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Arizona drops to No. 19 in the AP Poll

The Wildcats are a difficult team to evaluate right now

NCAA Basketball: Arizona at Oregon Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Wildcats have fallen five spots in the latest AP Poll.

UA now checks in at No. 19.

The Wildcats beat Oregon State and lost to Oregon on the road last week. Both games went into overtime.

Arizona also lost Allonzo Trier to a performance-enhancing drug suspension, and head coach Sean Miller was not on the sideline in the loss to Oregon amid an FBI bribery scandal.

So the Wildcats are a difficult team to evaluate right now, which is why it is no surprise to see them fall so far in the polls.

Here is the new AP Top 25:

  1. Virginia Cavaliers (48)
  2. Michigan State Spartans (17)
  3. Xavier Musketeers
  4. Villanova Wildcats
  5. Duke Blue Devils
  6. Kansas Jayhawks
  7. Gonzaga Bulldogs
  8. Purdue Boilermakers
  9. North Carolina Tar Heels
  10. Cincinnati Bearcats
  11. Wichita State Shockers
  12. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  13. Ohio State Buckeyes
  14. Auburn Tigers
  15. Michigan Wolverines
  16. Tennessee Volunteers
  17. Rhode Island Rams
  18. Clemson Tigers
  19. Arizona Wildcats
  20. West Virginia Mountaineers
  21. Nevada Wolf Pack
  22. Saint Mary’s Gaels
  23. Kentucky Wildcats
  24. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
  25. Houston Cougars

KenPom pegs Arizona as the No. 25 team in the country. Even with all the distractions, the Wildcats can clinch a share of the Pac-12 title Thursday with a win over the Stanford Cardinal.

It is unclear if Trier will play or if Miller will coach.

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