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Undefeated Gonzaga moves up to third in both polls

Gonzaga Kennel Club members track the Zags record after defeating Portland, Jan. 21, 2017, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga visits Portland for a rematch today to make up a game postponed by inclement weather. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga Kennel Club members track the Zags record after defeating Portland, Jan. 21, 2017, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga visits Portland for a rematch today to make up a game postponed by inclement weather. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga climbed to No. 3 in both major polls, the Zags’ first time in the top three since being ranked second in the USA Today and third in the AP Top 25 on Feb. 23, 2015.

The Zags moved past UCLA, which dropped from AP third to eighth. Arizona had the week’s biggest jump, going from 14th to No. 7 with its win at UCLA on Saturday.

Gonzaga defeated Arizona in Los Angeles in early December.

Villanova (19-1) maintained the top spot in the AP poll with 35 first-place votes and 1,591 points. Kansas (18-1) is second with 28 first-place votes and 1,572 points. Gonzaga earned 1,471 points.

Kentucky and Baylor round out the top five.

The Jayhawks are No. 1 in the coaches’ poll, 12 points ahead of No. 2 Villanova.

Kansas has a tough week ahead, visiting No. 18 West Virginia on Tuesday and No. 4 Kentucky on Saturday. Villanova visits Marquette on Tuesday before entertaining No. 12/13 Virginia on Sunday.

Gonzaga’s first-place vote totals didn’t change from last week: two in AP, three in USA Today.

The unbeaten Zags (19-0) have a busy week, facing Portland on Monday night, returning home to meet San Diego on Thursday and visiting Pepperdine on Saturday to conclude a five-game, 10-day stretch.

Gonzaga defeated host Santa Clara 88-57 and beat visiting Portland 73-52 last week.

Saint Mary’s (17-2) jumped up two spots to No. 21 in both polls.

Florida State moved up to sixth, the Seminoles’ highest AP ranking since Feb. 1993.

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