Have you forgotten that your university is home to a very successful women’s basketball program? While your men’s team was being humbled by 12th-seeded Cornell, your 8th-seeded women’s team was preparing to make its 7th-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. On Sunday, I traveled with my 10- and 7-year old boys to Norfolk, Va., to support them. While we screamed and cheered as the Owls posted an exhilarating 65-53 victory over a well-prepared James Madison University team, we couldn’t help but notice that virtually no Temple students filled the near-capacity Ted Constant Convocation Center. In contrast, James Madison, with an enrollment about half the size of Temple and located over 200 miles away, chartered four student buses to the game, in addition to the thousands who made it there on their own. In effect, your basketball team was playing an away game on a neutral campus, with crowd noise that was stifling in support of the Dukes. Despite the hostile environment, Coach Cardoza and her Owls would not be denied and have now earned a Tuesday night contest against defending national champion Connecticut, winner of an NCAA record 73-straight games and the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament. Believe us; the Connecticut fans will pack the stands. There’s still time to make this road trip if you leave now! Will you be there for your team?
Josh, Abe and Eitan Barash