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Arizona basketball team earns highest AP ranking in four years

Sean Miller and the Wildcats put their No. 15 ranking on the line Sunday at Arizona State.
Photo by Chris Morrison-US PRESSWIRE

The Arizona Wildcats basketball team moved from No. 21 to No. 15 in this week’s AP poll, its highest ranking in more than four years.

Arizona was No. 11 in the Jan. 15, 2007, poll. The Lute Olson-led Wildcats were 13-3 at the time of that poll but were swept at USC and UCLA that week to drop in the rankings.

Arizona, following last week’s sweep of Stanford and Cal, were included on each of the 65 AP ballots. Last week, four voters left the Cats off the ballot — including ESPN’s Dick Vitale.

Vitale jumped Arizona to 19th this week.

Gary Laney of The Advocate in Baton Rouge, La., remains the AP voter most enamored of the Cats, moving them from 10th to eighth. You can find how each voter ranked Arizona at Pollspeak.com.

Arizona, which is 20-4 overall and in first place in the Pac-10 with a 9-2 record, is 16th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.

In case you’re wondering, the last time Arizona was ranked in the Top 10 was Jan. 8, 2007. The Wildcats were 10th.

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