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Top 25 Rankings: Gonzaga opens as both a top 10 team and a not top 10 team

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The preseason polls are out and Gonzaga is right in the thick of it.

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The preseason top 25 polls are out and the Gonzaga Bulldogs came in at No. 9 in the AP Poll and No. 11 in the Coaches Poll.

The polls are split on who is at the top, with North Carolina and Kentucky each claiming a top ranking. Maryland, Duke and Kansas round out the top-five.

It is the highest preseason ranking in the AP Poll for the Zags since the 2005-06 team that opened the season ranked No. 8. There is a lot of preseason hype for Gonzaga, much of it centered around the excitement of one of the best frountcourts in the nation, led by All-American chasing Kyle Wiltjer.

As for now -- Gonzaga can't call itself best in the west, at least as far as the polls go. Arizona landed one spot ahead of us in the Coaches Poll.

AP Coaches
1 North Carolina (35) Kentucky (11)
2 Kentucky (10) North Carolina (12)
3 Maryland (14) Maryland (5)
4 Kansas (5) Duke (3)
5 Duke Kansas (1)
6 Virginia (1) Virginia
7

Iowa State

Iowa State
8 Oklahoma Oklahoma
9 Gonzaga Villanova
10 Wichita State Arizona
11 Villanova Gonzaga
12 Arizona Wichita State
13 Michigan State Michigan State
14 California California
15 Indiana Indiana
16 Utah Utah
17 Wisconsin Wisconsin
18 Vanderbilt Notre Dame
19 Notre Dame LSU
20 Connecticut Vanderbilt
21 LSU Baylor
22 Baylor Butler
23 Purdue West Virginia
24 Butler Connecticut
25 Michigan Purdue