College basketball rankings: Arizona 3rd in AP, Coaches polls

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Though the Arizona Wildcats could challenge for a No. 1 overall seed if today were selection Sunday, they held steady at No. 3 in the AP and USA Today Coaches polls.

Things are looking pretty much the same for the Arizona Wildcats in this week's AP and Coaches polls. Sean Miller's crew remains in third place this week behind the fellow 27-2 record of the Florida Gators and the perfect 31-0 regular season by Wichita State.

Behind the Wildcats, there was a lot of change. Last week's top-10 teams in Syracuse, Kansas, Louisville, Creighton and Saint Louis fell, leaving the idle Duke Blue Devils to jump up to fourth, just behind Arizona.

The Virginia Cavaliers put in a good win for man-to-man defenses by pounding Jim Boeheim's zone and thus leapt from 12th to fifth in the AP poll. Virginia coach Tony Bennett, who left Washington State for UVA, told his Cavaliers that his father, Dick Bennett, wanted them to beat Syracuse's zone with their man-to-man defense. Bennett, who also coached at WSU, is considered the father of the Pack Line defense which his son runs and Virginia and Miller takes concepts from at Arizona.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS PREV
1 Florida Gators (46) 27-2 1606 1
2 Wichita St. Shockers (14) 31-0 1555 2
3 Arizona Wildcats (5) 27-2 1514 3
4 Duke Blue Devils 23-6 1364 6
5 Virginia Cavaliers 25-5 1304 12
6 Villanova Wildcats 26-3 1292 8
7 Syracuse Orange 26-3 1240 4
8 Kansas Jayhawks 22-7 1200 5
9 Wisconsin Badgers 24-5 1075 14
10 San Diego St. Aztecs 25-3 995 13
11 Louisville Cardinals 24-5 959 7
12 Michigan Wolverines 21-7 899 16
13 Creighton Bluejays 23-5 892 9
14 North Carolina Tar Heels 22-7 755 19
15 Cincinnati Bearcats 24-5 737 11
16 Iowa St. Cyclones 22-6 613 15
17 Saint Louis Billikens 25-4 539 10
18 SMU Mustangs 23-6 427 23
19 Connecticut Huskies 23-6 423 NR
20 Memphis Tigers 22-7 364 21
21 New Mexico Lobos 23-5 338 25
22 Michigan St. Spartans 22-7 322 18
23 Oklahoma Sooners 21-8 183 NR
24 Iowa Hawkeyes 20-9 94 20
25 Kentucky Wildcats 21-8 92 17

Others receiving votes: Texas 70, Virginia Commonwealth 58, UCLA 45, Stephen F. Austin 38, Gonzaga 38, Kansas State 19, Saint Joseph's 19, Ohio State 17, Green Bay 13, Harvard 7, Massachusetts 5, Arizona State 5, Pittsburgh 2, Colorado 2, Xavier 2, North Carolina Central 1, Southern Miss 1, Oklahoma State 1

Dropped from rankings: Ohio State 22, Texas 24

USA Today Coaches poll

Rank Team Record Last week
1 Florida Gators (25) 27-2 1
2 Wichita State Shockers (7) 31-0 2
3 Arizona Wildcats 27-2 3
4 Duke Blue Devils 23-6 7
5 Virginia Cavaliers 25-5 11
6 Villanova Wildcats 26-3 9
7 Syracuse Orange 26-3 5
8 Kansas Jayhawks 22-7 6
9 Louisville Cardinals 24-5 4
10 San Diego State Aztecs 25-3 13
11 Wisconsin Badgers 24-5 14
12 Michigan Wolverines 21-7 16
13 Creighton Bluejays 23-5 10
14 North Carolina Tar Heels 22-7 21
15 Cincinnati Bearcats 24-5 12
16 Saint Louis Billikens 22-6 8
17 Iowa State Cyclones 25-4 17
18 Southern Methodist Mustangs 23-6 24
19 Connecticut Huskies 23-6 NR
20 Memphis Tigers 22-7 22
21 New Mexico Lobos 23-5 NR
22 Michigan State Spartans 22-7 18
23 Oklahoma Sooners 21-8 25
24 Kentucky Wildcats 21-8 15
25 Iowa Hawkeyes 20-9 19
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