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College basketball rankings: This week’s AP poll is bonkers

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Gonzaga drops a couple of spots, Saint Mary’s rises 100.

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My thoughts exactly Mark.
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The Gonzaga Bulldogs dropped two spots in the latest AP poll, falling to No. 15 after a week that saw them lose at home to the Saint Mary’s Gaels.

There is a lot to unpack in this week’s poll, so let’s start with that other WCC team. Saint Mary’s was receiving votes last week, and apparently the voters were so impressed with the win in Spokane that the Gaels rose all the way up to No. 16.

Now, not to take anything away from Saint Mary’s here: winning in Spokane is hard, and that win was very important. But was that win a chance to rise essentially 10 spots? Seriously? Gonzaga was ranked No. 13, and quite a soft No. 13 at best. I’m all for tooting our own horn around here, but I’m not sure a win against Gonzaga is a 14 spot moving win.

There were some other interesting movements in the poll. Ohio State rose from No. 22 to No. 13 after wins over...Minnesota and Northwestern...OK then. I guess that win is a gift that keeps on giving. In other good news for Gonzaga, the Florida Gators are finally back in the top 25, finishing at No. 20.

Yeah, we get it here. “The polls don’t matter” blah blah blah etc etc etc. But still, normally they are a pretty good indicator of the overall health of the college basketball landscape. This week it seems like the entirety of the voting population spent last night in South Philadelphia.

AP Poll - Week 12

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Villanova (63) 1,623 1
2 Virginia (1) 1,537 2
3 Purdue (1) 1,499 3
4 Duke 1,439 5
5 Kansas 1,338 10
6 Michigan State 1,243 9
7 West Virginia 1.217 6
8 Xavier 1,180 11
9 Cincinnati 1,087 12
10 North Carolina 1,014 15
11 Arizona 974 14
12 Oklahoma 917 4
13 Ohio State 787 22
14 Texas Tech 763 8
15 Gonzaga 610 13
16 Saint Mary's 571 NR
17 Wichita State 547 7
18 Clemson 474 20
19 Auburn 470 17
20 Florida 366 NR
21 Arizona State 353 16
22 Tennessee 260 21
23 Nevada 190 NR
24 Rhode Island 189 NR
25 Michigan 123 23