More than two months remain in the 2013-14 college basketball season, but the Arizona Wildcats have already made history.
For the seventh week in a row, Sean Miller’s squad will rank No. 1 when the Associated Press Top 25 poll is released later Monday.
That’s a school record, beating the six-week stretch when Arizona sat atop the poll at the beginning of the 2002-03 season.
Don’t be surprised if the Wildcats end up shattering their previous streak. At 18-0 overall and 5-0 in league play, Arizona has distinguished itself as the class of the Pac-12. The distance between Miller’s team and the conference’s second-place squad—whichever team that may be—isn’t even close.
That doesn’t mean Arizona isn’t capable of being upset.
The scariest game on the schedule appears to be a Feb. 1 showdown at Cal. The Golden Bears are making their debut in the Bleacher Report Top 25 this week after opening conference play with five straight wins.
On a national level, Syracuse and Wichita State are also undefeated, but Arizona hasn’t had as many scares as the Orange, who beat St. John’s, Miami and Pittsburgh by five points each. And the Wildcats have played a much tougher schedule than Wichita State.
Just missed the cut in this week’s poll: Texas, Xavier, Southern Methodist, UCLA
Dropped out: Colorado, Memphis, Baylor