The Gonzaga Bulldogs are still the top team in the nation according to the latest AP Poll, although they lost one first-place vote from last week.
While Gonzaga and Baylor are largely considered the two top teams in basketball, the metrics reflect that, Gonzaga established itself with the superior non-conference resume. Now, Baylor is able to make the conference push. Baylor only played one game, a 68-60 win over Texas Tech.
Gonzaga, meanwhile, had to fight hard against Pepperdine and Saint Mary’s, neither of which is a team on the same level as the Red Raiders. With it, one measly first-place vote transferred to the Baylor column.
Generally speaking, most voters reward teams who win and punish teams who lose. Between Baylor and Gonzaga, it is a question of how to move forward as each team continues to win, one of them just beating tougher competition.
At the end of the day, the AP Poll is just a cool number affixed to the Gonzaga Bulldogs name.
Also: This tidbit is very cool.
Historic AP Poll this week.— Bryan Ives (@awaytoworthy) January 18, 2021
No North Carolina or Duke for the first time since the week of Dec. 27, 1982 (702 straight polls)
No North Carolina, Duke or Kentucky for the first time since the week of Dec. 18, 1961 (1,043 straight polls)
Here is the full poll for this week:
AP Poll - Week 9