Idle Arizona basketball moves up in AP rankings
The Arizona Wildcats haven’t played since Dec. 22 but nonetheless moved up one spot, to No. 8 overall, in The Associated Press’ latest men’s basketball poll released Monday.
Arizona (11-1) last played in a loss to Tennessee and Monday hosts the Washington Huskies before visiting the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday. The latter game has been locked in to tip off at 2 p.m. MST on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.
Baylor kept its firm hold on No. 1 in the AP poll, with few changes at the top and no new teams entering the rankings Monday.
The reigning national champion Bears earned all 61 first-place votes for the third time in four weeks to easily outdistance No. 2 Duke. That comes after Baylor (13-0) won its Big 12 opener on the road against then-No. 8 Iowa State, marking its 19th straight win going back to last year’s title run in the Indianapolis bubble.
Purdue, Gonzaga and UCLA rounded out the top five, followed by Kansas and USC in an unchanged top seven. It represented a poll with few major moves and a reshuffling of the same 25 teams from last week.
Nine teams moved up in the poll.
Providence tied Kentucky for No. 16 after making the week’s biggest jump of five spots, while No. 15 Alabama jumped four sports.
No. 24 Seton Hall took the biggest tumble, falling nine spots after Big East losses to Providence and No. 19 Villanova. No. 21 LSU fell five spots, while No. 18 Tennessee slid four and No. 11 Iowa State fell three.
College basketball AP rankings
|1. Baylor (61)||13-0||1525||1|
|7. Southern Cal||12-0||1015||7|
|10. Michigan St.||12-2||934||10|
|11. Iowa St.||12-1||896||8|
|13. Ohio St.||9-2||819||13|
|20. Colorado St.||10-0||386||20|
|24. Seton Hall||9-3||174||15|
|25. Texas Tech||10-2||142||25|
Others receiving votes: Illinois 74, Oklahoma 71, Loyola Chicago 40, UConn 39, Georgia 22, West Virginia 6, Iowa 5, Minnesota 3, San Francisco 3, Davidson 3, Creighton 2.