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ASU basketball cracks top 25; Arizona out for 1st time in 100 weeks

Posted at 10:05 AM, Nov 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-27 13:19:52-05

For the first time since the James Harden era, Arizona State Sun Devils men's basketball is in the top 25 -- and for the first time in 100 weeks, the Arizona Wildcats are out.

ASU is ranked No. 20 in Monday's Associated Press poll, cracking the top 25 for the first time this season -- and the first time since 2009 -- after opening the season 6-0. That includes a championship in last week's Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational after beating then-No. 15 Xavier in the championship game.

The Sun Devils celebrated their championship during Saturday's Territorial Cup game in Tempe when ASU's football team beat the Wildcats 42-30.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats, which were the No. 2 team in the nation heading into last week, dropped out of the top 25 altogether after losing three straight games -- two to unranked opponents -- in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. Arizona is 3-3 on the season.

ASU is also ranked No. 21 in the USA TODAY coaches poll. Arizona dropped out of the poll after being ranked No. 4 last week.

Next up for both teams: ASU hosts San Francisco on Saturday, while the Wildcats look to rebound Wednesday when they host Long Beach State.