Villanova still has some healing to do after an early tournament knockout.
Temple defeated George Washington 90-77 on Sunday.
Villanova will move on after defeating Lafayette 93-52 on Thursday night.
Temple defeated Bucknell 73-67 in the first round of the NIT.
On one side is the state, seeing a loophole in recent opinions from the Third Circuit that would pave the way for sports books as long as officials, in effect, stayed out of it.
Fran O’Hanlon has been the head coach of the Lafayette Leopards up in Easton for twenty seasons, but his roots are right here in Philadelphia.
Temple still felt the sting of their NCAA Tournament snub as they prepared for the NIT.
The Villanova Wildcats are not taking their opening round match up with Lafayette lightly.
Penn has named Steve Donahue as their new head basketball coach.
Temple (23-10) was not selected to play in the NCAA Tournament.
Villanova earned a #1 seed and will face Lafayette to open up the NCAA Tournament.
Villanova beat Xavier 69-52 to win the Big East Tournament title on Saturday.
SMU defeated Temple 69-56 on Saturday to advance in the American Athletic Conference Tournament.
Villanova defeated Providence 63-61 to advance in the Big East Tournament.
Temple defeated Memphis, 80-75, in the American Athletic Conference tournament.