Following the split of the Rocky Mountain schools over the weekend — without injured high-profile guard Aari McDonald — Arizona has gone from No. 11 to No. 13 in the latest AP Top 25 poll released this morning.
Arizona is 22-5 overall and 11-5 in the Pac-12 with the last weekend of the regular season coming up, starting Friday against No. 4 Stanford at 6 p.m. at McKale Center. The last home game and final regular season game is Sunday at noon against California.
The Wildcats have an opportunity to eclipse 100,000 in attendance with the two remaining home games. They are at 80,555. Crowds would have to total 19,445 against Stanford and Cal, an average of 9,723 in each.
Adia Barnes’ team will also try to match the record of 24 wins in the regular season set by the 1999-2000 team.
The Wildcats, who had a four-game winning streak snapped at Colorado, will try to rebound literally against Stanford after shooting a season low 24.5 percent and getting outrebounded 48-27 in yesterday’s 50-38 loss. Armari Carter was the only player in double figures with 12 points.
The status of McDonald is listed as “day to day,” according to the university. She wore a boot over her left foot during games at Utah and Colorado over the weekend.
Arizona is ranked for the 14th straight week, its longest appearance since the 2002-03 team was in the rankings for 15 weeks.
The other ranked Pac-12 teams include No. 3 Oregon, No. 9 UCLA, No. 17 Oregon State and No. 24 ASU.
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