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College Basketball Rankings: Gonzaga is the new No. 1 team in the nation

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The door was opened and the Zags took care of business.

NCAA Basketball: Gonzaga at Pepperdine Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the new No. 1 team in the nation according to the latest AP Poll released on Monday, garnering 46 first-place votes in the process.

The path for rising started with an absolutely bonkers night of basketball on Jan. 24, where Villanova, Kansas and Kentucky (then No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4, respectively) all lost. Kansas defeated Kentucky on Saturday but it didn’t put enough wind in the sails to push the Jayhawks up.

And with that, the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the No. 1 team in the country for the first time since the 2012-13 season when the Zags cracked the glass ceiling on the final vote before the NCAA Tournament. Of course, we all remember what happened afterwards, when a Wichita State team downed the Zags in a flurry of threes in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

This year, it all feels different, but this week will also be a good test on if it will be different. It has been a turbulent time at the top of the AP poll, and Gonzaga faces a stiff test against BYU on the road on Thursday, followed up by Santa Clara at home on Saturday.

Here are the full rankings:

AP Poll - Jan. 30

Rank Team Points PV Rank
Rank Team Points PV Rank
1 Gonzaga (46) 1,594 3
2 Baylor (6) 1,504 5
3 Kansas (9) 1,503 2
4 Villanova (4) 1,479 1
5 Arizona 1,387 7
6 Louisville 1,237 13
7 West Virginia 1,101 18
8 Kentucky 1,083 4
9 Virginia 1,061 12
10 Wisconsin 1,058 15
11 UCLA 993 8
12 North Carolina 965 9
13 Oregon 869 10
14 Cincinnati 756 19
15 Florida State 727 6
16 Butler 717 11
17 Maryland 518 22
18 Saint Mary's 409 21
19 South Carolina 384 23
20 Notre Dame 363 14
21 Duke 339 17
22 Creighton 307 16
23 Purdue 264 20
24 Florida 213 25
25 Northwestern 106 -