Gonzaga takes over No. 1 ranking in AP Top 25
Gonzaga is the top dog again in the AP college basketball poll.
The Zags, on the strength of an 89-87 win over former No. 1 Duke in the Maui Invitational championship, moved into the top spot in the latest rankings released Monday.
As expected, the vote was close between Gonzaga (6-0) and Kansas (5-0) from AP’s media panel. The Zags went from zero first-place votes a week ago to 32 this week and earned 1,590 points. The Jayhawks received 31 first-place votes and 1,584 points.
It marks the third time in six seasons the Zags are No. 1. After a 22-0 start, they took over the top spot in the Jan. 30, 2017, poll and held it for four weeks before losing their regular-season finale to BYU.
Gonzaga’s first ascent to No. 1 came late in the 2013 season. GU, with a 29-2 record, nabbed the top spot from Indiana on March 4.
Kansas was leapfrogged for the second time this season. Duke climbed over the Jayhawks in the first regular-season poll after the Blue Devils routed then No. 2 Kentucky 118-84. The Jayhawks are the only team with two top 10 wins.
Duke dropped to No. 3, followed by Virginia, Nevada, Tennessee, Michigan, Auburn, Michigan State and Kentucky.
The Zags return to action against North Dakota State on Monday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
The USA Today coaches’ poll is expected to be released later today.
This article will be updated.