Arizona Wildcats' basketball rankings climb higher

2014-02-24T11:37:00Z 2014-02-24T12:09:09Z Arizona Wildcats' basketball rankings climb higherBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Wildcats' sweep of Utah and Colorado not only moved them to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 poll and the USA Today coaches poll but also kept their expected grip on a No. 1 NCAA tournament seed tight.

In fact, ESPN's Joe Lunardi says Arizona is his No. 1 overall seed at this point, and is keeping UA on the San Diego-Anaheim track to the Final Four. Lunardi also has five other Pac-12 teams in the field: UCLA (5), ASU (9), Cal (9), Stanford (9) and Colorado (10).

CBS's Jerry Palm has UA with a No. 1 seed and has a total of seven Pac-12 teams in the field: UCLA (7), Stanford (8), ASU (9), Colorado (9), Cal (10) and Oregon (11).

The Wildcats stayed at No. 2 in the official NCAA RPI, behind only Kansas, while UCLA (14), Colorado (26), ASU (34), Stanford (39) and Oregon (41) all have tournament-worthy RPIs.

UA is No. 1 in three other significant metrics: ESPN's BPI, the Sagarin ratings, and Kenpom.

In the AP poll, UA moved up one spot to No. 3 and picked up four first-place votes. Florida is No. 1, followed by Wichita State, Arizona, Syracuse, Kansas and Duke. Other UA opponents: San Diego State (13), Michigan (16) and UCLA (unranked but second top vote-getter of those not ranked).

Utah tore apart ASU and Larry Krystkowiak says the Utes are planning to win the Pac-12 Tournament.

So it could be worth noting that, as of right now, Arizona would face the winner of a Utah-OSU first-round game in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament.

Mike Moser and Oregon took care of the Cougars in the second half.

Cal beat USC to stay inside the bubble of teams that will earn a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament.

Stanford's Josh Huestis beat out T.J. McConnell for the Pac-12 Player of the Week award.

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