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Arizona men’s basketball moves to 6th in Associated Press Top 25

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The Arizona Wildcats are one of just five unbeaten teams left from power conferences, yet that’s still not enough for them to make it into the top 5 in the polls.

The UA (11-0) is ranked 6th in the latest Associated Press Top 25, up from No. 8 a week ago. That’s its best AP ranking since being No. 2 early in the 2018-19 season.

The Wildcats also picked up one first-place vote, the first time that’s happened since having 11 in the third poll if 2018-19.

Arizona is coming off a pair of blowout wins at home, beating Northern Colorado 101-76 and Cal Baptist 84-60, but the road is about to get much tougher. The Wildcats are headed out on a scheduled 4-game road trip that begins Wednesday at No. 19 Tennessee and continues with trips to No. 5 UCLA, No. 8 USC and ASU.

The UA, which remains No. 1 in the NCAA’s NET metric, ranks first in the nation in scoring (91.0 points per game), scoring margin (+28.2) and assists per game (21.8).