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Zags Rise One Spot to No. 16

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And a new top team in the poll.

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On the heels of two more strong WCC victories, the Gonzaga Bulldogs rose one spot in the latest AP Poll to No. 16.

The big news of the poll is the return of the Connecticut Huskies to the top spot. This is the ninth-straight season the Huskies have reached the top of the AP Poll, and they did so in dramatic fashion. The Huskies defeated the then No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks in overtime to reclaim the top spot.

It is the third-consecutive week there has been a different No. 1 team.

For Gonzaga, as long as they win, they should slowly rise up. This week features their biggest test of the season: a road game against the BYU Cougars. That is the only real possibility for a loss (that is rationale) for the rest of the conference slate.

The Zags finish out the season playing USD, Pepperdine, and LMU.

Here is the full poll for the week.

AP Poll - Week 13

rank team points previous
rank team points previous
1 UConn (26) 746 2
2 South Carolina (2) 700 1
3 Louisville 675 3
4 NC State 642 4
5 Texas A&M (1) 639 6
6 Stanford (1) 627 5
7 Baylor 564 7
8 UCLA 530 8
9 Maryland 515 9
10 Arizona 505 10
11 Michigan 432 12
12 South Florida 386 14
13 Oregon 377 11
14 Indiana 332 15
15 Ohio State 303 12
16 Gonzaga 272 17
17 Kentucky 260 20
18 Arkansas 248 18
19 DePaul 174 22
19 West Virginia 174 19
21 Tennessee 172 16
22 Georgia 139 24
23 South Dakota State 130 23
24 Northwestern 92 21
25 Missouri State 79 25
Others receiving votes: Rutgers 10, Stephen F. Austin 7, Oklahoma State 6, Florida Gulf Coast 5, Georgia Tech 3, Mississippi State 2, Virginia Tech 2, Rice 2