Owls announce non-conference schedule

On Thursday, the men’s basketball team announced its non-conference schedule for the upcoming season.

Temple, who finished 22-9 last season, will begin non-conference play on Nov. 13 with a trip to Annapolis, Maryland for the Veterans Classic held at the United States Naval Academy. There, the Owls will face the University of North Carolina, who returns its top four scorers from last year’s team that reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Six days later, the Owls will travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, which takes place on Nov. 19, 20 and 22.

In Puerto Rico, Temple will be joined by Butler University, the University of Miami, the University of Minnesota, Mississippi State University, Missouri State University, Texas Tech University and the University of Utah.

Up next, Temple will host Fairleigh Dickinson University and the University of Delaware on Nov. 29 and Dec. 2, respectively.

After the two-game home stand, the Owls will travel to Madison, Wisconsin on Dec. 5 to face the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who appeared in two straight Final Fours and is returning two of its top four scorers.

The Owls will finish the month of December off with a trip to the University of Pennsylvania on Dec. 9 and back-to-back home games against St. Joseph’s University on Dec. 13 and Delaware State University on Dec. 19.

The Owls will open the new calendar year on Jan. 20 with a trip to The Palestra to face Big 5 rival La Salle University. The team will finish its non-conference play with a home game against Big 5 rival and defending Big East conference champion, Villanova University on Feb. 17.

ESPN to feature two Temple games

This week marked the announcement of two Temple men’s basketball games that will be nationally televised on ESPN this season.

The Owls will host Kent State at 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 11, a matchup that will be a part of the 2013 ESPN Tip-Off Marathon. Last year featured an identical matchup against the Golden Flashes in the network’s season-opening event, when Temple won 80-66.

Later in the season, The Palestra will host a Temple game against La Salle on Jan. 18. The game is set to be covered by ESPN College GameDay, the popular weekly show that is entering its 10th year in production. GameDay will be followed by an airing of the actual game.

The basketball team is currently on a 10-day trip to Europe, where it will play four games while touring Paris, Nice, Florence and Rome.

Wyatt trial postponed

Senior guard Khalif Wyatt’s trial has been postponed again, thus continuing the nearly three-month process since his arrest. Wyatt, who did not appear in court today, has had his trial postponed to an unknown date. The judge made a statement to the court announcing that Wyatt had a “conflict in representation.”

Wyatt is being represented by Peter Sarkos. Neither were in court.

A co-defendant in Wyatt’s case did appear, however, the judge ruled to delay both cases so that they would be heard simultaneously. He is believed to have been with Wyatt the day he was arrested.

-Ibrahim Jacobs 

[Updated 8/21 at 9:37 p.m.]