Don’t look now, but Temple is back in the Associated Press Top 25.
On Monday, the Owls (24-6) regained their No. 24 national ranking in the AP men’s college basketball poll after last week’s victories over Massachusetts and La Salle. Temple held that ranking two weeks ago, but dropped out of the polls due to a lopsided loss to then top-ranked Duke.
Back in the top 25, this marks the eighth week this season the Owls have appeared in the national poll. Temple’s highest ranking was the No. 19 it received on Jan. 10.
As the second-seed, the Owls will receive a first-round bye for the upcoming Atlantic Ten tournament. They will play the winner of Tuesday’s first-rounder between 10th seed La Salle and seventh-seed St. Bonaventure in Friday’s quarterfinal round at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Allen garners another honor: Several hours after being named a first-team all-A-10 selection, Lavoy Allen received his second consecutive Big Five player of the week honor. But unlike last week, Allen has to share the award with another player. He and St. Joseph’s freshman Langston Galloway were named coplayers of the week.
Allen, a 6-foot-9 senior power forward, averaged 19 points, 14.5 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1.5 assists in last week’s two games. Galloway averaged 18 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3 assists in two games last week for the Hawks.
- Keith Pompey
Here's a look at the updated AP poll:
|AP Top 25|
|1||Ohio State (52)||29-2||1612||1|
|7||San Diego State||29-2||1197||9|