Arizona split on the toughest road swing in the Pac-12, against the highly-ranked Oregon schools, and that was good enough for Adia Barnes’ program to stay at No. 12 in the AP Top 25 poll released this morning.
Arizona (19-4, 8-4 Pac-12) remains at its highest ranking since Barnes’ senior year with the Wildcats in 1997-98. Arizona reached No. 7 three times that season for the highest ranking in program history.
Huge win today on the road at Oregon State! So proud of my team. Tough on the road in the Pac-12. #leavealegacy
The Wildcats’ 65-58 overtime win yesterday over Oregon State, which was ranked No. 9 last week and dropped to No. 11, is Arizona’s first over a top 10 team on the road in school history. The Wildcats were 0-61 against such teams before beating the Beavers.
Arizona, whose 19 regular-season wins are the most since the 2010-11 team won 22, lost at Oregon 85-52 last Friday before heading to Corvallis to face Oregon State.
Arizona has won five of its last six games heading into this weekend’s games at McKale Center against Washington (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Washington State (Sunday, noon). Both games will be on the Pac-12 Networks and on KTUC 1400-AM.
The other ranked Pac-12 teams are No. 3 Oregon, No. 7 UCLA, No. 8 Stanford and No. 22 ASU.
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