Another big win, and another big jump in the rankings for the Colorado men's basketball team.
On Monday, the Buffaloes (13-2, 2-0 Pac-12) moved up five spots to No. 15 in the Associated Press Top 25 national rankings. They moved up to No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches poll; they were No. 24 in that poll a week ago.
"In the time I've lived in Colorado, I don't ever remember the Colorado basketball program this high," sophomore Josh Scott said.
This is, in fact, CU's highest national ranking since reaching No. 15 in back-to-back weeks, Feb. 4-11, 1997. The Buffs haven't been higher than No. 15 since being ranked No. 10 in the preseason poll before the 1969-70 season.
"You put your program in a brighter spotlight nationally," CU head coach Tad Boyle said of the top-15 rankings. "You're on the ticker more. You're in print more. It's good for our program; it's good for the exposure for our players."
CU has been ranked for five consecutive weeks, its longest stretch since being ranked eight straight weeks during the 1996-97 season.
Junior guard Askia Booker was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday.
Booker averaged 20.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals last week, as the Buffs defeated Oregon State and Oregon, which was ranked No. 10. Booker had a career-high 27 points -- along with seven rebounds and four assists -- in Sunday's 100-91 win against Oregon.
Booker has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week twice this season and three times in his career. He also earned this honor on Dec. 9 of this season and Nov. 19, 2012.