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Are the Temple Owls Just Now Hitting Their Peak?

Howard Smith-USA Today Sports

On Sunday afternoon, the Temple Owls went on the road and destroyed the Charlotte 49ers by 20 points.

The win marked their third consecutive victory and fifth over the course of the past six games. Bottom line is this: the Owls may very well be hitting their stride as February enters its final few days.

That’s bad news for the rest of the conference.

The win moved the Owls to 19-8 overall and 8-5 within the Atlantic 10 Conference. Looking back at earlier this month, the Owls were struggling at 3-4 in the conference and their postseason potential was hanging in the balance as the final month of the regular season was about to begin.

Temple has seemingly moved forward from their earlier struggles with a terrific stretch here and it could not have come at a more opportune time. The Owls will return home for a non-conference date with Detroit on Thursday before playing host to URI over the weekend. If Temple can protect its home court, things could become even more intriguing as Selection Sunday nears.

Temple is two and a half games out of first place in conference with only three league games remaining on the schedule, so an A-10 title is all but out of the question. However, the Owls will have the opportunity to improve their seeding, not only within the conference tournament, but also in terms of the NCAA Tournament down the closing stretch here.

Temple has experience, led by Khalif Wyatt and Anthony Lee, while Scootie Randall and Jake O’Brien also have the potential to make them even more dangerous on the offensive end. The Owls are certainly a team that nobody wants to see come March and that could become even more of an issue if they can continue their stellar play in the coming weeks.

 

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