Temple guard Khalif Wyatt didn't start in Friday's 77-71 Atlantic Ten Conference tournament quarterfinal loss to Massachusetts because of what Temple labeled a "timing issue." Redshirt junior guard T.J. DiLeo started in his place.
The 6-foot-4 junior guard said he was late for a team meeting earlier this week. As a result, he was benched for the first 9 minutes, 36 seconds.
"I let my team down," said Wyatt, who finished with a team-high 15 points in 27 minutes.
This was third time this season that the Norristown High product was held out of the starting lineup for showing up late to a team function.
He didn't start at Toledo on Dec. 7 for showing up late to film study. Wyatt didn't start against George Washington on Feb. 8 at the Liacouras Center due to showing up late to study hall.
"This is the third time I let my team down," Wyatt said. "I don't know. I just let my team down.
The NCAA also suspended him for the Owls season-opener at Penn for playing in an unsanctioned summer league.