Buffs receiving votes

It's been nearly five years since the Colorado men's basketball team last made an appearance in the top-25 polls. The Buffs were still on the outside looking in when the new polls came out today, but at least they are getting some respect after a strong start to conference play.

Colorado received 78 votes in the Associated Press poll to rank 30th in the nation and received 23 votes in the coaches' poll to rank 32nd.

Some Buffs fans were hoping CU might crack the top-25 this week after beating Missouri, Kansas State and Oklahoma State in the first eight days of Big 12 Conference action.

The Buffs' long absence from the polls and from national relevance has left some voters clearly still needing to be convinced of their worthiness.

Let's be honest, it's hard to blame voters at this point for wondering about Colorado. Some could be asking themselves if the recent win streak has been a true breakthrough or if the Buffs simply have been hot and might again fall flat. Early season losses to San Francisco and Harvard aren't helping right now.

Maybe that is a good thing for coach Tad Boyle's team. Perhaps it will feed the Buffs' hunger for respect.

If the Buffs can continue their winning ways this week on the road Nebraska and Oklahoma, they would be 16-4 and likely ranked this time next week, just in time to host No. 2 Kansas.

Perhaps the Jayhawks will be No. 1 by then.

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