Some coaches shy away from a No. 1 ranking early in the season, worried about the impact it will have on their players' psyche. Count Arizona's Sean Miller as one who embraces it.
Arizona moved up to No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll for the first time since 2003 on Monday.
"There's tremendous satisfaction, no question," Miller said. "Embracing the fact that we're No. 1 is something I'm doing, our staff is doing and really our team is doing. It's an honor a lot of teams would love to have."
Coming off a hard-fought home win over UNLV, Arizona (9-0) received 63 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel to earn the No. 1 spot in a season for the sixth time. The Wildcats are the Pac-12's first No. 1 team since UCLA in January 2006.
Syracuse and Ohio State moved up two places to second and third, and Wisconsin jumped four spots to fourth. Michigan State, which had been No. 1 for three weeks, dropped to fifth after losing 79-65 at home to North Carolina.
Iowa 92, Fairleigh Dickinson 59: Gabe Olaseni tied a career high with 14 points and had 10 rebounds as the No. 23 Hawkeyes (10-1) blew past the Knights (3-9).
Poll: UConn remained the unanimous No. 1 in the AP poll after winning its only game of the week, a 60-point rout of UC Davis. The top nine teams stayed the same, including No. 6 Stanford. Cal dropped from 21st to 22nd.