The Temple Owls made the 2013 NCAA Tournament and had a great season in the Atlantic 10, but they will be joining a completely different conference in the 2013-14 college basketball season. With that said, how do the Owls match up with the rest of the American Athletic Conference?
Temple will be losing some talent for the upcoming season, but none will be more costly than Khalif Wyatt. Wyatt was just kind of good, considering that he averaged 20.5 points per game on the season and put up 31 points in back-to-back games in the Big Dance.
Although Temple will be without Wyatt and some other players, they have been a very consistent team in college hoops over the years, making the tourney every year since 2008.
The AAC is not stacked with talent, but it does consist of Louisville, Connecticut and Memphis. All three of those teams will compete for the conference title. You could definitely say that about the Cardinals, since they did just win a national championship and all. However, Cincinnati will be getting back its leading scorer and Temple will still have the talent to make some noise.
The Owls likely do not have the talent to win the conference over a team like Louisville, but they should have no problem finishing in the top five of the standings, which would likely earn them another ticket to the dance.
It will be interesting to see how Temple fares in a brand new conference and with a lot of talent leaving, but don’t expect it to fall off the map or anything like that.
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