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Wildcats jump to No. 3 in AP Top 25 men's basketball poll

Arizona now No. 3 in the country
Tommy Lloyd
Posted at 10:18 AM, Jan 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-17 18:02:32-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Arizona Wildcats jumped three spots to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 men's college basketball poll. Its highest ranking since reaching No. 2 in 2017-18.

Gonzaga (14-2) took over the top spot, followed by Auburn (16-1).

Purdue (14-2) ranked No. 4, followed by former No. 1 Baylor (15-2).

Other ranked Pac-12 teams included No. 9 UCLA (11-2), No. 16 Southern Cal (14-2).

Arizona head coach Tommy Lloyd isn't sure his team is deserving of the lofty ranking.

"As Nick Saban would say rat poison. It's rat poison," Lloyd said after Saturday's victory over Utah. "This team is just sitting around and everybody's telling them how good they are. They've got to understand what makes them good. What makes them good is when they're edgy, they got a chip on their shoulder. They play incredibly hard. They attention to detail, they take care of the ball, and I feel like we've just slipped a little bit in those areas and and we've to fight to get them back."

Arizona (14-1) travels to Stanford Thursday.