Arizona surges in latest AP Poll with 5-game winning streak
Arizona is making a push in the updated rankings, rising three spots in Monday’s fresh AP Top 25. As a result, the Wildcats are back in the top 5 heading into the final stretch of the season.
At the top of the poll, UConn continues to lead the way while dominating the first-place votes. Purdue checked in at No. 2 while Houston and Marquette rounded out the top four.
Arizona was next at No. 5 in the country as the Wildcats continue to lead the Pac-12. The Wildcats have rattled off five straight wins since a loss to Oregon State, punctuated by a 20-point blowout of Colorado.
In his most recent bracketology update for ESPN, Joe Lunardi has Arizona as the No. 4 overall seed and final 1-seed for the NCAA Tournament. North Carolina, Tennessee, Marquette and Kansas are the programs projected as 2-seeds by Lunardi who would likely be in contention for a 1-seed if Arizona falters.
In the immediate outlook, Arizona is trying to hold onto its lead in the Pac-12 standings. The Wildcats currently hold a one-game lead over Washington State and a two-game lead over Oregon and UCLA with seven games left to play. Arizona will face each of those teams one more time before the end of the regular season.