clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Arizona basketball: Wildcats slide up to 4th in AP and Coaches polls

New, comment

Moving up one more spot

NCAA Basketball: Arizona at Washington Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

After a road sweep in Washington, the Arizona Wildcats have moved up one more spot in this week’s AP Poll, jumping up to No. 4.

They are also fourth in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Here’s a look at the complete Top 25s:

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

USA Today Coaches Poll

# Team Points Prev
# Team Points Prev
1 Kansas Jayhawks (23) 790 3
2 UCLA Bruins (3) 730 5
2 Villanova Wildcats (5) 730 2
4 Gonzaga Bulldogs (1) 686 1
5 North Carolina Tar Heels 663 8
6 Oregon Ducks 653 7
7 Louisville Cardinals 600 6
8 Arizona Wildcats 585 4
9 Kentucky Wildcats 578 10
10 West Virginia Mountaineers 478 13
11 Baylor Bears 461 9
12 Florida Gators 382 12
13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 334 17
14 Duke Blue Devils 315 11
15 Butler Bulldogs 314 22
16 Purdue Boilermakers 299 14
17 Florida State Seminoles 290 20
18 St. Mary's Gaels 273 18
19 SMU Mustangs 269 21
20 Cincinnati Bearcats 210 16
21 Wisconsin Badgers 185 15
22 Wichita State Shockers 140 25
23 Virginia Cavaliers 138 19
24 Iowa State Cyclones 57 29
25 Miami Hurricanes 48 30
Others Receiving Votes: Creighton 44; South Carolina 25; Southern California 21; Middle Tennessee 20; Oklahoma State 16; Dayton 15; Minnesota 10; Maryland 9; Northwestern 8; Xavier 8; Michigan State 7; California 4; Arkansas 2; Michigan 2; Virginia Commonwealth 1.

All three Pac-12 schools stayed in order, moving up a spot thanks to Baylor’s two losses against Texas Tech and Kansas. The UCLA Bruins are now No. 5, and the Oregon Ducks are No. 6 in the AP Poll.

In front of Arizona are the undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs, the 26-2 Villanova Wildcats, and the 24-3 Kansas Jayhawks. In Joe Lunardi’s latest bracketology, Arizona is the 2-seed in the Midwest Region, setting up a potential meeting with Kansas in Kansas City in the Elite Eight. There’s also Duke sitting there in the Sweet Sixteen.

On Bracket Matrix, Arizona is currently a composite 2-seed, the eighth-ranked team in the country.

This latest poll also sets up a top-five matchup for College GameDay on Saturday when UCLA comes to Tucson. It will be the first top-five matchup in the Pac-12 since 2008. That game will start at approximately 6:15 p.m. MT.

But first, the Wildcats take on the USC Trojans on Thursday evening. That game will begin at 8 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Networks.