Head coach Fran Dunphy's squad is in good shape to make the big dance after finishing the regular season 23 - 8. Shizz Alston led the team to a 67 - 62 win over the Knights. It was the last game of the regular season was also the final home game for head coach Fran Dunphy, who will be stepping down at the end of the season. Dunphy has been at the helm of the Owls since he was hired in after spending 17 seasons as the head coach of the University of Pennsylvania's men's basketball team. They will play the winner of Wichita State vs.
The loss brought an end to one of the great runs in Philadelphia basketball history. The loss sent Temple into a transition at the top.
Dunphy is retiring after his 13th season at Temple, where he replaced John Chaney. Dunphy previously coached 17 seasons at Penn.
Temple's legendary coach Fran Dunphy is set to step down. Senior guard Shizz Alston Jr. The Bruins entered the tournament second in the nation at Temple hung in during a first half that featured five lead changes and ended with Belmont ahead The Bruins pushed their lead to 11 points by hitting their first two shots in the second half.
Alston, who led the American Athletic Conference at Phil Martelli Out as St. Joe's Basketball Coach McClain led a run that put Belmont ahead to stay, and Belmont pushed the lead to 12 while closing it out.
McClain finished two points shy of his career high. Windler came in averaging Dunphy has used a tireless work ethic to win at both Penn 17 seasons and later Temple 13 seasons.
Dunphy's arc has touched nearly every Big 5 school in some way, from distinguished tenures on the bench at Penn and at Temple, to scholarly stops at Villanova and La Salle. He'll turn his latest program over next season to former Temple and Philadelphia 76ers star Aaron McKie.
And then? He's lasted almost 50 years without a sniff of scandal, and has perhaps more good guy awards including the Dean Smith Award for charity and community service as conference championships. With his coaching career ending, Dunphy has been loath to boast about his accomplishments, even as this season turned into a farewell tour that earned him standing ovations at hated city rivals Villanova and Saint Joseph's.
Dunphy with 17 NCAA Tournament appearances is not necessarily retiring from coaching, or retiring at all. Dunphy won't rule another coaching gig, though it would take a heck of a job to leave Philadelphia.
Right now, it's not a plan that I have," he said. He played basketball at Philly high schools and went to games at the Palestra as a kid.
He was co-captain under Tom Gola at La Salle, earned a master's degree at Villanova, won 10 Ivy League titles in 17 seasons at Penn and has lived in the same home since He's been at home, with or without his bushy mustache, on North Broad since replacing outspoken Hall of Fame coach John Chaney at Temple in Dunphy led the Owls to some of their biggest upsets, including wins over No.
The Owls have won only two games under Dunphy while the Quakers, out of the Ivy League, had one in his 10 trips.
Dunphy still had two years left on his contract when word spread at last year's Final Four of Temple's transition plan. It was before he told his family or his team.
The headlines that hit Philly "Replacing Fran Dunphy another wrong decision by Temple" fueled speculation he was pushed out. I'm very much at peace with how this whole thing has been handled. He'll become just the fifth coach at Temple since The Owls haven't played in a Final Four since and they haven't reached the Sweet 16 or Elite 8 since But the Owls have continued to matter, even in the American Athletic Conference, and won plenty of big games because of the Big 5 lifer on the bench.
That's how I feel about my life.