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College Basketball Rankings: Gonzaga Moves Up to No. 6

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On the up and up.

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

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the new No. 6 team in the nation according to the latest AP Poll, moving up from last week’s No. 9 ranking.

Ohio State made a leap into the top three after absolutely dismantling North Carolina last week. Louisville and Kansas remained at No. 1 and 2, respectively, and Maryland and Michigan round out the top 5.

The Bulldogs defeated the then No. 22 Washington Huskies on Sunday, 83-76, to send UW tumbling out of the top 25. Around the rest of the rankings, the voters did not punish Arizona too harshly for losing to Baylor, dropping the Wildcats from No. 12 to No. 15.

Saint Mary’s is clinging on for dear life, receiving a total of eight votes after their loss to the Dayton Fliers on Sunday.

North Carolina dropped all the way from No. 7 to No. 17 after the loss to Ohio State. The Tar Heels should remain a top 25 team by the time they arrive in Spokane. North Carolina only has a home game against Wofford before the cross country trip, although it is important to point out the last time Wofford and UNC played in Chapel Hill, Wofford won.

Here is the full AP Poll.

AP Poll - Week 6

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Louisville 1,591 1
2 Kansas 1,486 2
3 Ohio State 1,464 6
4 Maryland 1,428 3
5 Michigan 1,286 4
6 Gonzaga 1,235 9
7 Duke 1,232 10
8 Kentucky 1,170 8
9 Virginia 1,060 5
10 Oregon 905 13
11 Baylor 872 18
12 Auburn 836 14
13 Memphis 756 15
14 Dayton 672 19
15 Arizona 654 12
16 Michigan State 637 11
17 North Carolina 615 7
18 Butler 529 24
19 Tennessee 455 21
20 Villanova 285 23
21 Florida State 253 17
22 Seton Hall 250 16
23 Xavier 216 NR
24 Colorado 210 20
25 San Diego State 197 NR
Others receiving votes: Utah State 160, Washington 144, Purdue 130, Indiana 13, Marquette 11, Liberty 9, Saint Mary’s 8, Texas 6, Florida 5, Penn State 5, Georgia 4, West Virginia 3, Richmond 3, LSU 2, Duquesne 1, DePaul 1, Virginia Commonwealth 1