Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Game 21: Temple 60, Penn 45

It's a family reunion at the Palestra.

Game 21: Temple 60, Penn 45

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Audio is below. Video is in the player. I'm off to do soccer until Sunday, when hopefully I'll be at Georgetown-Villanova.

One thought from me before I call it a night. The announced attendance at the Palestra was 6,383, and the real thing looked reasonably close to that.

But shouldn't a Big 5 game at the Palestra with one team ranked in the Top 25 be sold out, even on a Wednesday?

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This doesn't really feel like a basketball game for some reason. Yes, we're at the Palestra, and yes, there are two Big 5 teams facing each other.

But it feels almost more like a family reunion dinner than a sporting event. You have Jerome Allen facing not only Fran Dunphy, but his former college roomate Shawn Trice. And you know Matt Langel has been thinking about this night a lot too.

As of this afternoon, there were still around 1,000 seats available. Judging from the crowd so far, it won't be close to a sellout.

But you know that everyone here will remember that pregame handshake between Allen and Dunphy for a long time.

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Soft Pretzel Logic is Philly.com's college sports blog, with a primary focus on the University of Pennsylvania. You'll also see coverage of the Big 5, other major college sports events in the region, and the annual Penn Relays track and field meet.

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