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Gonzaga Loses One First-place Vote

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Still No. 1

NCAA Basketball: Gonzaga at St. Mary’s Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Here is the full poll for this week:

AP Poll - Week 9

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 Gonzaga (62) 1,598 1
2 Baylor (2) 1,538 2
3 Villanova 1,445 3
4 Iowa 1,420 5
5 Texas 1,289 4
6 Tennessee 1,242 10
7 Michigan 1,197 7
8 Houston 1,155 11
9 Kansas 1,072 6
10 Wisconsin 939 9
11 Creighton 833 8
12 Texas Tech 792 15
13 Virginia 778 18
14 West Virginia 732 13
15 Ohio State 631 21
16 Virginia Tech 536 20
17 Minnesota 507 23
18 Alabama 487 18
19 Missouri 462 21
20 Clemson 354 12
21 Oregon 235 22
22 Illinois 232 14
23 Connecticut 209 25
24 UCLA 195 NR
25 Saint Louis 172 24
Others receiving votes: Louisville 155, Colorado 148, Oklahoma St. 119, Florida St. 112, Southern Cal 74, Duke 43, Drake 42, LSU 20, Boise St. 15, Xavier 7, Belmont 5, Michigan St. 3, Winthrop 3, Toledo 2, Utah St. 1, Purdue 1.