The Gonzaga Bulldogs are starting to like the number eight, coming in ranked No. 8 in the AP poll for the second-straight week and for the third week running according to the coaches poll.
Gonzaga had a couple of cupcake matches over the past week, so there wasn't a lot of room to make any noise in the top 25. Against Texas Southern on Monday, Gonzaga easily won by 40 points. Things were a bit different at the Battle in Seattle on Saturday, where a not too good Cal Poly team hung around longer than expected. The Zags would go on to win that game, 63-50.
A few other teams worth watching for Gonzaga fans. The win over St. John's keeps getting better as the Red Storm keep steadily climbing, now standing 9-1 on the year. Gonzaga's friends (?) to the west over at Washington are now "back on the scene" as the Huskies climbed to No. 13 in the nation. Just a quick note on those Dawgs, before the britches get too big, remember the Huskies have a non-conference strength of schedule ranked sub-300. The only other teams in the top-25 that have had an easier schedule than Washington are Notre Dame and TCU.
Here are the full rankings for both polls.
|11||Wichita State||11||Wichita State|
|12||Iowa State||12||Iowa State|
|16||Notre Dame||16||Notre Dame|
|17||St. John's||17||West Virginia|
|18||West Virginia||18||Ohio State|
|21||Ohio State||21||North Carolina|
|23||Northern Iowa||23||San Diego State|
|24||Colorado State||24||Northern Iowa|