Dec 28, 2009, 3:38 PM EST
And the Big 5 are well represented in the AP's initial top 25 poll.
After a disappointing second round tournament exit at the hands of the spoilers from Saint Mary's, Villanova once again are being recognized as one of college basketball's elite programs. The Associated Press has the Wildcats in sixth, just outside a top five that includes Duke, Michigan St., Kansas St., Ohio St., and Pitt.
The Owls were also upset in the NCAA tournament, falling to Cornell in the first round, but they are back in the Top 25 as well. Winners of the Big 5 season series with a perfect 4-0 record, Temple will enter 2010-11 ranked 22nd in the nation.
Both schools will kick off the new season on November 12, with Villanova welcoming Bucknell, and Temple taking to the road the home court against Seton Hall.
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