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Saturday / December 5.
  • Gonzaga tops AP Preseason Top 25 Poll, followed by Baylor, Villanova

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    For the first time in program history, Gonzaga men’s basketball was ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press poll, which was released Monday.

    Baylor is No. 2, Villanova is No. 3, Virginia is No. 4 and Iowa No. 5.

    “It’s a great honor to be selected No. 1,” Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Few said. “We understand that it is more a reflection of what our program has accomplished over the years and hope to play up to that standard as we start our season.”

    It’s the sixth time in program history that Gonzaga receives the No. 1 ranking in the AP poll. Last season, Gonzaga spent four consecutive weeks at No. 1 in the AP poll, before finishing No. 2 with one first-place vote. The Bulldogs opened the season at No. 8 in the preseason AP poll. In 2018-19, GU was the top-ranked AP team for five weeks, after winning the Maui Invitational for two weeks and three straight weeks late in the regular season. The Zags have now been ranked No. 1 in five of the last nine seasons.

    The Bulldogs were No. 1 in in the last three rankings of the 2012-13 season, prior to the NCAA Tournament. GU climbed to No. 1 after a 22-0 start to the 2016-17 season. The Zags were No. 1 for four straight weeks, before finishing the regular season 29-1, and advancing to the national championship game.

    This marks the 20th straight season Gonzaga has been ranked in the AP poll. It’s the 11th consecutive year the Zags have appeared in the preseason poll, starting in the top-20 for the eighth straight season. It’s the seventh time GU has been ranked in the Top-10 in the preseason AP ranking. The Zags earned their previous highest-ever preseason ranking in the 2018 AP Top 25 poll at No. 3 with one first-place vote, before ending the season at No. 4.
     
    Gonzaga had 1,541 points in this year’s preseason poll, with 28 first-place votes. Baylor followed at No. 2 with 1,540 points and 24 first-place votes. The Bulldogs and Baylor square off in Indianapolis on Dec. 5. Villanova received 11 first-place votes at No. 3. Virginia and Iowa rounded out the top-five. GU faces Iowa in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Dec. 19.
     
    The Zags open the season with Kansas in Florida on Nov. 26. The Jayhawks begin the season at No. 6. GU then plays Auburn in Florida on Nov. 27. The Tigers start the year receiving eight votes. West Coast Conference foe BYU received four votes in the poll.
     

     
    2020-21 Associated Press Preseason Poll

    1Gonzaga (28)0-01,5412
    2Baylor (24)0-01,5405
    3Villanova (11)0-01,50110
    4Virginia (1)0-01,36416
    5Iowa0-01,27325
    6Kansas0-01,2211
    7Wisconsin0-01,15017
    8Illinois0-01,10521
    9Duke0-01,07311
    10Kentucky0-01,0388
    11Creighton0-09227
    12Tennessee0-0919NR
    13Michigan State0-08209
    14Texas Tech0-0790NR
    15West Virginia0-065124
    16North Carolina0-0465NR
    17Houston0-043822
    18Arizona State0-0402NR
    19Texas0-0380NR
    20Oregon0-037513
    21Florida State0-03514
    22UCLA0-0336NR
    23Ohio State0-027019
    24Rutgers0-0190NR
    25Michigan0-0160NR
    Others receiving votes: LSU 146, Memphis 69, Florida 69, Alabama 50, Indiana 48, Louisville 41, Richmond 40, Stanford 14, Providence 9, Saint Louis 8, Auburn 8, San Diego State 6, Connecticut 6, BYU 4, Loyola Chicago 3, Seton Hall 2, UNC Greensboro 1, Northern Iowa 1



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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.