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Gonzaga basketball on top in AP Top 25 preseason poll

Gonzaga will begin the college basketball season precisely where it wants to end the season in April. The Zags were voted No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press poll released Monday. Gonzaga received 55 of 63 first-place votes from the media panel. No. 2 UCLA, which faces GU on Nov. 23 in Las Vegas, received the other eight votes.

Bullish on these Bulldogs: Gonzaga’s 2021 squad gets nod at No. 1 on Mark Few’s Finest Four

The competition keeps getting tougher. Yes, across college basketball, but also when measuring Gonzaga head coach Mark Few’s best teams against one another.In the last nine years alone, there is the 2013 Zags that the climbed to No. 1 in the AP rankings for the first time in program history, two Sweet 16s, two Elite Eight and two that played for the national championship. Five have been ranked No. 1, including the 2019, 2020 and 2021 teams.

Highlights: Baylor 86, Gonzaga 70

Jared Butler scored 22 points, Macio Teague had 19 points and Baylor handed Gonzaga its first loss of the season, 86-70, on Monday night in Indianapolis in the championship game of the NCAA Tournament.

Gonzaga one step from finishing off historical season in style

The Bulldogs are one victory from completing an undefeated season with the program’s first national championship. In other words, legendary status in the sport that only seven teams have achieved since the first tournament in 1939, the most recent Indiana’s 32-0 season in 1976.