The Temple University men’s basketball team is headed to Tucson, Ariz., as their NCAA Tournament opener with Penn State on Thursday creeps closer.
This is the fourth straight appearance for the Owls. Temple supporters are hoping they make a deeper run in the tournament this year, having lost first-round games in each of the last three.
Fueled by a run to the Big Ten tournament title game, the Penn State Nittany Lions drew a No. 10 seed in the West region and a first-round game Thursday against No. 7 seed Temple.
Jared Sullinger had 15 points and 11 rebounds and No. 1 Ohio State defeated Penn State 71-60 in the Big Ten tournament final on Sunday to strengthen its case for the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
Talor Battle scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half to help Penn State defeat Michigan State 61-48 in the Big Ten tournament semifinals on Saturday and advance to the final for the first time.