The Temple men's basketball team is ranked in the Top 25 in for the first time since November 2001.

The Owls, riding a five-game win streak that includes wins over two previously unbeaten Big East teams (Villanova and Seton Hall), is ranked No. 21 by the Associated Press and No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today poll.

Temple (9-2) is off to its best start since the 1993-94 team opened at 16-2.

"This is great for the university, the students, alumni and fans of the program," coach Fran Dunphy said. "Our focus, however, remains on our next opponent . . . We just need to continue going about the business of getting better as a basketball team – one game at a time."

The Owls' defense ranks third in the nation in scoring defense (55.1 points per game) and fourth in three-point percentage defense (.239).

Temple's next game is Monday against Bowling Green at McGonigle Hall on "Turn Back The Clock" Night. It is the Owls' first regular-season game in their old home since opening the Liacouras Center in 1997. The team will wear retro uniforms from the 1980s, and fans can purchase tickets to the game for $9. Concessions will be sold at discount prices.

Though losing to Temple, Villanova (10-1) remains No. 8.

Kansas, meanwhile, remains No. 1 in the AP poll, a spot it has held all season.

Texas is No. 2, followed by Kentucky, Purdue, Syracuse, West Virginia, Duke, Villanova, Michigan State and North Carolina. Connecticut was 11th and was followed by Kansas State, New Mexico, Georgetown, Mississippi, Tennessee, Ohio State, Florida, Texas A&M, Butler, Temple, Washington, Texas Tech, Clemson and Gonzaga.

In the women's poll, Connecticut remained No. 1 for the 31st straight week, a school record.