Cardinals Sin

The schedule keeps getting tougher and the losses keep getting more lopsided. Facing 13th-ranked Louisville on Friday night, the Temple men's basketball game was blown out of its own building early in an 82-58 defeat that was the worst of the season for the Owls. The 24-point margin barely eclipsed a 23-point loss to SMU two games ago and was the fourth straight double-digit loss for the Owls.

The schedule keeps getting tougher and the losses keep getting more lopsided.

Facing 13th-ranked Louisville on Friday night, the Temple men's basketball game was blown out of its own building early in an 82-58 defeat that tied a 90-66 loss to Connecticut as the worst of the season for the Owls.

The 24-point margin barely eclipsed a 23-point loss to SMU two games ago and was the fourth straight double-digit loss for the Owls, who dropped to 6-17 overall and 1-10 in the American Athletic Conference.

The defending national champion Cardinals are 20-4, 9-2. Louisville scored 52 points in the first half — 52! — and led by 27 points at the break after shooting 62 percent.

The lead swelled to 36 with 8:59 to go in the second half. The lopsided defeat left an Owls team that was hanging its hat on staying competitive through the first half of the season struggling for answers.

"We have to take care of the basketball," said Temple coach Fran Dunphy. "We took shots we can't shoot. We have to know who we are. We're playing some really good basketball teams. We had our chances early in the year, and it's been tough. I can't put my finger on one thing. It's a myriad of issues. We have to keep plugging away."

The Owls will plug away against SMU, Connecticut. Memphis and Louisville in the next four games. The way they are playing, they are going to be huge underdogs in each of those games.

"We just have to get better preparing and make sure we get stops, it's how we're putting ourselves in holes we can't get out of," said Temple point guard Will Cummings. "We're giving up wide-open three-pointers, not helping, getting caught on screens. I wish I knew why we are, but I don't know."

Cummings finished with a team-high 16 points and Anthony Lee scored 14. Montrell Harrell scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Louisville.

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