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College basketball rankings: Gonzaga No. 1 team for third-straight week

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Gonzaga stays No. 1 solely by not playing a single game.

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the No. 1 team in the nation in the latest AP Poll, marking three-straight weeks on top for the Zags.

AP Poll - Week 19

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Gonzaga (41) 1,572 1
2 Virginia (23) 1,559 2
3 North Carolina 1,474 3
4 Kentucky 1,373 6
5 Duke 1,298 4
6 Michigan State 1,226 9
7 Texas Tech 1,211 8
8 Tennessee 1,200 5
9 LSU 1,089 10
10 Michigan 1,041 7
11 Houston 963 12
12 Florida State 856 14
13 Purdue 831 11
14 Nevada 684 17
15 Kansas State 680 18
16 Virginia Tech 625 15
17 Kansas 602 13
18 Buffalo 539 19
19 Wisconsin 466 21
20 Wofford 387 22
21 Maryland 319 24
22 Auburn 268 22
23 Marquette 109 16
24 Cincinnati 108 20
25 Villanova 80 23
Others receiving votes: UCF 62, VCU 53, Mississippi St. 37, Utah St. 34, New Mexico St. 16, Louisville 11, Murray St. 11, Iowa St. 8, Temple 4, Clemson 3, Liberty 1.

We can ignore the fact that Gonzaga hasn’t played a game in nine days, so there was no room to really move up or down in the polls. As it stands now, the Zags, presuming they win the WCC Tournament like they most definitely should, will enter the postseason as the No. 1 team in the nation, the first time since the 2013 season.

The Zags actually lost a first-place vote this week, but that is fine because Duke also lost its only first-place vote as well.

Otherwise, there isn’t quite much to say about the latest AP Poll, other than being No. 1 sure is a lot of fun. Now, the Zags have two games in the WCC Tournament and are setting their sites on a No. 1 seed, possibly a No. 1 overall seed (more on that later this week).