Following a weekend of discontent amongst the top 25 teams in the nation, Gonzaga rose into the top three in the latest AP poll released on Monday.
The time was ripe for Gonzaga to plow its way up the rankings. Standard voting mentality remains to punish teams that lose and reward teams that win. That is exactly what happened within the past week. Duke fell to NC State and Wisconsin lost to Rutgers. Even Kentucky, after needing three overtimes to secure two wins, lost a bit of luster with Virginia securing two votes.
Meanwhile, the Zags continued to take care of WCC business. Gonzaga dropped San Francisco by 31-points and put a 22-point hurt on Santa Clara. In a year where Gonzaga has more than stepped up in the WCC, winning its first five conference games by an average of 16.8 points, the theoretically idea of a No. 1 ranking might be possible ... although a bit ridiculous.
The Zags look more and more likely to run the table, especially with the hardest portion of the conference schedule out of the way. If Gonzaga wins out, they could eventually garner the No. 1 seed for the second time in school history. Then again, that would also require a loss by Kentucky and a collectively brief moment of insanity by the entire voting committee. But still -- one can dream!
Here are the full rankings.
|AP Poll||Coaches Poll|
|1||Kentucky (63)||1||Kentucky (31)
|2||Virginia (2)||2||Virginia (1)
|12||Notre Dame||12||Notre Dame
|13||Wichita State||13||Iowa State
|15||North Carolina||15||West Virginia
|16||West Virginia||16||North Carolina
|21||Seton Hall||21||Seton Hall
|24||Oklahoma State||24||Oklahoma State