PHILADELPHIA - Defending Atlantic 10 Conference champion Temple opens its 2008-09 men's basketball season at the Charleston Classic on November 14. The slate is highlighted by a home game against nationally-prominent Tennessee and a trip to defending NCAA Champion Kansas.
Tennessee, coming off a Sweet 16 appearance and a regular season SEC title, invades the Liacouras Center on Saturday, December 13. The Vols are the second of two home games prior to the New Year, with Miami (OH) serving as the Owls' home opener on December 3. The remaining non-conference home game is against Kent State (Jan. 5).
The Cherry and White makes its first trip to Allen Fieldhouse since 1993 when it takes on the Jayhawks on December 20. The Owls also play non-conference road games against Lafayette, Buffalo, Penn State, Long Beach State, Eastern Michigan as well as Big 5 rivals Villanova and Penn.
The Charleston Classic, a three-game tournament held at the Carolina First Arena in Charleston, S.C., includes Charleston, Hofstra, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Clemson, East Tennessee State, TCU and Western Michigan.
The Atlantic 10 Conference slate opens with road games at La Salle (Jan. 10) and Massachusetts (Jan 17). The Owls then play three of their next four leagues games at home - Saint Louis (Jan. 22), Charlotte (Jan. 24) and Richmond (Jan. 31) with the lone road contest in that stretch being Rhode Island (Jan. 28).
February opens with a date at Xavier (Feb. 5). The Owls then host Rhode Island (Feb. 8) before travelling to St. Joe's (Feb. 12) and Duquesne (Feb. 15). A three-game home stretch featuring Fordham (Feb. 18), St. Bonaventure (Feb. 22) and La Salle (Feb. 25) is followed by a trip to Dayton (Feb. 28) to conclude the month.
A home game with rival Saint Joseph's (Mar. 5) starts March Madness for Temple fans with a trip to George Washington ending the regular season (Mar. 7).
The 2009 A-10 Men's Basketball Championship will again be held at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall from March 11 through 14.