BYU men's basketball team cracks Top 25 polls

by | Jan. 05, 2010

Saints & Sports

The BYU men's basketball team, off to a 14-1 start and fresh off last week's 30-point shellacking of Arizona, have cracked the Top 25 rankings in both the AP poll and ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.

It's the fourth straight year in which the Cougars have been ranked in the Top 25 at some point during the season — which has never happened before in BYU history.

"It's really good for recruiting and our fans," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "I think our players understand what it really means is that there are people around the country who think we're a good team, and the next team we play is going to think we're a pretty good team too."

The Cougars, winners of nine straight, are ranked No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, and No. 25 in the AP poll. In the AP poll, the Cougars got 145 points, which is six points ahead of Clemson in the 26th spot and four behind Washington (10-3) in the 24th spot. In the coaches poll the Cougars got 97 points, which is 16 head of No. 24 Butler and seven behind No. 22 Washington.

"We feel like we should be a Top 25 team because we've been playing really well and we're 14-1," junior guard Jimmer Fredette said.

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