Arizona soars in latest AP Top 25 after huge win at Duke
Arizona is ranked No. 3 in the latest AP Top 25.
The Wildcats flew up the rankings this week going from No. 12 to No. 3 in the latest media poll released Monday. Fresh off a 78-73 win over the Duke Blue Devils last Friday, Arizona made a big move in the polls and garnered three first-place votes.
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Against the Blue Devils, senior forward Keshad Johnson accounted for 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting and 1-for-4 from behind the 3-point line. Johnson also added 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Sophomore guard Kylan Boswell had a nice game as well, adding 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting and 2-for-4 from beyond the arc. Boswell also contributed 8 rebounds and 5 assists, helping lead the Wildcats to the big upset win.
Arizona had a 41-33 lead over Duke heading into the 2nd half, and the Blue Devils did manage to cut into the lead by a few points but ultimately Arizona held on for arguably the biggest win of the young college basketball season.
Duke is the first of 5 non-conference opponents that Arizona is scheduled to play that is in the current version of this AP Top 25, making for a challenging early-season schedule for the Wildcats.
Arizona returns home Monday to take on Southern at 5 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Network.
The rest of the AP poll is below, with first-place votes in parentheses:
- Kansas (51)
- Purdue (7)
- Arizona (3)
- UConn (1)
- Texas A&M
- Michigan State
- North Carolina
- James Madison
Others receiving votes: Memphis 53, Virginia 49, St. John’s 47, UCLA 36, TCU 34, San Diego State 33, BYU 32, Saint Mary’s 20, Mississippi State 19, Iowa State 10, Wisconsin 6, Auburn 5, Weber State 2, Michigan 2, Drake 1, Clemson 1, Boise State 1