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AP Top 25: Colorado Buffaloes ranked 21st

The Buffs are ranked for the third straight week.

NCAA Basketball: Colorado at Southern California Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The latest AP Top 25 was released on Monday. Coming in at 21st is your Colorado Buffaloes, the third straight week they have occupied a spot in the rankings.

Ranked 23rd last week, the Buffs had a solid week as they went 2-0 with double digit victories over UC-Irvine and Wyoming. The Anteaters are a good mid-major team and the game against the Cowboys was on a neutral court in Las Vegas. Both are games the Buffs absolutely had to win -- CU’s NCAA Tournament resume is of utmost priority this season -- but those were sneakily tough games.

The Colorado defense was particularly impressive in those two wins last week. They allowed just 94 total points in those two games as they held their opponents to 36% field goal percentage. The Buffs struggled with their own shooting but they have a years of experience winning ugly. Colorado has the fifth best defense in the country, according to defensive rating (76.5 points allowed per 100 possessions).

Tyler Bey was the player of the week, without a doubt. He had two double-doubles, putting up 27 total points and 26 total rebounds. He also had 8 steals and affected many more plays on defense. He’s listed as a Player of the Year candidate on KenPom.com, so that’s something.

Next week the Buffaloes will play Clemson on Nov. 26 (ESPN2, 9:30 pm), then Sacramento State on Nov. 30 (Pac-12 Networks, 7:00 pm). Clemson will be tough but the Buffs should have another undefeated week if they continue their strong play.

The full AP Top 25 goes as follows:

  1. Duke Blue Devils (1st last week)
  2. Louisville Cardinals (2)
  3. Michigan State Spartans (3)
  4. Kansas Jayhawks (4)
  5. Maryland Terrapins (6)
  6. North Carolina Tar Heels (5)
  7. Virginia Cavaliers (7)
  8. Gonzaga Bulldogs (8)
  9. Kentucky Wildcats (9)
  10. Ohio State Buckeyes (10)
  11. Oregon Ducks (11)
  12. Texas Tech Red Raiders (12)
  13. Seton Hall Pirates (13)
  14. Arizona Wildcats (14)
  15. Utah State Aggies (15)
  16. Memphis Tigers (16)
  17. Tennessee Volunteers (20)
  18. Auburn Tigers (19)
  19. Baylor Bears (24)
  20. VCU Rams (21)
  21. Colorado Buffaloes (23)
  22. Villanova Wildcats (17)
  23. Washington Huskies (25)
  24. Florida Gators (UR)
  25. Xavier Musketeers (18)