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Gonzaga moves up to No. 5 in latest AP poll

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2017 is off to a rather fantastic start.

NCAA Basketball: Gonzaga at Pacific Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Gonzaga Bulldogs rose to No. 5 in the latest AP top 25 after some early conference losses sent a few top 10 teams tumbling.

The Zags took care of business against both Pacific and Pepperdine last week to open up WCC play 2-0. Unfortunately, for the rest of the teams in the top 25, they don’t play as easy of competition and were punished for their losses.

Duke lost by 14 points to Virginia Tech to tumble down to No. 8, and Louisville lost to Virginia, 61-53, to drop down to No. 9. Louisville followed that loss up with a win over Indiana, but the AP voters had apparently seen enough.

Elsewhere in the top five, Villanova remained the No. 1 team in the nation. Baylor rose to No. 2, Kansas to No. 3, and UCLA fell down to No. 4. Gonzaga is now sitting pretty at No. 5 rounding the whole thing out.

Week 9 AP Poll

Rank TEAM RECORD PTS
Rank TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Villanova (59) 14-0 1,619
2 Baylor (6) 13-0 1,532
3 Kansas 12-1 1,503
4 UCLA 14-1 1,406
5 Gonzaga 14-0 1,357
6 Kentucky 11-2 1,280
7 West Virginia 12-1 1,179
8 Duke 12-2 1,090
9 Louisville 12-2 1,063
10 Creighton 13-1 1,015
11 Virginia 11-2 954
12 Florida State 14-1 902
13 Wisconsin 12-2 865
14 North Carolina 12-3 785
15 Oregon 13-2 771
16 Xavier 12-2 634
17 Arizona 13-2 613
18 Butler 12-2 477
19 Saint Mary's 12-1 416
20 Purdue 12-3 405
21 Virginia Tech 12-1 293
22 Cincinnati 12-2 258
23 Notre Dame 12-2 250
24 Florida 10-3 193
25 Indiana 10-4 74
25 USC 14-1 74
Others receiving votes: Minnesota 56, Clemson 23, Miami 16, Maryland 6, Kansas State 5, Seton Hall 3, Iowa State 3, Northwestern 2, VCU 2, UNC Wilmington 1