The Zags had been ranked at No. 2 since the start of the season but fell four spots after some mixed results in the past week. Gonzaga lost big to Texas but beat a highly-ranked Kentucky team in Spokane on Sunday.
For most teams, dropping to a No. 6 ranking this early in the season would be no big deal, but for the Zags, the ranking ends the team’s 51-week streak inside the top five of the AP Poll. The last time Gonzaga was ranked outside the top 5 was Dec. 9, 2019, when they were also ranked No. 6.
Gonzaga now turns to the Phil Knight Legacy in Portland. Gonzaga opens against Portland State on Thursday and could face No. 24 Purdue and No. 8 Duke in later rounds.
Texas jumped to No. 4 after beating Gonzaga, while Kentucky dropped to No. 12 following two losses last week. North Carolina held on to the top spot in the poll.
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