Temple Owls

Aaron McKie and his Temple Owls will open the 2019-20 basketball season on Nov. 5 against Drexel at the Liacouras Center. — PHOTO BY ABDUL R. SULAYMAN/TRIBUNE CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER, file

Temple sets non-conference basketball schedule

The head coaching career of Aaron McKie will start on Nov. 5 when Temple entertains Drexel at the Liacouras Center in the first of 13 non-conference games on the Owls’ 2019-20 schedule, which was recently announced.

In addition to Drexel, Temple will host Morgan State on Nov. 9, Missouri on Dec. 7, Saint Joseph’s on Dec. 10, Rider on Dec. 21 and Villanova on Feb. 21. The game against Missouri will be second consecutive season the Owls welcome an SEC opponent to Philadelphia and it will be the Tigers’ first-ever game at the Liacouras Center.

Temple will make its first-ever trip to USC on Nov. 22 and will play away games against Big 5 rivals La Salle on Nov. 18 and Penn on Jan. 25. The Owls will also play in the Orlando Invitational on Nov. 28-29 and Dec. 1 and against Miami (Fla.) in the inaugural Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational at the Barclays Center on Dec. 17.

“This is a very challenging schedule that will help prepare our team for the American Athletic Conference,” McKie said in a statement. “It features guaranteed games against teams from the ACC, Pac 12 and SEC, with possible games in Orlando against other power conference foes. Our team is already working hard and preparing for what promises to be an exciting season.”

The field for the 2019 Orlando Invitational includes Davidson, Fairfield, Harvard, Marquette, Maryland, Texas A&M and USC. The bracket for the three-game event hasn’t been set yet.

Temple will also go on a foreign trip this summer to play against Bahamian select teams on Aug. 3, 5 and 6 at Kendall Isaacs Gym at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Complex in Nassau. This is the program’s first foreign trip since 2013 and first-ever visit to the Bahamas.

Philadelphia 76ers acquire Josh Richardson

Philadelphia 76ers general manager Elton Brand has announced that the team has acquired guard Josh Richardson as part of a four-team trade involving Miami, Portland and the Los Angeles Clippers.

As part of the deal, Miami received Jimmy Butler and Myers Leonard, Portland acquired Hassan Whiteside and the Clippers obtained Maurice Harkless, the draft rights to Mathias Lessort and a protected first-round pick from Miami.

“We are thrilled to welcome Josh to the 76ers family,” Brand said in a statement. “He has worked diligently and improved each season. As one of the NBA’s best young two-way talents, Josh’s ability to space the floor while also effectively guarding multiple positions at an elite level will bolster our lineup immediately. We look forward to seeing Josh’s continued development as we strive to win a championship for the city of Philadelphia.”

“I would also like to thank Jimmy for the many contributions he made to our organization. He was integral to our success last season and we wish him the best with the Miami Heat.”

Richardson played in 73 games for the Heat last season, averaging career highs of 16.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 34.8 minutes a game. For the fourth consecutive year since he joined the NBA, Richardson increased his scoring, rebounding and assist averages. He is a career .368 shooter from three-point range.

Villanova to face Delaware in 9/11 tribute event

The Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, has announced that it will host the fourth annual Never Forget Tribute Classic on Dec. 14. This year’s event features a doubleheader: the Delaware Blue Hens will play Villanova and the Mississippi State Bulldogs will face the Kansas State Wildcats. Both matchups will be broadcast on ESPN.

“We are honored to participate in the Never Forget Tribute Classic at the Prudential Center,” Martin Ingelsby, University of Delaware head coach, said in a statement. “This will be a tremendous opportunity for us to compete against an outstanding program in Villanova while also supporting a worthy cause.”

Delaware is coming off a 17-16 season, finishing fifth overall in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Blue Hens have reached the NCAA tournament five times since 1992.

Villanova is led by head coach Jay Wright, who has been with the school since 2001-02 season. The Wildcats posted a 26-10 record last season. Villanova has won two NCAA championships in the last four years.

“The Never Forget Tribute Classic is one of the great events we get to participate in,” Wright said in a statement. “The cause — to never forget Sept. 11, 2001 — is important to all of us, especially at Villanova, which lost great people in that tragedy. To be able to play a great Villanova rival in Delaware makes this special too. Delaware and Villanova have staged some battles in both football and basketball over the years and our programs have great respect for each other.”

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