Temple Owls Men’s Basketball Tickets
The Temple Owls men’s basketball team is a Division I program for Temple University. The team is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and plays their home games at the Liacouras Center. The Liacouras Center has a capacity of 10,206 people and opened in 1997. The team plays in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The team is currently coached by Fran Dunphy. Dunphy has coached in Philadelphia for his entire career, as before coming to Temple, Dunphy was one of the most heralded coaches in Ivy League history at Penn. While at Temple, Dunphy has led the team to a 134-65 record including five straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Temple has been one of the most successful teams of all time, winning the sixth most games of all time, and first on that list of teams that have not won a NCAA National Championship. In 1938, the team won a Helms National Championship. Starting in 1944, the team has made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in every decade. Under Harry Litwack, the team made it to the school’s only two Final Fours in 1956 and 1958. Under John Chaney, the team won 741 games and led the team to 17 of their 30 NCAA Tournament appearances, and made the Elite Eight five times.
The Owls have featured 30 players that have gone on to be selected in the NBA Draft. Of those, eight have been selected in the first round, most recently, Mardy Collins in the 2006 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks as the 29th overall selection. The most recently drafted Owl was Lavoy Allen by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2010 draft.
The Owls are a member of the Big Five, a series of Philadelphia teams who compete in basketball. These five are Penn, Saint Joseph’s, Villanova, and La Salle. The Owls consider their rivalry with St. Joe’s to be their biggest rival; however, all four of these games take on extra importance. Temple has won 26 Big Five titles, most recently in 2012 where they shared the title with Saint Joseph’s.