It honestly is kind of a bummer, because we were this close to seeing two WCC teams potentially in the top 10. The Gonzaga Bulldogs rose to No. 12 in the latest AP poll, and the Saint Mary’s Gaels clocked in at No. 11.
Barring a catastrophe at the top of the poll, that isn’t going to happen, considering the two WCC powerhouses play each other in Moraga, California this week.
This week’s poll isn’t necessarily too exciting. Duke took a hit (but not that big of a hit considering they lost to St. John’s oof). Villanova, Virginia and Purdue held onto spots No. 1-3, and Michigan State and Xavier each moved up one spot to round out the top five.
Elsewhere in good news for the Zags, the Ohio State Buckeyes continued their rise in the ranks, providing cover for a win that just keeps on looking better and better. In other interesting news, after the crazy win over a then No. 9 Arizona, the Washington Huskies are clawing the outside of the top 25. A seemingly innocent road win in Seattle earlier this year for Gonzaga suddenly looks much better.
Here are the full AP rankings for the week.