After a loss to the Oregon Ducks this week, the Arizona Wildcats remain ranked, sitting just inside the top 25 in both major polls ahead of their trip to Washington.
The ranking of 23rd is the lowest Arizona has been ranked in the AP poll since being unranked throughout most of the 2011-12 season. Being 20th in the coaches poll is the lowest the Wildcats have been in that one since the pre-NCAA Tournament ranking in March 2013.
Here's a look at the complete rankings:
AP Top 25
|1||Oklahoma Sooners (45)||18-2||1605|
|2||North Carolina Tar Heels (20)||20-2||1578|
|8||Texas A&M Aggies||18-3||1169|
|10||Michigan State Spartans||19-4||1018|
|13||Iowa State Cyclones||16-5||851|
|14||West Virginia Mountaineers||17-4||814|
|21||Wichita State Shockers||16-5||323|
|25||South Carolina Gamecocks||19-2||87|
|Others Receiving Votes: St. Mary's (18-2) 63; Southern California (17-5) 40; VCU (16-5) 33; Utah (17-5) 33; Notre Dame (15-6) 21; Michigan (17-5) 21; Valparaiso (19-4) 7; Duke (15-6) 6; Pittsburgh (17-4) 4; Florida (14-7) 3; Saint Joseph's (18-3) 1; Stony Brook (17-4) 1; San Diego State (16-6) 1; Texas (14-7) 1|
USA Today Coaches Poll
|1||North Carolina (18)||19-2||786|
|Others Receiving Votes: Pittsburgh 42; Duke 27; Utah 21; Michigan 19; Notre Dame 17; Southern California 16; Virginia Commonwealth 16; Gonzaga 13; Butler 8; Monmouth 8; Valparaiso 8; Texas 7; St. Joseph's 5; Florida 4; California 3; Clemson 2; Alabama at Birmingham 1; Seton Hall 1; Washington 1.|
USC and Utah are sitting just outside both rankings. The Utes have been surging lately, not losing a game the past couple of weeks, while USC has been consistently good all year. Oregon didn't make a huge jump up, despite being just the second team to sweep a road weekend in the Pac-12 this year, and doing it dominant fashion.
Of note in the national picture, Duke is not ranked, and this is the first time in a long time that we can say that:
Duke has fallen out of the AP top 25 poll for the first time since 2007.— SI College Hoops (@si_ncaabb) February 1, 2016
Arizona has been ranked each week the past four seasons. They'll need a good road trip to Washington to keep it that way. With the likely return of Allonzo Trier, the team should at least be in better shape heading into the second half of conference play than they have been the past few weeks.