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.