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No. 2 GU passing chemistry test

A bit of a rough start to senior week for two GU seniors who will play in their final home game Saturday against Portland. Elias Harris took a shot to the nose and Guy Landry Edi a blow to the chin about 10 minutes apart in Monday's practice. Harris needed a handful of stitches to close a cut on his nose and didn't return to practice. Edi was checked out by training staff and returned later to practice.

Two topics for my notebook that ran in today's S-R. Gonzaga, as the college basketball world knows by now, is No. 2 in the AP poll, the highest ranking in program history. The Zags are the first non-power 6 conference team to be ranked in the AP top two since Memphis in 2007-08. Gonzaga has already set a school record with 27 regular-season wins. The Zags are closing in on the program's first 30-win seasons. GU won 29 games in 2002 and 2006.

We also explored Gonzaga's team chemistry, one of those intangibles that is easier to see than define. We took a shot at explaining it in this article.

Gonzaga remains a No. 1 seed, playing in Salt Lake City, in Lunardi's latest Bracketology (like that No. 7 UCLA vs. No. 10 Saint Mary's matchup).

Shock remain No. 2

Nothing changed at the top of the AFL coaches’ poll. Tampa Bay (10-3) remains No. 1, Spokane (11-2) is still No. 2. The Shock did gain some ground with 110 points. Tampa Bay received 115.

More below.

Shock win, still drop in poll

It keeps getting harder to take the AFL coaches poll seriously.

Spokane (10-2), winners of eight straight games and the top-ranked team the last two weeks, dropped to No. 2 after defeating No. 4 Arizona on Friday. (The Rattlers were No. 4, you may remember, because they beat then No. 3 Jacksonville by 16 points on the road and managed to fall from No. 2 to No. 4 in last week’s poll.).

Wait, it gets even better. Arizona moved UP to No. 3 after losing to the Shock. Tampa Bay (9-3) is the new No. 1.

Meanwhile, the fans and writers polls actually seem to consider the previous week’s results.

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