By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Temple Owls are coming off another successful season on North Broad Street. In 2012-13 they won 24 games, including an NCAA Tournament game against North Carolina State.
But as they prepare for their first season in the new American Athletic Conference, there are a lot of question marks surrounding the team. Several key members of last year’s squad have moved on, players like Khalif Wyatt, Scootie Randall and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson. But head coach Fran Dunphy says the 2013-14 version of the Owls is ready to get started and will do just that Saturday at the Palestra against Penn.
“Overall, I think they’ve worked very hard (in preseason camp) and now we’re about to see what we can do against an opponent,” Dunphy tells KYW Newsradio.
Returning starters, junior forward Anthony Lee and junior guard Will Cummings, as well as senior guard Dalton Pepper, will be counted on to play key roles this season.
“You want those guys that have the most experience to step up and really be leaders,” Dunphy says. “And now its their turn to shine. They’re not looking over anybody else’s shoulder. It’s their time.”