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ASU basketball falls out of top-10, Arizona to 17th

Arizona State forward Mickey Mitchell (3) and Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley celebrate following their NCAA college basketball game against Utah Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Arizona State won 80-77. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Arizona State’s first loss of the year to Arizona dropped the Sun Devils one spot, to No. 4, in last week’s Associated Press poll.

An overtime loss Thursday at Colorado to follow that up did more damage, bumping the Sun Devils (13-2) down to 11th in the latest AP rankings despite an 80-77 win over Utah on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats (12-4) also split the weekend with a win over the Utes to start the mountain trip and a loss at Colorado on Saturday.

After moving up to No. 14 following the win against ASU last week, the 1-1 road trip dropped Arizona to 17th.

Atop the rankings, Villanova returned to the top spot in Monday’s poll after an upset-filled week that included losses by No. 1 Michigan State and No. 2 Duke. Villanova got 52 of 65 first-place votes to move up from third to No. 1, where it spent three weeks in December.

West Virginia climbed four spots to No. 2, while Virginia climbed five spots to No. 3, followed by Michigan State. Purdue and Wichita State tied for No. 5.

Duke fell five spots to No. 7, followed by Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Xavier to round out the top 10.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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