Jan. 31, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - With 18 wins and a share of first place at the midpoint of the Pac-10 Conference schedule, the University of Arizona men's basketball team earned a national ranking in both polls this week.
Arizona (18-4, 7-2 Pac-10) was ranked 21st in the Associated Press poll released today, receiving a total of 358 votes, and 22nd in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, garnering a total of 161 votes.
It is Arizona's first simultaneous appearance in both national polls since Dec. 31, 2007, when UA was ranked 21st by both the media and the coaches.
It marks the second appearance for the Wildcats in the national rankings this season, as UA was ranked 25th in the coaches' poll on Jan. 17. Arizona's return to the Associated Press poll is a welcome one for the Wildcats, as the team has been ranked in 78.8 percent (309 of 392 ranking periods) of those polls in the last 24 seasons.
The 21st-ranked Wildcats will next be in action on Thursday, Feb. 3, when the Wildcats travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to take on Stanford. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. PST and will be televised by KWBA-TV and FOX Sports Arizona.