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Men's Basketball Ends Season With Top-25 Ranking
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/08/2009
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April 8, 2009

TUCSON, Ariz. - Bolstered by an appearance in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16, the University of Arizona men's basketball team finished the 2008-09 campaign with a top-25 ranking.

The Wildcats garnered the No. 24 slot in the final edition of the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, which was released Tuesday. It was the only time that Arizona was ranked all season.

The end-of-season ranking continues a streak that has seen the Wildcats ranked in at least one polling period for 22 consecutive seasons. UA has finished the season with a national ranking 17 times in those 22 seasons. Additionally, the Cats have been nationally ranked for better than 80 percent of the combined polling periods (629 of 778/.807) in both the Associated Press and the Coaches polls since the streak began in 1987-88.

Arizona (21-14, 9-9 Pac-10) advanced to the 2009 Midwest Regional Semifinal in Indianapolis in what was the program's 25th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. It also was the program's 13th Sweet 16 berth.

ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(Final, April 7, 2009)
Rnk.	Team            	Points	Last
 1.	North Carolina (31)	775	3
 2.	Michigan State  	743	7
 3.	Connecticut     	705	6
 4.	Villanova       	669	12
 5.	Louisville      	646	1
 6.	Pittsburgh      	630	4
 7.	Oklahoma        	575	8
 8.	Missouri        	563	9
 9.	Memphis         	522	2
10.	Kansas          	481	13
11.	Duke            	459	5
12.	Syracuse        	405	15
13.	Gonzaga         	393	10
14.	Purdue          	362	18
15. 	Xavier          	361	22
16.	Washington      	260	14
17.	Louisiana State 	233	20
18.	UCLA            	204	17
19.	Arizona State   	200	19
20.	Wake Forest     	170	11
21.	Marquette       	160	24
22.	Florida State   	130	16
23.	Texas           	71	NR
24.	ARIZONA         	60	NR
25.	Butler          	47	23
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