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Wednesday / February 28.
  • Arizona ranked No. 1 team for first time since 2013-14

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    By SAM LANCE

    Tommy Lloyd and the Arizona Wildcats are the No. 1 team in the country for the first time since week 13 of the 2013-14 season, per Monday’s AP Poll.

    Several top-25 teams were upset over the weekend, leading to some major shakeup in the AP Poll and the Wildcats No. 1 ranking. In total six teams — Purdue, Marquette, UConn, Duke, Kentucky and Villanova — lost. Arizona is now the third team to be ranked No. 1 this season, joining Kansas and Purdue.

    Arizona (7-0) is one of 14 teams still undefeated in Division I. The Wildcats are also the only undefeated team in the Pac 12 and one of 10 Power Five teams still undefeated.

    Lloyd and the Wildcats have some signature wins already this season, defeating then-No. 2 ranked Duke in Cameron Indoor and then-No. 21 ranked Michigan State on a neutral floor. Duke comes in at No. 22 in the new AP Poll and Michigan State is unranked.

    This week, as the No. 1 team, Arizona will play No. 23 Wisconsin at home on Saturday, and the schedule to close the non-conference doesn’t get any easier. After Wisconsin, Arizona plays No. 4 Purdue (Dec. 16), Alabama (Dec. 20) and No. 11 Florida Atlantic (Dec. 23).

    Arizona has been led by starters Caleb Love (13.3 ppg), Keshad Johnson (12.9 ppg), Kylan Boswell (12.7 ppg), Oumar Ballo (12.1 ppg) and Pelle Larsson (11.0 ppg) on the young season.

    The Week 5 AP Poll in its entirety:

    1. Arizona
    2. Kansas
    3. Houston
    4. Purdue
    5. UConn
    6. Baylor
    7. Gonzaga
    8. Marquette
    9. North Carolina
    10. Creighton
    11. Florida Atlantic
    12. Texas
    13. Colorado State
    14. BYU
    15. Miami
    16. Kentucky
    17. Tennessee
    18. James Madison
    19. Oklahoma
    20. Illinois
    21. Texas A&M
    22. Duke
    23. Wisconsin
    24. Clemson
    25. San Diego State
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