Temple University plans to step up its game this season. After many years in the Atlantic 10 Conference, the Owls now compete in the American Athletic Conference (AAC), a league that includes such basketball powerhouses as Louisville—the reigning NCAA champion—Connecticut, Cincinnati and Memphis.
“The new conference is going to be exciting,” said Anthony Lee, one of the Owls’ standouts. “You have to bring your ‘A’ game every night. Every game is a big game in this league. We’re playing all new teams. So, we have to be on point.”
Lee is not just talking. Last season, he helped lead Temple to a 24-9 record and to the third round of the NCAA tournament, averaging 9.8 points and 6.8 rebounds a game. As it kicks off its first season in the new conference, Temple will once again need a strong presence from the 6-foot-9, 230-pound junior around the basket.
Owls fans will get their first peek at this season’s team when Temple plays in the Charleston Classic at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C., Nov. 21-24.
“It’s a good tournament. They have some great teams," said Lee of the field which includes Clemson, Davidson, Georgia, New Mexico, Nebraska and UAB. "We want to establish ourselves. We have a young team, but we want to get our foot in the door.”