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College basketball rankings: Gonzaga is No. 1 in latest AP poll

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The top of the mountain looks pretty good y’all.

NCAA Basketball: Brigham Young at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the new No. 1 team in the country according to AP voters.

AP Poll - Week 17

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Gonzaga (44) 1,569 2
2 Virginia (15) 1,513 3
3 Duke (3) 1,502 1
4 Kentucky (2) 1,418 4
5 North Carolina 1,326 8
6 Michigan State 1,232 10
7 Tennessee 1,190 5
8 Houston 1,145 9
9 Michigan 1,057 7
10 Marquette 1,019 11
11 Texas Tech 938 14
12 Nevada 883 18
13 LSU 836 13
14 Purdue 820 15
15 Kansas 580 12
16 Kansas State 559 23
17 Maryland 549 24
18 Florida State 501 16
19 Wisconsin 466 20
20 Virginia Tech 392 25
21 Buffalo 288 25
22 Iowa 278 21
23 Cincinnati 263 NR
24 Wofford 112 NR
25 Washington 92 NR

The stage was set for Gonzaga to rise up after Duke lost to North Carolina earlier in the week. The question was always how much the voters would punish Duke, but Gonzaga’s demolition of BYU left little doubt in the minds’ of everyone. This team is the best team in the country.

Virginia rose up a spot to No. 2, and Kentucky stayed at No. 4, a sign that is sure to enrage BBN fans everywhere. North Carolina cracked the top 5, and poor poor Duke is sitting at No. 3.

For the Zags, it is their second time at No. 1 this season, a spot they held until losing to Tennessee in mid-December. And, barring a surprise loss in WCC play, Gonzaga will most likely hold onto its No. 1 ranking for the remainder of the season.

It has been a wild year, and somehow, it feels like it is all just beginning.