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College basketball rankings: Zags rise, but Saint Mary’s rises more

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According to AP voters, the Zags are no longer the top dogs in the WCC.

NCAA Basketball: San Francisco at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Gonzaga Bulldogs rose to No. 14 in the latest AP poll after winning both of their WCC contests this week. The bigger story for Zag fans isn’t that, but what happened to their arch-rivals.

The Saint Mary’s Gaels jumped over the Zags, rising to No. 13 from No. 16. This is anything but deserved, considering the Gaels own a win over the Zags in Spokane. On top of that, last week, Saint Mary’s played BYU, the third-best team in the league.

Elsewhere in the top 10, there was movement, but not very much at the top. Villanova, Virginia, Purdue, and Duke stayed teams No. 1-4, with Michigan State taking Kansas’ place at No. 5.

Other teams to watch for Gonzaga: Ohio State dropped to No. 17 after losing to Penn State last week, and Florida dropped to No. 23 after losing to South Carolina. Creighton, who Gonzaga owns a win over, are still receiving votes.

Here is the full AP poll.

AP Poll - Week 13

team rank points previous
team rank points previous
1 Villanova (47) 1,607 1
2 Virginia (17) 1,572 2
3 Purdue (1) 1,501 3
4 Duke 1,372 4
5 Michigan State 1,347 6
6 Xavier 1,278 8
7 Kansas 1,224 5
8 Cincinnati 1,208 9
9 Arizona 1,103 11
10 Texas Tech 987 14
11 Auburn 882 19
12 Oklahoma 840 12
13 Saint Mary's 753 16
14 Gonzaga 750 15
15 West Virginia 709 7
16 Wichita State 635 17
17 Ohio State 566 13
18 Tennessee 512 22
19 North Carolina 470 10
20 Clemson 414 18
21 Kentucky 344 NR
22 Rhode Island 327 24
23 Florida 172 20
24 Michigan 103 25
25 Arizona State 100 21
Others receiving votes: Kansas State 94, Florida State 76, Nevada 41, Louisville 39, Creighton 33, Seton Hall 16, Miami 12, TCU 11, Houston 8, Alabama 6, New Mexico State 5, NC State 5, USC 3