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College basketball rankings: Gonzaga closes out final AP poll ranked No. 8

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Gonzaga finishes out the season as a top 10 team.

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the No. 8 team in the nation, as ranked by the AP voters in the final poll of the season.

Considering the Zags opened up the preseason poll at No. 18, and a whole lot of us thought, “Hey, that seems about right,” you have to consider the regular season a success. Despite losing a core of players from last season that would rightfully decimate most teams, the Zags didn’t slow down one iota.

There isn’t much else to say about this AP poll. Since it is released after Selection Sunday, it is even more devoid of actual meaning than your average AP poll. Still, the Zags can say they finished the season as a top 10 team, and that is fun.

Same goes for Saint Mary’s, who despite missing out on the NCAA Tournament can say, hey we finished as a top 25 team. Good for you Gaels!

Here is the final AP poll:

AP Poll - Final

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Virginia (65) 1,625 1
2 Villanova 1,554 2
3 Xavier 1,383 3
4 Kansas 1,379 9
5 Michigan State 1,304 4
6 Cincinnati 1,230 8
7 Michigan 1,213 7
8 Gonzaga 1,199 6
9 Duke 1,179 5
10 North Carolina 1,100 12
11 Purdue 1,047 10
12 Arizona 918 15
13 Tennessee 771 13
14 Texas Tech 716 14
15 West Virginia 663 18
16 Wichita State 604 11
17 Ohio State 600 17
18 Kentucky 528 NR
19 Auburn 501 16
20 Clemson 439 19
21 Houston 430 21
22 Miami 134 24
23 Florida 102 23
24 Nevada 93 22
25 Saint Mary's 71 20