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Cougs rise to No. 16 in both polls

Published January 3, 2011 2:34 pm

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Provo • Either coaches and media members who vote in college basketball polls have short memories, or they were impressed by BYU's wins over Weber State and UTEP last week.

The Cougars (12-1) jumped seven spots in both the Associated Press Top 25 poll and the ESPN/USA Today college basketball rankings on Monday, landing at No. 16 in both surveys.

BYU has now been ranked in the AP Top 25 for 19 straight weeks, the second-longest such streak in school history.

Having lost 86-79 to UCLA on Dec. 18, the Cougars dropped to No. 23 last Monday.

However, they moved back into the top 20 after a 72-66 win at Weber State and an 89-68 blowout of UTEP.

The Mountain West Conference's only unbeaten team, 14-0 San Diego State, remained at No. 7 in both polls. UNLV is the leading team among schools also receiving votes and would be No. 26 in both polls if they extended that far.

BYU travels to New York to take on Buffalo on Thursday, then returns to Provo to play host to Fresno-Pacific on Saturday.

Jay Drew —

AP Top 25

1. Duke (65) 11-0 1,625 1

2. Ohio St. 12-0 1,550 2

3. Kansas 11-0 1,480 3

4. Connecticut 10-0 1,406 4

5. Syracuse 13-0 1,397 5

6. Pittsburgh 12-1 1,273 6

7. San Diego St. 14-0 1,157 7

8. Villanova 10-1 1,135 8

9. Georgetown 11-1 1,106 10

10. Missouri 11-1 1,085 9

11. Kentucky 9-2 969 13

12. Purdue 11-1 857 14

13. Texas 10-2 829 18

14. Minnesota 11-1 717 17

15. Notre Dame 11-1 559 22

16. BYU 12-1 541 23

17. Kansas St. 10-3 493 11

18. Texas A&M 11-1 432 25

19. UCF 11-0 420 24

20. Michigan St. 8-4 404 12

21. Memphis 9-2 319 16

22. Louisville 10-1 263 —

23. Illinois 10-3 180 21

24. Vanderbilt 9-2 127 —

25. Temple 9-2 122 —

Others receiving votes • UNLV 106, Baylor 95, Wisconsin 84, Cincinnati 80, Washington 73, West Virginia 52, Florida 35, Arizona 27, Tennessee 27, Butler 23, Boston College 17, Wichita St. 17, Florida St. 6, North Carolina 6, Oklahoma St. 6, Old Dominion 6, Saint Mary's, Calif. 5, Gonzaga 4, Northwestern 4, Washington St. 4, Cleveland St. 1, Southern Cal 1.

USA Today/ESPN Top 25

Record Pts Pvs

1. Duke (31) 11-0 775 1

2. Ohio State 12-0 742 2

3. Kansas 11-0 712 3

4. Connecticut 10-0 673 4

5. Syracuse 13-0 656 5

6. Pittsburgh 12-1 598 6

7. San Diego State 14-0 571 7

8. Villanova 10-1 543 8

9. Georgetown 11-1 538 9

10. Missouri 11-1 514 10

11. Purdue 11-1 446 13

12. Kentucky 9-2 433 14

13. Minnesota 11-1 371 16

14. Texas 10-2 330 22

15. Notre Dame 11-1 317 20

16. BYU 12-1 268 23

17. Kansas State 10-3 230 11

18. Texas A&M 11-1 222 24

19. Michigan State 8-4 180 12

20. Louisville 10-1 152 25

21. UCF 11-0 115 —

22. Memphis 9-2 104 17

23. Baylor 8-3 81 15

24. Wisconsin 10-2 77 —

25. Illinois 10-3 72 21

Others receiving votes • UNLV 53, Temple 47, West Virginia 46, Washington 38, Vanderbilt 34, Florida 33, Cincinnati 24, Tennessee 14, Butler 12, Wichita State 12, Oklahoma State 11, Saint Mary's 7, Washington State 7, Old Dominion 6, Utah State 4, Northwestern 3, Arizona 2, Florida State 1, Gonzaga 1.