By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Temple Owls face another difficult challenge in American Athletic Conference action on Thursday night as they welcome the defending national champions, #13 Louisville, to town.
The Owls are coming off a couple of losses down in Texas. Last Thursday they lost at #23 SMU, 75-52, and then on Sunday they fell at Houston, 88-74. Against the Cougars, the Owls trailed at one point by 21 points before firing back to pull to within five points down the stretch. However, a late 16-6 Houston run allowed them to grab the victory.
Those two losses dropped the Owls to 6-16 on the season (1-9 in the AAC). But despite the lack of wins, head coach Fran Dunphy says they continue to battle.
“There are times that we lose our focus and we don’t appreciate each possession for what it’s worth and sometimes games change on a possession,” Dunphy tells KYW Newsradio. “And I think we have to value each and every one of them. But I think, for the most part, each and every day we’ve got the mantra of, ‘Today is the most important day of our lives and let’s get better at it.’ And I think, for the most part, they have held that thought in their minds, foremost.”