Arizona basketball holds at 11th in AP Poll after Pac-12 opener – Arizona Sports

The Arizona Wildcats submitted a win against the Oregon State Beavers this past week but did not budge from their No. 11 spot in The Associated Press’ top 25 rankings.

At 7-0, Arizona defeated the 1-8 Beavers, 90-65, on Sunday to open Pac-12 play. It was the Wildcats’ only game in the past week after a scheduled contest for Thursday against the Washington Huskies was not played due to COVID-19 issues within the UW program. The matchup has been rescheduled for Jan. 25.

Elsewhere in the AP poll, the UCLA Bruins inched up from No. 5 to No. 4, behind Purdue, Baylor and Duke, in that order. The USC Trojans at No. 12 are the only other ranked Pac-12 squad.

Purdue is No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll for the first time.

The Boilermakers were a unanimous No. 1 in the poll released Monday to move up from No. 2 last week. Reigning national champion Baylor moved up to No. 2.

Purdue (8-0, 1-0 Big Ten) reached No. 2 in consecutive seasons under Gene Keady from 1986-88 and matched its previous high last week, receiving nine first-place votes from a 61-person media panel.

The Boilermakers routed Florida State last week and opened Big Ten play with a 77-70 win over Iowa on Friday, sliding into the top spot after previous No. 1 Duke lost to an unranked Ohio State squad that is now No. 21.

Until this week, Purdue had the second-most appearances in the AP poll — 379 weeks — for a school that had never been ranked No. 1 (Maryland, 434 weeks).

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

AP Top 25

Ranking Team Record Points Trend
1

Purdue(61)

8-0 1525

↑1

2

Baylor

8-0 1421

↑2

3

Duke

7-1 1390

↓2

4

UCLA

8-1 1293

↑1

5

Gonzaga

7-2 1240

↓2

6

Villanova

6-2 1175

7

Texas

6-1 1101

8

Kansas

6-1 1068

9

Alabama

7-1 1029

↑7

10

Kentucky

6-1 972

↓1

11

Arizona

7-0 919

12

Arkansas

8-0 905

↓2

13

Tennessee

6-1 762

14

Houston

7-1 686

↑1

15

UConn

8-1 527

↑2

16

USC

8-0 510

↑4

17

Iowa State

8-0 499

↑2

18

Auburn

7-1 419

↑3

19

Michigan State

7-2 405

↑3

20

Florida

6-1 386

↓6

21

Ohio State

6-2 370

↑5

22

Wisconsin

7-1 338

↑1

23

Seton Hall

7-1 177

↑2

24

BYU

7-1 157

↓12

25

LSU

8-0 135

↑1

Others receiving votes: Colorado State 90, Xavier 78, Illinois 71, North Carolina 55, St. Bonaventure 37, Oklahoma 29, Memphis 14, Iowa 12, Michigan 11, San Francisco 10, Loyola Chicago 4, Indiana 3, Texas Tech 2

Dropped from rankings: Memphis 18, Michigan 24

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