Runnin' Utes jump up to No. 10 is latest AP rankings

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SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah basketball team has jumped four spots in the Associated Press Top 25 rankings, moving to No. 10 Monday.

The latest rankings are the highest the program has been ranked by the AP since the 1998-99 season where Utah finished with a No. 6 ranking. That year, Utah won 22 straight games before falling in the second round of the NCAA tournament to Miami (Ohio) 66-58.

The Utes got a win over South Dakota State last week, giving them a 9-2 record. Several teams ahead of Utah lost games, including Texas, Kansas, Wichita State and Washington. Two undefeated teams, Louisville and Arizona, also sustained their first losses of the season, losing to No. 1 Kentucky and UNLV, respectively.

The rankings are lead by No. 1 Kentucky (13-0) and are followed by Duke (10-0), Virginia (11-0), Wisconsin (12-1), Louisville (11-1), Villanova (12-0), Gonzaga (12-1), Arizona (12-1), Iowa State (9-1) and Utah (9-2).

Utah will close out its regular season Tuesday at home against Carroll College at 8 p.m. before opening up conference play on Friday at home against USC and then UCLA on Sunday.

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