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Gonzaga's upset loss to Portland last Thursday dropped the Bulldogs out of the A.P. Top 25 and nearly out of the USA Today rankings.
Gonzaga (14-3) slipped eight spots, from No. 22 to No. 30, in the A.P. poll. The Zags dropped from 18th to 24th in USA Today. Find both polls here.
The Bulldogs have been ranked in both polls all season, including 15th in the A.P. preseason rankings and 11th on Nov. 25th.
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As expected, the Gonzaga men’s basketball team slipped out of the Top 25 rankings in both major polls following a 66-65 loss at San Francisco on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (21-5, 11-3 WCC), No. 24 last week in A.P. and ESPN/USA Today, dropped into the others receiving votes category. They’re 27th in A.P. and 29th in ESPN/USA Today.
BYU, which visits Gonzaga on Thursday, is just behind GU at 28th in A.P. Conference-leading Saint Mary’s, which lost twice last week, dropped from No. 16 to No. 23 in ESPN/USA Today and fell from No. 21 out of the A.P. rankings.
Gonzaga returned to the A.P. rankings at No. 24. The Bulldogs (17-3, 7-1 WCC) are 26th in ESPN/USA Today's latest poll.
The Bulldogs have a big week as they visit WCC newcomer BYU on Thursday and Pepperdine on Saturday. Saint Mary's, which thumped BYU on Saturday to remain unbeaten in conference at 10-0, moved up to No. 18 in A.P. and No. 16 in the coaches' poll.
The Gaels entertain San Diego on Thursday in their only game of the week. Saint Mary's is at Gonzaga the following Thursday.
Gonzaga wasn't ranked before its 0-2 road trip and now the Bulldogs are no longer in the others receiving votes category. GU was in the top 30 in both polls before losing at Santa Clara and San Francisco.
Saint Mary's, which visits Gonzaga on Thursday, dropped to No. 24 in ESPN/USA Today's Top 25. The Gaels dropped out of the A.P. rankings (now 30th). Here are the polls (unbeaten San Diego State is No. 4).
Saint Mary's (16-2, 4-0 WCC) broke into the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 at No. 21 while Gonzaga (13-5, 3-0) climbed higher in the others receiving votes category. GU is 30th after receiving 39 points.
Here's the poll.
UPDATE: Gaels are 22nd, Zags 29th in A.P. rankings.
Gonzaga is no longer ranked in either of the two major polls.
The Zags, 24th in last week’s ESPN/USA Today rankings, slid into the receiving votes category when the new poll was released Monday. Gonzaga had already tumbled from the A.P. Top 25 last week, prior to Saturday’s loss to Illinois.
GU (4-3) received five points. Washington State, the Zags opponent on Wednesday in Pullman, received one point. Gonzaga has lost to current No. 5 Kansas State, No. 15 San Diego State and No. 17 Illinois (ESPN/USA Today poll rankings). The Zags still have games remaining against No. 23 Notre Dame, No. 14 Memphis and No. 9 Baylor.
GU was No. 12 in the ESPN/USA Today preseason poll.
UPDATE: CBSsports.com’s Gary Parrish still has GU 25th.
For the third straight week Spokane is No. 2 in the AFL coaches poll. Jacksonville stayed in the top spot. Milwaukee is No. 3, followed by Arizona.
UPDATE: On the expansion front, San Jose, one of the league’s most successful franchises, is returning to the AFL. The SaberCats would provide another western opponent (along with Utah and Arizona) for the Shock. Philadelphia announced earlier this week that it intends to return to the AFL in 2011.
A couple of Shock notes this morning. Spokane (2-1) moved up to No. 3 in the coaches’ and writers’ polls. Chicago and Milwaukee, the AFL’s only unbeatens, are ranked first and second, respectively. Arizona (2-1), tied with Spokane for the West Division lead, is No. 4 in one poll, No. 5 in the other.
—Spokane activated WR Shaun Kauleinamoku, DB Alex Teems and OL Chris Pino from injured-reserve. OL Ed Ta’amu remains on IR and it looks like he’ll miss Saturday’s game against Cleveland.
—Former Shock defensive back Nygel Rogers, now with Chicago, was the AFL defensive player of the week. Rogers intercepted a Brett Elliot pass in a win over Utah. He has a league-leading five picks on the season.
Another 2-0 week propelled Gonzaga to No. 13 in the Associated Press poll and No. 9 in ESPN/USA Today’s rankings. The Bulldogs were 16th and 11th in last week’s polls.
Three of the four teams with wins over Gonzaga are ranked: No. 6 Duke, No. 11 Michigan State and No. 23/25 Wake Forest.
Gonzaga’s 2-0 week resulted in a small jump in the rankings. The Bulldogs (19-4) are 16th in A.P., 11th in ESPN/USA Today. They were 17th and 13th, respectively, a week ago.
Saint Mary’s, which visits Gonzaga on Thursday with first place on the line in the WCC, received votes in both polls. The Gaels were 28th in ESPN/USA Today.
Here are the polls.
San Francisco’s upset win over Gonzaga dropped the Bulldogs to No. 17 in the Associated Press poll and No. 13 in ESPN/USA Today’s Top 25. GU was 13th and 8th, respectively, a week ago.
Saint Mary’s, tied for first in the WCC with Gonzaga, received votes in both polls, but didn’t crack the top 30. Gonzaga’s other losses are to No. 5 Michigan State, No. 10/9 Duke and Wake Forest, which is receiving votes in the A.P. poll. The Bulldogs have one win over a team currently in the polls: No. 16 Wisconsin.
Gonzaga continued to climb up the rankings, moving up to 15th in the A.P. poll and 10th in ESPN/USA Today. GU (14-3) moved up two spots in A.P. and four in the other poll. Saint Mary’s lost a few votes in the ESPN/USA Today poll, receiving 16 compared to 25 last week, after its home loss to the Bulldogs.
The Zags were No. 10 in ESPN/USA Today’s final regular-season poll last season and finished 13th after advancing to the Sweet Sixteen.
The Bulldogs, winners of six straight, entertain Pepperdine on Thursday in a battle of teams tied with 3-0 WCC marks. Loyola Marymount visits Saturday.
(Programming alert: Media day is Tuesday).
Gonzaga is back in the A.P. Top 25 and climbing up in the ESPN/USA Today rankings.
The Bulldogs, who defeated Eastern Washington, Oklahoma and Illinois last week, are No. 19 in A.P.; No. 18 in ESPN/USA Today. The Zags were 26th in last week’s A.P. poll and No. 22 in ESPN/USA Today.
GU’s losses are to now No. 5 Duke, No. 10/11 Michigan State and Wake Forest, which is receiving votes.
Gonzaga’s 2-0 week resulted in a climb to No. 15 in the A.P. Top 25. The Zags (8-2) are tied for 15th with Georgia Tech in the ESPN/USA Today poll. GU was 21st and 22nd, respectively, in those polls last week.
Find both polls are here.
It was a tough week for teams that were ranked just in front of Gonzaga in the Dec. 7 polls. Texas A&M, Washington, UNLV, Cincinnati and Wisconsin dropped games. No. 24 Washington is the only Pac-10 team ranked.
Duke, Gonzaga’s opponent Saturday in New York City, is No. 7 in both polls. Saint Mary’s received 17 votes in the ESPN/USA Today poll; none in the A.P voting. Three two-loss teams are rated ahead of Gonzaga: No. 10 North Carolina, No. 12 Michigan State and No. 14 Connecticut.
Gonzaga slipped four spots in the A.P. Top 25, falling to No. 21 after losing to Wake Forest on Saturday. GU (6-2) is one spot behind Wisconsin, despite a convincing win over the Badgers in Maui, and two spots behind Cincinnati, whom the Zags beat for the Maui title. Wisconsin knocked off Duke last week.
Wake Forest (5-2) didn’t receive a vote in the poll. Portland, losers of three straight after being ranked No. 25, didn’t receive a vote.
In the ESPN/USA Today poll, Gonzaga slid to No. 22. Wake Forest received seven votes; Saint Mary’s six.
Find both polls here.
Got busy with other stuff Monday and forgot to post the latest rankings. Gonzaga moved up to 10th in the A.P. poll. I couldn’t remember so I looked up where the Zags were ranked in the preseason poll. Yep, 10th. Interesting to look back at the top 15 or so and the accuracy of the voters.
Making the drive to Portland with the S-R’s John Blanchette and Chris Anderson this afternoon. Hopefully I’ll be able to type some during the drive. Couple of programming notes: I’m working on an article on Josh Heytvelt and his desire to prolong his GU career as long as possible. Blanchette has a column in the works on Zips coach Keith Dambrot, who played baseball at Akron and coached LeBron James in high school.
I’ll try to post the Heytvelt article later tonight.
Gonzaga remained 17th in the A.P. Top 25 and moved up three spots to No. 17 in the ESPN/USA Today poll. More here.
Gonzaga climbed a couple notches to No. 17 in the Associated Press top 25. The Bulldogs are No. 20 in ESPN/USA Today’s rankings. More here.
Gonzaga’s 68-50 loss to Memphis dropped the Zags one spot in the A.P. poll (from 18th to 19th) and three spots in the ESPN/USA Today poll (18th to 21st). Memphis soared from 14th to 8th in A.P, and from 15th to 10th in ESPN/USA Today.
An interesting day on the roads. It took about 55 minutes (normal trip 25-30) to get to Gonzaga for media day because traffic was backed up on I-90 from a vehicle spin-out near Barker Road. Later, I was stuck, briefly, in a carefully selected parking spot at NIC and, to cap off the evening, a good Samaritan with 4-wheel drive helped pull my wife’s van out of a snowbank midway up an icy hill. That was interesting.
GU coach Mark Few mentioned that he and several neighbors spent part of Saturday helping a neighbor whose barn had collapsed under the weight of the snow.
Enough of the weather. An unedited Zag notebook below. Also, Tennessee’s Wayne Chism was hurt in the Vols’ win Monday night. GU visits the Vols on Jan. 7th.
A couple of weeks ago, Gonzaga was undefeated and ranked No. 4. Following a loss to No. 2 UConn on Dec. 20th in Seattle, the Zags actually went up one spot in the A.P. poll, from 8th to 7th.
But a home loss to Portland State last Tuesday — Gonzaga’s third loss in four games — sent the Bulldogs sliding down the rankings. GU is 16th in A.P. and 17th in ESPN/USA Today. More here.
The Bulldogs returned to practice Saturday in preparation for a New Year’s Eve road game against Utah. After Utah, the Bulldogs visit Tennessee on Jan. 7, a rematch of GU’s 83-74 victory in the Old Spice Classic championship Nov. 30. Tennessee is ranked 14th by A.P and tied for 18th by ESPN/USA Today.
Check back here tonight for a Gonzaga notebook.