After its convincing win over Duke to win the NIT Season-Tip Off championship, Arizona rose to No. 2 in Associated Press and USA Today/coaches top 25 polls.
It’s the highest ranking for the Wildcats since coach Sean Miller took over in 2009.
Oregon is 13th in both polls while UCLA is 17th in the coaches’ ranking and 18th in the AP poll.
The writers gave Colorado 17 votes and the Buffaloes received eight votes from the coaches. No other Pac-12 team received a vote.
Interesting to note, San Diego State, which plays Washington on Sunday, entered the AP poll for the first time this week at No. 24. The Aztecs (5-1) are unranked in the coaches’ poll.
After the first month of the season, it’s shaping up to be a three-team race in the Pac-12.
Arizona, Oregon and UCLA are the class of the conference while Colorado, Arizona State, Stanford and California are lumped in the middle. No one really knows what to make of Utah, which built a 6-0 record on a cream puff schedule.
Washington, USC, Oregon State and Washington State have struggled as projected.
Here’s how the conference stacks up in the RPI: Arizona (14), Oregon (25), Colorado (26), UCLA (46), Arizona State (76), Stanford (87), USC (104), California (125), Washington State (160), Utah (163), Oregon State (169) and Washington (205).