College basketball rankings: Arizona No. 1 in polls, 2nd in RPI

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona basketball team is No. 1 in the AP and USA Today polls and is behind Kansas in terms of NCAA's RPI.

For the eighth week in a row, the Arizona Wildcats lead the Associated Press poll ahead of No. 2 Syracuse. But below the two top teams, much has changed since the Wildcats became No. 1.

Wichita State joins the Orange and the Wildcats as the only undefeated team in either of the AP or USA Today top-25 polls. Michigan State, the former No. 3, fell to No. 7 in the AP poll after losing to Michigan, giving Florida the No. 3 ranking this week.

Kansas is making its way back up the boards, and San Diego State continues to rise. Michigan, who Arizona beat in Ann Arbor, made the biggest jump this week from 21st to 10th.

SDSU, which Arizona also beat in the Aztecs' house earlier this year, has 18 wins to go with just one loss, and that of course is helping out Arizona's RPI. Speaking of which, the Wildcats are second in RPI, behind a four-loss Kansas Jayhawks team. Even though UA is 5-0 against RPI top-25 squads and the Jayhawks are 4-4, KU has a much stronger non-conference schedule and conference schedule compared to Sean Miller's club.

It hasn't helped that the Pac-12 has taken a sour turn since conference play began. Call it parity or call it over-hype -- the Wildcats are the only conference team in the top-25, though UCLA is sniffing the back end of it.

Associated Press Poll

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Arizona (63) 20-0 1623 1
2 Syracuse (2) 19-0 1561 2
3 Florida 17-2 1436 6
4 Wichita State 21-0 1435 5
5 San Diego State 18-1 1337 7
6 Kansas 15-4 1272 8
7 Michigan State 18-2 1251 3
8 Oklahoma State 16-3 1067 11
9 Villanova 17-2 1063 4
10 Michigan 15-4 1050 21
11 Kentucky 15-4 896 14
12 Louisville 17-3 891 12
13 Cincinnati 19-2 793 15
14 Wisconsin 17-3 763 9
15 Iowa 16-4 722 10
16 Iowa State 15-3 684 16
17 Duke 16-4 549 18
18 Pittsburgh 18-2 517 20
19 Saint Louis 18-2 464 19
20 Creighton 17-3 445 26
21 Massachusetts 17-2 353 13
22 Memphis 15-4 262 23
23 Oklahoma 16-4 203 25
24 Ohio State 16-4 143 17
25 Texas 16-4 142 35
Others Receiving Votes: Connecticut 67, Gonzaga 51, UCLA 39, Virginia 18, George Washington 5, Minnesota 5, Kansas State 5, Green Bay 5, SMU 3, American University 1, New Mexico 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Harvard 1, Southern Miss 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Arizona (31) 20-0 799 1
2 Syracuse (1) 19-0 769 2
3 Wichita State 21-0 724 4
4 Florida 17-2 694 6
5 San Diego State 18-1 653 7
6 Michigan State 18-2 621 3
7 Louisville 17-3 552 9
7 Kansas 15-4 552 11
9 Villanova 17-2 509 5
10 Oklahoma State 16-3 497 12
11 Kentucky 15-4 433 14
12 Iowa 16-4 386 10
13 Wisconsin 17-3 368 8
14 Michigan 15-4 346 25
15 Cincinnati 19-2 323 16
16 Duke 16-4 298 18
17 Pittsburgh 18-2 279 19
18 Iowa State 15-3 268 17
19 Massachusetts 17-2 265 12
20 Creighton 17-3 229 24
21 Saint Louis 18-2 218 20
22 Memphis 15-4 155 22
23 Ohio State 16-4 118 15
24 Gonzaga 18-3 114 21
25 Oklahoma 16-4 85 25
Others Receiving Votes: Texas 41, Virginia 26, UCLA 22, Connecticut 18, George Washington 8, Kansas State 6, Baylor 6, Southern Miss6, Colorado 5, Toledo 5, SMU 1, Stephen F. Austin 1
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