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College basketball rankings: Arizona ranked 8th in AP and coaches polls

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Back in the top ten

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After a couple more home wins, and a bunch of teams in front of them losing, the Arizona Wildcats have climbed up the polls a little bit, and are back in the top ten....8th specifically.

Here's a look at the full AP and Coaches polls:

AP Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Michigan State Spartans (64) 12-0 1,623
2 Kansas Jayhawks (1) 9-1 1,537
3 Oklahoma Sooners 8-0 1,495
4 Maryland Terrapins 10-1 1,428
5 Virginia Cavaliers 9-1 1,350
6 Xavier Musketeers 11-0 1,287
7 North Carolina Tar Heels 9-2 1,215
8 Arizona Wildcats 11-1 1,056
9 Butler Bulldogs 9-1 947
10 Providence Friars 11-1 911
11 Iowa State Cyclones 9-1 907
12 Kentucky Wildcats 9-2 856
13 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 9-1 851
14 Purdue Boilermakers 11-1 833
15 Duke Blue Devils 9-2 809
16 Louisville Cardinals 9-1 652
17 Villanova Wildcats 8-2 649
18 SMU Mustangs 9-0 628
19 West Virginia Mountaineers 9-1 470
20 George Washington Colonials 10-1 366
21 Texas A&M Aggies 9-2 327
22 Cincinnati Bearcats 10-2 315
23 Baylor Bears 8-2 141
24 Utah Utes 9-2 107
25 South Carolina Gamecocks 10-0 87
Others receiving votes: UCLA 49, Connecticut 46, Oregon 34, Gonzaga 33, Colorado 27, Dayton 17, Pittsburgh 16, Northern Iowa 15, Arkansas-Little Rock 14, Vanderbilt 8, Monmouth 6, Iowa 5, Texas 3, Florida 3, Northwestern 2


USA Today Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1st PREV
1 Michigan St 12-0 773 29 1
2 Oklahoma 8-0 718 2 3
3 Kansas 9-1 716 0 5
4 Maryland 10-1 687 0 7
5 Virginia 9-1 646 0 9
6 Xavier 11-0 603 0 10
7 North Carolina 9-2 520 0 11
8 Arizona 11-1 517 0 12
9 Iowa St. 9-1 506 0 2
10 Duke 9-2 455 0 6
11 Kentucky 9-2 441 0 4
12 Butler 9-1 410 0 18
13 Purdue 11-1 378 0 8
14 Providence 11-1 376 0 14
15 Louisville 9-1 371 0 16
16 Miami-Florida 9-1 323 0 19
17 Villanova 8-2 310 0 13
18 West Virginia 9-1 301 0 16
19 Texas A&M 9-2 169 0 24
20 George Washington 10-1 159 0 22
21 Cincinnati 10-2 153 0 20
22 Baylor 8-2 122 0 14
23 South Carolina 10-0 77 0 25
24 Gonzaga 8-3 59 0 21
25 Vanderbilt 7-3 45 0 23
Others Receiving Votes: Connecticut 38; Utah 35; Pittsburgh 34; Colorado 31; UCLA 22; Oregon 18; Notre Dame 15; Dayton 10; California 8; Arkansas-Little Rock 8; Northern Iowa 5; Texas 5; Florida 4; Indiana 3; Iowa 2; Monmouth 2.

For the most part, Arizona has looked extremely impressive since halftime of the Gonzaga game, so it's not a surprise that they would benefit from a bunch of other top teams losing in the past week. They are ranked as high as 6th on four AP ballots, and as low as 16th on three according to College Poll Tracker.

I find it interesting that the rest of the Pac-12 is so bunched together right around the 25th spot. Utah, Colorado, UCLA, Oregon and even Cal could all jump up into the rankings (Utah is 24th in the AP).

Arizona only plays one game over the next two weeks (Long Beach State on Tuesday) as the Wildcats head into their holiday break. So it's looking like they will start 2016 as a top-ten team in the country.