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Monday, January 24, 2011
Utah State appreciates the national ranking

By Diamond Leung

There are now two teams from Utah in the national rankings.

Utah State is riding the nation's fourth-longest winning streak at 13 games and is now getting recognized for it with a No. 25 ranking in the coaches poll.

"It is nice to finally get some national recognition and I feel like we deserve it," forward Tai Wesley said in a statement. "The two teams we lost to this year are nationally ranked teams that are having successful seasons."

The Aggies are 18-2 with road losses to BYU and Georgetown, and they also now own the nation's third-longest home winning streak at 26 games. They're off to a 7-0 start in the WAC and have a two-game lead after winning on Saturday against New Mexico State, the previous season's conference tournament champion.

With Wesley leading the way and efficiently shooting 62.5 percent from the field, the Aggies are now at least better than the average team that coach Stew Morrill had claimed they were earlier this month.

"Our focus remains on trying to prepare ourselves for our next opponent and trying to get better day by day," Morrill said in a statement.