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AP Top 25 Poll: Gonzaga Moves Up to No. 2

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A loss by the Baylor Bears opened the door.

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

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are back at the familiar ranking of No. 2 in the latest AP Poll, climbing one spot after the Baylor Bears lost last week.

Gonzaga has now spent a total of seven weeks at the No. 2 ranking (on three different occasions this season). The Zags dropped down to No. 3 after their loss to BYU. This week, it was time for the Bears to stumble, and they dropped two spots down to No. 4. The Dayton Flyers moved up to No. 3 and the San Diego State Aztecs held at No. 5 to round out the top 5.

Elsewhere around the polls, the BYU Cougars moved up two spots to No. 15, setting up a potential top 15 matchup in the WCC Tournament Championship (assuming Saint Mary’s doesn’t ruin the day).

Due to the WCC Tournament scheduling, Gonzaga will most likely stay at No. 2 until next week. As one of the top two seeds in the tournament, the Zags get a bye until Monday, March 9.

Here is the full poll for the week.

AP Top 25 - Week 18

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Kansas 1,600 1
2 Gonzaga 1,514 3
3 Dayton 1,453 4
4 Baylor 1,395 2
5 San Diego State 1,375 5
6 Kentucky 1,253 8
7 Florida State 1,164 6
8 Seton Hall 1,145 13
9 Maryland 1,041 9
10 Louisville 948 11
11 Creighton 843 10
12 Duke 809 7
13 Oregon 802 14
14 Villanova 779 12
15 BYU 756 17
16 Michigan State 726 24
17 Auburn 575 15
18 Iowa 492 18
19 Ohio State 489 23
20 Penn State 367 16
21 Houston 265 25
22 Virginia 219 NR
23 Illinois 208 NR
24 Wisconsin 179 NR
25 Michigan 94 19
Butler 68, UCLA 54, Stephen F. Austin 47, East Tennessee State 31, West Virginia 22, Providence 17, Colorado 13, Marquette 12, Arizona 9, Texas Tech 9, Northern Iowa 4, Oklahoma 4, Stanford 4, Arizona State 4, Wichita State 2, Saint Mary’s 2, LSU 2, New Mexico State 2, USC 1, Belmont 1, Vermont 1