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Buffaloes ranked 16th in AP Poll

The Buffs are moving on up.

NCAA Basketball: Stanford at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Buffaloes escaped this past week with a road sweep over California and Stanford. It wasn’t as easy as it should have been, but the sweep coincided with yet another tumultuous week in the AP Top 25. As such, the Buffs have moved up from #24 to #XX in the latest AP Poll. This is the highest they have been ranked since they were #15 in January of 2014.

Across college basketball, there were XX losses by teams in the previous Top 25. The Buffs were able to move up 8 spots because of losses by #10 Villanova (twice), #14 Oregon, #16 Michigan State (twice), #17 Iowa, #18 LSU (twice), #20 Illinois, #21 Creighton and #23 Arizona.

Also of note, the Buffaloes are now the highest ranked team in the Pac-12, as Oregon fell to #17 and Arizona fell from the rankings. Colorado is in sole possession of first place in the conference with a 8-3 record, which is 1.5 games ahead of Oregon and 2.5 games ahead of Arizona. Huge shoutout to Oregon State and UCLA (on the road!) for pulling off those upsets.

The Buffs will enter what may be their most difficult stretch of the Pac-12 schedule. They will visit the Oregon Ducks on Thursday, then face the Oregon State Beavers on Sunday. If the Buffs can split that road trip, they will still be in control of the Pac-12.

The full Top 25 goes as follows:

  1. Baylor Bears
  2. Gonzaga Bulldogs
  3. Kansas Jayhawks
  4. San Diego State Aztecs
  5. Louisville Cardinals
  6. Dayton Flyers
  7. Duke Blue Devils
  8. Florida State Seminoles
  9. Maryland Terrapins
  10. Seton Hall Pirates
  11. Auburn Tigers
  12. Kentucky Wildcats
  13. Penn State Nittany Lions
  14. West Virginia Mountaineers
  15. Villanova Wildcats
  16. Colorado Buffaloes
  17. Oregon Ducks
  18. Marquette Golden Eagles
  19. Butler Bulldogs
  20. Houston Cougars
  21. Iowa Hawkeyes
  22. Illinois Fighting Illini
  23. Creighton Blue Jays
  24. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  25. LSU Tigers