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College basketball rankings: Gonzaga begins season with highest AP ranking in school history

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Say hello to the No. 3 team in the nation.

Ohio State v Gonzaga Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the No. 3 team in the nation according to the AP Preseason Poll. It is the highest opening ranking in school history.

Preseason AP Poll

rank team points
rank team points
1 Kansas (37) 1581
2 Kentucky (19) 1529
3 Gonzaga (1) 1461
4 Duke (4) 1452
5 Virginia (2) 1286
6 Tennessee (1) 1268
7 Nevada 1230
8 North Carolina 1221
9 Villanova (1) 1085
10 Michigan State 1024
11 Auburn 974
12 Kansas State 922
13 West Virginia 678
14 Oregon 638
15 Virginia Tech 630
16 Syrcause 620
17 Florida State 530
18 Mississippi State 451
19 Michigan 437
20 TCU 311
21 UCLA 297
22 Clemson 268
23 LSU 187
24 Purdue 170
25 Washington 165
Others receiving votes:Loyola of Chicago 162, Marquette 124, Indiana 98, Florida 71, Nebraska 35, Maryland 28, Wisconsin 24, Notre Dame 22, Cincinnati 21, UCF 15, Alabama 15, Arizona 14, Buffalo 14, Louisville 11, Miami 10, San Diego St. 9, Texas Tech 6, Southern Cal 6, Butler 6, Texas 5, St. John’s 3, Arizona St 3, Providence 2, Xavier 2, Davidson 1, Missouri 1, Marshall 1, NC State 1.

The Zags even secured a first place vote, one of seven teams (hello Villanova) to do so. The preseason poll also showcases the difficulty of Gonzaga’s non-conference slate. The Zags will for sure face No. 6 Tennessee, No. 8 North Carolina, and No. 25 Washington, and, depending on how the Maui Invitational shakes out, either No. 4 Duke or No. 11 Auburn. That also isn’t counting the possibility of games against Arizona (receiving votes).

But let us just focus on the fun part here. This is the first time the Zags have opened the season ranked within the top-5, and therefore, ranked within the top-3. This is the first time the Zags have opened the season with a first-place vote. This is the highest preseason ranking in school history, beating out a 2005-06 squad, led by none other than Adam Morrison, who began the season ranked No. 8 in the nation.

This year is going to be fun. Now commence the rest of the average joe-schmoes around the nation having their Monday ruined because Gonzaga is ranked so high.