The Temple Owls are still headed to the NCAA Tournament, but their upset loss at the hands of the UMass Minuteman today certainly won’t leave them with their best tastes in their mouths. That said, coach Fran Dunphy hopes to use this game as a teaching opportunity and doesn’t think it will be tough to get them up for the tournament.
"I don’t think it will be a challenge at all, to be honest with you, I would have said to you‑‑ I was impressed and surprised in some ways that we had done such a good job today after getting our doors blown off in the first 6 minutes and finding a way to get that lead. I think it would be similar, use that as a example of we get down and don’t stay down, use that as an opportunity to play better basketball. "
Dunphy says that the team will have to focus on playing its brand of basketball. They didn’t do that today.
"Got out of character again and that’s what happens‑‑ when it happens we get out of character we’re going to pay the price can and we did today. "