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Arizona basketball receives trickle of votes in latest AP Poll

Arizona forward Azuolas Tubelis (10) celebrates with teammates after tipping in a basket at the buzzer during the team's NCAA college basketball game against Arizona State, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona won 84-82. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

The Arizona Wildcats are far from The Associated Press top 25, but head coach Sean Miller’s team did receive four points in the latest college basketball rankings.

After a buzzer-beating win over the Arizona State Sun Devils (4-7, 1-4 Pac-12) on Thursday, the Wildcats (11-3, 5-3 Pac-12) enter Monday night’s rematch against ASU 18 spots out of the top 25.

Gonzaga, Baylor and Villanova remained atop the poll released Monday, while ninth-ranked Alabama climbed to its highest ranking in 14 years.

Mark Few’s Bulldogs earned 61 of 64 first-place votes in the latest Top 25, while Scott Drew’s Bears claimed the other three. Those two teams have been 1-2 in all 10 polls this season.

Villanova remained third followed by Michigan, with the Wolverines cracking the top five for a second straight season under Juwan Howard after being unranked earlier in the year. Michigan’s rise comes after the school announced a two-week pause in all sports activities due to concerns about a new COVID-19 variant that transmits at a higher rate.

The rest of the top 10 included No. 5 Texas, followed by Houston, Iowa, Virginia, Alabama and Texas Tech.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

AP Top 25 Poll

Team Record Pts Prv
1. Gonzaga (61) 15-0 1597 1
2. Baylor (3) 14-0 1539 2
3. Villanova 10-1 1459 3
4. Michigan 13-1 1376 7
5. Texas 11-2 1341 5
6. Houston 13-1 1281 8
7. Iowa 12-3 1214 4
8. Virginia 10-2 1067 13
9. Alabama 13-3 1039 18
10. Texas Tech 11-4 954 12
11. West Virginia 10-4 869 14
12. Missouri 10-2 833 19
13. Ohio St. 12-4 810 15
14. Wisconsin 12-4 757 10
15. Kansas 10-5 665 9
16. Florida St. 9-2 656
17. Creighton 11-4 640 11
18. Tennessee 10-3 638 6
19. Illinois 10-5 415 22
20. Virginia Tech 11-3 242 16
21. Minnesota 11-5 223 17
22. Saint Louis 7-1 218 25
23. UCLA 12-3 157 24
24. Oklahoma 9-4 151
25. Louisville 10-3 117

Others receiving votes: Boise St. 108, Drake 75, Colorado 59, USC 50, Oklahoma St. 49, Oregon 49, Florida 37, UConn 20, Winthrop 16, Xavier 14, Loyola of Chicago 12, BYU 11, Purdue 11, Belmont 9, Clemson 8, St. Bonaventure 6, Toledo 4, Arizona 4.


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