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Arizona rises in AP poll, ranks favorably in KenPom and NET rankings

Meanwhile, Oregon dropped a few spots ahead of Thursday’s game in Eugene

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The Arizona Wildcats have moved up a spot, from 25th to 24th, in the latest AP Poll after routing the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday to open Pac-12 play.

It’s the first time Arizona has risen in the polls since Dec. 2 when it was coming off a Wooden Legacy championship.

Oregon dropped from No. 4 to No. 9 after splitting its Rocky Mountain road trip. Colorado, who beat the Ducks 74-65 in Boulder, moved into the Top 25 at No. 25, giving the Pac-12 three ranked squads. Washington, which surprisingly lost at home to UCLA last week, is receiving votes.

The Wildcats hit the road this weekend to face Oregon and Oregon State on Thursday and Sunday, respectively.

Other rankings see Arizona in a more favorable light. The Wildcats are 11th in KenPom’s analytical ratings and No. 13 in the NCAA’s NET rankings, which take into account game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses.

KenPom’s numbers say Arizona has the No. 12 offense and No. 32 defense in the country.

Here is the full AP Poll:

  1. Gonzaga Bulldogs
  2. Duke Blue Devils
  3. Kansas Jayhawks
  4. Baylor Bears
  5. Auburn Tigers
  6. Butler Bulldogs
  7. San Diego State Aztecs
  8. Michigan State Spartans
  9. Oregon Ducks
  10. Florida State Seminoles
  11. Ohio State Buckeyes
  12. Maryland Terrapins
  13. Louisville Cardinals
  14. Kentucky Wildcats
  15. Dayton Flyers
  16. Villanova Wildcats
  17. West Virginia Mountaineers
  18. Virginia Cavaliers
  19. Michigan Wolverines
  20. Penn State Nittany Lions
  21. Memphis Tigers
  22. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  23. Wichita State Shockers
  24. Arizona Wildcats
  25. Colorado Buffaloes

Others receiving votes: Iowa 63, Seton Hall 48, Arkansas 38, Marquette 25, Xavier 18, Wisconsin 17, Houston 8, Creighton 6, Washington 6, Virginia Commonwealth 5, Saint Mary’s 3, Northern Iowa 2, Liberty 2, Purdue 1, Stephen F. Austin 1, BYU 1