Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Lunardi: Owls out, but 'Cats, Explorers in

Even after Saturday's quality road win at Massachusetts, Temple still wouldn’t compete in the NCAA tournament if the field was picked Tuesday, according to ESPN college basketball analyst Joe Lunardi.

Lunardi: Owls out, but 'Cats, Explorers in

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Temple´s Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson looks to shoot as Villanova´s James Bell (32) and Maurice Sutton, right, defend in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)
Temple's Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson looks to shoot as Villanova's James Bell (32) and Maurice Sutton, right, defend in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

Even after Saturday's quality road win at Massachusetts, Temple still wouldn’t compete in the NCAA tournament if the field was picked Tuesday, according to ESPN college basketball analyst Joe Lunardi.

Lunardi, known as Joey Brackets, kept the Owls (17-8) among the first four teams out of the tourney in his updated Bracketology blog post. He dropped Temple out following Thursday’s setback to lowly Duquesne at the Liacouras Center.

However, he has La Salle and Villanova in the field of 68 teams.

Lunardi projects the Explorers (18-6) will be the No. 10 seed in the West region. La Salle would face No. 7 seed UNLV in a second-round game in Salt Lake City. The St. Joseph’s graduate, who does Hawks radio broadcasts, believes the Wildcats (17-10) would be one of the last four teams into the tourney.  As a result, he has ‘Nova facing California in a first-round matchup in Dayton, Ohio to determine the East region’s No. 12 seed. The winner of that game would advance to a second-round matchup against fifth-seeded Colorado State in San Jose, Calif.

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In addition to two City 6 teams, Lunardi projects four Atlantic Ten teams will make the tourney.

Butler is projected as the Midwest region’s No. 5 seed. Virginia Commonwealth is the No. 7 seed in the East, while St. Louis is ninth in the West.

Click here to see Lunardi’s updated blog post.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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