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Arizona moves up to No. 2 in AP Poll

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As expected after Michigan State lost to Duke

NCAA Basketball: Cal. State - Bakersfield at Arizona Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Wildcats have moved up to No. 2 in the AP Poll, it was unveiled Monday.

It’s an unsurprising development as the previous No. 2 team, Michigan State, lost to No. 1 Duke last week. The Spartans are now ranked fourth. Kansas is No. 3.

Arizona received 11 first-place votes, while Duke got the other 54.

Here is the full poll:

AP Poll

rank team points last week
rank team points last week
1 Duke (54) 1,613 1
2 Arizona (11) 1,527 3
3 Kansas 1,504 4
4 Michigan State 1,390 2
5 Villanova 1,345 5
6 Wichita State 1,321 6
7 Florida 1,117 8
8 Kentucky 1,104 7
9 North Carolina 1,079 9
10 USC 1,055 10
11 Miami 918 11
12 Cinicnnati 893 12
13 Notre Dame 857 13
14 Minnesota 754 14
15 Xavier 750 15
16 Texas A&M 618 16
17 Gonzaga 540 17
18 Purdue 527 19
19 Louisville 466 18
20 Seton Hall 370 22
21 Saint Mary's 344 21
22 Baylor 206 25
23 West Virginia 191 24
23 UCLA 191 23
25 Alabama 133 NR

The Wildcats are 3-0 and will finally be tested this week in the Bahamas in Battle 4 Atlantis. Arizona will take on N.C. State on Wednesday then SMU or Northern Iowa on Thursday, and then possibly No. 5 Villanova or No. 18 Purdue on Friday.

Arizona’s schedule won’t let up too much after that as it faces No. 16 Texas A&M on Dec. 3 in Phoenix then No. 25 Alabama on Dec. 9 in Tucson.

Arizona’s schedule eases up once conference play starts as No. 10 USC and No. 23 UCLA are the only other ranked teams in the Pac-12. Plus, KenPom rates the Pac-12 as the sixth-best conference in college basketball which isn’t impressive.