Owls clinch third seed with win over VCU

Temple head coach Fran Dunphy. (Jason Decrow/AP)

Temple secured the third seed in this week’s Atlantic Ten tournament by defeating 21st-ranked Virginia Commonwealth 84-76 on Sunday at the Liacouras Center. The outcome dropped La Salle to the fourth seed of the tourney, which begins Thursday in Brooklyn. Both teams receive first-round byes.

The Owls will face the winner of sixth seed Massachusetts and 11th seed George Washington in Friday’s 9 p.m. quarterfinal. The Explorers face the winner of fifth-seeded Butler vs. Dayton in Friday’s 2:30 p.m. quarterfinal.

1. Saint Louis

2. VCU

3. Temple

4. La Salle

5. Butler

6. Massachusetts

7. Xavier

8. Richmond

9. Charlotte

10. St. Joe's

11. George Washington

12. Dayton