AP Top 25: Arizona jumps UCLA after weekend win in the desert
After snapping UCLA’s 14-game winning streak Saturday at McKale Center, Arizona jumped UCLA to become the Pac-12’s highest-ranked team once again in the new AP Top 25.
The latest media poll, released Monday, has the Wildcats slotted at No. 6.
It’s a five-spot jump for Coach Tommy Lloyd and his crew after a week that saw the Wildcats sweep the visiting Los Angeles schools.
Arizona beat USC at home last Thursday, 81-66. The Wildcats (17-3, 6-3 Pac-12) followed that up with a 58-52 win over UCLA on Saturday. The latter result represented the first time since 2015 that Arizona had won a game while failing to score at least 60 points. Lloyd said he felt it was the best defensive weekend his group had played all season.
“I think you put the two games together, I think it was our best defense,” he said.
UCLA (17-3, 8-1 Pac-12) fell three spots to No. 8 in the ranking following its first conference loss of the season.
The Wildcats and the Bruins are the Pac-12’s only ranked squads at the moment. Arizona State had been on the cusp — receiving the third-most votes of anyone outside the Top 25 last week — but dropped entirely after back-to-back losses to UCLA and USC at home.
The Trojans (14-6, 6-3 Pac-12) did not receive any votes, though they might be able to change that this upcoming week. UCLA visits the Galen Center on Thursday for a 6 p.m. PT tip (ESPN2).
Arizona heads to Washington for games against the Cougars (Thursday, 8 p.m. PT) and the Huskies (Saturday, 2:30 p.m. PT).
UCLA has just the one game against its crosstown rival this week.
The full Top 25 can be seen below, with first-place votes in parenthesis:
- Purdue (39)
- Alabama (23)
- Kansas State
- Iowa State
- Miami (FL)
- Saint Mary’s
- New Mexico
Others receiving votes: Duke 102, Indiana 61, San Diego State 57, Rutgers 31, Kent State 24, North Carolina 12, Michigan State 10, Creighton 9, Illinois 9, Arkansas 9, Missouri 8, Wisconsin 6, North Carolina State 4, Kentucky 3, VCU 2, Boise State 2, Memphis 1, Wake Forest 1, Oral Roberts 1