Arizona 12th in AP preseason pollby Anthony Gimino on Oct. 26, 2012, under Arizona basketball
The Arizona Wildcats will begin the college basketball season 12th in the AP poll, which was released Friday morning.
Arizona is the highest-rated Pac-12 team in the preseason rankings, with UCLA a tick behind at No. 13. UCLA star freshman Shabazz Muhammad could miss the start of the season because of a shoulder strain, and his eligibility is still being investigated.
Stanford, with a mere two points, was the only other Pac-12 team to be on a AP ballot.
Indiana received 43 of the 65 first-place votes and is No. 1. Louisville (20 first-place votes) is second, followed by Kentucky (two first-place votes).
Arizona’s marquee non-conference game comes Dec. 15 at McKale Center against Florida, which is 10th in the preseason rankings.
The Wildcats were No. 11 in the USA Today preseason coaches poll.