ASU’s wins over the L.A. schools counted as the first in-conference sweep in the Bobby Hurley era. Then-No. 24 Kentucky lost twice, while then-No. 25 Miami split an in-conference series, allowing the Sun Devils to squeeze back in the rankings.
Arizona, who lost to UCLA by eight, then beat USC by 14, dropped four spots to 17th. Kansas fell three spots to 13th, while Xavier climbed up one spot to fourth.
Arizona State and Arizona face off in Tempe on Thursday at 7 p.m on ESPN. At 17th, the Wildcats will hold the same rankings from their 84-78 win over the Sun Devils in Tucson on Dec. 30.