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Arizona Wildcats fall to eighth in basketball polls

Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson and the Wildcats were happy during Saturday’s 74-50 win over USC. Photo by Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

In a week in which 14 ranked teams lost at least once, the Arizona Wildcats dropped only two spots in the major polls released Monday morning.

Arizona was eighth in the AP media poll and the USA Today coaches poll.

The Wildcats were as high as sixth on nine of the 65 AP ballots; six voters put Arizona as low as 12th.

Arizona (17-2 overall, 5-2 Pac-12) split two home games last week, losing to UCLA and beating USC.

Michigan is the new No. 1 in the AP poll, with Kansas occupying the top spot in the USA Today rankings.

Oregon, which is the other team to beat Arizona, climbed to No. 10 in the AP poll with an 18-2 record. Arizona State, coming off a win over UCLA, was fifth among teams also receiving votes. ASU was mentioned on four AP ballots.

The Cats remained a No. 1 seed in the projected NCAA bracket of Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. Arizona is 5-2 against teams in the most recent official NCAA RPI (new rankings should come out later today).

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