LOGAN, Utah – With an 18-2 record and winners of 13 straight games, which is the fourth-longest active winning streak in the nation, Utah State’s men’s basketball team entered the national rankings this week as the Aggies are now 25th in the country in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ poll released Monday. USU is also receiving votes in the latest Associated Press poll and is ranked 30th. Utah State is ranked in the top 25 for the second time in the last three years and for the third time in the past eight years as it received 57 points in this week’s coaches’ poll. The Aggies also garnered 53 points in the latest AP Poll. Utah State was most recently ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ poll during the 2008-09 season as it spent three straight weeks in the top 25 during the month of February, climbing as high as 17th in the coaches’ poll and 21st in the AP poll. USU was also ranked 25th in the nation by the coaches heading into the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Utah State also spent six straight weeks in the top 25 during the 2003-04 season as it climbed as high as 19th in the AP poll and 21st in the coaches’ poll. Prior to that, USU’s last national ranking was during the 1977-78 season when it finished the year ranked 17th in the United Press International poll. “We appreciate the recognition that a top 25 ranking gives to Utah State University and the basketball program,” said USU head coach Stew Morrill. “Our focus remains on trying to prepare ourselves for our next opponent and trying to get better day by day.” “It is nice to finally get some national recognition and I feel like we deserve it,” said senior forward Tai Wesley. “The two teams we lost to this year are nationally ranked teams that are having successful seasons.” Along with owning the nation’s fourth-longest active winning streak with 13 straight victories, Utah State is also tied for the fifth-most wins in the nation (18) and has the seventh-best winning percentage (.900) in the country. Utah State’s current 18-2 record ranks as the fifth-best start to a season in school history, while its current 13-game winning streak is tied for the fifth-best all-time at USU. The Aggies have also won 21 straight Western Athletic Conference games dating back to last season, which is a WAC record and the second-longest conference winning streak in school history. Overall, USU has won 33 of its last 35 regular season games dating back to last season with its only losses coming on the road to No. 23 Brigham Young (78-72) and No. 14 Georgetown (68-51) this year. Utah State also owns the third-longest home winning streak in the nation with 26 straight wins in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum trailing only Duke (30) and Kentucky (28). The Aggies have also won 28 straight WAC games at home over the last four years. During the last 11 seasons, Utah State has been one of the winningest programs in college basketball as it has averaged 25.4 wins per season and has a winning percentage of .771 (297-88) to rank as the fourth-best in the nation. USU is also one of just three teams in the country to win at least 23 games in each of the last 11 seasons along with Kansas and Gonzaga. Utah State (18-2, 7-0) returns to action this Thursday, Jan. 27 when it plays at San Jose State (9-9, 1-6) at 8 p.m. (MT). USU is currently in first-place in the WAC and gunning for its fourth-straight regular season WAC title. -USU- UTAH STATE IN THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL POLLS Final Polls Associated Press 1960 – 8th 1962 – 18th 1970 – 16th United Press International 1960 – 7th 1962 – 19th 1964 – 15th 1967 – 14th 1970 – 17th 1975 – 13th 1978 – 17th AP Week-by-Week Polls 1960 Jan. 5 – 17th Jan. 12 – 12th Jan. 19 – 9th Jan. 26 – 9th Feb. 2 – 9th Feb. 9 – 7th Feb. 16 – 7th Feb. 23 – 8th Mar. 1 – 8th Mar. 8 – 10th Final – 8th 1961 Dec. 13 – 14th 1962 Final – 18th 1970 Feb. 24 – 20th 1971 Pre – 12th Dec. 8 – 16th Dec. 15 – 15th Dec. 22 – Not Ranked Dec. 29 – 19th Jan. 5 – 15th Jan. 12 – 17th Jan. 19 – 12th Jan. 26 – 9th Feb. 2 – 13th Feb. 9 – 19th Feb. 16 – 15th Feb. 23 – 16th Mar. 2 – 20th Mar. – 16th Final – Not Ranked 2004 Feb. 2 – 24th Feb. 9 – 19th Feb. 16 – Not Ranked Feb. 23 – 24th Mar. 1 – 23rd Mar. 8 – 22nd Mar. 15 – t-25th Final – Not Ranked 2009 Feb. 2 – 25th Feb. 9 – 21st Final – Not ranked ESPN/USA Today Week-by-Week Polls 2004 Feb. 9 – 23rd Feb. 16 – 25th Feb. 23 – 23rd Mar. 1 – 21st Mar. 8 – 21st Final – Not Ranked 2009 Feb. 2 – 22nd Feb. 9 – 17th Feb. 16 – 23rd Mar. 17 – 25th Final – Not Ranked
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