Arizona appears on these four ballots in AP preseason basketball poll

Sean Miller during last season's loss to Buffalo in the NCAA Tournament.Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Three Pac-12 teams make preseason Top 25

The Arizona Wildcats basketball team, for the first time since the 2010-11 season, will begin the season unranked in the AP poll.

Arizona has been no worse than No. 12 in the preseason poll in each of the past six seasons, including starting at No. 3 last year.

The Wildcats received 14 points in the media poll, which tied them for 37th with Buffalo, which knocked Arizona out of the NCAA Tournament last season with a first-round upset.

Only four of the 65 voters had Arizona in the Top 25. The highest vote came from renowned author John Feinstein, who selected UA at No. 20. (He was also the only voter to pick Tennessee at No. 1.)

Elton Alexander of the Cleveland Plain Dealer picked Arizona at No. 21, with the other UA votes coming from Paul Klee of the Colorado Springs Gazette (No. 24) and John Werner of the Tribune-Herald in Waco, Texas (No. 25).

Arizona had been ranked in the AP poll for 100 consecutive weeks until dropping three consecutive games at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament early last season, as the Cats plummeted from No. 2 to completely out of the poll.

Here is the AP preseason Top 25, with first-place votes in parentheses:

1 -- Kansas (37) 2 -- Kentucky (19) 3 -- Gonzaga (1) 4 -- Duke (4) 5 -- Virginia (2) 6 -- Tennessee (1) 7 -- Nevada 8 -- North Carolina 9 -- Villanova (1) 10 -- Michigan State 11 -- Auburn 12 -- Kansas State 13 -- West Virginia 14 -- Oregon 15 -- Virginia Tech 16 -- Syracuse 17 -- Florida State 18 -- Mississippi State 19 -- Michigan 20 -- TCU 21 -- UCLA 22 -- Clemson 23 -- LSU 24 -- Purdue 25 -- Washington

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