Khalif Wyatt scored 30 points and Jake O'Brien had 19, and Temple beat No. 21 VCU 84-76 on Sunday after rallying from a 16-point deficit.
The Owls (23-8, 11-5 Atlantic 10) clinched the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament and earned a first-round bye. Temple and VCU will each open play at the Barclays Center on Friday.
The Rams (24-7, 12-4) lost their chance to clinch a tie with Saint Louis for the A-10 title. VCU is the No. 2 seed.
Juvonte Reddic led the Rams with 20 points and Treveon Graham had 17.
The Owls played their final regular-season game in the Atlantic 10. They're joining the football-playing members of the Big East.