Temple Upsets ‘Cuse

Posted: 12/22/2012 by Noah Maltzman in Broad Street Sports, NCAA

Earlier today, the unranked Temple Owls stunned the College Basketball world by upsetting #3 Syracuse. The victory came just a few days after the Owls suffered disappointing loss to Canisus and the ‘Cuse won Jim Boeheim his 900th game. The teams came in going opposite directions. The unranked Owls, heading into Madison Square Garden with their heads down… Well, all signs pointed to a blowout. Syracuse used their momentum to kick off the Gotham Classic and grabbed an early 24-14 lead. However, Temple fought back and got it within reach at halftime as the lead was down to 2 points, 40-38. In the second half, it was all Temple. They dominated on all areas of the game. The only thing that they could not do was pull away from their opponents. It was an extremely close affair. Syracuse’s largest lead was 10 points and Temple’s was 9. In the final 2 minutes Temple’s defense prevailed and their free throw accuracy sealed the upset. Syracuse had their first lost handed to them and quite frankly, they deserved it. Although they kept the game close, they did not look like the #3 ranked team in the nation. I think to be ranked that highly, you have to be consistent and in their first real challenge of the year, they failed miserably. They fell to 10-1 on the season. Temple improved their record to 9-2 and added key win to their resume. It was a much deserved, much needed win after their blown opportunity against top ranked Duke earlier in the year. Khalif Wyatt made a name for himself today. On a quiet day in the sports world, he led his Temple Owl squad to a major victory with his 33 point, 15/15 free throw performance. He quite possibly punched his team a ticket into March Madness and its only December. Sophmore forward Anthony Lee also had a terrific performance putting up 21 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks. C.J. Fair was the high scorer for the ‘Cuse. He ended with a total of 25 points as well as 7 rebounds. Final Score: Temple 83 – Syracuse 79

– Coach Jim Boeheim is not the only coach that has had trouble getting win #901. All three coaches that have reached 900 wins have lost their next game. Mike Krzyzewski lost to Arizona after defeating Michigan to reach 900 wins. Bob Knight lost to Oklahoma after defeating Texas A&M to reach 900 wins. Now Boeheim joins them as he loses to Temple after defeating Detroit to reach 900 wins.

– Temple has upset a top 10 ranked team in each of the last 5 seasons. They are tied with Connecticut and St. John’s for most such wins since the 2008-2009 season.

Source: ESPN Stats & Information

  1. marinite says:

    Welcome, Noah!

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