Gonzaga Vaults to #1 Spot in Associated Press Hoops Poll

By Chris Lauderback on March 4, 2013 at 12:48p

With the 'Zags taking over #1, Indiana fell to 2nd.

Ohio State used a pair of wins to move up to 14th and three B1G teams are still in the top 10.

Gonzaga becomes the 5th team to be ranked #1 through Week 18. Not since 2003-04 has more than five teams held the top spot to this point in the season.

The 'Zags are also just the third non-BCS team in the history of the AP Poll to be ranked #1 joining Memphis (2007-08) and St. Joseph's (2003-04).


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buck-I.8's picture

Indiana would shit on Gonzaga

tennbuckeye19's picture

I guess it's fortunate then for Gonzaga that this is a basketball poll and not a restroom stall.

buck-I.8's picture

I think you might be using restrooms incorrectly

BME_Buckeye's picture

For what its worth Gonzaga has a 2-4 post season record vs. Big Ten teams. 

  • Indiana
  • Minnesota


  • Ohio State
  • Indiana
  • Michigan State
  • Purdue

Don't worry, a Big Ten team will be their demise again! 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


NoVA Buckeye's picture

Hey! Language! We say "poo-poo". Someone's gotta put a dollar in the swear jar~!

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

dubjayfootball90's picture

This March Madness Tourney is going to be one to remember....

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

hail2victors9's picture

Please let Michigan be in Gonzaga's bracket.  Please, Please, Please, PLEASE!
This is a problem in college sports.  Gonzaga is 2-2 vs Top 25ish competition: Illinois (loss), KSU (win-neutral court), OkSt (win), @Butler (loss).

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

~Bo Schembechler

Oyster's picture

But unlike football, the tourny fixes all that in the end.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

tennbuckeye19's picture

Tournaments actually don't "fix" everything. Teams can get hot and go on winning streaks despite not actually being a better team. The "best" teams don't always make the Final Four or win it all.

Oyster's picture

But at least you have to actually win games to be the champion, not be voted in by sportwriters.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

hodge's picture

So much this.  Large tournaments like the big dance provide some of the most excitement in all of sports, but they hardly reward the most consistent and "best" teams throughout the season.  Playoffs can crown a "true" champion, but you've got to cut the field to the best teams and let them fight for ultimate glory.

Brutus's picture

Yep, we were easily the regular season national champs in 2010-2011.  Too bad there is no such thing.

Unky Buck's picture

I'm hoping for the same with OSU. Maybe come in as a #4 and if they can get to the Sweet 16, they'd be staring them down. I'd love OSU's (and any B1G team's) chances in that bracket.

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

You can talk all about Gonzaga's perceived weak schedule.  They've won a lot of games in a row.  They've avoided the upset bug.  TSUN lost to PSU for goodness sakes.  PSU wouldn't make the WCC any stronger.  Big upsets have been happening, but not to Gonzaga.  They haven't lost since their final seconds boner against Butler that cost them that game.  I'm OK with them being #1 for now because none of this matters come tournament time. 

Class of 2010.

BUCKfutter's picture

let's see...i have my choice of being in a bracket with IU, Kansas, Miami/Duke, or Gonzaga.  Give me Gonzaga every time.  Maybe the committee could give us that present to make up for the terrible draw we were given as the #1 overall seed (4-seed UK??? come on) a couple years ago.

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

Idaho Helga's picture

Let me first say I am in Gonzaga territory and while I like the Zags, I am first a Buckeye.  But I think they deserve #1.  Their only two losses are to 2 teams that beat Indiana (Butler, Illinois).  And the Butler loss was a half court 3 at the buzzer.
This is Gonzaga's best team.  Olynyk is 7' and is described as "talents of a guard".  The 4th best player on the team is John Stockton's son.  I get that they play in the WCC.  They don't have ANY weak areas other than their schedule.  I think you will be surprised come tournament time.
Their transition game, 3 pt shooting and defense is exceptional.  Mark Few is a helluva coach.  Do I think they can win it all? Probably not.  They can get up for big games but I don't know if they can string several ones together into wins.  But right now nobody is playing better ball from tip off to final buzzer.