Arizona’s 12-0 record tells the story of a team without a hiccup. AP voters recall a different narrative.
The unbeaten Wildcats dropped one spot in the latest AP Poll despite winning a pair of conference home games in the week. Arizona fell from third to fourth, replaced by Louisville (13-1) in the spot it had held for the past two weeks.
The writers docked Sean Miller’s team for its controversial win over Colorado, which involved the officials waving off a would-be Buffaloes game-winner upon video review. Various replay angles were inconclusive, lacking any kind of evidence needed to overturn the initial ruling on the floor of a made basket. Arizona bounced back from its maligned win over the weekend by sneaking past Utah, 60-57, at the McKale Center.
Duke (14-0) and Michigan (15-0) hold the top two spots in the poll for the fourth straight week. The Blue Devils received 62 first-place votes, down one from last week, while the Wolverines snagged the other three. Both Duke and Michigan will be tested on the road in conference play this weekend. The Blue Devils will travel to Raleigh for a date with in-state rival and preseason ACC favorite N.C. State. The Wolverines, meanwhile, head south to Columbus to renew their rivalry with Ohio State.
Indiana rounds out the Top 5. The Hoosiers are followed in the poll by Kansas (No. 6), Syracuse (7), Minnesota (8), Gonzaga (9) and Missouri (10).
Wichita State (No. 23) and UNLV (No. 24) return to the rankings, replacing Oklahoma State and Pittsburgh, which each dropped a pair of games last week. Wyoming, the other unbeaten Division I school, remains unranked. The Cowboys are the second-leading votes getter among teams on the periphery of the poll. VCU leads with 94.
|AP Top 25|
|16||San Diego State||12-2||591|
|20||North Carolina State||12-2||438|
- Others receiving votes: Virginia Commonwealth 94, Wyoming 87, Oklahoma State 64, Marquette 41, UCLA 41, Maryland 29, Kentucky 27, Temple 13, Oregon 11, North Carolina 4, Pittsburgh 1