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College basketball rankings: Gonzaga moves up to No. 2 in latest AP poll

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Say hello to the newest No. 2 team in the nation.

NCAA Basketball: St. Mary’s at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the newest No. 2 team in the latest AP top 25, with the Duke Blue Devils also rising to No. 1 following Tennessee’s loss to Kentucky. In fact, the entirety of the top 5 changes, with Virginia and Kentucky moving to No. 3 and 4, and Tennessee dropping from No. 1 to No. 5.

AP Poll - Week 16

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Duke (58) 1,594 2
2 Gonzaga (6) 1,502 3
3 Virginia 1,476 4
4 Kentucky 1,383 5
5 Tennessee 1,376 1
6 Nevada 1,240 7
7 Michigan 1,150 6
8 North Carolina 1,129 8
9 Houston 1,085 9
10 Michigan State 1,064 11
11 Marquette 987 10
12 Kansas 801 14
13 LSU 773 19
14 Texas Tech 733 15
15 Purdue 699 12
16 Florida State 525 17
17 Villanova 519 13
18 Louisville 507 16
19 Iowa State 507 21
20 Virginia Tech 408 22
21 Iowa 389 21
22 Wisconsin 250 20
23 Kansas State 249 18
24 Maryland 211 24
25 Buffalo 164 25
Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 99, Wofford 32, Auburn 21, Washington 20, St. John’s 2, Mississippi St. 2, Mississippi 1, Yale 1.

Interestingly enough, a few voters (six to be exact), are going by the time-honored tradition of refusing to put a team above a team it has lost too. The Gonzaga Bulldogs beat the Duke Blue Devils back in the Maui Invitational any case anyone out there has forgotten.

The pollsters punished Tennessee a pretty hearty amount, considering Kentucky was also a top 5 team last week. If the case continues, the Zags might find themselves in a situation to slide right into first place with a Duke loss. Duke plays North Carolina at home and Syracuse (who they also lost to at home this season) on the road this week.