NCAA Basketball: Oregon at Arizona

Arizona jumped two spots to No. 5 in the updated Coaches Poll released Monday after recording statement wins over Arizona State and Oregon. The Wildcats could guarantee a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title by going 2-0 against UCLA and USC this week.

The Wildcats have won nine of their last 10 games — with the lone loss coming to Washington State — heading into the final week of the regular season. Washington State currently sits 0.5 games ahead of Arizona in the Pac-12 standings. Because WSU owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Arizona, it would earn the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament by winning its final game against Washington on Thursday.

Duke jumped two spots to No. 8 ahead of its marquee showdown against No. 7 North Carolina this weekend. The Blue Devils could clinch a share of the ACC regular-season title by winning their final two games against in-state rivals NC State and North Carolina. UNC would clinch at least a share of the conference title with a win over Notre Dame on Tuesday.

BYU re-entered the rankings after knocking off Kansas on the road and TCU at home last weekend. The Cougars are in their inaugural season as a member of the Big 12 and check in at No. 23 this week.

Illinois and Gonzaga made a substantial leap this week - jumping four spots each - to No. 12 and 18th, respectively. The Bulldogs are coming off a statement road win over Saint Mary's that puts them in prime position to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the 25th consecutive season.

Coaches Poll

  1. Houston (28)
  2. UConn (3)
  3. Purdue (1)
  4. Tennessee
  5. Arizona
  6. Iowa State
  7. North Carolina
  8. Duke
  9. Marquette
  10. Creighton
  11. Baylor
  12. Illinois
  13. Kentucky
  14. Auburn
  15. Kansas
  16. South Carolina
  17. Alabama
  18. Gonzaga
  19. San Diego State
  20. Washington State
  21. Saint Mary's
  22. Utah State
  23. BYU
  24. South Florida
  25. Florida

Others receiving votesDayton 31; Texas Tech 24; Nevada 24; Boise State 16; App State 13; James Madison 10; Oklahoma 8; Northwestern 7; Indiana State 5; Clemson 5; TCU 4; Wake Forest 3; Nebraska 1;