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Gonzaga Jumps Back In The AP Poll At No. 23

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A six-game winning streak has propelled the Bulldogs back into the national rankings...

William Mancebo

After collecting a recently rare Bay Area sweep, the Gonzaga Bulldogs have jumped back into the Associated Press rankings at No. 23.  Mark Few's club had fallen out of the rankings following a road loss to Portland back in early January but a six-game winning streak, including a very convincing win over BYU, has put them back in the top-25.

While week-to-week rankings mean very little, it is hard not to be impressed with how this team has responded since falling to Portland.  I doubt anyone would describe the style of basketball as 'pretty' but the Zags have won in a variety of ways which has been something this program has struggled with in the past.  Against San Diego and Santa Clara, they scored less than 60 points but still collected wins whereas against BYU and LMU they scored over 80 to win a couple shootouts.

While the new and shiny ranking is nice, the Zags have a big week which could weigh heavily on their postseason seeding.  On Wednesday, the Zags welcome the Portland Pilots and on Saturday, they will head to Memphis to take on Josh Pastner at the Tigers in a crucial nonconference game.  The Pilots will obviously not come in intimidated by the Bulldogs and Memphis has dominated the short historical series between these two programs.

Full rankings are below:

Rank Team Record Pts Previous
1 Syracuse Orange (65) 21-0 1625 2
2 Arizona Wildcats 21-1 1517 1
3 Florida Gators 19-2 1482 3
4 Wichita St. Shockers 23-0 1447 4
5 San Diego St. Aztecs 19-1 1370 5
6 Villanova Wildcats 19-2 1252 9
7 Cincinnati Bearcats 21-2 1182 13
8 Kansas Jayhawks 16-5 1141 6
9 Michigan St. Spartans 19-3 1136 7
10 Michigan Wolverines 16-5 949 10
11 Duke Blue Devils 17-5 940 17
12 Creighton Bluejays 18-3 790 20
13 Saint Louis Billikens 20-2 728 19
14 Louisville Cardinals 18-4 723 12
15 Texas Longhorns 17-4 719 25
16 Iowa St. Cyclones 16-4 717 16
17 Iowa Hawkeyes 17-5 669 15
18 Kentucky Wildcats 16-5 653 11
19 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 16-5 420 8
20 Virginia Cavaliers 17-5 364 29
21 Oklahoma Sooners 17-5 361 23
22 Connecticut Huskies 17-4 252 26
23 Gonzaga Bulldogs 20-3 237 27
24 Memphis Tigers 16-5 114 22
25 Pittsburgh Panthers 18-4 110 18
Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 79, Ohio State 45, VCU 44, SMU 15, New Mexico 12, California 9, UCLA 9, Harvard 4, George Washington 3, LSU 3, Tennessee 2, American University 1, Southern Miss 1