2015–16 Temple Owls men's basketball team

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2015–16 Temple Owls men's basketball
Temple T logo.svg
The American regular season champions
NCAA Tournament, First Round
ConferenceAmerican Athletic Conference
2015–16 record21–12 (14–4 AAC)
Head coachFran Dunphy (10th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaLiacouras Center
Seasons
2015–16 American Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Temple 14 4   .778     21 12   .636
#24 SMU* 13 5   .722     25 5   .833
Houston 12 6   .667     22 10   .688
Cincinnati 12 6   .667     22 11   .667
Tulsa 12 6   .667     20 12   .625
UConn 11 7   .611     25 11   .694
Memphis 8 10   .444     19 15   .559
UCF 6 12   .333     12 18   .400
East Carolina 4 14   .222     12 20   .375
South Florida 4 14   .222     8 25   .242
Tulane 3 15   .167     12 22   .353
*Ineligible for postseason due to postseason ban
American Athletic Conference Tournament Champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015–16 Temple Owls basketball team represented Temple University during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Owls, led by tenth year head coach Fran Dunphy, played their home games at the Liacouras Center and were members the American Athletic Conference. They finished the season with a record 21–12, 14–4 in AAC play to win the regular season championship. They defeated South Florida in the quarterfinals of the AAC Tournament to advance to the semifinals where they lost to UConn. They received an at-large bid as a #10 seed to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the first round to Iowa.

Previous season[edit]

The Owls finished the 2014–15 season with a record 26–11, 13–5 in AAC play to finish in a tie for third place in conference. They advanced to the semifinals of the AAC Tournament before losing to SMU. They received a bid to the National Invitation Tournament where they defeated Bucknell, George Washington, and Louisiana Tech to advance to the semifinals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden. There they lost to Miami (FL).

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Will Cummings 2 G 6'2" 175 Senior Jacksonville, FL Graduated, signed with the Houston Rockets[1]
Jesse Morgan 3 G 6'5" 190 RS Senior Philadelphia, PA Graduated
Nick Pendergrast 13 F 6'5" 180 RS Junior Bridgewater, CT Graduated & transferred Nova Southeastern
Jimmy McDonnell 41 F 6'10" 210 Senior Jackson, NJ Graduated

Incoming Recruits[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Levan Alston
SG
Haverford, Pa The Haverford School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Nov 12, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 82
Ernest Aflakpui
C
Radnor, Pa Archbishop Carroll High School 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Oct 12, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Trey Lowe
SG
Ewing, NJ Ewing High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Aug 7, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2015-08-28.

Recruiting Class of 2016[edit]

Roster[edit]

2015–16 Temple Owls men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 0 Obi Enechionyia 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So St. James School Springfield, VA
G 1 Josh Brown 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr St. Anthony (NJ) Irvington, NJ
G 3 Levon Shawn Alston, Jr. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Haverford School Philadelphia, PA
G/F 4 Daniel Dingle 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) RS Jr St. Raymond Bronx, NY
F 10 Mark Williams 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Jr Montrose Christian Cleveland, OH
G 11 Trey Lowe 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Fr Ewing Ewing, NJ
F 15 Jaylen Bond 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS Sr Texas
Plymouth-Whitemarsh
Philadelphia, PA
G 22 Mike Robbins (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Lower Merion Wynnewood, PA
F/C 23 Devontae Watson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Lincoln Park Performing Arts Ambridge, PA
C 24 Ernest Aflakpui 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Fr Archbishop Carroll Accra, Ghana
G 25 Quenton DeCosey 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr St. Joseph, Metuchen, NJ Union, NJ
G 32 Ayan Nunez de Carvalho 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Escuela Normal Superior Paraná, Argentina
G 34 Devin Coleman 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS Sr Clemson
Friends' Central
Philadelphia, PA
F 50 Chima Nwakpuda 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Millersville
Shipley
Philadelphia, PA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular season
11/13/2015*
7:00 PM, CBSSN
vs. No. 1 North Carolina
Veterans Classic
L 67–91  0–1
Alumni Hall (5,710)
Annapolis, MD
11/19/2015*
11:30 AM, ESPN2
vs. Minnesota
Puerto Rico Tip-Off Quarterfinals
W 75–70  1–1
Roberto Clemente Coliseum (1,601)
San Juan, PR
11/20/2015*
1:00 PM, ESPN2
vs. No. 22 Butler
Puerto Rico Tip-Off Semifinals
L 69–74  1–2
Roberto Clemente Coliseum (1,814)
San Juan, PR
11/22/2015*
4:30 PM, ESPNU
vs. No. 16 Utah
Puerto Rico Tip-Off 3rd place game
L 68–74  1–3
Roberto Clemente Coliseum (5,309)
San Juan, PR
11/29/2015*
5:00 PM, ESPN3
Delaware W 69–50  2–3
Liacouras Center (4,706)
Philadelphia, PA
12/02/2015*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
Fairleigh Dickinson W 79–70  3–3
Liacouras Center (4,034)
Philadelphia, PA
12/05/2015*
12:30 PM, CBS
at Wisconsin L 60–76  3–4
Kohl Center (17,287)
Madison, WI
12/09/2015*
7:00 PM
at Penn
Philadelphia Big 5
W 77–73  4–4
Palestra (4,378)
Philadelphia, PA
12/13/2015*
4:00 PM, CBSSN
Saint Joseph's
Rivalry/Philadelphia Big 5
L 65–66 OT 4–5
Liacouras Center (6,194)
Philadelphia, PA
12/19/2015*
3:00 PM, ESPN3
Delaware State W 78–63  5–5
Liacouras Center (4,578)
Philadelphia, PA
12/29/2015
3:00 PM, ESPN2
at No. 22 Cincinnati W 77–70  6–5
(1–0)
Fifth Third Arena (10,029)
Cincinnati, OH
01/02/2016
12:00 PM, ESPNews
Houston L 50–77  6–6
(1–1)
Liacouras Center (5,374)
Philadelphia, PA
01/05/2016
8:00 PM, CBSSN
at No. 23 UConn W 55–53  7–6
(2–1)
XL Center (11,319)
Hartford, CT
01/09/2016
9:00 PM, ESPNews
East Carolina W 78–60  8–6
(3–1)
Liacouras Center (4,524)
Philadelphia, PA
01/13/2016
8:00 PM, CBSSN
at Memphis L 65–67  8–7
(3–2)
FedEx Forum (12,247)
Memphis, TN
01/16/2016
12:00 PM, ESPNU
Cincinnati W 67–65 2OT 9–7
(4–2)
Liacouras Center (7,481)
Philadelphia, PA
01/20/2016*
7:00 PM, CBSSN
vs. La Salle W 62–49  10–7
(5–2)
Palestra (8,030)
Philadelphia, PA
01/24/2016
12:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 8 SMU W 89–80  11–7
(5–2)
Liacouras Center (6,096)
Philadelphia, PA
01/27/2016
7:00 PM, ESPN3
at East Carolina L 61–64  11–8
(5–3)
Williams Arena (4,196)
Greenville, NC
01/31/2016
2:00 PM, CBSSN
at South Florida W 70–63  12–8
(6–3)
USF Sun Dome (2,875)
Tampa, FL
02/04/2016
7:00 PM, ESPNU
Tulsa W 83–79 OT 13–8
(7–3)
Liacouras Center (5,929)
Philadelphia, PA
02/06/2016
12:00 PM, ESPNU
at UCF W 62–60  14–8
(8–3)
CFE Arena (3,654)
Orlando, FL
02/11/2016
7:00 PM, ESPN2
UConn W 63–58  15–8
(9–3)
Liacouras Center (8,316)
Philadelphia, PA
02/14/2016
3:00 PM, CBSSN
South Florida W 75–63  16–8
(10–3)
Liacouras Center (7,560)
Philadelphia, PA
02/17/2016*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 1 Villanova
Philadelphia Big 5
L 67–83  16–9
Liacouras Center (10,472)
Philadelphia, PA
02/21/2016
7:00 PM, ESPNews
at Houston W 69–66  17–9
(11–3)
Hofheinz Pavilion (4,466)
Houston, TX
02/23/2016
7:00 PM, ESPNews
at Tulsa L 55–74  17–10
(11–4)
Reynolds Center (4,827)
Tulsa, OK
02/27/2016
12:00 PM, ESPNews
UCF W 63–61  18–10
(12–4)
Liacouras Center (7,569)
Philadelphia, PA
03/03/2016
7:00 PM, ESPNU
Memphis W 72–62  19–10
(13–4)
Liacouras Center 
Philadelphia, PA
03/06/2016
3:00 PM, ESPN3
at Tulane W 64–56  20–10
(14–4)
Devlin Fieldhouse 
New Orleans, LA
American Athletic Tournament
03/11/2016
12:00 PM, ESPN2
(1) vs. (9) South Florida
Quarterfinals
W 79–62  21–10
Amway Center (7,475)
Orlando, FL
03/12/2016
3:10 pm, ESPN2
(1) vs. (5) UConn
Semifinals
L 62–77  21–11
Amway Center (7,465)
Orlando, FL
NCAA Tournament
03/18/2016*
3:10 pm, truTV
(10 S) vs. (7 S) Iowa
First round
L 70–72 OT 21–12
Barclays Center (17,333)
Brooklyn, NY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. S=South Region.
All times are in Eastern Time.

References[edit]

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