Temple has no shot.
At least, that’s the message being delivered by college basketball analysts, who made NCAA tournament predictions on television.
All of the predictions I’ve watched had eighth-seeded North Carolina State defeating ninth-seeded Temple in Friday’s East Regional second-round matchup in Dayton, Ohio.
Surprisingly, Owls guard Khalif Wyatt, known for using the slightest thing as motivation, doesn’t have a problem with being doubted.
“I guess they really shouldn’t respect us,” Wyatt said. “We haven’t won a tournament game. So we really haven’t proven anything in March. So I can understand why everyone is choosing N.C. State.
“But there’s nothing that we really can control. We just have to go out there on Friday, and leave it all out there.”
The Owls (23-9) are making their sixth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. However, Temple’s only opening-game tourney win in the previous five seasons came against Penn State in the 2011 West Regional second-round game in Tuscon, Ariz.
Meanwhile, coach Fran Dunphy’s NCAA tournament mark is 2-14, a record that dates back to 17 seasons at Penn. The Drexel Hill native is in his seventh season at Temple.
The Wolfpack (24-10) advanced to Sweet 16 last season.