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OSU Basketball Ranked Inside Top 25 for First Time in Five Years

OSU debuts at No. 25 in the Coaches Poll.

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Oklahoma State climbed into the latest college basketball rankings on Monday, debuting at No. 25 on the season. The surge from unranked to No. 25 comes on the heels of its 78-37 drumming of Ole Miss in the NIT Tip-Off championship game that gave the program its best start since the 2014-15 season.

The Cowboys were left out of the AP Top 25 rankings but fell into the final spot in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Here’s a look at the Coaches Poll’s Week 5 rankings.

Rank Team Record Points
1 Louisville 7-0 790
2 Virginia 7-0 720
3 Kansas 6-1 719
4 Maryland 8-0 693
5 Michigan 7-0 647
6 Ohio St. 7-0 641
7 North Carolina 6-1 567
8 Duke 7-1 548
9 Gonzaga 8-1 513
10 Kentucky 6-1 507
11 Arizona 9-0 484
12 Michigan St 5-2 481
13 Auburn 7-0 395
14 Oregon 6-2 312
15 Seton Hall 6-2 285
16 Baylor 5-1 269
17 Dayton 5-1 258
18 Memphis 6-1 231
19 Florida State 7-1 207
20 Tennessee 6-1 198
21 Colorado 6-0 149
22 Villanova 5-2 143
23 Washington 5-1 126
24 Butler 7-0 79
25 Oklahoma State 7-0 68

The last time the Cowboys were ranked in the Coaches Poll was also the last time they started 7-0 in 2014-15. That was Travis Ford’s penultimate year, but that group didn’t climb into the rankings until the Week 9 poll in mid January.

That same season OSU was ranked in the AP for three weeks earning designations of 24th, 22nd and 22nd. I have a feeling Mike Boynton’s squad will be an even more frequent participant in the polls this year.

The Cowboys will look to continue their winning ways with a home tilt against Georgetown on Wednesday. A victory then would give OSU its best start (8-0) since 2006-07.

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