NCAA Tournament: Temple Tops Penn State On Juan Fernandez Game-Winner

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March Madness Scores: Temple Survives Penn State On Juan Fernandez Game-Winner

Juan Fernandez all throughout Temple's 2011 NCAA Tournament opening game against Penn State, but never more so than when he drilled a jumper as time expired to give the Owls a 66-64 victory and send them on to face (likely) San Diego State next. Fernandez finished with 23 points, three rebounds, and three assists.

via SB Nation Philly

Ramone Moore also pitched in 23 for Temple, and Lavoy Allen added 12 rebounds. Penn State's Talor Battle, who hit a three-pointer with seconds left to force a tie, also had 23, and something creepy is going on here. It was a weirdly top-heavy game, with six players scoring all but 22 of the total points.

San Diego State plays Northern Colorado shortly to decide Temple's next matchup.

For more on this game, visit SB Nation Philly and Black Shoe Diaries.

Here's the updated look at the West region of the 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket.

No. 1 Duke vs. No. 16 Hampton, March 18 at 3:10 pm ET on truTV

No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 9 Tennessee, March 18 at 12:40 on truTV

No. 5 Arizona vs. No. 12 Memphis, March 18 at 2:45 on CBS

No. 4 Texas vs. No. 13 Oakland, March 18 at 12:15 on CBS

No. 2 San Diego State vs. No. 15 Northern Colorado, March 17 at 4:40 on TNT

No. 7 Temple defeats No. 10 Penn State, 66-64; will play SDSU-Northern Colorado winner

No. 3 UConn vs. No. 14 Bucknell, March 17 at 7:20 on TNT

No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 Missouri, March 17 at 9:50 on TNT

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NCAA Basketball Update: Temple, Penn State Score Close After Juan Fernandez Outburst

No. 10 Penn State held a nine-point advantage in the first half of their 2011 NCAA Tournament opener, but -- March Madness! March Madness! -- the No. 7 Temple Owls have managed a lead by a 35-33 score at halftime. Juan Fernandez is blowing up for the Owls, posting 17 points already, missing only one shot from the floor and tacking on a couple assists.

Penn State's Talor Battle isn't far behind, with 13 points of his own. The Nittany Lions are outshooting Temple, but have turned the ball over seven times and have only managed 14 rebounds. Then again, that's a rebounding edge, leading one to wonder where all the rebounds are going. I don't really know. 

For more on this game, Penn State fans should visit Black Shoe Diaries, and Temple fans should head to SB Nation Philly.

March Madness resources: Printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket ... Full 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule.

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NCAA Bracket Preview, Predictions: No. 7 Temple Vs. No. 10 Penn State

It's the battle for Pennsylvania basketball, as the 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket pits Philly's Temple Owls against State College's Penn St. Nittany Lions. Temple charges in on a 12-game winning streak -- if you generously exclude games against Duke and conference title games -- while Penn State made a surprising run to the Big Ten final.

Rooting interests for this game: do you like points? If you really love points, you won't like this game, but if you're OK with points, you should root for Temple. Penn State ranks No. 298 in the nation in scoring. It'll be interesting to see how the hardy Nittany Lions defense, which recently held Wisconsin to 33 points in a regulation game, handles Temple's active, ball-movement-y offense.

Star Watch: Talor Battle finished second in the Big Ten in points per game, one of only 25 players to average 20 or more. The entire Penn State offense will also pitch a handful of assists and grab some boards, so keeping an eye on him shouldn't be too hard. Temple rebound machine Lavoy Allen is a constant double-double threat -- he's on a seven-game streak at the moment.

Prediction: This is one of the opening ("second"!) round's closest matchups, so I'll take Temple because my alma mater's mascot is also an owl. Thanks.

More Reading: Penn State fans should head to Black Shoe Diaries and pick your side of the SB Nation Philly-SB Nation Pittsburgh tug of war for the Nittany Lions. Let's all go to SB Nation Philly while we're at it, because they cover Temple basketball there as well.

Need help picking your bracket? Check out SB Nation's full 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket predictions, picking every game of March Madness, or our region by region breakdowns for the East RegionWest RegionSoutheast Region, and Southwest Region.

Did your team miss the 2011 NCAA Tournament? We have you covered: check out the 2011 NIT bracket.

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