PHILADELPHIA - The Temple men's basketball team will take part in the the 2nd annual BROOKLYN HOOPS Holiday Invitational presented by adidas when the Owls take on three-time defending Northeast Conference champion LIU Brooklyn on Saturday, Dec. 21 at Barclays Center. The contest is part of a tripleheader of college hoops that features 2013 NCAA Tournament finalist Michigan against Stanford along with Manhattan vs. Buffalo.
Temple, coming off a 24-10 season, is one of only eight teams to compete in the last six NCAA Tournaments. The Owls advanced to the third round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, defeating North Carolina State, 76-72, before falling to fourth-ranked and top-seeded Indiana, 58-52. Temple returns eight letterwinners from the 2012-13 squad, including junior starters Will Cummings and Anthony Lee.
The Blackbirds made history in 2012-13, becoming the first team in NEC history to win three straight conference tournaments and earn three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. LIU won 20 games for the third consecutive season and has won 72 contests over that span.