BOULDER – The University of Colorado debuted at No. 25 in the first regular season Associated Press Top 25 Men’s Basketball Poll released on Monday.

Colorado is ranked by the AP for the first time since holding the No. 22 spot in the final poll of the 2020-21 season. That year the Buffaloes finished 23-9 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Colorado, which received 78 points in this week’s poll, is 2-0 on the young season defeating Towson, 75-57, in the opener on Nov. 6 and Grambling State, 95-63 on Nov. 10.

It’s just the second time since 1970 the Buffaloes have appeared in the first regular season AP Poll. Colorado appeared in the exact same spot, No. 25, on Nov. 11, 2019; a season where the Buffaloes were ranked for a school-record 13 weeks, climbing as high as No. 16.

Overall the recognition marks Colorado’s 56th all-time appearance in the AP Poll. The Buffaloes were second among teams receiving votes in this year’s preseason poll.

Colorado fell just short of breaking into the USA Today Sports Coaches Top 25 Poll by the slimmest of margins. The Buffaloes are listed first in the “others receiving votes” category with 46 points, just one behind UCLA and Virginia who are tied for No. 25 with 47 each.

With Colorado’s women’s basketball team vaulting to No. 5 in their edition of the poll, it marks the first time since Jan. 13, 2014 the Buffaloes’ men’s and women’s programs are ranked by the AP at the same time.

No. 25 Colorado continues its nonconference schedule by hosting Milwaukee on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at the CU Events Center.


Story by Troy Andre, Associate Director of Athletic Communications for Content courtesy of the University of Colorado at Boulder.