Gonzaga earns No. 1 ranking

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 3:13 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.-- For the first time in university history, the Gonzaga men’s basketball team ranked number one Monday in both polls.

 

The team previously held the number two spot and moved to the top of the poll after Indiana and Duke both lost games in the last week.

 

A group of 64 sports writers and broadcasters across the nation vote in the Associated Press poll.  Prior to last week’s move to number two, the highest Gonzaga had ever been in the AP poll was number three back in 2004.

 

The Zags received 29 of 31 first places votes in the USA Today coaches poll to claim the top ranking.

 

Experts said the ranking doesn’t earn the Bulldogs anything, but they do gain respect for it.  The respect could help the team earn a number one seed to the NCAA tournament if they win the WCC tournament next Monday in Las Vegas.

 

AP Top 25 Poll released on Monday, March 4th:

 

Rank   Team               1st Place Votes     Previous Rank          Points

 

1.        Gonzaga         51                         2                                1,607

2.        Indiana             7                          1                                1,517

3.        Duke               5                           3                                1,471

4.        Kansas            0                           6                                1,433

5.        Georgetown    2                           7                                1,384

6.        Miama (FL)     0                           5                                1,245

7.        Michigan        0                           4                                1,240

8.        Louisville        0                           10                               1,217

9.        Kansas St.       0                           13                               1,040

10.      Michigan St.   0                            9                                1,006

11.      Florida             0                           8                                 993

12.      New Mexico    0                           14                                950

13.      Oklahoma St.  0                           15                                833

14.      Ohio St.          0                           16                                763

15.      Marquette       0                            22                               687

16.      St. Louis         0                            18                               675

17.      Syracuse         0                            12                               589

18.      Arizona           0                            11                               394

19.      Oregon            0                            24                              332

20.      Pitt                  0                            23                              326

21.      VCU                0                            -                                 277

22.      Wisconsin        0                            17                              217

23.      UCLA              0                             -                                196

24.      Notre Dame    0                             21                              164

25.      Memphis        0                             19                              149

 

 

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