Dominant win pushes BYU up in national polls

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PROVO -- The BYU men's basketball team has moved up in both national polls following their dominating win over Air Force Saturday.

The Cougars moved to No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll and No. 16 on AP Top 25 poll. BYU was previously 17th in both polls.

The Mountain West Conference's other team, New Mexico continued its ascent in the polls after beating UNLV and Utah last week. The Lobos are No. 12 in the AP Top 25 poll and No. 15 in the ESPN/USA Today poll. They were previously 15/19.

UNLV fell out of both polls after losing to New Mexico and San Diego State.

Kansas is No. 1 for a third straight week Monday with plenty of change right below after four top 10 teams lost last week.

Kentucky and Villanova both moved up one place to second and third, while Purdue jumped two spots to No. 4. Syracuse fell from second to fifth with Duke moving up two places to sixth.

Kansas State is seventh, its highest ranking since being No. 6 in the final poll of 1961-62. West Virginia, which lost twice last week, fell from fifth to No. 8, followed by Ohio State and Georgetown.

Richmond, the first-place team in the Atlantic 10, is No. 25, the Spiders' first time in the poll since January 1986.

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