USC suffered its first loss of the season on Sunday night, falling 75-59 at home to unbeaten Texas A&M. That caused the Trojans to slip four spots in the latest Associated Press rankings.
The Trojans (4-1) are 14 th overall but now are the top-ranked Pac-12 team in the poll. That’s because Arizona, which was No. 2 last week, fell out of the rankings after going 0-3 at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.
UCLA, which had been No. 23, also fell out of the rankings after losing to Creighton at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in St. Louis on Nov. 20.
Arizona State is the Pac-12’s other ranked team, debuting at No. 20 after beating then-No. 15 Xavier at the Las Vegas Invitational to start 6-0. The Sun Devils are ranked for the first time since 2009.
USC returns to action Saturday, Dec. 2 at SMU.
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