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Temple head coach Fran Dunphy waves to the crowd before his last regular season home game March 9 (Chris Szagola)
Temple head coach Fran Dunphy waves to the crowd before his last regular season home game March 9 (Chris Szagola)|Associated Press
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The Friday Philly Props: Temple

First Half

Bob Vetrone

Bob Vetrone

While some of the Bracketology World is saying Temple is now an NCAA Lock, you know the real coaching angle is that they are not.

The Owls’ old conference didn’t do them any favors either as the Atlantic 10 No. 1 seed VCU -- and only real league bid -- fell in the quarterfinals Friday afternoon, squeezing the At-Large Bubble. (Meanwhile, “Let’s Go, Buffalo” and “Let’s Go, Nevada” chants arise from North Broad Street.)

The Owls notched an overtime win at Wichita on Jan. 6 after battling back from an 15-point deficit early in the second half.

Don’t expect Temple to fall behind here. They have won five First Halves in a row and have seem to have gotten all their ducks in a row as Fran Dunphy’s coaching career heads into its final weeks.

Pick: Temple First Half -1 (+100)