CU basketball team ranked No. 23 in AP poll

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University of Colorado basketball. Photo:

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BOULDER, Colo. — The University of Colorado men’s basketball team is in the Associated Press poll for the first time in 15 years.

They were ranked No. 23 in the poll after winning the Charleston Classic during the weekend.

Sophomore guard Askia Booker was also named Pac-12 Conference player of the week. Booker was tournament MVP of the Charleston Classic in South Carolina.

Booker shot over 50 percent and scored 16, 19 and 23 points respectively in the three games during the tournament.

The Buffs beat Dayton, No. 16 Baylor and Murray State at the Charleston Classic.

Colorado last appeared in the AP poll when the team led by Chauncey Billups ended the 1996-97 season at No. 24.

CU did earn a No. 25 ranking in the Coaches Poll during the 2006-06 season.

Colorado’s next game is against Air Force at the Coors Events Center in Boulder Sunday at 6 p.m.