After Sunday's loss to Houston, Temple has virtually no margin for error.
The four-team Ivy League tournament in its second season changes the stakes of the regular season in all sorts of ways.
Houston quickly grabbed control of a game that had big NCAA implications for Temple.
The Owls surrendered the game's first 15 points and weren't competitive against a game they needed to win.
Knight will replace the spot of cornerbacks coach Cory Robinson, who is expected to be hired at Rutgers.
Houston is coming off Thursday's home win over No. 5 Cincinnati, while Temple fell at No. 19 Wichita State.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - As his teammates headed to the locker room after allowing 56 first-half points, Wichita State senior center Shaquille Morris witnessed their frustration.
Temple is going for its sixth consecutive wins when the Owls visit nationally ranked Wichita State on Thursday.
Villanova is shooting 40.8 percent from three-point range to lead the Big East.
Statistical history shows you need a top defense to win an NCAA hoops title. The Wildcats rank 48th by one measurement.
Johnson was the defensive coordinator at Temple in his one season when the Owls went 7-6.
Temple outscored the Bulls 27-11 over the final 11 minutes, 35 seconds. The Owls held USF without a field goal for more than seven minutes during that stretch.
Quinton Rose scored 23 points as the Owls took care of business against a struggling team.