Back on Top: Zag MBB Returns to No. 1 Ranking in AP Poll
Gonzaga is ranked No. 1 in AP Poll for fifth time in program history
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga men’s basketball team rose to No. 1 again in the Associated Press Top 25 poll Monday.
The Zags (13-1) own the nation’s longest active home (30) and road (11) winning streaks, and have won five straight since their lone loss of the season to No. 11 Michigan. GU owns a win over No. 6 Oregon on a neutral court, and road victories at No. 21 Washington and No. 24 Arizona.
The Bulldogs moved up from No. 2. GU has been ranked in the Top-10 all season, including starting the season at No. 8 in the AP Poll, the program’s second best-ever preseason ranking.
It’s the fifth time in program history that Gonzaga has risen to No. 1. Last season, Gonzaga spent five weeks at No. 1 in the AP poll, after winning the Maui Invitational for two weeks and three straight weeks late in the regular season. The Zags have climbed to nation’s top spot in four of the last eight 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 54 of the 64 first-place votes in the AP poll. Ohio State has nine first-place votes at No. 2, followed by Louisville, Duke and Kansas.
The Zags have been ranked in 66 consecutive AP polls, never leaving the Top-20 during the streak. The 66-straight appearances in the AP poll is the third-longest active streak in the country.
Gonzaga has off for the holiday break, before welcoming Detroit Mercy to the McCarthey Athletic Center on Dec. 30. The Bulldogs open West Coast Conference play at Portland on Jan. 2.
Week Seven AP Poll (Dec. 23)
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Others receiving votes: Wichita State 112, Colorado 79, Xavier 68, DePaul 54, Indiana 45, Liberty 40, Utah State 36, Saint Mary’s 29, Marquette 28, Tennessee 24, Northern Iowa 23, Creighton 12, Purdue 11, Georgetown 9, Stanford 7, BYU 4, St. John’s 4, Virginia Tech 3, Seton Hall 2, East Tennessee State 1, Yale 1