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Sun Devil basketball moves up to No. 3 in latest poll to match highest-ever ranking

Posted: 10:35 AM, Dec 18, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-19 05:56:27Z

Life just keeps getting better and better for the undefeated Arizona State Sun Devils men's basketball team.

ASU, which is off to its first 10-0 start in program history following Sunday's home win over Vanderbilt, has moved up to No. 3 in this week's Associated Press top 25 poll,  matching their highest-ever ranking. The Devils moved up two spots from last week's No. 5 spot, which was already their best ranking since 1981.

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.

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.

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