MBB Moves To No. 20 In AP; Debuts At No. 24 In Coaches'
BOULDER – The University of Colorado men’s basketball team moved up one spot to No. 20 overall in the latest Associated Press Top-25, and made its debut in the Coaches' Poll at No. 24, released Monday.The Buffaloes (10-1) are coming off an 80-63 home win over Elon last Friday in their lone game of the week. Spencer Dinwiddie scored a team-high 17 points with a career tying seven assists. Xavier Johnson grabbed a career best 17 rebounds with 12 points, and Josh Scott notched his team-high fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds.It’s the second straight week that CU is ranked in the AP having entered at No. 21 last week.The back-to-back weeks in at least one national poll matches what CU did last year making the Top-25 in weeks three and four as the No. 23 and No. 19 ranked school, respectively in the AP Poll.Colorado is riding a 10-game winning streak and is idle until this Saturday, Dec. 21 when they play No. 7/7 Oklahoma State (10-1) at the MGM Grand Showcase in Las Vegas. The Buffaloes and Cowboys are playing for the first time against one another since the 2010-11 season when the two schools were part of the Big 12 Conference. "We’re excited to play against a storied program, and certainly a Top-25 team like Oklahoma State,” CU head coach Tad Boyle said back in July when the match up was announced. “It’s going to be a great opportunity for us."The Cowboys were 24-9 last season and finished tied for third in the Big 12 Conference (13-5 record). OSU also made the NCAA Tournament last March (second round) and features All-American Marcus Smart (19.0 ppg this season).CU/OSU played one another on a regular basis from 1948-2011 when both were members of the Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12 Conferences. The Cowboys lead the all-time series, 60-48, however are 6-6 on neutral courts. The Buffs won the last game between the two programs on Jan. 15, 2011 in Boulder (75-71).Colorado returns home after the Christmas holiday taking on Georgia (Saturday, Dec. 28) at 8 p.m. It will be CU’s last non-conference games before Pac-12 play begins the following week.Fans can purchase a three-game holiday plan available at the Coors Events Center for Georgia, Oregon State (Jan. 2) and Oregon (Jan. 5) starting at $30 for youth and seniors, $45 for adults.