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Cowboys Make AP Top 25 For First Time since 2015

It’s been since Travis Ford was on OSU’s sideline.

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After weeks of being on the precipice, the Cowboys are in the AP Top 25 for the first time since the 2014-15 season

Oklahoma State jumped into the poll at No. 23 on Monday. It’s the first time the Cowboys have been in poll since the 2014-15 season.

Here is the full AP Poll:

Rank School
1 Gonzaga
2 Baylor
3 Michigan
4 Ohio State
5 Villanova
6 Illinois
7 Texas Tech
8 Houston
9 Virginia
10 Missouri
11 Alabama
12 Oklahoma
13 Texas
14 West Virginia
15 Iowa
16 Tennessee
17 Florida State
18 Virginia Tech
19 Creighton
20 USC
21 Wisconsin
22 Loyola-Chicago
23 Oklahoma State
24 Purdue
25 Rutgers

The Big 12 has six teams in the Top 25, none of which are Kansas.

Kansas, the Cowboys’ opponent Monday night, is out of the AP Poll for the first time since February of 2009. It ended a streak of 231 straight polls the Jayhawks had been in. Bill Self’s squad has lost five of its past seven games dating to the Jayhawks’ 75-70 loss to OSU in Stillwater.

It’s the first time since 1961 that Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, UCLA and Kansas were all out of the AP Top 25.

The last time the Cowboys appeared in the AP Poll was Feb. 16, 2015. Travis Ford’s Pokes were ranked 22nd the week after beating No. 16 Baylor and an unranked TCU squad, similar to how Mike Boynton’s Pokes lost to an unranked TCU squad before beating No. 6 Texas.

That 2014-15 squad featured a senior Le’Bryan Nash, a redshirt senior Michael Cobbins and a true freshman Mitchell Solomon.

With a pair of wins this week, the Cowboys could get themselves inside the Top 20 for the first time since the 2013-14 season, Marcus Smart’s final season in Stillwater.

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