Temple, the three-time defending Atlantic 10 Conference champion, is ranked No. 22 in the nation in the first Associated Press poll of the season.
The Owls, who were at No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll released last week, are in the Top 25 to open the season for the first time since 2001-02.
They were ranked 12th in the final AP poll last season after going 29-6. Temple returns three starters from that team, including senior forward Lavoy Allen a first-team All-A-10 performer; junior guard Juan Fernandez, the A-10 Tournament's Most Outstanding Player last year; and junior forward Micheal Eric. Junior Ramone Moore, the league's Sixth Man of the Year, is also back.