Arizona remains 7th in AP basketball poll

Arizona held firm at No. 7 in this week’s Associated Press men’s college basketball poll after Saturday’s victory over ASU that gave the Wildcats a share of the Pac-12 championship.

Kansas (28-3) was No. 1 for the second week in a row and received 59 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel. Villanova (28-3), UCLA (28-3) and Gonzaga (30-1) held their spots at 2 through 4, but Oregon (27-4) moved into the top five at the expense of North Carolina (26-6).

Arizona, Kentucky, Baylor and Louisville completed the top 10.

Maryland (24-7) is the only new addition to this week’s top 25, replacing Miami (20-10), which lost to Virginia Tech and Florida State.

Even with the loss of Miami, the Atlantic Coast Conference still leads with six ranked teams. The Big 12 is next with four.

Arizona will be the No. 2 seed in this week’s Pac-12 tournament and plays next on at 7 p.m. Thursday in Las Vegas against the Washington State-Colorado winner.

ASU is the No. 8 seed and will play Stanford on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

AP Top 25

With first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 5 and total points:

 1. Kansas (59)    ­       28-3  1619   1

 2. Villanova (2)  ­       28-3  1517   2

 3. UCLA (3)       ­        28-3  1487   3

 4. Gonzaga (1)    ­       30-1  1430   4

 5. Oregon         ­          27-4  1364   6

 6. North Carolina ­    26-6  1291   5

 7. Arizona        ­          27-4  1252   7

 8. Kentucky       ­        26-5  1182   9

 9. Baylor         ­           25-6  1084  11

10. Louisville     ­        24-7  1047   8

11. West Virginia  ­     24-7   958  10

12. SMU            ­          27-4   849  14

13. Purdue         ­         25-6   839  16

14. Duke           ­           23-8   667  17

15. Cincinnati     ­        27-4   634  18

16. Florida State  ­      24-7   631  15

17. Florida        ­           24-7   617  12

18. Butler         ­           23-7   538  13

19. Saint Mary’s   ­      27-3   456  20

20. Wichita State  ­     30-4   401  21

21. Virginia       ­          21-9   400  23

22. Notre Dame     ­    23-8   394  19

23. Iowa State       ­     20-10   147  24

24. Wisconsin      ­      23-8   139  22

25. Maryland       ­       24-7    47   _

Others receiving votes: Middle Tennessee 28, Oklahoma State 23, Minnesota 22, Michigan 16, Dayton 11, Seton Hall 9, Southern Cal 6, Providence 5, Vermont 3, Arkansas 2, Miami 2, VCU 2, Wake Forest 2, Creighton 1, Michigan State 1, Princeton 1, UNC Wilmington 1.