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College basketball rankings: Zags hold strong at No. 3

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And fellow WCC team LMU is getting votes.

NCAA Basketball: Texas A&M at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the No. 3 team in the nation according to AP voters. The top 10 largely stayed the same from last week, except for Michigan crashing the party at No. 9, up nine spots from last week.

The Maui Invitational will be the realm for the Zags to either move up or down in the rankings. If the Zags make it to the championship round on Wednesday, presumably, they will either play a No. 1 ranked Duke Blue Devils squad, or a No. 9 Auburn Tigers team.

Across the board, future opponents North Carolina and Tennessee are still in the top 10, at No. 7 and No. 5, respectively.

Perhaps the most lovely surprise is the other WCC team receiving votes, and no, I am not talking about Saint Mary’s or BYU. The Loyola Marymount Lions have opened the season 5-0, padded by upsets of UNLV and Georgetown. For their troubles, LMU received two points.

Here is the full AP top 25.

AP Poll - Week 3

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Duke (53) 1.564 1
2 Kansas (7) 1,510 2
3 Gonzaga 1,437 3
4 Virginia (2) 1,299 4
5 Tennessee (1) 1,281 5
6 Nevada 1,253 6
7 North Carolina 1,246 7
8 Auburn 1,123 9
9 Michigan 1,021 18
10 Kentucky 980 10
11 Michigan State 937 11
12 Kansas State 889 12
13 Virginia Tech 849 16
14 Florida State 794 14
15 Mississippi State 619 17
16 Clemson 462 19
17 UCLA 430 20
18 TCU 388 21
19 LSU 358 22
20 Iowa 354 NR
21 Oregon 325 13
22 Buffalo 240 25
23 Ohio State 222 NR
24 Purdue 199 23
25 Wisconsin 150 NR
Others receiving votes:Nebraska 98, Indiana 74, Maryland 56, Villanova 53, Furman 50, Syracuse 29, Washington 29, Texas 23, West Virginia 18, Miami 18, Butler 18, St. John’s 13, Iowa St. 11, Texas Tech 8, Florida 7, Marquette 7, Saint Louis 6, Arizona St 4, Vanderbilt 4, Notre Dame 4, Marshall 4, UConn 3, Loyola of Chicago 2, Temple 2, Loyola Marymount 2, Davidson 1, Arkansas 1.