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Elsewhere around the country, the NCAA tournament is off and running, but it's still layup drills and interviews in American Airlnes Arena, where Temple will play Arizona State on Friday afternoon.

There isn't much to report about the Owls, except they all arrived safely, didn't injure themselves in practice and have a shooter's chance of knocking off the Sun Devils. Most of that shooting will have to be done by Dionte Christmas and we've got a column in Friday's paper looking more closely at that task for the A-10's leading scorer.

Beat writer Jeff McLane is pounding out a story that focuses on Fran Dunphy's NCAA trials of the past, most of which became tribulation because the Penn Quakers didn't get much love from the NCAA selection committee and they definitely didn't get much in the way of favorable seeding.

Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy is here for the first and second round games. He'll be doing all four games Friday on Westwood One radio and both games Sunday. McCarthy knows his way around the Temple team, but was scurrying to learn everything he could about the other seven schools taking part here.

Thursday night, he planned to sleep with the rosters under his pillow, the better to absorb the distinction between Kristof Ongenaet and Arinze Onuaku of Syracuse, the memorize the pronounciation of Rihards Kuksiks of Arizona State and to buy a vowel for Tim Kamczyc of Cleveland State.

We'll have a live preview blog post on Friday before the Temple-ASU game, which should tip off around 2:45 p.m., and some quick updates afterward.

Nice day here, by the way.