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Arizona returns to AP Top 25 after Bay Area sweep

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 15 Arizona at Stanford Photo by Larry Placido/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Arizona Wildcats’ roller coaster of a season is back on the upswing after sweeping Cal and Stanford in the Bay Area.

The Wildcats (18-7, 8-4 Pac-12) returned to the AP Top 25 this week, checking in at No. 24 in the poll after spending last week unranked. Arizona has alternated being between being ranked and unranked in each of the past four weeks.

However, the Wildcats have remained pretty steady in the NET and KenPom ratings, where they rank 8th and 13th, respectively.

BracketMatrix.com, which compiles the NCAA Tournament bracket projections from a variety of sources, says the Wildcats currently average out to a 5.87 seed.

Arizona is one of four teams atop the Pac-12 with four conference losses, the others being Colorado, Oregon and Arizona State.

The Wildcats host Oregon on Saturday night, a game that very well could make or break both teams’ conference championship aspirations.

The Ducks (14) and Buffaloes (18) both moved up in the AP poll this week. Here is what the AP Top 25 looks like in its entirety:

  1. Baylor
  2. Gonzaga
  3. Kansas
  4. San Diego State
  5. Dayton
  6. Duke
  7. Maryland
  8. Florida State
  9. Penn State
  10. Kentucky
  11. Louisville
  12. Villanova
  13. Auburn
  14. Oregon
  15. Creighton
  16. Seton Hall
  17. West Virginia
  18. Colorado
  19. Marquette
  20. Iowa
  21. Butler
  22. Houston
  23. BYU
  24. Arizona
  25. Ohio State

Others receiving votes: Texas Tech 92, Michigan State 87, Michigan 83, LSU 55, Rhode Island 39, Virginia 32, Cincinnati 14, Stephen F. Austin 14, Illinois 12, Northern Iowa 9, Utah State 8, Rutgers 6, Florida 6, East Tennessee State 5, Saint Mary’s 4, Tulsa 3, Richmond 3, SMU 2, New Mexico State 2, Wright State 1, Arizona State 1