Arizona slides from 7th to 18th after pair of narrow losses in L.A.

BY foxsports • January 11, 2016

Arizona fell 11 spots from No 7 to No. 18 in this week's Associated Press college basketball poll after a pair of narrow losses on the road to UCLA and USC but remains the only Pac-12 team ranked in the Top 25.

Arizona (13-3) lost to UCLA on Thursday night on a tie-breaking 3-pointer by Bryce Alford with less than 2 seconds left, then lost by two points to USC in quadruple overtime on Saturday. The Wildcats then learned on Sunday that their leading scorer, freshman Allonzo Trier, is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken bone in his shooting hand.

USC (26th), UCLA (28th) and Utah (tied for 29th) all finished just outside the Top 25.

Big 12 rivals Kansas and Oklahoma remain 1-2 in the rankings.

The Jayhawks (14-1) beat the Sooners 109-106 in triple overtime last week. They received all but two first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel. It is the second week at No. 1 for Kansas.

Oklahoma (13-1) drew one No. 1 vote. It was followed by Maryland (15-1) and Michigan State (16-1), which had the other first-place vote. North Carolina is fifth followed by Villanova, Xavier, Miami, Duke and SMU.

SMU is in the top 10 for the first time since February 1985. The Mustangs (15-0) and No. 19 South Carolina (15-0) are the only unbeaten Division I teams. SMU is ineligible for the postseason because of NCAA rules violations.

No. 21 Baylor and No. 25 Gonzaga are the week's newcomers, replacing Connecticut and Dayton.


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