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The Temple basketball program announced Monday that it will be taking a 10-day trip to France and Italy from Aug. 13-24. The trip starts in Paris, ends in Rome, and includes four games against foreign opponents.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” coach Fran Dunphy said in a statement. “Academically, we plan to educate our student-athletes on the different cultures as well as the history of the cities we are visiting. Basketball-wise, it will give our young squad a chance to form its own chemistry before we begin our first season of competition in the American Athletic Conference.
"So it is a win-win scenario.”
The last time the Owls went abroad was in 1990, when they played a series of exhibition games during a 10-day trip to Japan.
Because the Owls will be competing on the trip, they won't be subject to NCAA rules that limit summer practices to two hours per week. Instead, Dunphy will be able to hold 10 full practices before his team leaves for Europe.
Those practices will prove invaluable to a team that lost five seniors -- Khalif Wyatt, Scootie Randall, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, Jake O'Brien and T.J. DiLeo -- from last season.
Temple has only one senior on the roster in transfer Dalton Pepper, and redshirt juniors Anthony Lee and Jimmy McDonnell, a bench reserve, are the team's elder statesmen. Other than point guard Will Cummings and walk-on Nick Pendergast, who are also juniors, Temple has three sophomores -- Quenton DeCosey, Dan Dingle, Devontae Watson -- and three freshman -- Josh Brown, Kyle Green, Mark Williams -- making up its 11-man roster.
Texas transfer Jalen Bond has two years of eligibility remaining but will sit out the 2013-14 season.