Gonzaga Is No. 1 In AP Top 25 For 1st Time

Gonzaga, the small Northwest school known for big NCAA tournament wins, is No. 1 in The Associated Press' Top 25 for the first time.

Riding the best record in Division I 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 were 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.

The Top Twenty Five
By The Associated Press

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 3, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:
Record Pts Prv
1. Gonzaga (51) 29-2 1,607 2
2. Indiana (7) 25-4 1,517 1
3. Duke (5) 25-4 1,471 3
4. Kansas 25-4 1,433 6
5. Georgetown (2) 23-4 1,384 7
6. Miami 23-5 1,245 5
7. Michigan 24-5 1,240 4
8. Louisville 24-5 1,217 10
9. Kansas St. 24-5 1,040 13
10. Michigan St. 22-7 1,006 9
11. Florida 23-5 993 8
12. New Mexico 25-4 950 14
13. Oklahoma St. 22-6 833 15
14. Ohio St. 21-7 763 16
15. Marquette 21-7 687 22
16. Saint Louis 23-5 675 18
17. Syracuse 22-7 589 12
18. Arizona 23-6 394 11
19. Oregon 23-6 332 24
20. Pittsburgh 23-7 326 23
21. VCU 23-6 277 --
22. Wisconsin 20-9 217 17
23. UCLA 22-7 196 --
24. Notre Dame 22-7 164 21
25. Memphis 25-4 149 19
Others receiving votes: North Carolina 109, Louisiana Tech 103, Saint Mary's (Cal) 47, UNLV 43, California 33, Butler 26, Illinois 25, Minnesota 10, Creighton 7, Middle Tennessee 5, Akron 4, Missouri 4, Belmont 3, Colorado St. 1.


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