The Washington men's basketball team has started the week with two steps backward.
The Huskies’ 87-80 loss at Washington State on Sunday night dropped them into a tie for first with Arizona at the midpoint of the Pacific-10 Conference season.
And Monday, UW fell two places to 20th in The Associated Press basketball rankings – one spot ahead of the Wildcats.
No other Pac-10 teams are ranked; however, Washington State received a vote.
The Huskies’ drop in the poll was relatively modest in part because 14 other top 25 teams also lost last week.
Washington (15-5 overall, 7-2 Pac-10) has nine league games remaining.
“It could be worse,” UW coach Lorenzo Romar said. “We could be in third or fourth, but we are still tied for first – and that is with the schedule not necessarily in our favor, in that we played five on the road in this first half as opposed to the four that we’ll playing the second half. I thought we did a pretty good job.”
Washington State (15-6, 5-4) is tied with California for fourth place in the conference.
The Cougars will play five of their final nine league games on the road. However, they haven’t given up on a run to the regular-season title.
“Me and (teammate Klay Thompson) have been talking about running the table since the beginning of the season,” WSU guard Reggie Moore said Sunday. “It’s not something far-fetched. We can win every game ahead of us.”
Washington and Washington State will visit the Oregon schools this week.
Meanwhile at the top of the AP poll, Ohio State was the unanimous No. 1 selection. Rounding out the Top 10 were Kansas, Texas, Pittsburgh, Duke, Connecticut, San Diego State, Brigham Young, Notre Dame and Kentucky.
There were four newcomers to this poll: Arizona, Utah State, North Carolina and West Virginia. They replaced Illinois, Florida State, Florida and Michigan State.