FORT COLLINS - It took 59 years, but CSU is finally ranked.
Colorado State University found itself ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll Monday, the first time since 1954, sitting at No. 24. It's one spot ahead of defending national champion Kentucky.
The Rams (19-4, 6-2 MW) have won their last four games, including two on the road, to put themselves a half game out of first place in the Mountain West standings, but the new-found national respect is something coach Larry Eustachy says can't let his team lose focus. After all, there's still a big game looming Wednesday against San Diego State at Moby Arena.
Still, he admits the top 25 title is something special, especially for CSU.
"That's great for our guys. Obviously, coaches downplay it. It does not mean a lot because as hard as it is to get there, it can easily slip away. But it's neat for our players and neat for our program," Eustachy said. "It's exciting news, but we still have to play a difficult game Wednesday (SDSU) and on Saturday (at Air Force)."
CSU is one of four new teams added to the AP poll this week, joining Kentucky (25), Memphis (22) and Wisconsin (20). The Rams also are No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
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