ARIZONA BASKETBALL

Arizona basketball moves into top-10 of AP Poll, ASU remains in

Jan 29, 2018, 10:20 AM
Follow @AZSports...

A sweep of Colorado and Utah at home this week built the Arizona Wildcats’ winning streak to six games, and that has Sean Miller’s team making the leap into the top-10 of the Associated Press rankings.

Arizona moved from 11th to ninth, while rival Arizona State split over the weekend and fell from No. 21 to No. 25, keeping the Sun Devils in the poll for the 10th straight week.

The Sun Devils fell to the Utes in overtime, 80-77, on Thursday before recovering to beat the Buffaloes on Saturday. That continued a trend for ASU, which at 16-5 overall and 4-5 in Pac-12 play has started each of its last four weeks with a loss, then followed it up with a win.

Arizona State, which entered the poll on Nov. 27 and at one point was ranked No. 3 in the country, began Pac-12 play with a loss in Tucson.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats (18-4) have gone 8-1 in conference, losing only to Colorado on Jan. 6. They beat the Buffaloes 80-71 on Thursday before holding on to drop Utah on Saturday, 74-73. Arizona won both games this week without starting guard Rawle Alkins, who has missed three of his last four with soreness in his surgically-repaired foot.

Arizona moved back into the top-10 for the first time since it fell out of the top-25 entirely on Nov. 27 despite holding a No. 2 ranking the week prior.

Atop the AP Poll, Villanova, Virginia, Purdue and Duke remain the highest-ranked teams, in that order. Fifth-ranked Kansas fell to seventh, and Michigan State moved from sixth to fifth.

Penguin Air

Arizona Basketball

Arizona Sports

Toronto Raptors take Arizona C Christian Koloko 33rd in NBA Draft

Christian Koloko gave the Wildcats three draft picks in the first 33 selections of the NBA Draft, as the Raptors plucked him off the board.
7 days ago
Dalen Terry #4 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts after hitting a a 3-pointer against the UCLA Bruins d...
Arizona Sports

Arizona basketball’s Dalen Terry drafted 18th by Bulls

Dalen Terry became the second Arizona Wildcats draftee to ship off to the midwest, heading to the Chicago Bulls.
7 days ago
Guard Bennedict Mathurin #0 of the Arizona Wildcats smiles on the sidelines during the game against...
Arizona Sports

Former Wildcat Bennedict Mathurin picked 6th by Indiana Pacers

Former Arizona Wildcat Bennedict Mathurin was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the sixth overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
7 days ago
Bennedict Mathurin #0 of the Arizona Wildcats stands on the court during a game against the Wichita...
Arizona Sports

Arizona’s Bennedict Mathurin cementing in top-10 of NBA mock drafts

Arizona's Bennedict Mathurin was mocked to the Pacers at No. 6 by both ESPN's Jonathan Givony and The Athletic's NBA staff Thursday morning.
7 days ago
Nikash Nath

Bennedict Mathurin rising in ESPN NBA mock a week out from draft

Former Arizona Wildcat Bennedict Mathurin is quietly approaching the top five of Jonathan Givony's latest NBA mock draft. 
12 days ago
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, left, talks with players during the fourth quarter of ...
Associated Press

Wildcat, former Suns GM Steve Kerr wins his 9th NBA ring

Any team that can claim to be a dynasty across the last 30 years of the NBA has some link to Golden State’s coach.
13 days ago
Arizona basketball moves into top-10 of AP Poll, ASU remains in