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Arizona dropped from AP Top 25 after Oregon loss

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 22 Oregon at Arizona Photo by Chris Coduto/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Arizona Wildcats have been dropped from the AP Top 25 after a maddening overtime loss to the Oregon Ducks, the latest twist in a rollercoaster season.

Previously ranked 24th, Arizona (19-8, 9-5) has alternated being between being ranked and unranked in each of the past five weeks. They received 71 votes in the AP poll, the third-most among teams outside the Top 25.

The Wildcats have remained fairly steady in the NET and KenPom ratings, where they check in at No. 8 and No. 15, respectively.

BracketMatrix.com, which compiles NCAA Tournament projections from a bunch of outlets, says Arizona currently averages out to a 5.91 seed. ESPN’s latest bracketology lists Arizona as a No. 6 seed in the South. CBS pegs the Wildcats as the 7-seed in the Midwest.

Arizona heads to Los Angeles this weekend for a tough two-game swing vs. USC and UCLA. The Wildcats are a game behind ASU for first in the Pac-12 standings, and in a four-way tie (in the loss column) with Oregon, Colorado and UCLA for second.

Oregon (14) and Colorado (21) remain in the Top 25, despite picking up a loss last weekend. ASU, which swept the Oregon schools, is knocking on the door, receiving 95 votes, the most among non-Top 25 teams.

Here is the full AP Top 25 in its entirety:

1. Kansas Jayhawks

2. Baylor Bears

3. Gonzaga Bulldogs

4. Dayton Flyers

5. San Diego State Aztecs

6. Florida State Seminoles

7. Duke Blue Devils

8. Kentucky Wildcats

9. Maryland Terrapins

10. Creighton Bluejays

11. Louisville Cardinals

12. Villanova Wildcats

13. Seton Hall Pirates

14. Oregon Ducks

15. Auburn Tigers

16. Penn State Nittany Lions

17. BYU Cougars

18. Iowa Hawkeyes

19. Michigan Wolverines

20. West Virginia Mountaineers

21. Colorado Buffaloes

22. Texas Tech Red Raiders

23. Ohio State Buckeyes

24. Michigan State Spartans

25. Houston Cougars

Others receiving votes: Arizona State 95, Illinois 82, Arizona 71, Butler 51, Virginia 50, Marquette 41, Stephen F. Austin 29, LSU 24, East Tennessee State 13, Utah State 9, Florida 8, Wisconsin 7, New Mexico State 2, Northern Iowa 2, Liberty 2, UCLA 1