCAA Tournament ranked No. 1 in the country, but lost in the Elite Eight to Duke. Chaney reached the Elite Eight on five occasions and was the consensus National Coach of the Year in 1988. On March 13, 2006, Chaney retired from coaching.
On April 10, 2006, Penn head coach and La Salle alumnus Fran Dunphy was named the new head coach. Dunphy had coached the Quakers for 17 straight seasons prior to the move. After struggling his first year, the Owls won the A-10 Tournament for three consecutive years in 2008, 2009, and 2010. The Owls received bids to the NCAA Tournament for six straight years under Dunphy (2008–2013). However, the Owls only won a game in the Tournament twice during that time period. Since Temple joined the American Athletic Conference in 2013, the Owls have struggled, making the NCAA Tournament only in 2016 and 2019.
After the 2018 season it was announced that former Owls standout and then-assistant coach Aaron McKie would take over for Dunphy in 2019.
Players Mark Macon, Juan Ignacio Sanchez, Eddie Jones, Lavoy Allen, Aaron McKie, Tim Perry and Mardy Collins are just a few who have gone on to play in the NBA.
As a member of the Big 5, the five large colleges in Philadelphia, the Owls have long-standing rivalries with Villanova, Penn, Saint Joseph's, and La Salle. The Owls are tied with Villanova for the most Big 5 titles to date, with 27. However, while tied in overall titles, Villanova has more outright titles not shared by any other tying team. The Owls have not won an outright Big 5 title since the 2000–01 season. The Owls won their most recent Big 5 title in 2012–13, going 3-1 in Big 5 play and splitting the title with La Salle. During Big 5 games, the Temple student section unfurls long banners about the opposing team, which has been a Big 5 trademark for Temple.
Other rivals include UMass, Cincinnati, and UConn. Temple is in the American Athletic Conference with Cincinnati plays them regularly in the regular season. UConn left the AAC in 2020. When Temple was in the A-10, head coach John Chaney had a personal rivalry with UMass head coach John Calipari.
|Temple Owls retired numbers|
|2011||2||50||Lavoy Allen||Philadelphia 76ers|
|2006||1||29||Mardy Collins||New York Knicks|
|2000||2||48||Mark Karcher||Philadelphia 76ers|
|1997||2||37||Marc Jackson||Golden State Warriors|
|1994||1||10||Eddie Jones||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1||17||Aaron McKie||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1991||1||8||Mark Macon||Denver Nuggets|
|1||18||Duane Causwell||Sacramento Kings|
|1988||1||7||Tim Perry||Phoenix Suns|
|1987||2||27||Nate Blackwell||San Antonio Spurs|
|1985||4||78||Granger Hall||Phoenix Suns|
|6||124||Charles Rayne||Phoenix Suns|
|1984||1||15||Terence Stansbury||Dallas Mavericks|
|8||167||Jim McLoughlin||Los Angeles Clippers|
|1981||9||202||Ron Wister||Philadelphia 76ers|
|1979||4||81||Ricky Reed||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1978||9||181||Tim Claxton||Philadelphia 76ers|
|1974||5||87||Joe Newman||Detroit Pistons|
|1972||2||30||Ollie Johnson||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1969||2||23||John Baum||Chicago Bulls|
|3||40||Eddie Mast||New York Knicks|
|5||70||Joe Cromer||Philadelphia 76ers|
|1968||9||118||Clarence Brookins||Philadelphia 76ers|
|15||187||John Baum||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1966||4||40||Jim Williams||Chicago Bulls|
|1960||2||15||Bill Kennedy||Philadelphia Warriors|
|1958||Guy Rodgers||Philadelphia Warriors|
|7||52||Jay Norman||Philadelphia Warriors|
|9||68||Tink Van Patton||Philadelphia Warriors|
|1956||1||7||Hal Lear||Philadelphia Warriors|
|1955||7||Al Didriksen||Philadelphia Warriors|
|8||Harry Silcox||Philadelphia Warriors|
|1952||Bill Mlkvy||Philadelphia Warriors|
|1950||5||Ike Borsavage||Philadelphia Warriors|
The Owls have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 33 times. Their combined record is 33–33.
Regional 3rd Place Game
National 3rd Place Game
National 3rd Place Game
|1964||First Round||Connecticut||L 48–53|
|1967||First Round||St. John's||L 53–57|
|1970||First Round||South Carolina||L 51–53|
|1972||First Round||West Virginia||L 71–77|
|1979||No. 7||First Round||No. 10 St. John's||L 70–75|
|1984||No. 8||First Round|
|No. 9 St. John's|
No. 1 North Carolina
|1985||No. 8||First Round|
|No. 9 Virginia Tech|
No. 1 Georgetown
|1986||No. 9||First Round|
|No. 8 Jacksonville|
No. 1 Kansas
|W 61–50 OT|
|1987||No. 2||First Round|
|No. 15 Southern|
No. 10 LSU
|1988||No. 1||First Round|
|No. 16 Lehigh|
No. 8 Georgetown
No. 13 Richmond
No. 2 Duke
|1990||No. 11||First Round||No. 6 St. John's||L 65–81|
|1991||No. 10||First Round|
|No. 7 Purdue|
No. 15 Richmond
No. 3 Oklahoma State
No. 1 North Carolina
W 72–63 OT
|1992||No. 11||First Round||No. 6 Michigan||L 66–73|
|1993||No. 7||First Round|
|No. 10 Missouri|
No. 15 Santa Clara
No. 3 Vanderbilt
No. 1 Michigan
|1994||No. 4||First Round|
|No. 13 Drexel|
No. 5 Indiana
|1995||No. 7||First Round||No. 10 Cincinnati||L 71–77|
|1996||No. 7||First Round|
|No. 10 Oklahoma|
No. 2 Cincinnati
|1997||No. 9||First Round|
|No. 8 Ole Miss|
No. 1 Minnesota
|1998||No. 7||First Round||No. 10 West Virginia||L 52–82|
|1999||No. 6||First Round|
|No. No. 11 Kent State|
No. 3 Cincinnati
No. 10 Purdue
No. 1 Duke
|2000||No. 2||First Round|
|No. 15 Lafayette|
No. 10 Seton Hall
L 65–67 OT
|2001||No. 11||First Round|
|No. 6 Texas|
No. 3 Florida
No. 7 Penn State
No. 1 Michigan State
|2008||No. 12||First Round||No. 5 Michigan State||L 61–72|
|2009||No. 11||First Round||No. 6 Arizona State||L 57–66|
|2010||No. 5||First Round||No. 12 Cornell||L 65–78|
|2011||No. 7||First Round|
|No. 10 Penn State|
No. 2 San Diego State
L 64–71 2OT
|2012||No. 5||First Round||No. 12 South Florida||L 44–58|
|2013||No. 9||First Round|
|No. 8 NC State|
No. 1 Indiana
|2016||No. 10||First Round||No. 7 Iowa||L 70–72 OT|
|2019||No. 11||First Four||No. 11 Belmont||L 70–81|
The Owls have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 18 times. Their combined record is 23–16. They are two time NIT champions (1938, 1969).
3rd Place Game
|1960||First Round||Dayton||L 51–72|
|1968||First Round||Kansas||L 76–82|
|1978||First Round||Texas||L 58–72|
|1982||First Round||Georgia||L 60–73|
|1989||First Round||Richmond||L 56–70|
3rd Place Game
|2004||First Round||Rutgers||L 71–76|
|2005||First Round||Virginia Tech||L 50–60|
|2006||Opening Round||Akron||L 73–80|
|2015||First Round |
|2018||First Round||Penn State||L 57–63|
John Chaney was an American college basketball coach, best known for his success at Temple University from 1982 through 2006. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001 and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Aaron Fitzgerald McKie is an American basketball coach and former professional basketball player who played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently the head coach for his alma mater Temple University. Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers 17th overall in the 1994 NBA draft, McKie spent time as a point guard, shooting guard or small forward throughout his professional playing career from 1994 to 2007.
The Temple Owls are the athletic teams that represent Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school's sports teams are called the Owls. The current athletic director is Patrick Kraft.
Francis Joseph Dunphy is a former American college basketball coach. He is the former men's basketball coach at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. He succeeded John Chaney in 2006 and was succeeded by Aaron McKie in 2019. In June 2020, Dunphy was named interim athletic director of Temple.
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The 2009–10 Temple Owls men's basketball team represented Temple University in the 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were led by head coach Fran Dunphy and played their home games at the Liacouras Center. The Owls are members of the Atlantic 10 Conference. They finished the season 29–6, 14–2 in A-10 play to claim a share of the regular season championship. They won the 2010 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament for the third consecutive year to receive the conferences automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. They received a 5 seed in the East Region where they were upset in the first round by 12 seed Cornell.
The 2010–11 Temple Owls men's basketball team represented Temple University in the 2010–11 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team played their home games at the Liacouras Center, which has a capacity of 10,206. The Owls were in their 29th season as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. In the previous season, Temple Owls gained a record of 29–6 and reached the NCAA Tournament. The team returned three starters from the previous season, but leading scorer Ryan Brooks and point guard Luis Guzman left, having graduated. They were replaced by new players Aaron Brown, Anthony Lee, and Jimmy McDonnell and graduate student transfer Dutch Gaitley. In the off-season, other Atlantic 10 coaches predicted that Temple Owls would win the league.
The 2008–09 Temple Owls men's basketball team represented Temple University in the 2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were led by head coach Fran Dunphy and played their home games at the Liacouras Center. The Owls are members of the Atlantic 10 Conference. They finished the season 22–12 and 11–5 in A-10 play. They won the 2009 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament for the second consecutive year to receive the conference's automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
Matt Langel is the head coach for the Colgate Raiders men's basketball team. He previously served as an assistant for the Temple Owls men's basketball team for five seasons under Fran Dunphy.
Juan Manuel "Lobito" Fernández is an Argentine professional basketball player for Pallacanestro Trieste of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A (LBA). His father, Gustavo, was a point guard for a number of professional basketball teams in Argentina. Pepe Sánchez convinced Fernández to play basketball at his alma mater, Temple University, and Fernández joined the Temple Owls team in December 2008. As a sophomore, he was named Atlantic 10 Tournament Most Valuable Player. After struggling through a prolonged shooting slump as a junior, he hit an off-balance 18-foot shot with .4 seconds remaining to defeat Penn State in the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Third Team. In addition to his college exploits, he defended Argentina bringing home a gold medal at the 2008 Under-18 World Championship.
The 2007–08 Temple Owls men's basketball team represented Temple University in the 2007–08 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were led by head coach Fran Dunphy and played their home games at the Liacouras Center. The Owls are members of the Atlantic 10 Conference. They finished the season 21–13 and 11–5 in A-10 play. They won the 2008 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament to receive the conference's automatic bid to the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
The 2005–06 Temple Owls men's basketball team represented Temple University in the 2005–06 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were led by head coach John Chaney and played their home games at the Liacouras Center. The Owls are members of the Atlantic 10 Conference. They finished the season 17–15, 8–8 in A-10 play, and reached the 2006 National Invitation Tournament. Chaney retired at the conclusion of the season.
The 2012–13 Temple Owls basketball team represented Temple University during the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Owls, led by seventh year head coach Fran Dunphy, played their home games at the Liacouras Center and were members of the Atlantic 10 Conference. They finished the season 24–10, 11–5 in A-10 play to finish in a three way tie for third place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament to Massachusetts. They received an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament where they defeated North Carolina State in the second round before losing in the third round to Indiana.
Khalif Wyatt is an American professional basketball player, who lastly played for Champagne Châlons-Reims in the Pro A. He was the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year as a college basketball senior in the 2012–13 season, after leading the Owls to the Round of 32 in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Wyatt led Temple in scoring in his final college season, with a 20.5 points per game average.
The 2015–16 Temple Owls basketball team represented Temple University during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Owls, led by tenth year head coach Fran Dunphy, played their home games at the Liacouras Center and were members the American Athletic Conference. They finished the season with a record 21–12, 14–4 in AAC play to win the regular season championship. They defeated South Florida in the quarterfinals of the AAC Tournament to advance to the semifinals where they lost to UConn. They received an at-large bid as a #10 seed to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the first round to Iowa.
The 2018–19 Temple Owls basketball team represented Temple University during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Owls, led by head coach Fran Dunphy in his 13th and final season with the Owls, played their home games at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia as members of the American Athletic Conference. They finished the season 23–10, 13–5 in AAC play to finish in a tie for third place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the AAC Tournament to Wichita State. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the First Four to Belmont.
The 2019–20 Temple Owls men's basketball team represents Temple University during the 2019–20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Owls, led by first-year head coach Aaron McKie, play their home games at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia as a member of the American Athletic Conference.
The 2020–21 Temple Owls men's basketball team represented Temple University during the 2020–21 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Owls, led by second-year head coach Aaron McKie, play their home games at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia as a member of the American Athletic Conference.
The 1990–91 Temple Owls men's basketball team represented Temple University as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference during the 1990–91 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team was led by legendary head coach John Chaney and played their home games at McGonigle Hall. The Owls received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as No. 10 seed in the East region. Temple made a run to the Elite Eight before falling to North Carolina in the East regional final, 75–72. The team finished with a record of 24–10.