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College basketball rankings: Zags strengthen No. 1 hold in latest AP poll

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First place votes abound!

NCAA Basketball: Gonzaga at Creighton Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

The Gonzaga Bulldogs held strong as the No. 1 team in the country, earning 43 first-place votes in the latest AP top 25.

AP Poll - Week 5

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Gonzaga (43) 1,578 1
2 Kansas (19) 1,539 2
3 Duke (1) 1,463 3
4 Virginia (1) 1,367 4
5 Michigan 1,339 7
6 Nevada 1,300 5
7 Tennessee 1,238 6
8 Auburn 1,154 8
9 Kentucky 1,070 10
10 Michigan State 915 9
11 Florida State 871 15
12 Wisconsin 809 22
13 Texas Tech 783 20
14 North Carolina 782 11
15 Virginia Tech 675 13
16 Kansas State 629 12
17 Buffalo 515 21
18 Iowa 417 14
19 Ohio State 385 16
20 Arizona State 384 NR
21 Villanova 356 23
22 Mississippi State 243 25
23 Maryland 204 24
24 Nebraska 176 NR
25 Furman 101 NR
Others receiving votes:Purdue 100, Syracuse 62, Marquette 47, Iowa St. 46, Texas 44, Creighton 42, St. John’s 39, Houston 30, NC State 14, Indiana 13, Arizona 12, Louisville 11, Clemson 11, Radford 9, TCU 9, Notre Dame 3, Arkansas 3, Oregon 3, UCLA 3, Florida 2, Boston College 2, Davidson 1, Oklahoma 1.

Apparently, the voters were more impressed with Gonzaga’s road win over Creighton than Kansas’ overtime win over Stanford last week. Seemingly, for now, as long as the Zags continue to win, they will stay No. 1. How long they continue to win will always be the question, however. Gonzaga plays the Washington Huskies at home this week before going to Phoenix for a neutral contest against the No. 7 Tennessee Volunteers.

Michigan crashed the top 5 after a thoroughly impressive win over North Carolina, and other than that, much of the top 10 stayed relatively the same. Wisconsin and Texas Tech were the biggest winners of the poll, rising 10 spots and seven spots respectively. Wisconsin must have looked impressive defeating North Carolina State and Iowa, and the voters were uber impressed over Texas Tech’s win against a middling Memphis Tigers squad.

Go big teams or go home.