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College basketball AP poll: Zags stay at No. 8

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Meanwhile, Saint Mary’s falls to No. 20.

NCAA Basketball: Washington at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Gonzaga Bulldogs stayed at No. 8 in the latest AP poll for the third-consecutive week.

In related news, Saint Mary’s dropped down to No. 20 after their loss over the weekend, finding out the hard way what it means to be a top 25 team.

The Zags demolished the University of Washington on Wednesday and gritted out a hard-fought win over Akron on Saturday.

Villanova, UCLA, and Baylor are all receiving first place votes, with the Wildcats taking the top spot by a healthy margin. According to Polltracker.com, the Bulldogs are ranked by voters as high as No. 4 and as low as No. 11, the same spread as last week.

Here is the full AP poll.

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Villanova (56) 10-0 1,613
2 UCLA (3) 10-0 1,505
3 Kansas 9-1 1,455
4 Baylor (6) 8-0 1,439
5 Duke 10-1 1,391
6 Kentucky 9-1 1,277
7 North Carolina 10-1 1,222
8 Gonzaga 10-0 1,195
9 Indiana 8-1 1,124
10 Creighton 10-0 1,043
11 Louisville 9-1 981
12 West Virginia 8-1 864
13 Virginia 8-1 848
14 Wisconsin 9-2 779
15 Purdue 8-2 652
16 South Carolina 8-0 598
17 Xavier 8-2 526
18 Butler 9-1 492
19 Arizona 8-2 436
20 Saint Mary's 7-1 391
21 Notre Dame 9-1 310
22 Oregon 8-2 251
23 Florida State 10-1 227
24 USC 9-0 158
25 Cincinnati 7-2 155
Others receiving votes: Florida 44, Wichita St 33, Virginia Tech 32, Maryland 31, Valparaiso 9, TCU 8, Middle Tennessee 7, Miami 6, Minnesota 6, Kansas State 4, UCF 2, Syracuse 2, Ohio State 2, Pittsburgh 2, Michigan State 2, Iowa State 1, Clemson 1, Loyola (CHI) 1

This week will be a bit quiet for the Zags, who are hitting the finals hard and then traveling to Tennessee for a game against the Volunteers on Sunday. Gonzaga has two games left in the non-conference schedule before opening conference play on Dec. 29.