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Cowboys ranked No. 25

Jan 8, 2013 - The Associated Press

The University of Wyoming men's basketball team is ranked 25th in the USA Today Coaches Poll that came out Monday.

The Cowboys are 27th in The Associated Press poll, and 15 points out of being in the top 25.

It is the first time UW has been in the top 25 in any poll since 1988.

UW senior forward Leonard Washington was named the Mountain West men's basketball player of the week Monday.

Washington scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the second half of UW's 59-56 win at SMU last week.

Washington has six double-doubles this season and 12 in his career.

Washington is ninth in the Mountain West in scoring (15.1 ppg), fifth in rebounding (8.8 rpg) and second in blocked shots (2.0 bpg).

MWC starts Wednesday

Now the fun really begins.

Well, maybe not for the coaches.

But Mountain West play begins for its men's basketball teams on Wednesday after the league enjoyed the most nonconference success that it has had since it was formed in 1999-2000.

The MW is the third-best conference in the nation, according to RealTimeRPI.com, and is second among others that track conference RPIs.

Six of the nine teams are in the top 41, according to RealTimeRPI.com. Only the Big East Conference (seven) as more teams in the top 40.

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