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Free Falling: Gonzaga Drops Out of Rankings

Being #4 was pretty cool wasn't it?  The Zags have completely fallen off the face of the Earth over the Christmas holiday.  After consecutive losses to Connecticut, Portland State, and Utah, Gonzaga has fallen to 37th in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.  The Bulldogs received 27 votes compared to 285 a week ago.  Teams that are currently receiving more votes than Gonzaga are Illinois State, BYU, Dayton, Cal, Arkansas, and WCC-foe St. Mary's.  The Gaels are knocking on door at 29th in this week's rankings. 

This is almost difficult to look at if you are a Gonzaga fan.  In week four of the rankings, Gonzaga was sitting pretty as the fourth ranked team in the nation, garnering 674 votes.  With only 27 votes this week, the Zags are approaching the point of no return.  Any more missteps and this team could wind up on the bubble.  Don't believe me? Check out the way St. Mary's has been playing.

Congrats to the Pitt Panthers who assume the top spot after Boston College stunned North Carolina last night in the Dean Dome.  The Big East and ACC continue to reign supreme in the NCAA and dominate the top five.