Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Lunardi: Temple, La Salle & Nova in NCAA tourney

Temple would be a 12 seed in the East region if the NCAA tournament field was picked today, according to ESPN college basketball analyst Joe Lunardi.

Lunardi: Temple, La Salle & Nova in NCAA tourney

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Temple´s Khalif Wyatt scored 18 points during the win over George Washington. (Al Behrman/AP)
Temple's Khalif Wyatt scored 18 points during the win over George Washington. (Al Behrman/AP)
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Temple would be a 12 seed in the East region if the NCAA tournament field was picked today, according to ESPN college basketball analyst Joe Lunardi.

Lunardi, known as Joey Brackets, dropped the Owls (13-6) from the region’s 11th seed after Saturday’s 83-71 setback at Butler.

In Tuesday's updated Bracketology, Lunardi has Temple facing the region’s other No. 12 seed in a first-round matchup in Dayton. The winner would face meet No. 5 Minnesota in a second-round matchup in San Jose.

Lunardi, a St. Joseph’s graduate who does Hawks radio broadcasts, has three Big Five teams and a total of four Atlantic Ten teams playing in the NCAA tournament. 

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He lists La Salle as the No. 12 seed in the South, where it would play No. 5 seed North Carolina State in a second-round matchup in Austin, Texas.  Villanova is projected as one of the West region’s No. 12 seeds. The Wildcats would face co-12 seed Maryland in a first-round matchup in Dayton.

Lunardi lists Butler as the third seed in the East, while VCU is his seventh seed in the Midwest.

Click here to view Lunardi's Bracketology blog.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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