Gonzaga Bulldogs Get Pair Of First Place Votes, Break Into AP Top 5

By Tyler Brett
James Snook – USA TODAY Sports

The Gonzaga Bulldogs have found their focus as they continue to take care of business against the West Coast Conference. They have hit a solid rhythm as they gear up for the NCAA Tournament . Some people have even labeled the Zags as the best team in the country, and the latest AP poll shows that sentiment is growing.

After a strong week on the court, the Bulldogs are moving up in the polls. Last week, the No. 6 ranked Zags took care of business at home against the Pepperdine Waves and Loyola Marymount Lions, stringing together a pair of dominant wins after a scare against the San Diego Toreros. Mark Few made sure his team came out focused as four of the top five teams in college basketball stumbled ahead of them.

That focus is being rewarded as Gonzaga rose to No. 5 in the latest AP poll, snagging a pair of first place votes in the process. It’s their highest ranking since December of 2008. They also have plenty of USA Today Coaches Poll voters, rising up to No. 3 this week with a first place vote.

Now, the Zags gear up for their last big road trip this week, traveling to take on the Saint Mary’s Gaels and San Francisco Dons, sites of two of their three conference losses last season. Gonzaga is looking to continue it’s strong play ramping up to March Madness by taking care of their WCC business and finish out their best season in program history.

But how high can the Zags rise in the polls? High enough to earn a No. 1 seed in the tournament? More importantly, though, how far will they ride this ranking in the NCAA Tournament?

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