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Villanova Basketball Opponent Capsule: Temple Owls

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We continue our exploration and introduction of Villanova's 2014-15 opponents. Next up, the Temple Owls.

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Last season: The Temple Owls finished 9-22 overall and 4-14 in AAC conference play, failing to make the NCAA Tournament.

Last result: The Wildcats traveled to Temple last season, winning 90-74.  This win completed Villanova's sweep of the Big Five last season.

All-Time Series: Villanova leads the all-time series 44-42.

Head Coach: Fran Dunphy will now enter his ninth season as the head coach of the Owls.  He has led the program to a 167-97 record during his tenure, and took Temple to six straight NCAA appearances from 2008-13.

Top Returners: One of the lone bright spots for Temple last year was the play of guard Will Cummings, who is now the go-to senior playmaker for the Owls.  Cummings averaged 16.8 points per contest and a team-high 4.6 assist per game.  Temple will also return junior guard Quenton DeCosey who finished with 15.4 points per game last season.

Key Losses: Last year, the Owls were paced by the production of Dalton Pepper, who averaged 17.5 ppg in his senior season.  Pepper was the most consistent member of the team, and his steady production on the wing will be missed.  Coach Dunphy will also miss their top rebounder, Anthony LeeLee transferred to Ohio State in March.

Key Additions: Temple only has one incoming recruit, freshman forward Obi Enechionyia. The Virginia native is a four star recruit and will add much needed rebounding and size to fill the void of Lee's loss.  They will also, however, add the services of Texas transfer Jaylen Bond, who played two season with Texas before transferring and sitting out last season.