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Arizona returns to AP Top 25 after road sweep in Washington

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A road sweep in Washington was enough to push the Arizona Wildcats back into the Top 25.

The Wildcats check in at after No. 23 in the latest AP poll after spending last week unranked. Arizona (15-6, 5-3) has a prime opportunity to continue climbing the rankings, hosting USC and UCLA on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.

Oregon (14) and Colorado (24) are the other Pac-12 teams in the Top 25. There is currently a five-way tie in the loss column atop the conference standings with Arizona, Colorado, USC, Stanford, and Oregon.

Arizona continues to rate highly in the statistical-based rankings. The Wildcats rank No. 8 in NET and No. 11 in KenPom, with the No. 12 offense and No. 24 defense in the country.

If today were Selection Sunday, the Wildcats would likely be a 5- or 6-seed in the NCAA Tournament, according to bracketmatrix.com.

Here is how the full AP Top 25 shakes out:

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

Others receiving votes: Texas Tech 66, Marquette 31, Ohio State 19, Tulsa 19, Rhode Island 18, Northern Iowa 17, Wichita State 17, BYU 14, Rutgers 12, Stanford 7, Stephen F. Austin 3, Yale 1, Winthrop 1, Michigan 1, Virginia 1, Bowling Green 1