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College basketball rankings: Colorado State, New Mexico getting recognition

Colorado State and New Mexico are the only Mountain West teams to earn votes in the latest basketball coaches polls.

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Mountain West does not have any teams ranked in the latest college basketball polls, but both New Mexico and Colorado State are getting recognized.

The Rams are 3-0 on the year and being undefeated is not why they are getting votes this week, but it has more to do with their first opponent in the year which was Northern Iowa.The Rams defeated the Panthers to start the year, but they have gone on to defeat a solid Stephen F. Austin team, but more notably they knocked off No. 1 North Carolina over the weekend.

Transitive property is dumb to use in sports but the Rams win is looking better as Northern Iowa is looking like a very good basketball team.

New Mexico is 3-1 on the year but they are getting some consideration. Their one loss so far was a 90-82 to loss to USC Saturday night, and they earned a solid win against rival New Mexico State the week prior.

Neither team is really that close to being ranked but getting votes early on is a good sign. Keep a look at for the next polls which could possibly see UNLV in the rankings if they are able to pull off a few upsets in this week's Maui Invitational.

USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (28) 4-0 772
2 Maryland (3) 3-0 736
3 Duke 4-1 623
4 Michigan State 3-0 614
5 Iowa State 2-0 610
6 Oklahoma 2-0 561
7 Kansas 1-1 555
8 North Carolina 3-1 554
9 Villanova 4-0 552
10 Arizona 4-0 530
11 Gonzaga 2-0 492
12 Virginia 4-1 488
13 California 3-0 377
14 Indiana 3-0 327
15 Purdue 5-0 262
16 Vanderbilt 3-0 260
17 LSU 3-0 220
18 Notre Dame 3-0 218
19 Miami (FL) 5-0 216
20 Wichita St 2-1 200
21 Connecticut 3-0 164
22 West Virginia 3-0 145
23 Oregon 4-0 124
24 Cincinnati 4-0 82
25 Baylor 2-1 77
  • Others receiving votes: Utah 73, Louisville 51, Butler 47, Xavier 44, Texas A&M 41, Michigan 15, George Washington 12, Dayton 10, Tulsa 6, Washington 3, New Mexico 3, Iowa 3, Northern Iowa 3, Davidson 3, Georgetown 1, Colorado State 1
AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (59) 4-0 1,619
2 Maryland (6) 3-0 1,518
3 Michigan State 3-0 1,448
4 Iowa State 2-0 1,297
5 Kansas 1-1 1,243
6 Duke 4-1 1,238
7 Oklahoma 2-0 1,210
8 Villanova 4-0 1,153
9 North Carolina 3-1 1,141
10 Gonzaga 2-0 1,138
11 Arizona 4-0 970
12 Virginia 4-1 872
13 Indiana 3-0 846
14 California 3-0 746
15 Miami (FL) 5-0 724
16 Purdue 5-0 550
17 Notre Dame 3-0 480
18 Connecticut 3-0 432
19 Vanderbilt 3-0 431
20 Wichita St 2-1 423
21 Oregon 4-0 369
22 LSU 3-0 285
23 Xavier 3-0 143
24 Cincinnati 4-0 110
25 Texas A&M 4-0 100
25 SMU 3-0 100
  • Others receiving votes: Utah 95, George Washington 85, Baylor 81, West Virginia 69, Butler 59, Louisville 40, Northern Iowa 23, Iowa 20, Dayton 18, Tulsa 17, Colorado State 13, Providence 8, Georgetown 4, Michigan 3, Valparaiso 2, Washington 1, Chattanooga 1