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Arizona basketball: Wildcats fall to No. 9 in the AP Poll, 10th in Coaches Poll after splitting Oregon trip

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Still in the top 10

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Despite being blown out by 27 points by the Oregon Ducks on Saturday, the Arizona Wildcats still find themselves in top 10.

This week’s AP Poll was released Monday and the Wildcats check in at No. 9, dropping four spots from their rank a week ago.

Meanwhile, Oregon takes Arizona’s spot at No. 5 and the UCLA Bruins check in at No. 10.

Here is the complete AP Poll:

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

And here’s the USA Today Coaches Poll:

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.

It was a rough week for the top 10 in general as seven top-10 teams were beaten, six of which lost on Saturday alone, which was a new record.

For Arizona, it was the first time it had lost by more than 10 points since the 2012-13 season. It did beat Oregon State on Thursday, though.

“To our team’s credit, one of the things we’re most proud of is that it’s been a long, long time since we’ve been blown out,” UA head coach Sean Miller said Monday at his weekly press conference. “A long time. Six years. There aren’t a lot of teams or programs that can say that. It’s a source of pride, but that’s not the case right now.

“We got blown out in our last game and it’s important that we respond. I use college football as an example quite a bit because it’s so different in college basketball. We don’t have a week in between. It’s not a 12-game season, it’s a 35-game season. You play teams twice, not once, sometimes even three times. You have to bounce back quickly. Three days, sometimes one day in between, so we have to be ready for a team that we’ve already played (in Stanford) and a team that I think has improved. Cal...is a very good team as well.”

The Wildcats, sitting at 21-3 overall and 10-1 in Pac-12 play, host the Stanford Cardinal on Wednesday this week, then host the California Golden Bears on Saturday. It’s a pair of schools Arizona swept earlier in the season and Miller is hoping the Wildcats can have the same outcome this time around.

“Everything that happened this week, the old adage of ‘in the Pac-12, if you can split your road trips, fight hard to do that. We’ve had an excellent conference season so that’s what we just did,” Miller said. “We split a road trip and now it’ll be interesting to see if we can sweep the Bay Area schools. It’s going to be a tough task.”

Wednesday’s game is set to tip-off at 9 p.m. MST and it will be televised on FOX Sports 1.

The Cardinal enter with a 12-11 record and a 4-7 mark in Pac-12 play.


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