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Rankings watch: Gonzaga slides up to No. 6 in AP Poll

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After a 2-0 week, the Zags have risen one spot...

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After a pair of 12-point road wins, Gonzaga has increased its position in the opinion of AP voters by one spot as it moved up to No. 6 in this week's rankings.  The move up is mainly due to Villanova suffering its first loss of the year against Seton Hall which dropped the Wildcats to No. 8.

The top 5 remains the same as Kentucky, Duke, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Louisville remain ahead of the Bulldogs in the eyes of national voters.  Arizona, which gave the Zags its only loss of the year, is just behind at No. 7 after their loss to UNLV a few weeks ago.

The Wildcats and St. John's (No. 24) are the only ranked opponents of the Zags at this time.  BYU is receiving votes but other challenging opponents such as UCLA, SMU, and Memphis have had their fair share of ups and downs this year.  As we've come to expect, the Zags will be favored throughout the rest of the regular season so hopefully strength of schedule won't come in to play too much.  Here's the full poll:

AP Top 25

RANK TEAM (1st) POINTS PREV
1 Kentucky Wildcats (64) 1600 1
2 Duke Blue Devils 1535 2
3 Virginia Cavaliers 1446 3
4 Wisconsin Badgers 1397 4
5 Louisville Cardinals 1322 5
6 Gonzaga Bulldogs 1275 7
7 Arizona Wildcats 1260 8
8 Villanova Wildcats 1089 6
9 Utah Utes 1059 10
10 Texas Longhorns 976 11
11 Maryland Terrapins 966 12
12 Kansas Jayhawks 884 13
13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 775 14
14 West Virginia Mountaineers 712 17
15 Wichita State Shockers 686 16
16 Oklahoma Sooners 674 18
17 Iowa State Cyclones 663 9
18 North Carolina Tar Heels 591 19
19 Seton Hall Pirates 448 -
20 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 311 27
21 Baylor Bears 186 22
22 Ohio State Buckeyes 184 20
23 Arkansas Razorbacks 103 29
24 St. John's Red Storm 92 15
25 Old Dominion Monarchs 80 30
Others Receiving Votes: Northern Iowa (12-2) 72; Iowa (10-4) 63; Butler (11-4) 53; LSU (11-2) 50; George Washington (11-3) 39; TCU (13-1) 33; Temple (11-4) 33; Colorado State (14-1) 31; Stanford (10-3) 29; South Carolina (9-3) 16; Washington (11-3) 13; Wyoming (13-2) 11; Indiana (11-3) 9; Oklahoma State (11-2) 9; Georgetown (9-4) 7; Cincinnati (10-3) 6; Dayton (11-2) 5; Brigham Young (13-4) 3; Xavier (10-4) 2; Hofstra (10-4) 1; Davidson (10-2) 1