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UA back in top 10; tough road tests coming up

Posted at 12:29 PM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 14:29:49-05

For the first time in eight weeks, the Arizona Wildcats are back in the top 10.

Staying there beyond this week will not be easy.

UA (22-5, 10-4 Pac-12) moved up to No. 9 in the Associated Press poll and No. 10 in the USA TODAY coaches poll released Monday. The Wildcats have won six straight games, including a blowout of Arizona State on Wednesday, to move into a first-place tie in the Pac-12 with four regular-season games to go.

But the Wildcats have a pair of tough road games ahead of them. They'll travel to Boulder to face Colorado (19-9, 8-7) on Wednesday, then head to Salt Lake City to play No. 22 Utah (21-7, 10-5) on Saturday. Both teams have lost just one home game in conference play.

Arizona is currently projected by ESPN's Joe Lunardi as a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Victories over Colorado and Utah could help the Wildcats climb that ladder, but a loss or two could bump them down the tournament seedings, as well as the Pac-12 standings.