Temple Dukes It Out

It’s really nothing new for this Temple Owls basketball program.  They’ve now beaten an AP Top-10 team for the fourth straight season with their 78-73 triumph over the fifth-ranked Duke Blue Devils.

Of course, neither team is what they will be come March…which for starters is…better.

In Temple’s case, they were missing two starters.  In Duke’s case, they were missing the passion and intensity needed to defeat the Owls in their backyard.  Then again, everyone gives the Blue Devils their best shot and everyone in that program should always prepare accordingly…especially when you come to Philadelphia on the coldest night of the season…when things are always at their warmest.

Duke HC Mike Krzyzewski will be peeling the paint off the walls of whatever room he gets his team into today after seeing Temple not only outrebound Duke but score as many points in the paint.  The huge size advantage the Blue Devils had on paper was written in invisible ink once the game started and it became clear the Owls were not going to let a little thing like…size…get in their way.

Ten minutes into the first half, the two teams were on a combined pace to make 50+ turnovers.  Yet, the shooting percentages were high also and the third-largest crowd for a college hoop game in the 15-year history of the Wells Fargo Center loved every frantic, frenetic second of it.

Eventually, the two teams stopped giving the ball away…and the game became one where every single possession felt like it was the most important one of the night.

Before the game Owls HC Fran Dunphy assisted in the presentation of a plaque to Coach K on behalf of the Temple family, honoring his lifetime, HOF contributions to the game of college basketball.  Dunphy then help log another “L” onto Coach K’s career mark, claiming his first win over Krzyzewski in five tries since 2005 (one while at Penn).

Ultimately, the Owls just wanted this one more this night.

It is quite possible these squads will meet again come March.

It is certain they will be better then.

Let’s hope their paths cross one more time in 2012.


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I'm Bruce. Born, raised and still outside the City of Brotherly Love. Managed (so far) to visit a dozen of our United States and Canada (twice). Addicted from birth to Television/Movies/Sports. Took three years of French and got credit for two of 'em.
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9 Responses to Temple Dukes It Out

  1. tophatal says:


    An avid Duke fan here ! The Plumlee brothers look damn awkward at times but then I look at Seth Curry and Austin Rivers …… I see hope for the team over the season !

    . So in nature ………. the matriarchs do tend to eat their young in times of need and survival but what are we to make of the NFL and their firings ? Isn’t at such any different as such in terms of a mother devouring their young ? Spagnuolo out , Morris out , Jerry Angelou and the Polians out . Your thoughts ?

    tophatal ……

    tophatal …………


  2. Duke will indeed be fine Tophatal. They were slow on defense and indeed “awkward” at times. Coach K will have that smoothed out come the Madness. As for the NFL, I haven’t been shocked by any of the firings except the Polians. I have been shocked by the retention of Turner. We all knew Reid would return. That shocked no one here. Yet, the announcement of his retention pains us all…even while expecting the pain.


    • tophatal says:

      I know that the Dukies’ll be fine as Coach K isn’t a dummy .

      On the other hand I’m not so sure about the vast majority of the team owners in the NFL ! The Glazers cleaned house with the Bucs ….. firing the entire coaching staff. In truth that team needs to be imploded and to start afresh .

      Explain to me what medication the Spanos family just happens to be on when they retain both Norv Turner and AJ Smith ? And dare I say it but what the hell is wrong with Jeff Lurie and Joe Banner ? Andy Reid gets another year after that Eagles’ debacle ? Help !

      tophatal ………….


      • Our beloved Eagles’ owner really infuriated fans when he tried to explain away Andy’s arrogance with the fans and local media in answering questions. He does not get it. Reid treats inquries about the team’s play as offensive locally, yet will yuk it up with the national media all day long…which fuels the perception that there is something wrong with all of US. Philly is a baseball town now. I never thought I would live that long to see or write that.


  3. JW says:

    Sadly, you are correct…Duke will be just fine. But this was a savory morsel of suck from them 🙂


  4. A nice win for Temple for sure but their greatest highlight ever has to be John Cheney going after John Calipari in that post-game press conference.


    • THAT moment is frozen in time in this town. Everybody remembers “where they were” when they saw that post-game footage. It was a good thing JC didn’t get to his target. His career would have ended prematurely…as would have Cal’s, of course.


  5. tophatal says:


    Does Andy Reid possibly have pictures of Howie Reasman , Joe Banner and Jeff Lurie in a really compromising position ? You know blackmail is a funny thing and that’s the only way that I believe Reid somehow kept his job ! LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

    As to your Phillies that coaching staff had better have that team ready to play this upcoming season rather than showing so much complacency as they did during the postseason .

    tophatal ………….


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