College basketball rankings: Arizona remains No. 1 in both polls

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

To nobody's surprise, the Arizona Wildcats remained first in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls.

Arizona basketball beat Michigan, and its reward is a steady No. 1 ranking in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls. Overall, there wasn't much movement in Week 7, and the college basketball hierarchy seems to be settling in.

Syracuse and Ohio State, in that order, are right behind the Wildcats in the AP poll and tied for second place, according to USA Today's ranking. UA earned 63 of 65 first-place votes in the AP poll and 30 of 32 in the coaches rankings.

In the AP poll, no teams left last week's top-25. Kentucky fell the furthest, dropping eight spots to 19th place this week after losing to North Carolina, which itself leaped from 18th to 14th with the victory. Like UK, the Kansas Jayhawks also fell. They dropped from 13th to 18th.

Kentucky took a bigger hit in the coaches poll, dropping from 10th to 21st this week. Iowa, which lost to ranked rival Iowa State, fell out of the coaches poll but remained No. 25 in the AP rankings. Michigan wasn't ranked in the AP poll before the Arizona game but fell out of USA Today's top-25 after the loss.

For Sean Miller's crew, it's now a matter of how long No. 1 will last. Arizona next faces Southern, NAU and Washington State -- the Cougars are expected to finish at the very bottom of the Pac-12. With the holiday break upcoming, the next potential loss comes Jan. 4 against the Washington Huskies or Jan. 9 against the UCLA Bruins.

Associated Press Poll

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Arizona (63) 11-0 1623 1
2 Syracuse (2) 10-0 1528 2
3 Ohio State 10-0 1464 3
4 Wisconsin 12-0 1381 4
5 Michigan State 8-1 1297 5
6 Louisville 9-1 1264 6
7 Oklahoma State 9-1 1165 7
8 Duke 7-2 1053 8
8 Villanova 10-0 1053 10
10 Connecticut 9-0 1035 9
11 Wichita State 10-0 923 12
12 Baylor 8-1 898 14
13 Oregon 9-0 834 15
14 North Carolina 7-2 792 18
15 Memphis 7-1 755 16
16 Florida 7-2 699 19
17 Iowa State 8-0 698 17
18 Kansas 7-3 482 13
19 Kentucky 8-3 414 11
20 Colorado 10-1 405 21
21 Gonzaga 10-1 376 20
22 Massachusetts 9-0 351 22
23 Missouri 10-0 222 24
24 San Diego State 7-1 179 25
25 Iowa 10-2 72 23

USA Today Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK CHANGE HI/LOW*
1 Arizona
Wildcats
11-0 798 30 1 1/5
2 Syracuse
Orange
10-0 748 1 3 1 2/7
2 Ohio State
Buckeyes
10-0 748 1 2 2/10
4 Louisville
Cardinals
9-1 676 0 4 2/9
5 Michigan State
Spartans
8-1 653 0 5 1/5
6 Wisconsin
Badgers
12-0 645 0 6 6/21
7 Oklahoma State
Cowboys
9-1 555 0 9 2 7/12
8 Duke
Blue Devils
7-2 553 0 7 1 4/8
9 Wichita State
Shockers
10-0 545 0 8 1 8/16
10 Connecticut
Huskies
9-0 494 0 12 2 10/20
11 Oregon
Ducks
9-0 490 0 11 11/18
12 Villanova
Wildcats
10-0 413 0 14 2 12/NR
13 Iowa St.
Cyclones
8-0 351 0 16 3 13/NR
14 Memphis
Tigers
7-1 349 0 15 1 11/19
15 Baylor
Bears
8-1 311 0 18 3 15/NR
15 Gonzaga
Bulldogs
10-1 311 0 16 1 10/16
17 Florida
Gators
7-2 296 0 19 2 8/19
18 North Carolina
Tar Heels
7-2 288 0 21 3 11/25
19 Kansas
Jayhawks
7-3 232 0 13 6 2/19
20 UMass
Minutemen
9-0 229 0 20 20/NR
21 Kentucky
Wildcats
8-3 217 0 10 11 1/21
22 UCLA
Bruins
9-1 91 0 23 1 17/24
23 San Diego State
Aztecs
7-1 90 0 24 1 23/NR
24 Colorado
Buffaloes
10-1 88 0 NR 24/NR
25 Missouri
Tigers
10-0 76 0 NR 25/NR
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