Two weeks ago, the Villanova men's basketball team received just 16 points in the Associated Press poll.

That put the Wildcats 13 spots out of the Top 25 -- and one spot behind the Colorado Buffaloes.

Then, they beat then-No. 2 Kansas and vaulted all the way to No. 14 -- with 785 points.

"That's crazy, but it shows you how much people respect when you beat Kansas," CU's Spencer Dinwiddie said.

On Monday, the Buffs (9-1) are going to find out just how much respect they've earned from beating the Jayhawks.

CU's 75-72 win against No. 6 KU on Saturday may not get the Buffs into the top 15, but it should land them in the top 25 for the first time this season.

"If I had to guess, I'd probably say in the 20-22 range," Dinwiddie said.

It also helps the Buffs that the one team to beat them, No. 20 Baylor, just knocked off No. 3 Kentucky.

Regardless of where the Buffs land when the poll comes out on Monday, Saturday's victory was huge for CU's national profile. It's a game that will be remembered in March.

"It means we're stepping up," sophomore Xavier Johnson said. "We're becoming a more known program, a more elite program."

Several times this season, head coach Tad Boyle has talked about the fact that, in order to get to the NCAA Tournament, the Buffs need to avoid bad losses and they need to pick up good wins.

Wins don't get much bigger than the one CU had Saturday.

"It's huge," Dinwiddie said. "Of course, we want to be a staple in the NCAA Tournament, and we've said many times we want to be a staple in the Top 25. So, this win is a statement win in the fact that it should vault us into the Top 25, which gives us national recognition. It's a statement win for the Tournament committee. It'll probably be a little bit hard to keep us out of the Tournament if we keep handling business."

That's typically been the case for teams that beat Kansas. Prior to this season, 49 teams have defeated the Jayhawks during the regular season or conference tournament over the past 10 years since coach Bill Self took over in Lawrence.

Of those 49, 36 reached the NCAA Tournament that season. Of the 13 who didn't, five finished with a losing record and 11 won 20 games or less. So, Dinwiddie is right: take care of business the rest of the way and the Buffs won't be forgotten when the Tournament rolls around in March.

Up next for the Buffs is a home date with Elon on Friday. Then, they go to Las Vegas for a Dec. 21 matchup with No. 9 Oklahoma State.

"With only one game next week, it's a chance for us to stay in the Top 25 for longer than just a couple of days, so that should be good," Dinwiddie said.

"We want to be a perennial Top 25 team. It's not just about gaining it for a couple of days. It's about being there. We want to be there the rest of this season and we want to be there for seasons to come."

Saturday's win is the type of game that suggests the Buffs might be able to do that.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.