After 10 straight victories, the Temple Owls have entered the college basketball rankings for the first time in the 2011-12 season.
Temple (21-5, 10-2) used its long winning streak to make its season debut in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll Top 25 at No. 22. The Owls have not lost since Jan. 14, rattling off a stream of impressive victories to take sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference, one-half game ahead of Saint Louis.
The most recent Temple win came Saturday at home against Duquesne. Leading scorer Ramone Moore mustered just three points, but fellow guards Khalif Wyatt (24 points) and Juan Fernandez (20 points, six assists) paced the Owls' 78-59 triumph. It was the seventh time Temple prevailed by double figures during the team's 10-game tear.
Kentucky remains atop the poll, securing all 31 first-place votes. Following the Wildcats in the top five are Syracuse, Missouri, Duke and Kansas. Michigan State, North Carolina, Georgetown, Ohio State and Marquette round out the top 10.
Drexel did not crack the top 25, but received nine votes after 15 straight wins.
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