Temple’s close to clinching A-10 title outright, leaving on top

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Temple’s overdue to win the Atlantic 10 outright – it hasn’t done that since 2000 – and it may finally do that before it bolts to the Big East.

The No. 23 Owls blew a 10-point lead at the end of regulation before Khalif Wyatt’s game-winning layup in the final seconds of regulation sealed a 90-88 win Wednesday against UMass.

The victory gives them at least a share of the A-10 with one game left. It also makes them the top seed for the A-10 tourney, something they’ve won three times under coach Fran Dunphy.

But a regular-season crown, just Temple? That’d be nice. No sharing with Xavier, no “division” titles and certainly not splitting with St. Louis this season. All it takes is a win Saturday at Fordham, the A-10’s worst team. (I’m sure the Owls would happily accept a Billikens loss at Duquesne, too.)

If Michael Eric is on hand, I’m sure Temple will pull it off, too.

The Owls (23-6, 12-3 in A-10) have lost just twice this season with the 6-10 center in the lineup, both of which were road games. At Purdue and at rival St. Joe’s. Gonna call this a lock.

Meanwhile, the Big East move may be on hold for now – the school’s Board of Trustees canceled Wednesday’s meeting – but the school is still expected to fill the spot in the conference that West Virginia’s move is opening. Be good to go out on top.

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