AP women’s basketball poll gets ASU, Arizona confused

Coach Charli Turner Thorne's Sun Devils are 15-1, the best start in school history, after beating Arizona by 47 and 17 points last week.

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It happens all the time. Just as surely as the sun rising in the West, er East, some media organization will confuse the beloved Pac-12 institutions of higher learning in our great state of Arizona.

This time, the culprit was the Associated Press women’s basketball rankings — which on Monday originally listed Arizona as honorable mention with 10 votes (see below).

This is the same Arizona team that lost three games a week ago by an average margin of 25 points to fall into last place in the Pac-12 with a record of 7-8.

Most likely, those 10 votes were supposed to have have been earmarked for Arizona State, which administered two of the beatdowns on Arizona last week and now sits at 15-1 on the season with 11 consecutive victories. (The AP revised the rankings later in the day to remove Arizona.)

No harm, no foul. Folks around these parts know this is a laughably common occurrence — one that doesn’t seem to happen quite so frequently with our friends from Oregon, or Oklahoma, or Michigan, etc. (Or maybe we just notice it more.) 

In any case, here’s your too-regular reminder that Arizona and Arizona State are two different schools.

ARIZONA: Nickname — Wildcats. Colors — Cardinal Red and Navy Blue. Home — Tucson.

ARIZONA STATE: Nickname — Sun Devils. Colors — Maroon, Gold and Ubiquitous Black. Home — Tempe.

AP women’s basketball rankings for Jan. 12
Rank School Record Points
1 South Carolina (28) 16-0 868
2 Connecticut (7) 14-1 846
3 Baylor 14-1 777
4 Texas 13-1 728
4 Louisville 15-1 728
6 Tennessee 14-2 722
7 Notre Dame 15-2 678
8 Maryland 13-2 583
9 Oregon St 14-1 579
10 Kentucky 14-3 545
11 Texas A&M 15-3 515
12 North Carolina 15-2 488
13 Stanford 12-4 453
14 Arizona St 15-1 396
15 Mississippi St 18-1 341
16 Duke 11-5 332
17 Nebraska 12-3 275
18 Georgia 15-2 270
19 Princeton 17-0 177
20 Florida St 15-2 167
21 Oklahoma St 11-3 161
22 Iowa 12-3 138
23 Minnesota 14-2 113
24 Rutgers 12-4 98
25 Syracuse 11-5 91

 

  • Others receiving votes: Western Kentucky 78, Chattanooga 49, Miami (FL) 41, Washington 24, South Florida 21, Iowa State 19, Northwestern 18, Green Bay 14, Arizona 10, Long Beach St 7, St. John’s 7, Seton Hall 6, California 5, Depaul 3, George Washington 2, Ohio State 2

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