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Gonzaga Stays Atop the Throne in Latest AP Poll

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Six-straight weeks!

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the top team in the nation according to the AP Poll for the sixth-consecutive week, including the preseason.

The Zags also increased their first-place vote total in the process. Last week, Baylor received three votes.

Although it is early, with the meat of the non-conference schedule over, we are at the point of the year in which the “Will Gonzaga go undefeated?” question emerges. It is a fair question. Gonzaga is the first team in history to defeat four AP top 20 opponents in their first seven games, an arbitrary sort history-made stat, but impressive nonetheless.

It will be interesting going forward to see how voters work with the WCC vs. the other better league conundrum. The argument throughout college hoops this year is that Gonzaga and Baylor are a cut above the rest. For the most part, Gonzaga has been able to showcase that, while Baylor, outside of a rampage over Illinois, was stuck with a rather lackluster non-conference slate.

The stages will flip when conference play begins. Gonzaga will play six games against KenPom sub-100 teams all conference, San Francisco, BYU, and Saint Mary’s. Baylor will play 15. Usually, the math on the AP Top 25 is simple: win and move up, lose and move down. With regards to the Zags and Baylor this year, it might not be so simple.

Here is the full poll:

AP Poll - Week 6

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Gonzaga (62) 1,598 1
2 Baylor (2) 1,537 2
3 Kansas 1,458 3
4 Villanova 1,370 5
5 Houston 1,313 6
6 Wisconsin 1.249 9
7 Tennessee 1,217 8
8 Texas 1,109 10
9 West Virginia 1,080 7
10 Iowa 1,008 4
11 Creighton 926 13
12 Missouri 888 14
13 Texas Tech 821 15
14 Rutgers 659 17
15 Illinois 650 18
16 Michigan 582 19
17 Michigan State 431 12
18 Florida State 377 21
19 Northwestern 350 19
20 Duke 290 20
21 Oregon 252 25
21 Minnesota 252 NR
23 Virginia 238 16
24 Virginia Tech 230 NR
25 Ohio State 216 23
Others receiving votes:Xavier 178, San Diego St. 172, North Carolina 57, Arkansas 55, Clemson 50, Colorado 50, Saint Louis 49, Florida 20, Louisville 18, BYU 12, Georgia 10, NC State 8, UCLA 4, Indiana 4, Richmond 3, UCF 2, Western Kentucky 2, Boise St. 2, SMU 1, Chattanooga 1, Drake 1.