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GU falls out of poll, Gaels 16/13

As expected, Gonzaga dropped out of the A.P. Top 25 when the newest poll was released earlier today. GU is 30th (fifth in receiving votes), 27th in ESPN/USA Today's Top 25. Gonzaga was No. 24 entering last week but lost to BYU on Thursday. Here's a link to both polls.

Saint Mary's climbed up a couple more spots and sits at No. 16 in A.P. and No. 13 in ESPN/USA Today. The Gaels and Bulldogs collide Thursday at the Kennel.

Checked Bracketology this morning to see what Thursday's loss did to Gonzaga's position. Joe Lunardi has Gonzaga as a seven seed (and dropping), facing No. 10 … drumrollllllllllll …. Notre Dame in Columbus. Hmmm. Uhh, really? GU clobbered the Irish 73-53 in late November, but N.D. has been red-hot of late and is 26th in both polls. Ironically, GU's win over N.D. is now considered one of, if not its best, wins to this point of the season.

Lunardi also has Saint Mary's as a five and BYU as an 11.

Media day this afternoon. I'll post my notebook later tonight.

Spokane doesn’t crack Top 10

Shock coach Rob Keefe said earlier this week that his team might have opened some eyes around the AFL after thumping Philadelphia 75-54 and that could be reflected when the weekly coaches poll was released. The poll came out and Spokane (5-7) still didn't crack the top 10.

Chicago (9-3), Spokane's opponent Saturday in the Arena, moved up from fourth to third. Spokane is tied with Utah and San Jose for second in the National Conference West Division. Utah remained in ninth and San Jose stayed in 10th in the rankings. Utah has lost three straight and San Jose has dropped five in a row.

More here.

Zags slip, Gaels 26th

Gonzaga's win over Portland (12-4) didn't do much to impress voters in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll. The Bulldogs (11-5) received nine points, three less than last week, and remain in the 'Others Receiving Votes' category.

WCC rival Saint Mary's is on the verge of cracking the Top 25. The Gaels earned 65 points, nine behind No. 25 Minnesota. The Gaels (14-2) are one of nine teams receiving more votes than GU, so technically the Zags are 35th, tied with Utah State and Arizona.

Four of GU's opponents are in the rankings: No. 6 San Diego State, No. 11 Notre Dame, No. 16 Illinois and No. 20 Kansas State. The Bulldogs lost to all four. Three others — Baylor (58 pts.), Memphis (36) and Oklahoma State (17) — are receiving votes. GU defeated Baylor and Oklahoma State, and will face Memphis on Feb. 5 at the Arena.

BYU, which will join the WCC next season, is No. 10, giving the Mountain West two teams in the top 10.

UPDATE: In the A.P.poll, Gonzaga received 29 points for 36th place overall. Saint Mary's is 33rd with 49 points.

Shock third, J-ville first in latest rankings

Spokane moved up one spot to No. 3 and Jacksonville took over the top spot by itself in the latest AFL coaches poll. The teams collide on Saturday at the Arena.

Spokane (5-2) was fourth a week ago, but climbed up on the strength of a 77-28 rout of Utah. Jacksonville shared No. 1 with Milwaukee, but the Sharks edged Cleveland and the Iron lost to Orlando.

Jacksonville has 138 points in the poll, Milwaukee 107 and Spokane 102. The Sharks earned 12 first-place votes, Milwaukee one and Spokane two.

Of Spokane’s five wins, four (two vs. Utah, one vs. Bossier/Shreveport, one vs. Oklahoma City) have come against teams ranked among the bottom four in the poll. Jacksonville’s wins are against No. 4 Tulsa, No. 8 Cleveland, No. 9 Tampa Bay, No. 11 Orlando and tied for No. 13 Oklahoma City and Dallas. The Sharks’ loss was vs. No. 6 Alabama.

More here.

Shock fall out of rankings

Spokane was ranked No. 6 in the AFL writers preseason poll, but a 74-62 loss to Milwaukee dropped the Shock out of the top 7 (there’s only 15 AFL teams). Milwaukee climbed from No. 7 to No. 2.

Chicago, which defeated Iowa, remained in the top spot. Utah, Spokane’s opponent on Friday, didn’t make the top 7.

Here’s the poll.

Also, Milwaukee landed a couple of the AFL players of the week honors: Quarterback Chris Greisen was the offensive player of the week and Nate Forse was the Ironman of the week. More here.

Zags preseason WCC favorites

Gonzaga is favored to win another WCC title, according to the preseason coaches poll. The Zags were followed by Portland and Saint Mary’s. GU’s Matt Bouldin and Steven Gray (pictured above) were picked to the All-WCC team.

More details here.  

Gonzaga back in A.P. poll at 23

Gonzaga, after a couple weeks absence, on Monday returned to the Associated Press top 25 at No. 23. The Bulldogs are 28th in the ESPN/USA Today rankings. WCC rival Saint Mary’s is No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, but missed the A.P. top 25 at No. 27.

More here, here and here.

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