The Sun Devils surpassed Wichita State and Duke in this week's AP poll. ASU coach Bobby Hurley was a star point guard at Duke, and he led the Blue Devils to back-to-back national championships in 1991 and '92.
New AP top 10
2. Michigan State
3. Arizona State
5. North Carolina
8. Texas A&M
The Sun Devils were ranked No. 3 in 1963 and '81 but have never been ranked higher. They earned five first-place votes in this week's poll; No. 1 Villanova and No. 2 Michigan State were the only schools to earn more.
The Arizona Wildcats moved up to a tie for No. 18 in this week's poll, up five spots from last week, following Saturday's win at New Mexico. The Wildcats have won five straight games following a three-game losing streak.
ASU and UA are the only two Pac-12 teams ranked in the top 25. They'll face off in Tucson on Dec. 30 in what will be the Pac-12 opener for both schools.