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Temple To Face South Florida in NCAA Tournament, Lehigh University Facing Duke, and Philadelphia Man Arrested For Supporting Uzbek Terrorist Group

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The Omelette Friday March 16, 2012

Temple Face Tough Test With South Florida's Defense Tonight

The Temple Owls are in the tournament once again under head coach Fran Dunphy as the 5th seed. Tonight they will take on the 12 seed South Florida Bulls at 9:50 P.M. Working in Temple's favor is the South Florida's inconsistent play over the latter part of the year. They are 4-3 in temple owlstheir past 7 games, but their defense is ridiculous.

Temple comes into the tournament with a 24-7 record and having won 13 out of their past 15 games, including an 11-game winning streak. Senior guard Ramon Moore and junior guard Khalif Wyatt will be counted on heavily against a stout South Florida defense, which shut down California in the first round. Their defense was so dominant that they yielded just 13 points in the first half against Cal.

Temple ranked 30th in the nation with 76.0 points per game, but has a brutal matchup tonight. South Florida doesn't have a single scorer who scores more than 10 points per game, but it doesn't matter when they can hold teams under 60 points on any given night. They have held 24 of their 33 opponents this year in the 40s or 50s and rank 18th in Division 1 - allowing 59.4 points per game.

They have the best defense of any team in the 2012 NCAA tournament. If Temple can get past South Florida's stonewall defense, then they have a good shot at going deep in the tournament.

Wyatt and Moore combine to average 35 points per game and will need to provide an offensive punch or the Owls will be packing their bags quickly.

Lehigh Taking on Duke at 7:15

15th seed Lehigh University will take on #2 seed Duke at 7:15 tonight. Lehigh is led by C.J. McCollum who is the 5th leading scorer in Division 1, averaging 21.9 points per game.

This is Lehigh's second straight trip to the big dance. It's a longshot that Lehigh can pull off an upset, but not impossible. There have been a few #15 seeds who pulled off upsets against #2 seeds in tournament history. The last time is when Hampton knocked off Iowa State in 2001.

Port Richmond Man Arrested For Aiding Uzbek Terrorist Organization

On Thursday police arrested a Port Richmond man for his alleged role in providing support to an Uzbek terrorist organization.

Authorities allege this organization is engaging NATO coalition and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Bakhtiyor Jumaev was arrested in his Port Richmond home on Thursday, according to Colorado U.S. Attorney John Walsh. Jumaev, a Philadelphia resident believed to be from Uzbekistan, is charged by complaint of conspiring to provide material support or resources to a terrorist organization.

Authorities assert that Jamaev sent money to  to an Uzbek refugee, Jamshid Muhtorov, who lived in Aurora, Colo., and was arrested in January in Chicago while traveling. Authorities allege that Jamaev and Muhtorov conspired to engage in a "wedding" which is a term for a terrorist attack, which was planned by the Islamic Jihad Union.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

Photo of Temple Owls from metro.us

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