Temple Basketball: loss to Louisville marks worst season in school history

It’s official.

After an 88-66 loss to Louisville on Thursday night, this Temple basketball season is the worst season in the history of the program.

People who are not big college basketball fans may not think that Temple having the worst basketball season in the history of their program is a big deal, but that person would not know much about the history of Temple basketball.

Temple is the sixth most winning Divison I college basketball program in the nation, believe it or not.

Most Division 1 College Basketball Wins:

Kentucky 2111
Kansas 2101
North Carolina 2090
Duke 2001
Syracuse 1874
Temple 1814

Every team needs a worst season, and 2013-2014 is it for the Temple Owls. The Owls are now 7-20 on the year, and they have never lost 20 games in a season before. Given, the NCAA schedule used to be much shorter than it is now. In 1974-75 the Owls went 7-19, and Thursday’s loss at Louisville gave Temple the most losses in program history.

So what happened against Louisville in the KFC Yum! Center (which, in my opinion, is the worst name for an arena in the country) Thursday night? Well, more of the same.

The Owls continued to struggle from behind the arc, only making four of 19 shots (21%). Dalton Pepper and Quenton Decosey continue to struggle from three point land as well, going a combined one for 13.

In most games this season, Temple has given their fans a little bit of hope early on, keeping it close. That was not the case Thursday, as the Cardinals jumped out of the gates outscoring the Owls 24 to six just seven minutes into the game.

There weren’t many important runs after that, because the Owls didn’t even make it interesting. Russ Smith continued to shine for Louisville scoring a game high 24 points. One of Louisville’s top players, Montrzel Harrell, did not play, and they still made easy work of the lowly Owls.

Anthony Lee did not play again, and to be completely honest, before this game I thought the Owls were better without him. They obviously had not won much without him, but at least they’ve been keeping it close. Devontae Watson showed some real potential in the three games he started.

My opinion hasn’t completely changed that Watson has the potential to contribute more to this team in the future, but this loss did not help it. Watson played 26 minutes, and did not take one shot. I would normally be okay with that given he was a force on the boards, but Watson totaled just four rebounds and zero blocks. Mark Williams (six points, seven boards) was a bigger presence down low for the Owls.

If the Owls want to head into the American Athletic Tournament in Memphis with some momentum they better start soon.

Good news: The tough stretch is over, and the remaining three games (two at home) are against teams in the bottom half of the conference.

Bad news: There are still at least four games left in this dreadful season. Hopefully the Owls can win these last three games and go into the conference tournament with a head of steam. They can start by beating Houston on Saturday night at the Liacouras Center.

  • Aron Minkoff

    This season was painful for all Temple fans, especially after the success of last season. That being said, the future is bright. Cummings and Lee will be seniors, DeCosey has proven himself, Watson has steadily improved. Plus with Obi coming in, and Bond, Morgan and Coleman being available, this program will quickly turn things around. Coleman and Morgan will allow Dunphy to keep Josh Brown on the bench where he belongs.