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Arizona ranked 21st in AP Preseason Top 25

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Oregon is the only Pac-12 team ranked higher

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The national media seems to view the Arizona Wildcats in a better light than Pac-12 media members.

UA checks in at No. 21 in the preseason AP Poll, making them the second-highest ranked team in the Pac-12 and just one of two Pac-12 teams inside the Top 25. The Oregon Ducks are No. 15 in the country.

The Washington Huskies received 164 votes and the Colorado Buffaloes received 152 votes, the most among non-Top 25 teams. Arizona was picked to finish fourth in the Pac-12 in the conference’s preseason media poll behind those three teams.

Two other UA opponents—Gonzaga (8) and Baylor (16)—find themselves in the AP preseason Top 25.

The Wildcats’ 17 wins in 2018-19 are the fewest among ranked teams.

Here is the full poll:

  1. Michigan State Spartans
  2. Kentucky Wildcats
  3. Kansas Jayhawks
  4. Duke Blue Devils
  5. Louisville Cardinals
  6. Florida Gators
  7. Maryland Terrapins
  8. Gonzaga Bulldogs
  9. North Carolina Tar Heels
  10. Villanova Wildcats
  11. Virginia Cavaliers
  12. Seton Hall Pirates
  13. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  14. Memphis Tigers
  15. Oregon Ducks
  16. Baylor Bears
  17. Utah State Aggies
  18. Ohio State Buckeyes
  19. Xavier Musketeers
  20. Saint Mary’s Gaels
  21. Arizona Wildcats
  22. LSU Tigers
  23. Purdue Boilermakers
  24. Auburn Tigers
  25. VCU Rams