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College basketball rankings: Zags hold strong at No. 7 in AP poll

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It was a boring week of polling.

NCAA Basketball: North Alabama at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The entire top 10 remained unchanged over the holidays and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are still the No. 7 team in the nation according to the latest AP poll.

AP Poll - Week 9

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Duke (32) 1.53 1
2 Michigan (9) 1,478 2
3 Tennessee (12) 1,469 3
4 Virginia (4) 1,428 4
5 Kansas (4) 1,378 5
6 Nevada 1,317 6
7 Gonzaga 1,200 7
8 Michigan State 1,146 8
9 Florida State 1,063 9
10 Virginia Tech 934 10
11 Texas Tech 893 11
12 Auburn 820 12
13 Kentucky 799 16
14 Ohio State 769 13
15 North Carolina 744 14
16 Marquette 595 18
17 Mississippi State 572 19
18 North Carolina State 424 20
19 Houston 368 22
20 Buffalo 353 21
21 Indiana 330 23
22 Wisconsin 250 15
23 Oklahoma 244 25
24 Nebraska 204 NR
25 Iowa 182 24

As the season progresses and the top teams churn after losses, there is hope for the Zags to rise as a top 5 team again. However, regaining the No. 1 position will require a slip-up by the Nevada Wolfpack. Nevada is currently projected to also go undefeated in conference play.

The polls are meaningless to a large degree, of course, but you would be hard pressed to find a Gonzaga fan that doesn’t get a bit excited about seeing that “No. 1” next to the team on every broadcast. For the rest of the year, the Zags will most likely be on the outside looking up.

What is cool, however, is this year’s squad has a good chance to be the first Gonzaga squad to spend the entire year ranked in the top 10. The last squad to pull of that featured peak Adam Morrison in the 2015-16 season.