BY SPNW Staff 11:16AM 02/20/2017

Gonzaga stays No. 1 in AP poll for fourth week

Gonzaga (28-0), the only unbeaten team in Division I, remained No. 1 in the Associated Press college basketball rankings for a program record fourth consecutive week Monday. The Zags collected 59 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel to stay ahead of Villanova (26-2) and Kansas (24-3).

The Zags last week crushed San Francisco 96-61 and Pacific 82-61, and collected 1,618 total votes to Villanova’s 1,556 and Kansas’s 1,503.

Three teams from the Pac-12 Conference  — Arizona (25-3), UCLA (24-3) and Oregon (24-4) — are fourth through sixth. Louisville is seventh, followed by North Carolina, Baylor and Duke. Gonzaga beat Pac-12 leader Arizona 69-62 in Los Angeles in December, and swept St. Mary’s (24-3), which advanced to No. 20.

Gonzaga plays at San Diego Thursday and closes out its regular-season West Coast Conference slate Saturday in Spokane against BYU.


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