Arizona, which was named No. 1 two weeks ago for the first time in the school's history, reclaimed the top spot in United Press International's college basketball ratings. Complete poll, B7.

Arizona (14-1) collected 16 first-place votes and 580 points from the 42 members of the UPI Board of Coaches. Kentucky (10-1) slipped from No. 1 to the fifth spot after losing to Auburn Saturday . . .

The Associated Press erroneously reported Monday that Southwest Conference officials had voted to reverse an earlier decision and allow Southern Methodist to keep its 1988 football revenue.

SWC officials, meeting this week at the NCAA convention in Nashville, voted to give SMU its share of 1987 revenue, which had been placed in escrow until after the Mustangs completed the 1989 season. But SMU will not receive any 1988 football revenue because the school elected not to compete in 1988 after the NCAA banned the program from competing in 1987 because of a pay-for-play scandal . . .

Oakland Mills tailback Andre Vaughn, who has rushed for 1,000 yards in two straight seasons, has given an oral commitment to the University of Maryland. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior scored 12 touchdowns for the Howard County champions . . .

De Paul guard Rod Strickland, absent from practice Monday for the second time in two weeks, returned to practice yesterday after talking to Coach Joey Meyer.

Meyer said he was unsure if the junior point guard would be in uniform for Thursday's game against Dayton. Strickland was told by Meyer not to talk with reporters and no reason was given for his absence from practice. "The big issue for me is to get his mind right," Meyer said.

Because of an unexcused absence Jan. 4, Meyer took Strickland out of the starting lineup for a game against Georgetown Sunday and Strickland scored only nine points and turned the ball over four times against the Hoyas.