Polls: Arizona hops to the top for first time since 2003

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

The Wildcats are atop the polls for the first time since March, 2003. (USATSI)
The Wildcats are atop the polls for the first time since March 2003. (USATSI)

It was in mid-March of 2003, when Lute Olson was coaching and Andre Iguodala was playing in Tucson, that Arizona was most previously the No. 1 team in the country.

Until today. Both major polls released on Monday afternoon put Sean Miller's Wildcats at No. 1, taking over the throne from Michigan State, which lost at home to North Carolina last week. Syracuse and Ohio State each take up a second- and third-place spot in both polls, while Wisconsin and Michigan State round out the top five in the AP; it's Louisville and Michigan State in the Coaches'.

Despite Baylor beating Kentucky Friday night, the Wildcats are still three spots ahead of the Bears in the AP poll and eight ahead in the Coaches'.

Colorado's huge win was enough to get it into just the AP poll.

AP Poll

  1. Arizona (63)
  2. Syracuse (2)
  3. Ohio State
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Michigan State
  6. Louisville
  7. Oklahoma State
  8. Duke
  9. Connecticut
  10. Villanova
  11. Kentucky
  12. Wichita State
  13. Kansas
  14. Baylor
  15. Oregon
  16. Memphis
  17. Iowa State
  18. North Carolina
  19. Florida
  20. Gonzaga
  21. Colorado
  22. UMass
  23. Iowa
  24. Missouri
  25. San Diego State

Jumped in: Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina
Dropped out: UCLA (18), Michigan (22), Dayton (25)

Coaches Poll

  1. Arizona (30)
  2. Ohio State (1)
  3. Syracuse (1)
  4. Louisville
  5. Michigan State
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Duke
  8. Wichita State
  9. Oklahoma State
  10. Kentucky
  11. Oregon
  12. Connecticut
  13. Kansas
  14. Villanova
  15. Memphis
  16. Iowa State
  17. Gonzaga
  18. Baylor
  19. Florida
  20. UMass
  21. North Carolina
  22. Iowa
  23. UCLA
  24. San Diego State
  25. Michigan

Jumped in: San Diego State
Dropped out: Indiana (24)

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