College basketball rankings: Arizona finishes 5th in Coaches poll

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Miller's Elite Eight run earned Arizona a No. 5 ranking to close out the year, but the Wildcats are getting favorable bit of respect looking to 2014-15.

The Arizona Wildcats finished the 2013-14 season where they started.

Sean Miller's team ends the year ranked fifth, the same ranking it received to start the year. The Wildcats finished its Elite Eight run behind national champion UConn, Kentucky, Florida and Wisconsin. UCLA and Stanford finished ranked in the top-25 of the coaches poll.

But how about next year? Even without knowing the final decisions by Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson, the Wildcats are being given No. 1 overall rankings.

ESPN's Eamonn Brennan and NBC Sports' Rob Dauster give Arizona a top-ranking in their way-too-early rankings, while CBS Sports' Gary Parrish ranks the Wildcats behind only Duke and Mike Krzyzewski's top-ranked recruiting class for 2014.

USA Today Coaches Poll

Rank Team Record Pts Prev Hi/Low
1 Connecticut Huskies (30) 32-8 791 19 10/NR
2 Kentucky Wildcats (1) 29-11 759 22 1/NR
3 Florida Gators 36-3 735 1 1/19
4 Wisconsin Badgers 30-8 704 15 3/24
5 Arizona Wildcats 33-5 637 5 1/5
6 Michigan Wolverines 28-9 594 8 8/NR
7 Wichita State Shockers (1) 35-1 583 2 2/16/2014
8 Michigan State Spartans 29-9 553 13 1/22/2014
9 Louisville Cardinals 31-6 545 3 2/14/2014
10 Virginia Cavaliers 30-7 539 4 4/NR
11 Iowa State Cyclones 28-8 457 9 7/NR
12 San Diego State Aztecs 31-5 453 11 5/NR
13 Villanova Wildcats 29-5 367 7 3/NR
14 Kansas Jayhawks 25-10 341 10 2/20/2014
15 UCLA Bruins 28-9 297 23 17/NR
16 Duke Blue Devils 26-9 276 6 4/20/2014
17 Syracuse Orange 28-6 263 12 1/12/2014
18 Baylor Bears 26-12 246 NR 9/NR
18 Dayton Flyers 26-11 246 NR --
20 Creighton Bluejays 27-8 190 16 10/NR
21 North Carolina Tar Heels 24-10 156 18 11/NR
22 Cincinnati Bearcats 27-7 126 14 7/NR
23 Tennessee Volunteers 24-13 122 NR --
24 Stanford Cardinal 23-13 104 NR --
25 Saint Louis Billikens 27-7 75 21 8/NR
Others Receiving Votes New Mexico 50; Oklahoma 33; Memphis 23; Harvard 21; Ohio State 21; Oregon 14; Texas 12; Virginia Commonwealth 11; Pittsburgh 10; Gonzaga 10; St. Joseph?s 9; Stephen F. Austin 7; Southern Methodist 7; Minnesota 7; Florida State 4; Clemson 1; North Dakota State 1.
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