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Sean Miller’s mark on the program is not only the three Elite Eight appearances in six years but the lofty rankings.
Arizona’s two-season run as a Top 10 team in the AP Top 25 poll came to an end yesterday with the Wildcats’ preseason ranking at No. 12.
The Wildcats overall have been ranked in 60 consecutive AP polls and 63 straight coaches polls (published by USA Today). From the start of the 2012-13 season to the end of last season — a three-year span — Arizona spent 52 weeks ranked in the top 10 of the AP poll.
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Arizona was one of only 11 programs in the nation to appear in all 20 Associated Press polls in
2012-13, and one of just eight programs nationally to do so in 2013-14. The Wildcats are the only program in the nation to be ranked in the top 10 in every AP poll in the 2013-14 and the 2014-15 seasons.
In the rankings that came out yesterday, 18 of the 65 pollsters still believe Arizona is a Top 10 program. They ranked the Wildcats that high with the highest rating at No. 6 by Elton Alexander of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer and Richard Croome of The Bryan (Texas) Eagle.
The total amount of voters who had Arizona below its ranking of No. 12 numbered 24, including the likes of Seth Davis (No. 14), Dick Vitale (No. 16) and John Feinstein (No. 21).
Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports has Arizona the lowest at No. 22. Rothstein maintains a close source within the Arizona program:
Hearing RS junior Kadeem Allen is going to be an option for Arizona early at PG. Many new faces in Tucson – transition. #collegehoopstoday
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