Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sweet 16 or bust for Owls

Temple guard Ramone Moore said anything less than a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament would be a disappointment.

Sweet 16 or bust for Owls

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Temple guard Ramone Moore said anything less than a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament would be a disappointment.

The Owls (24-7) are making their fifth consecutive tourney appearance. Last season’s run ended with a heartbreaking, 71-64, double overtime loss to San Diego State in the third round of the West Regional.

A year later, Temple is the No. 5 seed in the Midwest Regional and will open with a second-round game at the Bridgestone Arena on Friday at 9:55 p.m. in Nashville.

The Owls will face the winner of Wednesday’s first-round game between California and South Florida, the winner of which will emerge as a 12 seed.

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“All of the seniors, we’ve been here long enough,” Moore said. “We are past that stage of getting there and making it.  We want to win some games. I think it would mean a lot for our program. It would mean a lot for us, carrying ourselves out in our senior years and leaving Temple University.”

Moore and point guard Juan Fernandez are senior starters. Starting center Micheal Eric is a graduate student in his final season of eligibility.

Last season, Temple posted its first victory in four consecutive tournament appearances by defeating Penn State, 66-64, in a second-round matchup West Regional game

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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.

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