Gonzaga is the new No. 1 team in the latest AP Top 25 college basketball rankings, the sixth different team this season to earn the top spot in the poll. The Bulldogs jumped one spot over the last week past Kansas, which dropped from No. 1 to No. 5 after falling on the road to Villanova over the weekend. Gonzaga notched home wins this week over North Carolina and Eastern Washington.
The Bulldogs are 13-1 on the season with their lone loss coming in late November to Michigan. Since then, they've won five-straight, with wins over Texas Southern and Eastern Washington book-ending a three-game stretch of impressive wins over top-45 KenPom teams: Washington, Arizona and North Carolina. They earned 54 out of 65 possible first-place votes.
It's a tribute to what Mark Few has built at Gonzaga that it has reached the No. 1 spot, and Monday's achievement is a continuation of stayed success. Four of the last eight seasons have consisted at Gonzaga reaching No. 1 in the rankings, with its last time at No. 1 taking place in the penultimate update last season.
Sitting behind Gonzaga is a reshuffled top five that includes rising Ohio State, which jumped three spots up to No. 2 this week. Ohio State received nine first-place votes. Followed by the Buckeyes, Louisville and Duke held steady at No. 3 and 4, respectively, with Kansas rounding out the top five. Oregon, Baylor, Auburn, Memphis and Villanova make up the remaining top 10.
AP Top 25
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Others receiving votes: Wichita State 112, Colorado 79, Xavier 68, DePaul 54, Indiana 45, Liberty 40, Utah State 36, Saint Mary's 29, Marquette 28, Tennessee 24, Northern Iowa 23, Creighton 12, Purdue 11, Georgetown 9, Stanford 7, BYU 4, St. John's 4, Virginia Tech 3, Seton Hall 2, East Tennessee State 1, Yale 1