Basketball has changed dramatically since its inception, when the hoop was a peach basket, the balls were peaches, and the players were peach-farm employees just doing their jobs. See some sweet dunks with this GrouponLive deal to see the Temple University Owls men’s basketball team take on the La Salle Explorers at the Liacouras Center on Thursday, February 21, at 7 p.m. For $12, you get one ticket for upper-level seating in section 211–214 (up to a $24.25 value, including fees). Doors open 1 hour before tipoff. Customers may enjoy $1 hot dogs for Hatfield $1 Hot Dog Night.
The Scouting Report
With a signature victory over the Syracuse Orange, the Temple Owls hope to secure an invitation to the Big Dance with a strong finish in Atlantic 10 conference play. The La Salle Explorers are a game ahead of the Owls in the A-10 standings, and a home win against them would bolster Temple’s postseason resumé better than a forged letter of recommendation by Dr. James Naismith. Temple senior guard and leading scorer Khalif Wyatt has elevated his play in the second half of the season with two virtuoso performances earlier this month, scoring 25 points in an 89–88 victory over Charlotte and nailing the game-winning three-pointer in a 72–71 barn-burner at Dayton. For his efforts, Wyatt earned Atlantic 10 Player of the Week honors for the third time this season.
Temple University Athletics
Upon its founding in 1880, Temple University selected the Owl as its school mascot and symbol, a reference to the fact that the Philadelphia institution began as a night school for those who had to tend to other responsibilities during the day. The Owl became a rallying cry for Temple's ambitious students, and under the banner of the nocturnal predator, Temple University became one of America’s first schools to offer extracurricular activities for students. As of 2012, the Temple Owls were the NCAA’s sixth-winningest men’s basketball program of all time, a program of distinction that dates back to 1938, when the Owls won the first-ever national championship in college basketball history. With a more illustrious history than a 19th century coloring book, the school now boasts immaculate, modern facilities to support of the range of men's and women's athletic programs.