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College basketball rankings: Zags still the No. 1 team in the nation

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I repeat, Gonzaga is the No. 1 team in the nation.

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There was plenty of movement in the latest AP poll but the team that matters most didn’t move one inch. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are still the No. 1 team in the nation.

AP Poll - Week 18

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Gonzaga (42) 1,578 1
2 Virginia (21) 1,553 2
3 North Carolina 1,428 5
4 Duke (1) 1,399 3
5 Tennessee 1,366 7
6 Kentucky 1,274 4
7 Michigan 1,216 9
8 Texas Tech 1,100 11
9 Michigan State 1,039 6
10 LSU 1,005 13
11 Purdue 999 14
12 Houston 895 8
13 Kansas 798 15
14 Florida State 702 18
15 Virginia Tech 668 20
16 Marquette 626 10
17 Nevada 579 12
18 Kansas State 499 16
19 Buffalo 437 21
20 Cincinnati 408 23
21 Wisconsin 322 19
22 Wofford 269 24
23 Villanova 214 NR
24 Maryland 207 17
25 UCF 48 NR

The Zags received a lion’s share of the first-place votes, although one intrepid voter does not agree and still awarded the Duke Blue Devils a first-place vote, despite Duke’s second loss in four games. As a quick reminder, the Gonzaga Bulldogs beat the Duke Blue Devils earlier in the year.

All jokes aside, Gonzaga should hold strong as the No. 1 team in the nation for another week, especially considering Gonzaga will not play basketball until next Monday. Presuming the Zags take home the WCC Tournament crown, Gonzaga should enter March Madness as the AP’s No. 1 team in the nation for the first time since 2013.

This also marks the fourth week the Zags have been ranked No. 1, tying the mark for the most in school history, set in 2017.