At times this past weekend, the Zags looked like a top 10 team. Unfortunately, those two times were split over the course of two games: the second half against Florida, and the first half against Iowa State.
But the AP poll doesn’t care about how you won, it only cares that you won. With Gonzaga winning the AdvoCare Invitational for the third year, the voters responded accordingly and elevated the Zags into the top 10.
Other teams to note: Arizona fell to No. 16 after losing to Butler and barely squeaking by Santa Clara. Saint Mary’s continued its march into the top 10, and seems poised to enter the top 10 solely because they will keep winning. Two WCC teams in the top 10? Amazing thing to see if you ask me, even if you don’t think one of them is deserving of the honor.
AP Top 25
|3||North Carolina (4)||7-0||1,497|
|Others receiving votes: Maryland 126, Notre Dame 85, Cincinnati 49, Michigan State 28, Ohio State 22, Michigan 13, Temple 8, USC 7, Houston 6, Florida State 5, VCU 5, California 3, Tennessee State 2, Virginia Tech 1, Arkansas State 1, San Diego State 1, Colorado 1, Minnesota 1, Rutgers 1|