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College Basketball Rankings: Gonzaga Stays at No. 1

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The Ohio State loss sealed the deal.

NCAA Basketball: Gonzaga at Washington Lindsey Wasson-USA TODAY Sports

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the No. 1 team in the nation for the second week in a row in the latest AP top 25 poll.

After the previously No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes lost to West Virginia, it was all but ensured that the Zags would hold onto the top spot for at least one more week. Gonzaga now owns a sizeable point lead over the current No. 2 squad, the Duke Blue Devils.

Losses by Ohio State and Louisville allowed a bit of a shakeup in the top five. Duke, Kansas, and Oregon all moved up a few spots to numbers two, three, and four, respectively.

Elsewhere around the polls for Gonzaga fans interest, Arizona clung on at No. 25, and Saint Mary’s is now getting a few more votes and is on the cusp of potentially cracking into the top 25 sooner than later. Washington fell out of the top 25 after losing to Houston on Christmas day.

Presuming Gonzaga takes care of business this week, they should be the top team next week as well. Duke doesn’t play the quality of opponents necessary to leapfrog the Zags and Kansas only has one game this week.

Here is the latest AP Top 25 poll.

AP Poll - Week 9

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Gonzaga 1,621 1
2 Duke 1,516 4
3 Kansas 1,497 5
4 Oregon 1,361 6
5 Ohio State 1,277 2
6 Baylor 1,267 7
7 Louisville 1,196 3
8 Auburn 1,159 8
9 Memphis 1,055 9
10 Villanova 970 10
11 Butler 883 12
12 Michigan 880 11
13 San Diego State 780 13
14 Michigan State 747 14
15 Maryland 720 13
16 West Virginia 719 22
17 Kentucky 674 19
18 Florida State 531 17
19 Virginia 506 16
20 Dayton 483 18
21 Penn State 312 20
22 Texas Tech 175 23
23 Iowa 137 25
24 Wichita State 135 NR
25 Arizona 113 24
Others receiving votes: Colorado 74, Xavier 58, DePaul 47, Washington 40, Northern Iowa 32, Utah State 30, Saint Mary’s 28, Marquette 27, Arkansas 19, Purdue 12, Georgetown 10, Creighton 10, Indiana 5, Houston 4, St. John’s 3, Virginia Tech 3, East Tennessee State 2, Seton Hall 2, BYU 2, Stanford 1, Yale 1, Florida 1