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Arizona Wildcats move up in polls following wins over GCU and Texas A&M

Arizona's Lauri Markkanen, center shoots as Texas A&M's Tyler Davis (34) and Tonny Trocha-Morelos (10) defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

For 34 minutes Saturday, the Arizona Wildcats looked like one of the best basketball teams in the nation as they built a 21-point lead over a solid Texas A&M team in Houston.

Of course, games last 40 minutes, and the final six in the game saw the ‘Cats hang on for dear life and eventually escape with a 67-63 victory.

That victory — along with their 64-54 home win over Grand Canyon University earlier in the week — improved their record to 10-2, and on Monday they moved up in both the AP and USA Today polls from 19th to 18th.

The Wildcats are one of four Pac-12 teams to appear in the top 25, as they sit behind No. 2 UCLA but ahead of Oregon and USC.

Sean Miller’s team, which is still playing without Allonzo Trier due to an undisclosed suspension and Parker Jackson-Cartwright, who is out with a high ankle sprain, has one more non-conference game left Tuesday at home against the University of New Mexico.



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