After wins over ranked opponents from California last week, the Arizona Wildcats jumped right back into the top five of the latest AP hoops poll.

Arizona checked in at No. 4 in the latest rankings, Behind Purdue (20-3), Gonzaga (19-2), and Auburn (22-1). The Cats were joined in the top 25 by UCLA at No. 12 and USC down at No. 21. The Bruins dropped nine spots after losing to Arizona and Arizona State in triple-overtime last week. Oregon also jumped back into the “receiving votes” category with five points total.

Now projected as a 1-seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, Arizona had a banner week last week. It toppled UCLA 76-66 in a rematch of a Jan. 25 defeat at Pauley Pavilion and then took down USC on Saturday 72-63. In contests that had a distinct “do or die” feel to them, Arizona was able to grind out wins.

Up next is a three-game road trip. Head coach Tommy Lloyd’s group will battle Arizona State on Monday night at 6 p.m. PT on FS1. They’ll then travel up to the Pacific Northwest for games against Washington State (Feb. 10, 6 p.m. PT FS1) and Washington (Feb. 12, 3 p.m. PT).

UCLA, which has now slipped behind Oregon to third in the Pac-12 standings by way of the head-to-head tiebreaker, followed up a hard-fought loss to Arizona with a triple-overtime marathon against Arizona State. The Sun Devils prevailed 87-84 despite 27 points from Jaime Jaquez Jr. and 20 points from Johnny Juzang.

During UCLA’s six-game winning streak prior, the Bruins hadn’t given up more than 65 points to their opponent. Though it should get an asterisk given the three overtime periods, UCLA is now 0-3 on the season when it allows 80 points. The Bruins have a two-game week upcoming, with road games against Stanford (Feb. 8, 8 p.m. PT ESPN) and USC (Feb. 12, 7 p.m. PT).

The Trojans are somewhat hanging on in the top 25. They’re only 6-4 in their last 10 after starting the season 13-0 and have slid to 27th in the NET rankings. USC has only played two Quad 1 opponents all season, and it’s 1-1 in those games. Still, there are no bad losses (14-1 in Q3 and Q4), with Stanford looking better by the day.

USC was able to avoid the upset-minded Sun Devils on Thursday with a 58-53 comeback win. It’ll host Pacific on Tuesday at 7 p.m. PT, a makeup game to take the place of an Oklahoma State trip that had to be canceled in December.

Here’s the full set of rankings:

  1. Auburn (22-1)
  2. Gonzaga (19-2)
  3. Purdue (20-3)
  4. Arizona (19-2, 9-1 Pac-12)
  5. Kentucky (19-4)
  6. Houston (20-2)
  7. Duke (19-3)
  8. Kansas (19-3)
  9. Texas Tech (18-5)
  10. Baylor (19-4)
  11. Providence (20-2)
  12. UCLA (16-4, 8-3 Pac-12)
  13. Illinois (17-5)
  14. Wisconsin (18-4)
  15. Villanova (17-6)
  16. Ohio State (14-5)
  17. Michigan State (17-5)
  18. Marquette (16-7)
  19. Tennessee (16-6)
  20. Texas (17-6)
  21. USC (19-4, 9-4 Pac-12)
  22. Saint Mary’s (19-4)
  23. Murray State (22-2)
  24. UConn (15-6)
  25. Xavier (16-6)

Receiving Votes: Wyoming 82, Arkansas 74, Iowa State 48, Davidson 35, Boise State 22, Wake Forest 21, Alabama 18, Loyola Chicago 13, LSU 11, Indiana 11, Iowa 7, Oregon 5, San Francisco 3, Notre Dame 3, Ohio 2