The University of Arizona

Cats Ranked No. 12 in Preseason AP Poll

By Arizona Athletics, October 26, 2012

The UA men's basketball team received 902 points in the 2012-13 preseason Associated Press poll, for its highest appearance in the preseason national rankings since 2006-07.

Wildcat point guard Mark Lyons
Wildcat point guard Mark Lyons

For the second straight season, and eighth time in the last decade, the University of Arizona men's basketball team will open the season with a top-25 ranking in both major college basketball polls.

Arizona was ranked 12th in the 2012-13 preseason Associated Press poll released today, receiving a total of 902 points, marking Arizona's highest appearance in the preseason national rankings since 2006-07 when both the AP and the coaches' poll ranked UA 10th to open the season.

Since the start of the 1987-88 campaign, Arizona has been ranked in 21 of 26 preseason media polls in that period with the only exceptions coming in 1995-96, 2001-02, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11.

UA received a No. 16 preseason ranking from the AP a year ago.

The Wildcats open 2012-13 with an exhibition game against Humboldt State on Oct. 31 at 6:30 p.m. PDT in McKale Memorial Center. The regular season opener vs. Charleston Southern is scheduled for Nov. 11 at 4 p.m.