Zags jump Kansas to No. 1 after beating Duke

Zags jump Kansas to No. 1 after beating Duke

Gonzaga pulled off what some considered not attainable, stopping the Duke juggernaut throughout the Maui Invitational title sport with out one amongst its best avid gamers. Now the Zags are No. 1 as soon as extra.
Third in last week’s poll, Gonzaga leapfrogged No. 2 Kansas to the best spot in The Associated Press Prime 25 poll launched Monday. The Zags obtained 32 first-place votes from a 65-person media panel, edging the Jayhawks by one.
First-place votes in parentheses
1. Gonzaga (32)2. Kansas (31)three. Duke (1)4. Virginia (1)5. Nevada6. Tennessee7. Michigan8. Auburn9. Michigan State10. Kentucky11. North Carolina12. Kansas State13. Virginia Tech14. Iowa15. Florida State16. Ohio State17. Texas18. Oregon19. Purdue20. Texas Tech21. Buffalo22. Wisconsin23. Villanova24. Maryland25. Mississippi State
Full rankings
No. three Duke obtained one first-place vote whatever the loss to Gonzaga, and No. 4 Virginia obtained the other one after profitable the Battle 4 Atlantis title.
No. 5 Nevada has its highest score ever after profitable the Las Vegas Invitational, with Tennessee, Michigan, Auburn, Michigan State and Kentucky rounding out the best 10.
Gonzaga (6-Zero) is missing do-everything forward Killian Tillie for the first two months of the season as a consequence of an ankle harm and was a large underdog heading into the Maui title sport last week.
Duke (5-1) and its cache of lottery-pick freshmen had been an unstoppable stress the first four weeks of the season, blowing earlier then-No. 2 Kentucky throughout the season opener and profitable the first three video video games in lopsided model.
Duke obtained right here to Maui undefeated on the Valley Isle, profitable 5 titles in 5 tries, and opened with two wins to reach the title sport. Nevertheless Gonzaga punched the Blue Devils throughout the gut early throughout the championship sport and withstood a late value, relying on its experience to win 89-87 for its second Maui title.
The Zags are No. 1 for the third time, following stints atop the poll in 2016-17, after they reached the nationwide title sport, and in 2012-13.
“They’re good. I suggest they’ve good basketball avid gamers,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski acknowledged. “They’re sturdy, they’re earlier, they’re unselfish they normally play their butts off.”
Kansas was the preseason No. 1 until Duke blasted Kentucky throughout the opener and handed the Jayhawks for No. 1.
Kansas (5-Zero) has achieved nothing nonetheless win since then however finds itself wanting up at Gonzaga. The Jayhawks beat their second top-10 opponent of the season by holding off No. 6 Tennessee in further time to win the NIT Season Tip-Off title in New York.
Nevada opened the season with its highest preseason score at No. 6. The Wolf Pack (6-Zero) have lived as a lot because the lofty expectations, rolling over opponents with a deep, expert roster led by the Martin twins.
Nevada obtained the Las Vegas Invitational by beating Tulsa by 10 elements and UMass by 23 throughout the title sport, shifting up a spot for his or her highest score ever.
Villanova is once more throughout the poll after dropping out of the Prime 25 following losses to Michigan and Furman, the first back-to-back losses beneath coach Jay Wright in 5 years. The defending nationwide champions are No. 23 after beating Oklahoma State and No. 15 Florida State to win the AdvoCare Invitational title in Florida.
Ohio State had an important soar on this week’s poll, shifting up seven spots to No. 16 after rolling over Samford and Cleveland State. Iowa climbed six spots to No. 14 and Purdue was up 5 to No. 19.
No. 25 Mississippi State had an important drop amongst teams nonetheless throughout the poll, dropping 10 spots. No. 11 North Carolina misplaced four sports activities actions to drop out of the best 10 following a loss to Texas throughout the semifinals of the Las Vegas Invitational.
Texas went from out of the poll all the way in which wherein as a lot as No. 17 after beating the Tar Heels and collaborating in No. 9 Michigan State shut throughout the match’s second title sport. Texas Tech is throughout the AP Prime 25 for the first time this season at No. 20, and Maryland obtained right here in at No. 24.
TCU made a precipitous drop after dropping to Lipscomb at home, receiving solely eight votes after being No. 18 last week. Moreover dropping out of the poll are Clemson from No. 16, LSU from 19 and UCLA from 17.

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