Owls to play Cal; Allen added to USA Select team

Lavoy Allen has been added to the USA Select Team. The senior will also lead Temple against Cal to open the Old Spice Classic. (Yong Kim / Staff File Photo)

Temple senior center Lavoy Allen was added to the USA Men’s Select Team today, replacing Georgia forward Howard Thompkins.

Allen trained with the Select Team last month in Las Vegas. Villanova coach Jay Wright is the coach of the Select Team.

The Select Team will train against Team USA in New York from Aug. 11 to 13. Team USA will compete in the world championships from Aug. 28-Sept. 12 in Turkey.

In other Temple news, the Owls will play California in the first round of the Old Spice Classic on Thanksgiving night in Orlando, Fla.

The Owls and Cal, both NCAA Tournament teams last season, will tip off at 9. The game will be on ESPN2.

Temple and Cal have met four times, the last a 51-42 Owls win at the Palestra in 1973.

All first-round games will be played on Thanksgiving, with Boston College playing Texas A&M at noon, Wisconsin playing Manhattan at 2 and Georgia playing Notre Dame at 7. The Temple-Cal winner will play the Georgia-Notre Dame winner in the semifinals.

The semifinals will be played on Nov. 26 at noon and 5 p.m. The title game will be played at 7 p.m. on Nov. 28.

Temple will open its season Nov. 12 at home against Seton Hall. The Owls were 29-6 last season and ranked 12th in the final Associated Press poll.