Monday, July 6, 2015

Owls back in Top 25

Don't look now, but Temple is back in the Associated Press Top 25.

Owls back in Top 25

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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.

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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
No. School Record Points Prev
1 Ohio State (52) 29-2 1612 1
2 Kansas (13) 29-2 1569 2
3 Pittsburgh 27-4 1493 4
4 Notre Dame 25-5 1416 8
5 Duke 27-4 1265 4
6 North Carolina 24-6 1209 13
7 San Diego State 29-2 1197 9
8 Brigham Young 28-3 1187 3
9 Purdue 25-6 1108 6
10 Texas 25-6 1081 7
11 Syracuse 25-6 984 12
12 Florida 24-6 931 14
13 Wisconsin 23-7 870 10
14 Louisville 23-8 794 11
15 Kentucky 22-8 639 20
16 Arizona 25-6 562 18
17 St. John's 20-10 462 15
18 Xavier 24-6 437 23
19 Kansas State 22-9 345 29
20 West Virginia 20-10 294 30
21 Connecticut 21-9 281 16
22 Georgetown 21-9 244 17
23 Utah State 28-3 234 25
24 Temple 24-6 209 26
25 Cincinnati 24-7 202 32
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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering the Temple basketball and football for the previous three years. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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