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Arizona basketball: Wildcats ranked 7th in AP, 9th in Coaches Poll

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An expected big jump up for the Wildcats

Arizona v UCLA Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

After scoring a big win against the UCLA Bruins on Saturday, improving to 7-0 in Pac-12 play in the process, and adding Allonzo Trier back into the fold, the Arizona Wildcats took an expected big jump up in the rankings this week.

Arizona is now 7th in this week’s AP Poll, and 9th in the Coaches Poll.

Here’s a look at the full AP Top 25:

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kansas (59) 28-3 1,619
2 Villanova (2) 28-3 1,517
3 UCLA (3) 28-3 1,487
4 Gonzaga (1) 30-1 1,430
5 Oregon 27-4 1,364
6 North Carolina 26-6 1,291
7 Arizona 27-4 1,252
8 Kentucky 26-5 1,182
9 Baylor 25-6 1,084
10 Louisville 24-7 1,047
11 West Virginia 24-7 958
12 SMU 27-4 849
13 Purdue 25-6 839
14 Duke 23-8 667
15 Cincinnati 27-4 634
16 Florida State 24-7 631
17 Florida 24-7 617
18 Butler 23-7 538
19 Saint Mary's 27-3 456
20 Wichita State 30-4 401
21 Virginia 21-9 400
22 Notre Dame 23-8 394
23 Iowa State 20-10 147
24 Wisconsin 23-8 139
25 Maryland 24-7 47
Others Receiving Votes: Middle Tennessee (27-4) 28; Oklahoma State (20-11) 23; Minnesota (23-8) 22; Michigan (20-11) 16; Dayton (24-6) 11; Seton Hall (20-10) 9; Southern California (23-8) 6; Providence (20-11) 5; Vermont (27-5) 3; VCU (24-7) 2; Arkansas (23-8) 2; Wake Forest (18-12) 2; Miami (Fla.) (20-10) 2; Princeton (21-6) 1; Creighton (23-8) 1; UNC-Wilmington (28-5) 1; Michigan State (18-13) 1

Arizona gained seven spots this week after being ranked 14th the previous week.

UA is now the highest-ranked Pac-12 team in the poll. UCLA drops back to No. 8, and the Oregon Ducks sit at No. 10. The USC Trojans are still receiving votes, essentially coming in at 33.

As far as past opponents go, the undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs are third in the rankings, and the Butler Bulldogs are now 11th after narrowly escaping in overtime against DePaul on Saturday.

The Wildcats still have one game left against each of the Pac-12 teams getting votes, with only the Oregon meeting being on the road. As the numbers now show, this kind of makes Arizona the favorite to win the conference, especially if Dillon Brooks is out for the UA/UO meeting.

Arizona is back in action on Thursday night, hosting the Washington State Cougars at 7:30 PM MT.