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Gonzaga falls to No. 8 in poll after winning WCC Tournament

Gonzaga's Mark Few addresses the media after the NCAA Tournament bracket was announced on Selection Sunday. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga's Mark Few addresses the media after the NCAA Tournament bracket was announced on Selection Sunday. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga played some of its best basketball of the season in rolling to the WCC Tournament championship.

AP poll voters apparently weren’t impressed.

The Zags (30-4) dropped two spots to No. 8 in the latest rankings released Monday, despite clobbering San Francisco in the tournament semifinals and BYU in the championship game.

Gonzaga looked like it might move up when fifth-ranked Duke lost in the ACC Tournament. The Blue Devils dropped to No. 9, but they were replaced by Kansas, which soared five spots after claiming the Big 12 Tournament championship. The Jayhawks have hurdled GU twice in the last three polls.

Cincinnati also moved past the Zags, climbing two spots after taking the AAC Tournament title over Houston.

ACC regular-season and tournament champion Virginia pulled in all 65 first-place votes for the second straight week. The Cavaliers are followed by Villanova, Xavier and Kansas, all No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament.

Michigan State, Cincinnati, Michigan, GU, Duke and North Carolina rounded out the top 10.

The top four seeds in the West Region are No. 1 Xavier, No. 2 North Carolina, No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Gonzaga.

Saint Mary’s, which didn’t land an at-large berth, stayed in the poll at No. 25 after falling to BYU in the WCC Tournament semifinals.

This article will be updated.


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