Wildcats fall out of AP Top 25 poll in Arizona basketball
Arizona come in the first team in 31 years to drop for the No. 2 all the way out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll the next week after a disastrous trip to the Bahamas, breaking a string of 100 straight appearances.
The Wildcats had been ranked in every AP Top 25 poll, counting preseason and weekly polls, since the beginning of the 2012-13 season. The AP poll does not rank during or after the NCAA Tournament, so it has 19 or 20 polls per season counting the preseason.
But this week, Arizona (3-3) was bounced after losing a trio of stunners, to North Carolina State, SMU and Purdue to finish last in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Purdue also fell out of the poll after the Boilermakers, ranked No. 18 going into the Battle 4 Atlantis, lost twice before beating Arizona.
Arizona’s drop from No. 2 out of the poll is the first such drop since Louisville fell out in 1986-87 following three straight losses. The 11 first-place votes the Wildcats received last week all went to Duke, making the Blue Devils a unanimous No. 1 pick.
The Wildcats still picked up 34 votes overall, the 30th most among college basketball teams.
ASU (6-0), meanwhile, jumped into the polls at No 20 after beating Xavier to win the Las Vegas Invitational. The Sun Devils and USC (No. 14) are the only Pac-12 teams in the Top 25 poll.