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Arizona men’s basketball jumps to No. 8 in Associated Press poll

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A pair of blowout wins at McKale Center elevated Arizona men’s basketball to No. 8 in the Associated Press poll, up two spots from a week ago.

Arizona improved in the rankings after dominating Colorado and Utah. The Wildcats won their two games by an average margin of 33 points.

The Wildcats received 1,107 points in the AP poll, up from 975 last week. Arizona benefited in the rankings from Illinois and Marquette losing.

Purdue is ranked No. 1 for the fourth straight week, followed by Houston, Kansas, UConn and Tennessee.

Duke moved up to No. 11 and Wisconsin up to No. 16. Florida Atlantic dropped to No. 24 after falling to Charlotte. Alabama and Michigan State both received seven votes.

Arizona is once again the only Pac-12 team in the rankings. Colorado is the next closest with 8 votes, followed by Oregon (4) and Utah (2).

Arizona returns to action Saturday when it plays Washington State in Pullman.