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Arizona returns to AP Top 25 after one-week absence

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A pair of blowouts over Utah and Colorado were enough to push the Arizona Wildcats back into the Top 25. After a one-week absence, the Wildcats check in at No. 22 in the latest AP Poll that was released Monday.

Oregon and Colorado are also ranked. The Ducks fell from No. 8 to No. 12 after splitting at Washington State and Washington.

Colorado, previously ranked 20th, wasn’t penalized too severely for its 21-point loss to Arizona, now ranking 23rd. Stanford and USC are both receiving votes. The Cardinal likely would have entered the Top 25 had they not blown a 20-point halftime lead in a loss to the Trojans.

Two teams Arizona lost to, Baylor and Gonzaga, are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the country, respectively. Illinois, who the Wildcats routed in McKale Center, are ranked No. 21.

As far as other rankings go, Arizona ranks 11th in NET and 14th in KenPom. The Wildcats are at ASU on Saturday.

Here is the full AP Top 25:

  1. Baylor Bears
  2. Gonzaga Bulldogs
  3. Kansas Jayhawks
  4. San Diego State Aztecs
  5. Florida State Seminoles
  6. Louisville Cardinals
  7. Dayton Flyers
  8. Duke Blue Devils
  9. Villanova Wildcats
  10. Seton Hall Pirates
  11. Michigan State Spartans
  12. Oregon Ducks
  13. Butler Bulldogs
  14. West Virginia Mountaineers
  15. Kentucky Wildcats
  16. Auburn Tigers
  17. Maryland Terrapins
  18. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  19. Iowa Hawkeyes
  20. Memphis Tigers
  21. Illinois Fighting Illini
  22. Arizona Wildcats
  23. Colorado Buffaloes
  24. Rutgers Scarlet Knights
  25. Houston Cougars

Others receiving votes: Wichita State 94, LSU 83, Michigan 73, Northern Iowa 42, Ohio State 36, Stanford 28, Wisconsin 28, Penn State 24, Liberty 21, Florida 21, Arkansas 19, Virginia 13, Creighton 13, Duquesne 13, Purdue 9, East Tennessee State 6, Indiana 6, USC 4, Marquette 2, BYU 2, Harvard 1