Back on Top: Zags Return to No. 1 Ranking
Gonzaga owns country’s longest winning streak
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga men’s basketball team rose to No. 1 again in the Associated Press poll Monday.
The Zags (27-2, 14-0 West Coast Conference) own the nation’s longest active winning streak with 18 consecutive victories. GU completed the program’s fourth undefeated home slate with wins over Pepperdine and BYU.
The Bulldogs moved up from No. 2. GU has been ranked in the Top-10 all season, including starting the season at No. 3 in the AP Poll, the program’s best-ever preseason ranking.
It’s the fourth time in program history that Gonzaga has risen to No. 1, and the second this season. Gonzaga spent two weeks at No. 1, after winning the Maui Invitational title. The Zags have climbed to nation’s top spot in three of the last seven seasons.
The Bulldogs were No. 1 in in the last three rankings of the 2012-13 season, prior to the NCAA Tournament. GU climbed to No. 1 after a 22-0 start to the 2016-17 season. The Zags were No. 1 for four straight weeks, before finishing the regular season 29-1, and advancing to the national championship game.
The Bulldogs are receiving 44 of the 64 first-place votes in the AP poll. Virginia has 15 first-place votes at No. 2, followed by Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina.
The Zags have been ranked in 52 consecutive AP polls, never leaving the Top-20 during the streak.
Gonzaga finishes the regular season with games at Pacific Thursday and Saint Mary’s Saturday.