First, I would like to thank the fans for their tremendous showing Saturday at the Liacouras Center. Their presence helped to lift our team to a great all-around effort against a very talented Tennessee team.
This is a tough week, not just for the Temple program, but for most college basketball programs around the country as teams juggle practice for games and what is really important - final examinations.
We will start our week by reviewing film of the Tennessee game. We will look at good plays, as well as bad plays and learn from this game as we do from all of our contests. Then we will get this game out of our minds and turn our entire focus on Kansas. We can do nothing about our previous eight games. We have won them or lost them, played well or not played well. Now we need to prepare for Kansas. That is our biggest challenge.
This week, due to our examinations, we are juggling schedules and practicing at different times just about every day. We will not go long on the court, 90 minutes at the most each day. We also may miss a player or two during a practice because of study groups as preparing for final exams takes precedence. It is really a fractured week in many ways, but we are trying to get as much time as we can together. We have to adjust a practice or two where we do not have everyone on our team there. It is just one of the perils that every program goes through this time of year.
With all that said, I am confident that our players are resilient and will be prepared Saturday for our showdown against one of the elite programs in the nation.
Happy Holidays and Go Owls,