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Top 25 Polls: Gonzaga moves up to No. 8

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The Zags got a boost into the top 10 following their AdvoCare Invitational sweep.

Bryant v Gonzaga Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images

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

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (40) 6-0 1,590
2 Villanova (20) 6-0 1,567
3 North Carolina (4) 7-0 1,497
4 Kansas 5-1 1,414
5 Duke 6-1 1,365
6 Virginia 6-0 1,286
7 Xavier 6-0 1,181
8 Gonzaga 6-0 1,112
9 Baylor (1) 6-0 1,068
10 Creighton 6-0 965
11 UCLA 7-0 955
12 Saint Mary's 5-0 866
13 Indiana 4-1 857
14 Louisville 5-1 808
15 Purdue 5-1 687
16 Arizona 5-1 655
17 Wisconsin 5-2 555
18 Butler 6-0 506
19 Iowa State 5-1 389
20 South Carolina 6-0 379
21 Rhode Island 5-1 354
22 Syracuse 4-1 229
23 Oregon 4-2 189
24 Florida 6-1 154
25 West Virginia 4-1 132
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

USA Today/Coaches Top 25