CSU Enters AP & USA Today Coaches’ Polls at No. 23

CSU Enters AP & USA Today Coaches’ Polls at No. 23


Monday, December 13, 2021

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CSU Enters AP & USA Today Coaches’ Polls at No. 23

The Rams are ranked for the first time since 2014-15 and only the ninth time in program history

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – For the first time since the 2014-15 season, Colorado State men’s basketball has entered the national rankings. CSU is ranked 23rd in both the Associated Press and USA Today Sports Coaches’ Polls today after having been the top team receiving votes last week.
The preseason favorite to win the Mountain West, the Rams enter the poll with a 10-0 record after a 66-63 victory over Mississippi State at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Classic in Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday. CSU trailed by 10 and used a 17-2 second-half run to take the lead for good late in the contest. Junior David Roddy was named Player of the Game by the event after finishing with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and added seven rebounds, three assists and three blocks, also earning him Mountain West Player of the Week. For the season, Colorado State is one of just seven remaining undefeated teams, has wins over three postseason teams from a year ago (Oral Roberts-NCAA Sweet 16, Creighton-NCAA Sweet 16 and Mississippi State-NIT Runner-up) and is among the national leaders in all three shooting percentages.
This is only ninth time that Colorado State has been ranked in the Associated Press poll. The last time CSU was ranked was the Dec. 29, 2014 poll when they were 24th for the second week in a row. The No. 23 ranking is the highest since the Feb. 18, 2013 poll, when CSU was No. 22 and had current head coach Niko Medved on the coaching staff as an assistant.
Colorado State will return to Fort Worth, Texas and Dickies Arena to take on Tulsa as part of the Hoop Hype XL | College Basketball Showcase , Sat., Dec. 18 at 2:30 p.m. MT. as the first of a doubleheader day of basketball with Oklahoma State and Houston to follow. The game will be televised on ESPN+ and will also be broadcast on the Colorado State Sports Radio Network (along with online at CSURams.com), with Brian Roth and Adam Nigon on the radio call.

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