Lunardi: Owls out of NCAA tourney

Duquesne 's Sean Johnson, left, battles for the ball with Temple's Khalif Wyatt, in the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/John Heller)

No surprise here.

Temple would not participate in the NCAA tournament if the field was picked Friday, according to ESPN college basketball analyst Joe Lunardi.

Lunardi, known as Joey Brackets, has the Owls listed as one of the first four teams out after Thursday’s 84-83 home setback to lowly Duquesne.

Prior to that loss, Lunardi had Temple as one of the two No. 12 seeds in the West region. At the time, he predicted the Owls would face the region’s other No. 12 seed St. Mary’s in a first-round game in Dayton.

La Salle is now the only City 6 team that Lunardi predicts will participate in the tourney.

The St. Joseph’s graduate, who does Hawks radio broadcasts, projects the Explorers will be the No. 11 seed in the Midwest region. La Salle would face No. 6 seed Minnesota in a second-round game in Austin, Texas.

Lunardi lists a total of four Atlantic Ten teams playing in the tourney.

Butler is projected as the Midwest region’s No. 5 seed. Virginia Commonwealth is the No. 8 seed in the South, while St. Louis is 11th in the West.

 Click here to view Lunardi's update Bracketology blog post.