Wildcats ranked 12th in AP preseason poll

BY foxsports • October 26, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. -- For the second straight season and the eighth time in the last decade, the Arizona men's basketball team will open the season with a top-25 ranking in both major polls.

Arizona was ranked 12th in the 2012-13 preseason Associated Press poll released Friday, receiving a total of 902 points. The ranking represents the Wildcats' highest since 2006-07, when they were voted 10th in both the AP poll and the coaches' poll.

UA is ranked 11th in the preseason coaches' poll.

Since the start of the 1987-88 campaign, Arizona has been ranked in 21 of 26 preseason media polls, with the only exceptions being the 1995-96, 2001-02, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. UA was ranked 16th in the preseason AP poll a year ago.

The Wildcats open their 2012-13 exhibition schedule against Humboldt State on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 6:30 p.m. at McKale Center. The regular-season opener against Charleston Southern is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m.

Associated Press Poll

School (first-place votes)      Points
1. Indiana (43)                     1,592
2. Louisville (20)                   1,568
3. Kentucky (2)                     1,543
4. Ohio State                        1,292
5. Michigan                           1,290
6. NC State                           1,270
7. Kansas                             1,210
8. Duke                                 1,094
9. Syracuse                           1,062
10. Florida                              936
11. North Carolina                  904
12. Arizona                           902
13. UCLA                                840
14. Michigan State                 789
15. Missouri                            664
16. Creighton                         622
17. Memphis                           539
18. UNLV                                488
19. Baylor                               486
20. San Diego State               463
21. Gonzaga                           384
22. Notre Dame                      297
23. Wisconsin                         285
24. Cincinnati                          120
25. Florida State                     101


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