Tigers Remain In AP Top 25, Barely

Tigers Remain In AP Top 25, Barely

Gonzaga is No. 1 for the first time in program history.
(AP) -- Gonzaga, the small Northwest school known for big NCAA tournament wins, is No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time.

Riding the best record in NCAA Division I men's basketball at 29-2, the Bulldogs took advantage of Indiana's loss to Minnesota last week. The Bulldogs switched places with the Hoosiers, advancing from No. 2 to move comfortably into the No. 1 spot Monday.

Gonzaga is the fifth school to hold the top spot this season. Indiana was the preseason No. 1 and on top for nine other weeks. Duke, Louisville and Michigan have been the other No. 1s.

Duke stayed at No. 3 with five first-place votes. Kansas and Georgetown both jumped two spots to fourth and fifth. The Hoyas received the other two first-place votes.

RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Gonzaga (51) 29-2 1,607
2 Indiana (7) 25-4 1,517
3 Duke (5) 25-4 1,471
4 Kansas 25-4 1,433
5 Georgetown (2) 23-4 1,384
6 Miami (FL) 23-5 1,245
7 Michigan 24-5 1,240
8 Louisville 24-5 1,217
9 Kansas State 24-5 1,040
10 Michigan State 22-7 1,006
11 Florida 23-5 993
12 New Mexico 25-4 950
13 Oklahoma State 22-6 833
14 Ohio State 21-7 763
15 Marquette 21-7 687
16 Saint Louis 23-5 675
17 Syracuse 22-7 589
18 Arizona 23-6 394
19 Oregon 23-6 332
20 Pittsburgh 23-7 326
21 Virginia Commonwealth 23-6 277
22 Wisconsin 20-9 217
23 UCLA 22-7 196
24 Notre Dame 22-7 164
25 Memphis 25-4 149

Others receiving votes: North Carolina 109, Louisiana Tech 103, Saint Mary's 47, UNLV 43, California 33, Butler 26, Illinois 25, Minnesota 10, Creighton 7, Middle Tennessee 5, Akron 4, Missouri 4, Belmont 3, Colorado State 1

Dropped from rankings: Butler 20, Louisiana Tech 25

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