PHILADELPHIA – A minimum of 16 television appearances, including 10 national broadcasts, highlight the 2010-11 Temple University men’s basketball schedule released today. The three-time defending Atlantic 10 Conference champions will play a minimum eight games on ESPN entities and 10 of their 16 league games will be televised. It marks the most regular season national telecasts since the 2001-02 season when Temple made 13 appearances.
The Owls’ games on ESPN entities start with their Old Spice Classic opening round game against California on Thanksgiving night (9:00 p.m.) which will be televised by ESPN2. Temple’s second game of the tournament (Nov. 26), against either Georgia or Notre Dame, will be on either ESPN2 or ESPNU. A 17th televised game may be added to the schedule as three of the four games on the final day of the Orlando tournament (Nov. 28) will be televised by either ESPN2 or ESPNU.
Temple’s remaining ESPN entity games include: Dec. 9 – Georgetown (ESPN/ESPN2); Dec. 29 – at Villanova (ESPN2); Jan. 22 – at Xavier (ESPN/ESPN2); Jan. 29 – at Saint Joseph’s (ESPNU); Feb. 5 – Rhode Island (ESPN/ESPN2); Feb. 12 – at Dayton (ESPNU); Feb. 23 – at Duke (ESPN2).
The Owls also have one other nationally-televised broadcast on their schedule, a Feb. 17 game against Richmond which will be televised by CBS College Sports.
Five of Temple’s A-10 games will be CBS College Sports regional telecasts, starting with the Owls’ conference opener at Fordham on January 5. The remaining CBS CS regional games include: Jan. 15 – at Duquesne; Jan. 26 – Charlotte; Feb. 20 – Saint Joseph’s; Feb. 26 – at George Washington. Temple’s game against Maryland, part of the BB&T Classic, on Sunday, December 5th will be televised regionally on the Fox Sports Network.
Sixteen postseason teams, including defending NCAA champion Duke and NIT champion Dayton, are on Temple’s schedule. Besides Duke, the schedule features 10 other teams that participated in the 2010 NCAA Tournament (California, Georgetown, Maryland, Notre Dame, Ohio, Richmond, Texas A&M, Villanova, Wisconsin and Xavier). Besides Dayton, Seton Hall and Rhode Island advanced to the 2010 NIT while the slate features two teams (Akron and Saint Louis) that competed in the 2010 CBI.
For the first time since the 2000-01 season Temple will open with consecutive home games at the Liacouras Center. The season opens with a home game against Seton Hall on Nov. 12. The Owls follow that with a home date against Toledo on November 14.
Temple, projected by many media outlets as a Top 25 team in 2010-11, returns three starters from last year’s squad that ended the season 29-6 and ranked 12th in the Associated Press final poll.
2010-2011 MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Friday November 12 SETON HALL LIACOURAS CENTER TBA
Sunday November 14 TOLEDO LIACOURAS CENTER 3:00 p.m.
Thursday November 25 *California (ESPN2) Orlando, Fla. 9:00 p.m.
Friday November 26 *Old Spice Classic (ESPN2/ESPNU) Orlando, Fla. TBA
Sunday November 28 *Old Spice Classic (TBD) Orlando, Fla, TBA
Wednesday December 1 at Central Michigan Mt. Pleasant, Mich. 7:00 p.m.
Sunday December 5 $Maryland (MASN/FSN) Washington, D.C, 8:00 p.m.
Thursday December 9 GEORGETOWN (ESPN/ESPN2) LIACOURAS CENTER 9:00 p.m.
Sunday December 12 AKRON LIACOURAS CENTER TBA
Saturday December 18 NORTHERN ILLINOIS LIACOURAS CENTER TBA
Wednesday December 22 at Ohio Athens, Ohio 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday December 29 at Villanova (ESPN2) Villanova, Pa. 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday January 5 at Fordham (CBS CR) Bronx, N.Y. TBA
Sunday January 9 SAINT LOUIS LIACOURAS CENTER TBA
Wednesday January 12 ST. BONAVENTURE LIACOURAS CENTER TBA
Saturday January 15 at Duquesne (CBS CR) Pittsburgh, Pa. TBA
Wednesday January 19 PENN LIACOURAS CENTER TBA
Saturday January 22 at Xavier (ESPN/ESPN2) Cincinnati, Ohio 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday January 26 CHARLOTTE (CBS CR) LIACOURAS CENTER TBA
Saturday January 29 at Saint Joseph’s (ESPNU) The Palestra TBA
Wednesday February 2 at La Salle Tom Gola Arena TBA
Saturday February 5 RHODE ISLAND (ESPN/ESPN2) LIACOURAS CENTER 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday February 9 FORDHAM LIACOURAS CENTER TBA
Saturday February 12 at Dayton (ESPNU) Dayton, Ohio TBA
Thursday February 17 RICHMOND (CBS CS) LIACOURAS CENTER TBA
Sunday February 20 SAINT JOSEPH’S (CBS CR) LIACOURAS CENTER TBA
Wednesday February 23 at Duke (ESPN2) Durham, N.C. 7:00 p.m.
Saturday February 26 at George Washington (CBS CR) Washington, D.C. TBA
Wednesday March 2 at Massachusetts Amherst, Mass. TBA
Saturday March 5 LA SALLE LIACOURAS CENTER TBA
Monday March 8 A-10 Tournament First Round Campus Sites TBA
Fri-Sun. March 11-13 Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Atlantic City, N.J. TBA
(*) denotes Old Spice Classic at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, Fla.
(Boston College, California, Georgia, Manhattan, Notre Dame, Temple, Texas A&M, Wisconsin)
($) denotes BB&T Classic