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:
2. Baylor Bears
7. Duke Blue Devils
14. Oregon Ducks
15. Auburn Tigers
17. BYU Cougars
18. Iowa Hawkeyes
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