The Wildcats (18-5, 8-2 SEC) jumped three spots from No. 15 in last week's poll.
Baylor remains the nation's top team for the fourth straight week. Gonzaga, Kansas, San Diego State and Louisville round out the top five.
No. 11 Auburn and No. 25 LSU are the only other SEC teams ranked in the poll.
The full AP poll can be found here.