College basketball rankings: Arizona 2nd in AP, USA Today polls

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The AP Poll and USA Today Coaches polls ranked the Arizona basketball team second, moving them from sixth and fourth, respectively.

Both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches college basketball polls moved the Arizona Wildcats to No. 2 after wins against Drexel and previously No. 6-ranked Duke this past week. Sean Miller's club earned two first-place votes in the AP ranking and one from the coaches.


Last week, the Wildcats were ranked fourth in the AP top-35 and third in the USA Today poll.

Arizona is behind likewise 7-0 club Michigan State after jumping Kansas and Kentucky in the AP poll. The Wildcats only needed to hop Kansas in the USA Today poll from a week ago, and were aided as the Jayhawks lost to a hot Villanova squad this week. UA simply put up a better case than the UK for the No. 2 slot.

Oregon has improved to 7-0 on the season and moved up to No. 13 in the nation. UCLA is the only other Pac-12 school in the top-25 and is ranked 18th.

A past opponent of the Wildcats, San Diego State, entered the top-25 at 24th with two top-25 wins against Creighton and Marquette. A future opponent, Michigan, comes in at No. 22. The Wildcats play the Wolverines on Dec. 14.

Associated Press Poll

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Michigan State (63) 7-0 1623 1
2 Arizona (2) 7-0 1547 4
3 Kentucky 7-1 1473 3
4 Syracuse 7-0 1375 8
5 Ohio State 6-0 1340 7
6 Kansas 6-1 1240 2
7 Louisville 6-1 1139 9
8 Wisconsin 8-0 1094 10
9 Oklahoma State 7-1 1070 5
10 Duke 6-2 1021 6
11 Wichita State 8-0 911 12
12 Connecticut 7-0 836 13
13 Oregon 7-0 801 14
14 Villanova 7-0 785 37
15 Florida 6-1 758 15
16 Memphis 5-1 748 21
17 Iowa State 5-0 623 17
18 UCLA 7-0 548 19
19 Gonzaga 7-1 380 11
20 Baylor 7-1 377 18
21 Massachusetts 6-0 274 24
22 Michigan 5-2 223 22
23 Iowa 7-1 171 23
24 San Diego State 5-1 150
25 Dayton 6-1 90
Others Receiving Votes: Indiana 74, Virginia 73, New Mexico 71, North Carolina 62, Florida State 40, Pittsburgh 36, Boise State 36, VCU 30, Charlotte 20, Creighton 17, Colorado 17, Missouri 16, Harvard 10, Illinois 10, Cincinnati 8, Ole Miss 3, George Washington 2, Saint Mary's 2, Xavier 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Michigan State (31) 7-0 799 1
2 Arizona (1) 7-0 758 3
3 Ohio State 6-0 695 6
4 Kentucky 7-1 683 4
5 Syracuse 7-0 682 7
6 Louisville 6-1 607 9
7 Kansas 6-1 597 2
8 Duke 6-2 547 5
9 Wisconsin 8-0 517 11
10 Wichita State 8-0 484 12
11 Oklahoma State 7-1 476 8
12 Florida 6-1 426 13
13 Oregon 7-0 417 15
14 Connecticut 7-0 410 14
15 Memphis 5-1 311 19
15 Gonzaga 7-1 311 10
17 UCLA 7-0 261 21
18 Iowa State 5-0 245 22
19 Villanova 7-0 201 42
20 Baylor 7-1 195 17
21 Michigan 5-2 156 20
22 Massachusetts 6-0 122 26
23 Indiana 6-1 76 25
24 Iowa 7-1 63 23
25 North Carolina 4-2 62 16
Others Receiving Votes: Virginia 42, New Mexico 36, San Diego State 35, VCU 35, Pittsburgh 33, Dayton 26, Boise State 21, Creighton 17, Saint Mary's 13, Florida State 10, Missouri 10, Colorado 8, Charlotte 6, Marquette 4, Notre Dame 2, George Washington 1
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