Wildcats rise to No. 2 in national Top 25 polls

2013-12-02T11:55:00Z 2013-12-03T09:09:30Z Wildcats rise to No. 2 in national Top 25 pollsBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 02, 2013 11:55 am  • 

The Arizona Wildcats have reached their highest-ever ranking in the Sean Miller era, rising to No. 2 in both national polls after beating Duke in the NIT Season Tip-Off championship last Friday.

The Wildcats (7-0) were behind only Michigan State (7-0) in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today coaches polls.

In the AP Poll, Arizona received two of the 65 first-place votes, with all others going to the Spartans. The Wildcats were followed by Kentucky, Syracuse and Ohio State in the top five. The second five was Kansas, Louisville, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State and Duke.

The AP Poll was also a historic one for the Miller family. Dayton coach Archie Miller, Sean's younger brother and a former UA associate head coach, had his team jump into the poll at No. 25.

One of Arizona's other opponents so far, San Diego State, jumped into the AP poll at 25 while Pac-12 rival UCLA is 18th.

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