Temple a No. 5 seed in NCAA tournament



PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Temple Owls have earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament.

The Owls (24-7) will play the winner of the play-in game Wednesday between No. 12 seeds California (24-9) and South Florida (20-13) in the Midwest Region. The Owls will open the tournament in Nashville, Tenn.

Led by coach Fran Dunphy, the Owls won the Atlantic 10 regular-season championship are in the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight season. The Owls won a second-round game last season.

Temple is coming off a disappointing loss to Massachusetts in the A-10 tournament, and hasn’t won more than one game in the NCAA tournament since they advanced to the regional final in 2001 under former coach John Chaney.