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College basketball rankings: Gonzaga is a top five team again

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Zags move up cause everyone else loses.

NCAA Basketball: Santa Clara at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are back in the top five of the AP top 25 after losses by Nevada and Kansas opened the way for the jump.

AP Poll - Week 10

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Duke (37) 1,535 1
2 Michigan (9) 1,499 2
3 Tennessee (13) 1,481 3
4 Virginia (5) 1,471 4
5 Gonzaga 1,319 7
6 Michigan State 1,291 8
7 Kansas 1,159 5
8 Texas Tech 1,109 11
9 Virginia Tech 1,093 10
10 Nevada 920 6
11 Auburn 919 12
12 North Carolina 889 15
13 Florida State 879 9
14 Mississippi State 683 17
15 North Carolina State 674 18
16 Ohio State 620 14
17 Houston 565 19
18 Kentucky 520 13
19 Buffalo 434 20
20 Iowa State 344 NR
21 Marquette 340 16
22 Indiana 245 21
23 Oklahoma 243 23
24 St. John's 221 NR
25 TCU 99 NR

The rest of the top five stayed the exact same, consisting of Duke, Michigan, Tennessee, and Virginia.

For the Zags, the losses ahead are the only way to move up in the rankings now that WCC play has begun. It also helps when teams as good as Kansas get blown out by teams like Iowa State, or when teams as undefeated as Nevada get thrashed by teams like Utah State.

That said, the Zags have their best chance this week to take a lump. Gonzaga plays at the War Memorial Gymnasium on Saturday, in San Francisco, and that venue has been a thorn in the Zags’ side in the past decade. USF is also one of the better teams in the WCC.

Either way, we are a top five team again, and that is rad. Not much more to say about that.