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BYU moves up to No. 13/14 in national polls



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PROVO -- The BYU Cougars have again climbed in the national polls. The 18-1 Cougars are now ranked No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll and No. 14 in the AP Top 25 poll; a jump from No. 17/18.

This past week the Cougars defeated Air Force (67-49) in Colorado Springs, Colo. and Colorado State (91-47) at home.

Texas is No. 1 for a second week in The AP poll; North Carolina hangs on at No. 24.

The Longhorns (17-0) moved into the top spot for the first time in school history last week. They stayed there Monday, receiving 57 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

Kentucky (18-0) was No. 1 on eight ballots and remained second in the poll. Kansas, Villanova and Syracuse held at third through fifth.

North Carolina dropped from 12th to 24th after losing lost two games last week and three of four. The Tar Heels are below 13th for the first time since February 2006.

Joining the rankings are No. 20 Northern Iowa, No. 21 Ohio State and No. 23 Mississippi State.

This week, BYU hosts Wyoming on Wednesday and then go on the road to face San Diego State Saturday.

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