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Arizona Wildcats inch closer to a Top 10 basketball ranking

Sean Miller is keeping his eyes on his team, not the polls.
Photo by David Kadlubowski, The Arizona Republic

The Arizona Wildcats, after winning at Arizona State on Sunday night — and with other ranked teams losing last week — went from 15th to 12th in Monday’s AP poll.

Sean Miller’s team is 13th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll.

This is Arizona’s highest ranking since it 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.

The Wildcats are 21-4 overall and are 10-2 in the Pac-10, leading UCLA by one game.

Arizona picked up Top 10 mention on four of this week’s 65 ballots (you can see the individual votes for Arizona at Pollspeak.com).

Gary Laney of The Advocate in Baton Rouge, La., and Scott Reid of the Orange County Register each rank the Wildcats at No. 8.

This week’s lowest vote for Arizona comes from UA alum Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com, who has Arizona at No. 20.

Tweets Goodman (@goodmanonfox):

–I think it’s funny that all these Arizona fans think I am trying to go the other way and be tougher on the Wildcats because I am an alum.

–Bottom line is I feel Arizona’s resume is worthy of being ranked at No. 20 – and not No. 12 (or wherever the polls have them right now).

–Arizona’s best win this season came at home against a mediocre UCLA team.

Also …

According to a press release from Fox Sports Arizona:

According to Nielsen Media Research, last night’s Arizona at Arizona State men’s basketball game on FOX Sports Arizona was the network’s top-rated college basketball game of the season (2.5/4 share). The game was viewed in an average of 45,065 Phoenix households and its peak rating was a 3.1/5 share @ 8:45 p.m. (55,880 Phoenix households).

The 2.5 rating topped the previous season-best rating of 2.3, which was achieved twice this season, Jan. 15 (ASU at UA) and Feb. 5 (UA at Cal).

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