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College basketball rankings: Gonzaga climbs to No. 12 in latest AP poll

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The Zags continue their slow and steady climb.

NCAA Basketball: San Diego at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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1 Villanova (48) 1,608 1
2 Virginia (16) 1,572 2
3 Purdue (1) 1,500 3
4 Michigan State 1,407 5
5 Xavier 1,350 6
6 Cincinnati 1,305 8
7 Texas Tech 1,182 10
8 Auburn 1,138 11
9 Duke 1,075 4
10 Kansas 1,015 7
11 Saint Mary's 895 13
12 Gonzaga 851 14
13 Arizona 816 9
14 Ohio State 747 17
15 Tennessee 739 18
16 Clemson 720 20
17 Oklahoma 636 12
18 Rhode Island 486 22
19 West Virginia 457 15
20 Michigan 331 24
21 North Carolina 304 19
22 Wichita State 295 16
23 Nevada 205 NR
24 Kentucky 133 21
25 Miami 76 NR
Others receiving votes: Butler 65, Washington 54, Florida St. 27, New Mexico St. 23, Seton Hall 20, Creighton 18, Arizona St. 17, Texas 15, NC State 12, Alabama 8, Middle Tennessee 6, Nebraska 4, Florida 3, Houston 3, TCU 3, Oklahoma St. 2, ETSU 1, Vermont 1.