Arizona Wildcats Countdown to Tip-off Slideshow: Day No. 14

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ARIZONA’S LONGEST STREAKS OF TOP 10 RANKING

Source: University of Arizona media guide

Associated Press Top 25 poll
Wks Season(s) Coach Top players
30 2001-04 Lute Olson Jason Gardner/Luke Walton/Channing Frye
28 1998-01 Lute Olson Jason Terry/Jason Gardner/Richard Jefferson
26 1990-92 Lute Olson Matt Muehlebach/Sean Rooks/Chris Mills
21 2013-present Sean Miller Nick Johnson/Aaron Gordon/Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
18 1997-98 Lute Olson Miles Simon/Mike Bibby/Michael Dickerson

USA Today Coaches Poll (debuted 1991-92)
Wks Season(s) Coach Top players
30 2001-04 Lute Olson Jason Gardner/Luke Walton/Channing Frye
27 1998-01 Lute Olson Jason Terry/Jason Gardner/Richard Jefferson
22 2013-present Sean Miller Nick Johnson/Aaron Gordon/Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
19 1997-98 Lute Olson Miles Simon/Mike Bibby/Michael Dickerson
18 1991-93 Lute Olson Sean Rooks/Chris Mills/Damon Stoudamire

With today’s No. 2 ranking in the preseason AP Top 25 poll, the Arizona Wildcats reached 21 consecutive periods in the Top 10.

The longest the Wildcats have been ranked consecutively in the top 10 is 30 weeks in both polls (AP and USA Today Coaches) extending from the end of the 2001-02 season to the first 10 weeks of the 2003-04 season.

In case you are wondering, the 1987-88 Final Four team that went 35-3 with Sean Elliott and Steve Kerr was ranked in the top 10 all but one week. After the Wildcats were ranked No. 17 in the preseason AP poll, they finished the last 16 weeks of the season ranked in the top 10.

In Elliott’s senior season the following year, Arizona dropped out of the top 10 (to No. 11 and No. 12) in three different weeks.

The USA Today coaches poll did not start until the 1991-92 season.

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.

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