Arizona Wildcats drop from 11 to 18 in Top 25 poll

2013-03-04T09:57:00Z 2013-03-04T13:44:41Z Arizona Wildcats drop from 11 to 18 in Top 25 pollBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 04, 2013 9:57 am  • 

Being swept in Los Angeles did not cost the Arizona Wildcats a spot in the Associated Press Top 25.

The Wildcats dropped from No. 11 to No. 18 in the AP poll after losing at USC and UCLA. Now 23-6 overall and 11-6 in the Pac-12, the Wildcats have one remaining game in  the regular season, on Saturday against ASU at McKale Center.

Gonzaga topped the poll for the first time in school history, while both Oregon (19) and UCLA (23) also represented the Pac-12 in the poll. Surging California, which is in third place in the Pac-12 race, received the 30th most votes.

Arizona also dropped to 18 in the coaches' Top 25 poll, though Oregon is only 25 and UCLA is not ranked in it. 

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Despite being fourth in the Pac-12, Arizona also still has the top measurements in some NCAA tournament seeding criteria. 

The Wildcats have an RPI of 14, and are still projected as a No. 3 seed by CBS' Jerry Palm. ESPN's "bracketology" site has UA projected No. 4, but that was before the Wildcats lost at UCLA on Saturday.

The Bracket Project, a compilation of brackets from across the internet, says the average seed given to Arizona is 3.75, with UCLA and Oregon both being given No. 7 seeds on average.

In the Sagarin power ratings, Arizona is No. 25, while UCLA is 39, Cal is 43 and Oregon is 44.

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UCLA's Kyle Anderson was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week.

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Larry Scott says he has encouraged Pac-12 teams to play tougher nonconference basketball schedules.

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Washington may be finding its focus, even if its too late for an NCAA tournament bid.

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Utah had a top commit watch its Bay area games over the weekend.

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