Buffs Crack Top 25

Riding a 5-game win streak, the Colorado Buffaloes have been voted into the Top 25 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, which was released Monday. The Buffs sit at No. 25. It's the first time in nine seasons CU has been ranked among the top 25 in either the Coaches or AP polls.

Ricardo Patton said last week he'd rather be ranked in the top 25 in late February than late January.

If Colorado keeps on winning, his Buffaloes may find themselves ranked at the end of both months. CU debuted at No. 25 in the Coaches' Poll, released Monday. They received 54 votes.

The Buffs sit at No. 27 (83 votes) in the current Associated Press Poll.

The last time the program was ranked was the 1996-97 season when they were ranked as high 15th in Associated Press and 16th in the Coaches' poll. Entering the NCAA Tournament against North Carolina back on March 15, 1997, the Buffs were last ranked 18th in AP and 23rd in the coaches polls.

CU sports an overall record of 15-3. The Buffs' 5-2 conference mark has them in sole possession of second place in the Big 12, one-half game behind first-place Texas.

Colorado plays next at noon (MT) at Iowa State.

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