Jan 12, 2013; Corvallis, OR, USA; Arizona Wildcats guard Mark Lyons (2) drives to the basket on Oregon State Beavers guard Ahmad Starks (3) during the first half of the game at Gill Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Wildcats Fall to Seventh in Polls After Loss

After the Arizona Wildcats fell to Oregon last Thursday to drop from the group of undefeated’s, fans knew the team would also drop in the rankings.  Now we know how far.

Arizona is seventh in both the AP and Coaches polls.  UA fell three spots in the AP, while dropping four in the Coaches.

The new polls have Louisville, Indiana, Duke, Kansas, and Michigan rounding out the top five.

What will come has better news to Arizona fans is the team moved up to second in the RPI rankings, a formula which uses Strength of Schedule and Wins/Losses.  This is something the NCAA tournament committee looks at on a sliding scale of importance. (Meaning some years it has more impact then others.)

If Arizona can maintain a top seven ranking and continue to hold onto the second best RPI in the country, the Wildcats will have a very good shot at securing a #1 Seed in the NCAA tournament.  This also means they have the potential to play close to home with options like Salt Lake City, San Jose, and a regional site of Los Angeles.



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