Originally written on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 6/30/14
The Temple Owls' men's basketball team was picked to finish second in the Atlantic 10 Conference, the A-10 announced on Thursday. The announcement came in conjunction with the conference's annual Media Day, held in Brooklyn, and the rankings were based on a poll of league coaches as well as select media members. Temple went 14-2 in the conference last season (28-6 overall), good enough for second place in the A-10 and a #7 seed in the NCAA Championships. The Owls return four of five starters from last year, including guard Juan Fernandez, center Michael Eric, guard/forward Ramone Moore and forward Scootie Randall. Two of those players, seniors Fernandez and Moore, were also given the honor of being named to the Atlantic 10 all-conference first team, the league announced. Last season, Moore (14.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg) was a second-team selection, while Fernandez (10.7 ppg, 4.1 apg) was on the third team. They're joined this preseason by guard Tu Holloway (Xavier), center Andrew Nicholson (St. Bonaventure), and guard Tony Taylor (George Washington). Fernandez was actually chosen as a second-team selection before last season, while 76ers second-round draft pick LaVoy Allen was named to the first team--as well as the defensive team--before the 2010 season. Those two were big reasons that Temple finished the year ranked in the top 25, an honor that the Owls could acheive this year as well. Temple had two other players named to awards teams on Thursday. Power forward Scootie Randall (11.6ppg, 5.1 rpg in '10-11) was named to the third-team all-conference, while freshman forward Anthony Lee (Columbia, Md./West Oak  Academy), was named to the all-rookie squad--one of six rookies picked, due to a tie in voting. Basketball practice kicks off at midnight on Saturday, when many schools host "Midnight Madness" or similar events to mark the official start of basketball season. Temple's first game comes against Big Five rival Penn on Monday, November 14 at the Palestra. The Atlantic 10 season starts on January 7, when the Owls take a road trip to the Dayton Flyers.
Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll (First place votes in parenthesis) 1. Xavier--304 pts (18) 2. Temple--287 pts (4) 3. St Louis--239 pts 4. St. Bonaventure--217 pts 5. Richmond--196 pts 6. Dayton--168 pts 7. St. Joseph's--165 pts 8. George Washington 163 pts 9. Duquesne--151 pts 10. Rhode Island--117 pts 11. Charlotte--points no longer given 12. Massachusetts 13. La Salle 14. Fordham
Josh Verlin is the lead columnist for BuzzOnBroad.com. He can be found on Twitter @jmverlin
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Michael Vick: Percy Harvin won't be a monster here

Robert Griffin III 'guaranteed' to be back in Week 11

Urlacher: Cutler paid like elite QB, hasn’t produced like one

Hoyer doesn’t think about getting benched for Manziel

Cardinals kicker blew $1,500 signing bonus on headphones

Ainge: Draft lottery reform would be 'better for the game'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Royals take Game 2 to even series with Giants

Report: Roger Goodell will have to testify in Ray Rice case

Blake Griffin accused of slapping man in Las Vegas club

Ronda Rousey to face Cat Zingano at UFC 182

Report: Zach Mettenberger to start for Titans over Locker

LaMarr Woodley likely done for season with biceps injury

Falcons make huge mistake with London infographic

DeMarco Murry surprises Cowboys linemen with iMacs

Jimbo Fisher's son reps for Winston on 'Superhero Day'

WATCH: Steve Ballmer freaks out while shown on Jumbotron

AUDIO: Rex Ryan pranks Sammy Watkins on conference call

Top storyline for each Week 8 NFL game

WATCH: Giants pitcher yells at Salvador Perez after HR

Will Muschamp's head coaching job posted on Craigslist

Miss California USA would like to date Eric Hosmer

WATCH: Eric Bledsoe sends Clipper flying with sick move

Kiffin's mom fears for son's safety in return to Tennessee

WATCH: Penguins perform 'O Canada' following tragedy

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Brian Urlacher rips Jay Cutler

Top NFL storylines: Week 8

Kiffin's mom worried for son's safety

Report: Goodell will have to testify

Penguins do 'O Canada' following tragedy

UEFA Champions League midway report: Groups A – D

Porn star: No one parties like Janikowski

Report: Expect Florida to make a run at Bob Stoops

The San Francisco Giants are zombies

10 bold predictions for NFL Week 8

Pitcher's wife leaves generous tip

Nicklaus defends Jameis Winston

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.