Dunphy: 'We have to win every game'

Temple Head Coach Fran Dunphy yells to his team during the first half against Detroit on Thursday, February 28, 2013. ( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer )

Following an inconsistent stretch, Temple appears poised and focused for a sixth consecutive NCAA tournament run.

But coach Fran Dunphy said during Monday’s Atlantic Ten coaches teleconference that the Owls must do one thing before making that a reality.

“We are in a situation where we have to win every game we play in order for us to do everything that we want to do,” Dunphy said in response to being asked if Temple is right where it wants to be.

The Owls (21-8, 9-5 A-10) have won five consecutive games since suffering six setbacks during a 12-game stretch.

“Would I like to be 29-0?,” Dunphy added. “Yeah. But that’s not happening. It shouldn’t happen. We didn’t play well enough to get that done.

“So I like to be in a little bit better position rather than the situation we’re in.”

 The Owls travel to Fordham on Wednesday for an A-10 matchup. They’ll conclude the regular-season at home in a key conference matchup against No. 21 Virginia Commonwealth.  The A-10 tournament starts next week at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Jerry Palm, CBSsports.com’s bracketologist, predicts Temple would receive the No. 10 seed in the West Regional if the NCAA field was picked Monday. He has the Owls facing his predicted No. 7 seed Minnesota in a second-round game in Austin.

ESPN bracketologist Jo Lunardi last updated his blog post on Friday. He had Temple meeting Kentucky in a play-in game for the 12th seed in the Midwest Regional to play fifth seed UNLV in Austin.