Monday was a big day for the Colorado men's basketball team.

In the morning, the Buffaloes entered the Associated Press Top 25 rankings -- at No. 21 -- for the first time in more than a year. In the afternoon, junior guard Askia Booker was named the Pac-12 player of the week.

Coming off a 75-72 upset of then-No. 6 Kansas, the Buffaloes (9-1) received 330 points in the AP poll, up from the 17 points they got a week earlier. The Buffs were ranked on 51 of the 65 ballots. Kansas dropped to No. 13.

It's the first time CU has been ranked since landing at No. 19 on Nov. 26, 2012. Overall, this is just the third week in 16 years that the Buffs have been in the AP Top 25. They were in the rankings back-to-back weeks on Nov. 19 and Nov. 26 of 2012.

Colorado’s Askia Booker shoots a game-winning trey over Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins on Saturday at the Coors Events Center.
Colorado's Askia Booker shoots a game-winning trey over Kansas' Andrew Wiggins on Saturday at the Coors Events Center. ( CLIFF GRASSMICK )

Booker is a huge reason why the Buffs are in the Top 25. He hit a running 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Kansas on Saturday afternoon. He finished with 15 points in that game. He averaged 13.5 points and 1.5 steals in wins over Colorado State and Kansas.

Booker earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for the second time in his career.

Pac-12 rival Arizona (9-0) took over the top spot in the AP poll this week. The Wildcats received 63 of 65 first-place votes from a panel of national media. No. 2 Syracuse (9-0) received the other two first-place votes.

Ohio State (8-0), Wisconsin (10-0) and Michigan State (7-1) round out the top five. Michigan State was No. 1 last week before falling to North Carolina. Defending national champion Louisville (8-1) is No. 6, followed by Oklahoma State (8-1), Duke (7-2), Connecticut (9-0) and Villanova (9-0).

CU faces Oklahoma State on Dec. 21 in Las Vegas.

Colorado came up just short of making it into the USA Today Coaches' Top 25. The Buffs were 27th in the voting, with 42 points. No. 25 Michigan had 50.

Arizona is the top team in the coaches' poll, with 30 of 32 first-place votes. No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Syracuse each received one first-place vote in that poll.

CU women stay at 11

Monday was also a big day for the CU women's team.

The Buffs remained at No. 11 in the AP poll this week, although they did pick up more votes. They went from 480 points to 505 this week.

Sophomore Arielle Roberson was named the Pac-12 women's basketball player of the week. She was named the Pac-12 freshman of the week five times a year ago, but this is her first player of the week honor.

Roberson averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds in wins over Wyoming and Illinois. She had double-doubles in both games.

Coach Linda Lappe's Buffs (8-0) have been ranked all season. Dating back to last season, the Buffs have been in the Top 25 in 21 consecutive weeks, their longest streak in 10 years.

This is just the second time in school history that both the men's and women's teams were ranked in the AP Top 25 in the same week. The only time was the final poll of the 1996-97 season.

CU is also one of just 12 schools in the country to have both teams ranked this week. The Buffs join Baylor, Connecticut, Duke, Gonzaga, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Oklahoma State and Syracuse in that regard.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.