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Lobo basketball breaks into Top 20 of national rankings

The 2-0 New Mexico Lobos have moved up three spots in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll to No. 19 and one spot to No. 20 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

UNM was ranked No. 22 last week in the AP poll and 21st in the coaches poll and remains the only Mountain West Conference team in either poll, though Boise State received 28 points in the “others receiving votes” portion of the AP poll and 21 points in the coaches poll.

The Journal’s Geoff Grammer is one of 65 voters on the AP Top 25 panel this season. To see the ballot he turned in Monday morning, CLICK HERE.

Here is a look at Monday’s polls:

AP Top 25 (Nov. 18)

(rank, team, first place votes in parenthesis, record through Nov. 17, total points and last week’s ranking)
1. Michigan State (51) 3-0 — 1,608 — 2
2. Kansas (7) 2-0 — 1,523 — 5
3. Louisville (7) 3-0 — 1,511 — 3
4. Kentucky 3-1 — 1,410 — 1
5. Arizona 3-0 — 1,339 — 6
6. Duke 2-1 — 1,320 — 4
7. Oklahoma St. 3-0 — 1,198 — 8
8. Ohio St. 3-0 — 1,172 — 10
9. Syracuse 3-0 — 1,135 — 9
10. VCU 3-0 — 928 — 14
11. Memphis 1-0 — 871 — 13
12. Wisconsin 3-0 — 763 — 20
13. Gonzaga 3-0 — 710 — 15
14. Michigan 2-1 — 705 — 7
14. Wichita St. 4-0 — 705 — 16
16. Florida 2-1 — 619 — 11
17. Oregon 2-0 — 613 — 18
18. UConn 4-0 — 600 — 19
19. New Mexico 2-0 — 353 — 22
20. Baylor 3-0 — 342 — 23
21. Iowa St. 3-0 — 296 — NR
22. UCLA 2-0 — 291 — 24
23. Creighton 3-0 — 246 — NR
24. North Carolina — 2-1 213 12
25. Marquette 2-1 — 144 — 17
Others receiving votes: Iowa 122, Indiana 109, Virginia 77, Harvard 72, Boise St. 28, Belmont 18, Arizona St. 13, Villanova 11, Xavier 10, Tennessee 9, Pittsburgh 7, Colorado 6, Missouri 5, Florida St. 4, Minnesota 4, Saint Louis 4, Cincinnati 3, BYU 2, Indiana St. 2, UMass 2, George Washington 1, Notre Dame 1.

USA Today Coaches Top 25 (Nov. 18)

(rank, team, first place votes in parenthesis, record through Nov. 17, total points and last week’s ranking)
1. Michigan State (22) 3-0 — 789 — 2
2. Louisville (8) 3-0 — 761 — 3
3. Kansas (2) 2-0 — 735 — 6
4. Arizona 3-0 — 684 — 5
5. Kentucky 3-1 — 658 — 1
6. Duke 2-1 — 630 — 4
7. Syracuse 3-0 — 601 — 7
8. Ohio St. 3-0 — 597 — 9
9. Oklahoma St. 3-0 — 541 — 12
10. VCU 3-0 — 443 — 14
11. Memphis 1-0 — 404 — 13
12. Gonzaga 3-0 — 381 — 15
13. Michigan 2-1 — 362 — 8
14. Florida 2-1 — 359 — 10
15. Wisconsin 3-0 — 332 — 19
16. Wichita St. 4-0 — 330 — 16
17. Oregon 2-0 — 275 — 18
18. UConn 4-0 — 265 — 20
19. North Carolina — 2-1 208 11
20. New Mexico 2-0 — 180 — 21
21. Baylor 3-0 — 131 — 25
22. Indiana 4-0 — 129 — 23
23. Creighton 3-0 — 111 — NR
24. UCLA 2-0 — 105 — 24
25. Iowa 4-0 — 74 — NR
Others receiving votes: Marquette 71; Iowa State 49; Virginia 42; Boise State 21; Harvard 20; Pittsburgh 19; Georgetown 14; Notre Dame 13; Colorado 10; California 9; Tennessee 9; Massachusetts 8; Saint Marys 8; Missouri 5; Saint Louis 5; Belmont 5; Arizona State 3; Villanova 2; Brigham Young 1; Utah State 1.

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