"First of all, it's a big accomplishment for our team, as far as the respect we're getting from around the nation," said guard Jackson Emery. "But when you move up in the rankings, that target on your back gets bigger and bigger. More than anything, it makes us regroup and work harder because we know we're going to get every teams' best shot."
BYU also moved up four places in the coaches poll to No. 13 heading into Wednesday's game against Wyoming (6 p.m., The mtn.) at the Marriott Center.
"We don't talk about (the rankings) at all as a coaching staff. The players talk about it. It's exciting for them," said coach Dave Rose. "Most of these guys are national basketball fans. They know what's going on in the Big East and the Pac-10, from coast to coast. All we as coaches talk about is the next game."
Wyoming coach Heath Schroyer said Monday that BYU deserves its lofty ranking.