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Gonzaga junior forward Elias Harris has been named the West Coast Conference player of the week after averaging a double-double in two games last week. Harris had 19 points and 16 rebounds in a victory over BYU and came back with seven points and 12 boards in a win over San Diego.
Harris has 10 double-doubles this season. He’s averaging 11 rebounds over GU’s last nine games.
—A 2-0 week inched Gonzaga closer to the Top 25. The Bulldogs sit at 26th in the A.P. and ESPN/USA Today rankings.
Second-seeded Gonzaga opens the WCC Tournament in the semifinals Saturday at approximately 8 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Saint Mary’s, the top seed in the WCC Tournament, is No. 21 in ESPN/USA Today, 28th in A.P. Third-seeded BYU is receiving votes in A.P.
—UPDATE: Mike Hart and Shannon Reader earned WCC all-academic honors. More here.
Gonzaga, in and out of the rankings a couple times this season, returned to the A.P. and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls at No. 24 after wins over Saint Mary's and Loyola Marymount last week.
The Bulldogs (20-4, 10-2), who face road games at Santa Clara on Thursday and San Francisco on Saturday, shares the A.P.'s 24th spot with Wichita State. Saint Mary's dropped from 16th to 21st in A.P. and from 13th to 16th in ESPN/USA Today after losing to Gonzaga 73-59. BYU is 29th, fourth in the A.P. receiving votes category.
GU freshman guard Kevin Pangos earned his third WCC player of the week award. Pangos scored 27 points in the victory over Saint Mary's and added 21 points and nine assists against Loyola Maymount. His closest competition was probably teammate Elias Harris (10 points, 10 rebounds vs. Saint Mary's and 17 points, 15 rebounds vs. LMU), but I believe teams are limited to one nomination. BYU's Charles Abouo was the only other player nominated.
Pangos hasn't committed a turnover in three games.
Programming note: Media day will be Tuesday.
Gonzaga's two-game losing streak has cost it a spot in the Top 25. GU, 23rd in last week's A.P. poll, dropped to 32nd (receiving votes category) in the A.P. and ESPN/USA Today's rankings. Michigan State, which defeated GU on Saturday, moved into the A.P. rankings at No. 21..
Here are both polls.
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.
There will not be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown on Friday at the Arena.
The Spokane Shock remained atop the AFL coaches poll for the second straight week, but Arizona, coming off an impressive road win over then No. 3 Jacksonville, somehow dropped from second to fourth.
Tampa Bay jumped from fourth to second, apparently on the basis of an easy home win over 13th-ranked Bossier/Shreveport (3-9). Chicago also climbed over Arizona after beating Orlando (5-6).
Bossier Shreveport (2-1) slipped to seventh (writers) and a tie for fifth (coaches).
Gonzaga’s loss to Loyola Marymount resulted in a predictable slide in both polls. GU (22-5, 10-2 WCC) dropped from No. 13 to No. 18 in A.P. and from No. 9 to No. 15 in ESPN/USA Today. More here. Saint Mary’s (22-5, 9-3) received one vote in ESPN/USA Today’s rankings.
Gonzaga’s 2-0 WCC week propelled the Bulldogs up a couple spots in both polls — to No. 8 in ESPN/USA Today and No. 13 in A.P.
Saint Mary’s received two votes in A.P. and 11 votes in ESPN/USA Today. Two of the three teams the Zags lost to are ranked above them by A.P.: No. 5 Michigan State and No. 8 Duke. The other, Wake Forest, received enough votes to be in the top 30 of both polls.
Media day this afternoon. I’ll check back in later.
Gonzaga hasn’t played since the Dec. 21st poll came out, but that didn’t stop the Bulldogs from dropping out of the A.P. Top 25 and moving up a couple notches in the ESPN/USA Today. Go figure.
The newest rankings were released today. Gonzaga went from No. 25 to the first team receiving votes in A.P., and from No. 24 to No. 22 in ESPN/USA Today.
Here’s the link.