#51 Temple Owls: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

The Temple Owls have been the model of consistency, winning twenty-plus games in each of the past five seasons.  The Atlantic 10 is arguably as loaded as it has ever been meaning Fran Dunphy’s team has their work cut out for them this season before heading to the Big East.

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Temple to take West Virginia’s spot in the Big East?

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The Big East has a slot open now that West Virginia is being allowed to leave immediately for the Big 12 conference. Who will grab it? Possibly Temple who played in the Big East in football only from 1991-2004, but was forced out of the league. Now that the Big East has less options, and their college football situation is so awful, suddenly Temple doesn’t seem so bad.

It played as an independent and eventually landed in the Mid-American Conference in 2007. The Owls’ other sports programs, including men’s and women’s basketball, are in the Atlantic 10.

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