After a nice comeback win against the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Saturday, the Arizona Wildcats made some small progress in returning to the top ten in the college basketball rankings.
The Wildcats find themselves 12th in the latest coaches poll, and 13th in the AP. Here are the full rankings for both:
|1||Michigan State Spartans (26)||9-0||765|
|2||Iowa State Cyclones (2)||6-0||668|
|3||North Carolina Tar Heels||7-1||631|
|5||Duke Blue Devils||8-1||620|
|6||Villanova Wildcats (2)||7-0||615|
|9||Maryland Terrapins (1)||7-1||602|
|14||West Virginia Mountaineers||7-0||371|
|20||Miami (FL) Hurricanes||7-1||198|
|25||Texas A&M Aggies||7-2||58|
|Also Receiving Votes: Syracuse 47, Connecticut 39, UNLV 33, South Carolina 29, Dayton 20, George Washington 17, Pittsburgh 12, Saint Mary's 11, Iowa 7, Davidson 6, Georgetown 6, UCLA 5, California 4, Florida 3, Indiana 2, LSU 2, Colorado 1, Kansas State 1|
|Dropped Out: No. 19 Syracuse|
|1||Michigan State (62)||9-0||1,617|
|3||North Carolina (2)||7-1||1,425|
|Also Receiving Votes: Connecticut 82, Syracuse 78, Texas A&M 69, George Washington 60, UNLV 40, UCLA 19, South Carolina 15, Dayton 7, Arkansas-Little Rock 5, Georgetown 4, Florida 4, Pittsburgh 3, Iowa 3, Northwestern 2, Indiana 2, Notre Dame 1, Navy 1|
|Dropped Out: Syracuse 14, Texas A&M 18|
Thanks to their win combined with an Oregon loss to UNLV, the Wildcats are once again the highest-ranked team in the Pac-12. Oregon and Utah are both hanging on in the top 25, and UCLA now has votes after beating last week's No. 1 team Kentucky.
Arizona is still ahead of Providence in both polls, which is weird, since the Friars were a much better team than the Wildcats in their meeting when Kris Dunn was on the floor. And Michigan State is now the consensus No. 1 team, making that missed opportunity to play them in Anaheim a little more frustrating.
Next Saturday, Arizona hosts UNLV on the same night as the New Mexico Bowl. There is a chance that the Runnin' Rebels will come in as a ranked team, as they are hanging out just short of the top 25 right now, at 28th and 30th in votes. That is the last decent non-conference team Arizona plays this year, so it will be imperative to get a big win.