Temple University Upsets No. 3 Duke Blue Devils

PHILADELPHIA — Khalif Wyatt scored 22 points and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson had 17 to help Temple knock off No. 5 Duke 78-73 on Wednesday night.

Using tough man-to-man defense that limited Duke’s long-range shots, the Owls (10-3) grabbed the lead midway through the first half and never let it go. When the Blue Devils (12-2) crept within three points in the waning minutes, Wyatt hit consecutive 3-pointers for a 66-57 lead.

The Owls had lost nine straight times to Duke, and hadn’t beat the Blue Devils since Jan. 25, 1996. This decisive win in front of more than 20,000 fans gave the Owls wins over Top 10 teams for the fourth straight season, all in Philadelphia.

Mason Plumlee had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils.

Temple fans stormed the court in celebration and lingered long after the final buzzer.

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Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Final Four!!!

It has been a crazy NCAA Tournament and yesterday really proved that it can get even crazier!!! VCU ended upsetting No. 1 seed Kansas 71-61 to move on to the Final Four. North Carolina also lost to Kentucky. Now the Final Four match-ups are as followed:

UCONN vs. Kentucky 8:49pm EST
VCU vs. Butler @ 6:09pm EST

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NCAA Men’s Tournament Second Round Recap

After the first day of the tournament, everyone knew that it was going to be a crazy tournament. In the second round, even more upsets occurred and surprised and messed up a lot brackets. No. 1 Kansas and No. 2 Villanova loss in the second round, both to a 9 and 10 seed respectively. Sweet 16 match-ups are as followed:

Midwest:
9. Northern Iowa vs. 5. Michigan State
6. Tennessee vs. 2. Ohio State

West:
1. Syracuse vs. 5. Butler
6. Xavier vs. 2. Kansas State

East:
1. Kentucky vs. 12. Cornell
11. Washington vs. 2. West Virginia

South:
1. Duke vs. 4. Purdue
3. Baylor vs. 10 St. Mary’s

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(25) Temple University 73 – St. Joseph 46

In the A-10 opener for both (25) Temple and St. Joe’s it was all Temple University. Temple’s Lavoy Allen had a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds after sitting 10 minutes due to being late for a team film session. Ryan Brooks added 13 in the 73-46 blowout of city rival St. Joe’s.

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(1) Kansas Jayhawks 57 – Memphis Tigers 55

Cole Aldrich helped lead his Kansas team with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks in a close 57-55 victory over Memphis. Elliot Williams also had 21 points for Kansas. It was a close game and Memphis almost pulled the upset, but don’t sleep on them this season.

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(25) Syracuse Orange 75 – Albany Great Danes 43

(25) Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim was looking to get his 800th career victory as a coach and did so last night with a 75-43 victory over Albany. With the victory, he becomes the 8th coach in Division 1 to do so. “Arinze Onuaku scored 14 points, and Scoop Jardine, Wesley Johnson and Kris Joseph each had 12 for Syracuse (1-0) in the tournament that benefits Coaches vs. Cancer.”

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North Carolina Tarheels 88 – Florida International Golden Panthers 72

The NCAA 2009-2010 basketball season is officially underway! Last night Isiah Thomas made his coaching debut with Florida International against a gritty North Carolina team. Deon Thompson showed up for the Tarheels last night with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Carolina dominated the whole game and won 88-72. The Tarheels were also wearing throwback jerseys as well.

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