Game 32: Duquesne vs. Temple

Temple's Sergio Olmos takes a shot over Duquesne's Damian Saunders (25) and Jason Duty during the first half of Saturday evening's Atlantic 10 Conference Championship game in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

ATLANTIC CITY - Last year on this night, Temple returned to national prominence.

Last night on this floor, Temple took down the Atlantic 10's dominant program.

Now it is the Owls' turn to enter the history books.

The last program that won back-to-back A-10 titles was John Chaney's Owls squad of 2000 and 2001. There have been many games played and miles traveled since then, both literally and figuratively, but now Chaney's final recruiting class has a chance to equal one of the legend's finest.

Duquesne is no slouch, to be sure. Aaron Jackson and Melquan Bolding have been outstanding all week, and the Dukes have plenty of history weighing down their shoulders as well.

But as a friend of mine told me a few minutes ago, the game is there for the taking if Temple wants it.

It's time to find out whether they do.