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College Basketball Rankings: Gonzaga is the New No. 1 Team

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NCAA Basketball: Eastern Washington at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the new No. 1 team in the nation in the latest AP top 25 poll. The opening was there for the Zags to rise up after the Kansas Jayhawks did what every No. 1 team has done this year: promptly lost.

The fluctuation at the top is one of the overall themes of this season, so it makes sense that Gonzaga joins the fray. Regardless of the specific numeral attached to their name, Gonzaga has established themselves as one of the best, if not the best, teams in the nation so far this season. The Zags own wins over three top 25 teams and the North Carolina Tar Heels, and their one loss is to the Michigan Wolverines. Not a bad resume.

Hopefully, the No. 1 jinx won’t hit Gonzaga like it has hit almost every other No. 1 squad this season. Gonzaga finishes out the non-conference schedule against the Detroit Mercy Tigers and then opens WCC play. Of the Zags traditional harder games, Gonzaga won’t face BYU at home until mid January.

Ignoring the fact that, yes, it is true, the AP rankings mean absolutely nothing, they do mean something for the players. It has to be one of the cooler feelings to see “No. 1” attached to your name, and the Zags have earned it this year. The last time Gonzaga was No. 1, you only have to creep back towards the final regular season poll of last season. This new era of Gonzaga Bulldogs basketball is a fantastic brand of high-caliber, high-quality games to watch. Let’s take a moment to appreciate that.

Here is the AP Top 25.

AP Poll - Week 8

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Gonzaga (54) 1,608 2
2 Ohio State (9) 1,520 5
3 Louisville (1) 1,460 3
4 Duke (1) 1,429 4
5 Kansas 1,388 1
6 Oregon 1,286 8
7 Baylor 1,207 10
8 Auburn 1,107 12
9 Memphis 1,040 11
10 Villanova 950 18
11 Michigan 889 14
12 Butler 853 17
13 Maryland 785 7
14 Michigan State 775 15
15 San Diego State 763 20
16 Virginia 595 9
17 Florida State 583 19
18 Dayton 541 13
19 Kentucky 411 19
20 Penn State 332 23
21 Washington 326 22
22 West Virginia 229 25
23 Texas Tech 178 24
24 Arizona 153 16
25 Iowa 125 NR
Others receiving votes: Wichita State 112, Colorado 79, Xavier 68, DePaul 54, Indiana 45, Liberty 40, Utah State 36, Saint Mary’s 29, Marquette 28, Tennessee 24, Northern Iowa 23, Creighton 12, Purdue 11, Georgetown 9, Stanford 7, BYU 4, St. John’s 4, Virginia Tech 3, Seton Hall 2, East Tennessee State 1, Yale 1