AP Preseason Poll rankings: Arizona Wildcats start season No. 12

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The Arizona Wildcats are ranked No. 12 in the AP Preseason Top-25.

The Arizona Wildcats came in No. 12 in the AP Preseason Poll and land in familiar territory shortly after the USA Today Coaches' Poll tabbed them in the No. 11 slot.

The rankings released on Friday morning put Sean Miller's club one spot ahead of Pac-12 rival UCLA, though the recent injury to No. 1 overall recruit Shabazz Muhammad to a strained shoulder and the ongoing NCAA review of fellow highly-ranked freshman Kyle Anderson could put the Bruins back come the next vote.

The Indiana Hoosiers received 43 of the 65 first-place votes. Louisville earned 20, and a young but talented Kentucky team got two first-place votes.

The Pac-12 received little respect outside of the two powerhouse programs. Stanford was the only other team to receive a vote (or two), and even Pac-12 Tournament winner Colorado led by the rising profile of junior Andre Roberson failed to earn a pick.

Here's a peek at the entire top-25.

Team (First-place votes) 2011-12 Record Pts
1. Indiana (43) 27-9 1,592
2. Louisville (20) 30-10 1,568
3. Kentucky (2) 38-2 1,453
4. Ohio St. 31-8 1,292
5. Michigan 24-10 1,290
6. NC State 24-13 1,270
7. Kansas 32-7 1,210
8. Duke 27-7 1,094
9. Syracuse 34-3 1,062
10. Florida 26-11 936
11. North Carolina 32-6 904
12. Arizona 23-12 902
13. UCLA 19-14 840
14. Michigan St. 29-8 789
15. Missouri 30-5 664
16. Creighton 29-6 622
17. Memphis 26-9 539
18. UNLV 26-9 488
19. Baylor 30-8 486
20. San Diego St. 26-8 463
21. Gonzaga 26-7 384
22. Notre Dame 22-12 297
23. Wisconsin 26-10 285
24. Cincinnati 26-11 120
25. Florida St. 25-10 101

Others receiving votes: Murray St. 59, VCU 58, Saint Louis 46, Texas 46, Minnesota 40, Butler 33, Pittsburgh 32, Saint Joseph's 25, Marquette 23, Tennessee 15, Oklahoma St. 14, Kansas St. 12, Georgetown 9, New Mexico 9, Ohio 9, Miami 8, Saint Mary's (Cal) 6, West Virginia 6, Davidson 5, Drexel 5, N. Iowa 5, Valparaiso 3, Lehigh 2, Stanford 2, Colorado St. 1, Oral Roberts 1.

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