College basketball rankings: Arizona the new No. 1 in polls

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona basketball team is officially Numero Uno.

You saw it coming, and it's finally here. For the first time in more than 10 years, the Arizona Wildcats are ranked first in the nation in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. And it was nearly unanimous.


All but two of the 65 AP voters and two of the 35 coaches picked Sean Miller's team as the best in the nation following the fall of the Michigan State Spartans, who lost last week to North Carolina. The Wildcats' top-10 ranking to start to the season combined with a perfect 8-0 record has made them the only choice. What's behind them is a bit muddled.

Syracuse is ranked No. 2 in the AP poll, while the Ohio State Buckeyes are second in the coaches poll.

There's a bit of good news for Arizona being ranked first overall in a historical context.

Sean Miller has been accepting of the ranking, viewing it as a compliment to the program rather than a distraction. While it means little this early in the season, it doesn't validate Miller's personal investments in the program.

According to the Arizona Daily Star's Bruce Pascoe, this is the 31st time UA has been ranked No. 1 in its history.

AP Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Arizona (63) 9-0 1,623
2 Syracuse (2) 9-0 1,522
3 Ohio State 8-0 1,453
4 Wisconsin 10-0 1,318
5 Michigan State 7-1 1,311
6 Louisville 8-1 1,262
7 Oklahoma State 8-1 1,160
8 Duke 7-2 1,040
9 Connecticut 9-0 981
10 Villanova 9-0 938
11 Kentucky 7-2 926
12 Wichita State 9-0 884
13 Kansas 6-2 862
14 Baylor 8-1 843
15 Oregon 8-0 831
16 Memphis 6-1 768
17 Iowa State 7-0 606
18 North Carolina 6-2 450
19 Florida 6-2 434
20 Gonzaga 8-1 365
21 Colorado 9-1 330
22 Massachusetts 8-0 326
23 Iowa 9-1 207
24 Missouri 9-0 203
25 San Diego State 7-1 159
  • Others receiving votes: UCLA 104, New Mexico 62, Pittsburgh 47, Boise State 34, Michigan 26, Virginia Commonwealth 17, Dayton 11, Cincinnati 5, Harvard 5, Saint Mary's 3, Indiana 3, George Washington 2, Creighton 2, Oklahoma 1, Toledo 1
  • Dropped from rankings: UCLA 18, Michigan 22, Dayton 25

USA Today Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK CHANGE HI/LOW*
1 Arizona
Wildcats
9-0 797 30 2 1 1/5
2 Ohio State
Buckeyes
8-0 749 1 3 1 2/10
3 Syracuse
Orange
9-0 746 1 5 2 3/7
4 Louisville
Cardinals
8-1 684 0 6 2 2/9
5 Michigan State
Spartans
7-1 655 0 1 4 1/5
6 Wisconsin
Badgers
10-0 600 0 9 3 6/21
7 Duke
Blue Devils
7-2 562 0 8 1 4/8
8 Wichita State
Shockers
9-0 542 0 10 2 8/16
9 Oklahoma State
Cowboys
8-1 518 0 11 2 8/12
10 Kentucky
Wildcats
7-2 491 0 4 6 1/10
11 Oregon
Ducks
8-0 462 0 13 2 11/18
12 Connecticut
Huskies
9-0 455 0 14 2 12/20
13 Kansas
Jayhawks
6-2 445 0 7 6 2/13
14 Villanova
Wildcats
9-0 333 0 19 5 14/NR
15 Memphis
Tigers
6-1 323 0 15 11/19
16 Iowa St.
Cyclones
7-0 298 0 18 2 16/NR
16 Gonzaga
Bulldogs
8-1 298 0 15 1 10/16
18 Baylor
Bears
8-1 278 0 20 2 17/NR
19 Florida
Gators
6-2 258 0 12 7 8/19
20 UMass
Minutemen
8-0 192 0 22 2 20/NR
21 North Carolina
Tar Heels
6-2 172 0 25 4 11/25
22 Iowa
Hawkeyes
9-1 103 0 24 2 22/NR
23 UCLA
Bruins
8-1 86 0 17 6 17/24
24 San Diego State
Aztecs
7-1 65 0 NR 24/NR
25 Michigan
Wolverines
6-3 50 0 21 4 8/25
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