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College basketball rankings: Gonzaga falls to No. 8 in latest AP poll

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Two weeks of decline.

NCAA Basketball: Gonzaga at North Carolina Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Gonzaga Bulldogs fell to No. 8 in the latest AP poll after their latest defeat to the North Carolina Tar Heels. Two weeks ago, the Zags were the No. 1 team in the nation. In two weeks, they’ve also lost two games.

AP Poll

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Kansas (56) 1,586 1
2 Duke (5) 1,488 2
3 Tennessee (2) 1,464 3
4 Michigan (1) 1,442 5
5 Virginia (1) 1,400 6
6 Nevada 1,319 7
7 Auburn 1,156 8
8 Gonzaga 1,147 4
9 North Carolina 1,126 12
10 Michigan State 1,070 9
11 Florida State 949 10
12 Texas Tech 912 11
13 Virginia Tech 838 13
14 Buffalo 684 14
15 Ohio State 647 15
16 Wisconsin 619 16
17 Mississippi State 529 18
18 Arizona State 415 20
19 Kentucky 377 19
20 Marquette 350 21
21 Houston 266 24
22 Indiana 226 25
23 Iowa 224 22
24 Furman 208 23
25 Nebraska 156 NR

Five teams total are still receiving first-place votes, although the Kansas Jayhawks got a lion’s share of them. The rest of the top 10 stayed relatively stable, except for Gonzaga’s fall and North Carolina’s rise. Interestingly enough, the Tar Heels are the new No. 9 team, a sort of funny place to exist considering the win over Gonzaga.

The polls, as we all know, are borderline meaningless. For now, the Zags are a top 10 team. On Saturday afternoon, they sure did not look like a top 10 team. Until a possible loss in the WCC happens, the Zags should ride the pin outside the top 5 for much of the season, with a chance of slinking in depending on how it fares during conference play.