LOGAN, Utah – Following its 75-65 win at No. 23 Saint Mary’s Saturday night on ESPN2, Utah State’s men’s basketball team moved up to 23rd in the nation in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll released Monday. USU is also ranked 26th in this week’s Associated Press Top 25. Utah State was ranked 24th in last week’s coaches’ poll and 25th in last week’s AP poll. Overall, it is the second time in the last three years and the third time in the past eight seasons that Utah State has been nationally ranked. Utah State, who is 25-3 on the season, is one of just eight teams in the nation with at least 25 wins, and those 25 victories are tied for the second-most in the country. Furthermore, USU is one of just eight teams in the nation with three or fewer losses. Utah State’s 25-3 start to the 2010-11 season is the third-best in school history trailing the 2003-04 and 2008-09 teams that started the year with identical 25-2 records. Utah State also continues to be one of the best defensive teams in the country as it currently ranks sixth in the nation in rebound margin (+8.8), seventh in field goal percentage defense (.387), and ninth in scoring defense (58.8). USU also ranks sixth nationally in winning percentage (.893) and 12th in scoring margin (+13.8). Utah State returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 26 when it hosts Idaho (15-11, 7-6) at 7 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on CW30. With a win against the Vandals, USU will win its third-straight outright regular season WAC Championship and its fourth-straight league title overall. USU has won 31 straight home games, which is the third-longest active steak in the nation behind Duke (34) and Kentucky (32). -USU-
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