If the first Associated Press poll of the 2020-21 college basketball season is an indication, there’s still some national buzz about the BYU Cougars after their successful first season under head coach Mark Pope last year.

The Cougars received four votes in the AP Top 25 poll released Monday, essentially ranking them 39th in the country. That comes after they finished last season with a 24-8 record and were a surefire bet to make the NCAA Tournament before it got canceled in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. There were even some national analysts who pegged them as a potential Final Four sleeper possibility.

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BYU will be rebuilding in large degree this season, as it lost its three leading scorers from a year ago to graduation in Yoeli Childs, Jake Toolson and TJ Haws. Guard Alex Barcello returns after averaging 9.3 points per game in the 2019-20 campaign.

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The Cougars’ West Coast Conference foe Gonzaga Bulldogs are ranked No. 1 in Monday’s poll, with Baylor, Villanova, Virginia and Iowa rounding out the top five.

In the Pac-12, Arizona State is the highest-ranked team at No. 18, but three teams are in the Top 25, as Oregon is No. 20 and UCLA is No. 22. Stanford received 14 votes.

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In the Mountain West, San Diego State received six votes.

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