Arizona jumps to 7th in latest rankings after beating Utah, Colorado

Brandon Ashley and the Arizona Wildcats beat Colorado and Utah this week to move to seventh in the AP and USA Today Coaches polls.

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A 2-2 stretch heading into last week left the Arizona Wildcats ranked ninth in the USA Today Coaches Poll and 10th in the Associated Press rankings, but beating Colorado and Utah moved Sean Miller’s team back up the top 10 ladder. 

Arizona (16-2) finds itself ranked seventh in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls after two double-digit wins that push it ahead of previously No. 8-ranked Utah. Reclaiming their place as the top-ranked Pac-12 team, the Wildcats drubbed the Utes on the boards for a 21-rebound advantage in a 69-51 victory at McKale Center on Saturday.

Ahead of Arizona in the AP poll, in order, are top-ranked Kentucky (17-0), Virginia (17-0), Gonzaga (18-1), Villanova (17-1), Duke (15-2) and Wisconsin (16-2).

Utah (14-3) fell to 11th in the coaches poll and 12th in the AP rankings after its seven-game winning streak was stopped. 

Duke, Louisville and Kansas joined Utah as top-10 teams who lost this week. The Blue Devils fell to Miami before beating Louisville, while Kansas fell to Iowa State, which jumped it in the rankings.

The Utes and Wildcats are joined in the coaches’ top 25 by Stanford (13-4), which lept into the conversation with a decisive, 72-59, win against reigning national champion UConn.

Arizona visits the Cardinal on Thursday, where the two teams will see which one can keep up its physical play. Like Arizona’s domination of Utah on the glass, Stanford beat UConn by outrebounding the Huskies by 24, where the difference was the offensive rebounding margin.

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