Beating Michigan on the road wasn't enough for the Arizona Wildcats to leap into a unanimous No. 1 pick. For the second straight week, they collected 63 of 65 first-place votes in the Associated Press Top 25 media poll.

Syracuse, 10-0, received the other two first-place votes and finished second in voting overall, followed by Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Michigan State. Ohio State and Syracuse also took the other first-place votes in the USA Today coaches poll.

Also in the AP Top 25, Oregon was ranked 13th, Colorado 20th and San Diego State was 24th.

While the Wildcats beat the Wolverines, who just dropped out of the Top 25 last week, Syracuse bolstered its case by winning at St. John's on Sunday.

Neither Arizona nor Syracuse have beaten a team currently with a Sagarin power rating of 25 or better -- Michigan is 29 and both Duke and San Diego State are in the 30s -- but the Wildcats have beaten four Top 50 teams and Syracuse has beaten only two.

Also, Arizona has two true road wins, while beating Duke in the NIT Season Tip-Off, while Syracuse has one true road win while also beating Baylor in the Maui Invitational championship.

ESPN's Joe Lunardi says UA and Wisconsin have the best effective records so far.

Both UA and Syracuse have comparable strengths of schedules, according to the Sagarin ratings: Arizona's is ranked 123 and Syracuse's is 125. However, Kenpom lists Arizona's SOS at No. 108 and Syracuse's at 204.


Finally, USA Today is saying it's about time to pay attention to Oregon.


Utah's Jordan Loveridge was voted the Pac-12's Player of the Week after scoring 21 points, with six rebounds and five assists in the Utes' win over BYU.

Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball