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.

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.

“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