Men’s Basketball Ascends to Top Spot in AP Poll

The Arizona men’s basketball team took over the top spot in the Associated Press poll on Monday, marking the first time it has held the No. 1 ranking in more than a decade. UA was also ranked No. 1 in Monday’s USA Today Coaches Poll.

The Wildcats have now been ranked No. 1 in the AP poll a total of 30 weeks in program history, the second-most in the history of the Pac-12. UA last held the top spot on March 10, 2003.

Arizona is the first Pac-12 school to sit atop the AP poll since Jan. 6, 2006, when UCLA was ranked first.

The winners of a record-tying fourth NIT Season Tip-Off title earlier this season, Arizona has three wins over teams ranked in the top 75 of the ESPN Daily RPI rankings (Drexel, Duke, San Diego State).

The Wildcats will cap their three-game homestand against New Mexico State on Wednesday. Tickets for the contest with the Aggies are still available at the McKale Center Ticket Office, by phone at (520) 621-CATS or online at

For the latest updates on Arizona men’s basketball and an inside look at the program, follow @APlayersProgram on Twitter.

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