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Zags Rise to No. 9 in Latest Poll

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Gonzaga won all three games last year, including an 81-74 win on the road against Santa Clara (Photo: SWX) Gonzaga won all three games last year, including an 81-74 win on the road against Santa Clara (Photo: SWX)
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After three wins last week, including two in the West Coast Conference, Gonzaga moved up to No. 9 in Monday's AP Top 25 poll.

The Zags began the week with a New Year's Eve win against Oklahoma State, then followed it up by beating Pepperdine and Santa Clara in the first two conference games of the season. All three games were on the road.

Duke remains No. 1 and Michigan is No. 2. Louisville and Arizona swap places and Indiana is still No. 5.

Ohio State as the only team in the top 10 to lose last week. They lost 74-55 to Illinois and fell all the way to No. 15. Illinois, a team which beat Gonzaga earlier in the season, moved up to No. 12.

After losing to Gonzaga last week, Oklahoma State fell out of the rankings, as did Pittsburgh. UNLV (24) and Wichita State (23) reappeared in the Top 25.

 

AP Top 25 - Week 10
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Duke (62) 14-0 1,622
2 Michigan (3) 15-0 1,553
3 Louisville 13-1 1,447
4 Arizona 14-0 1,442
5 Indiana 13-1 1,381
6 Kansas 12-1 1,322
7 Syracuse 14-1 1,211
8 Minnesota 14-1 1,121
9 Gonzaga 15-1 1,064
10 Missouri 11-2 1,006
11 Florida 10-2 922
12 Illinois 14-2 881
13 Creighton 14-1 789
14 Butler 12-2 761
15 Ohio State 11-3 710
16 San Diego State 12-2 591
17 Notre Dame 13-1 547
18 Kansas State 12-2 472
19 Georgetown 10-2 441
20 North Carolina State 12-2 438
21 Cincinnati 13-2 375
22 Michigan State 12-3 267
23 Wichita State 14-1 135
24 UNLV 13-2 113
25 New Mexico 13-2 102
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