Gonzaga, ASU Move Up a Spot in Latest AP Poll

BY JACK PARODI

The Associated Press came out with its latest AP Top-25 Poll Monday. Here’s how everything shook out:

  1. Duke (35)
  2. Michigan (9)
  3. Tennessee (12)
  4. Virginia (4)
  5. Kansas (4)
  6. Nevada
  7. Gonzaga
  8. Michigan State
  9. Florida State
  10. Virginia Tech
  11. Texas Tech
  12. Auburn
  13. Ohio State
  14. North Carolina
  15. Wisconsin
  16. Kentucky
  17. Arizona State
  18. Marquette
  19. Mississippi State
  20. North Carolina State
  21. Buffalo
  22. Houston
  23. Indiana
  24. Iowa
  25. Oklahoma

Others receiving votes: Nebraska (150), Kansas State (69), St. John’s (67), Villanova (44), Cincinnati (11), Iowa State (11), TCU (6), Seton Hall (5), Louisville (4), Purdue (3), Furman (2), Belmont (2), San Francisco (1), NJIT (1), Penn (1)

This Week’s Outlook

#6 Nevada

The Wolfpack take on Pac-12 foe Utah at 11 a.m. PST Saturday in Salt Lake City. While the Utes haven’t played particularly amazing basketball thus far, Nevada will have a test in stopping a long, skilled team. If the Wolfpack can pull this one out, it would surely strengthen its resumé as well as further the point the Pac-12 is garbage at basketball this year.

#7 Gonzaga

The Bulldogs take on North Alabama at 6 p.m. Friday at home. The Lions are 3-10, so look for an absolute blowout here. Gonzaga’s schedule from here on out includes no currently-ranked teams — it should be a breeze for the Bulldogs until the NCAA Tournament.

#17 Arizona State

The Sun Devils beat then-No. 1 Kansas last week, and they’ll try to continue their recent play as they take on Princeton at 6 p.m. Friday at home. The 5-5 Tigers got absolutely pissed on by Duke, 101-50 on Tuesday, and has other losses against Farleigh Dickinson and Saint Joseph’s. That being said, Arizona State should easily handle Princeton.

San Francisco

The Dons continue to play good basketball this year, as they only have one loss thus far. They’ll travel south to Santa Barbara to play UCSB at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Gauchos are 9-3 on the year but haven’t beat anyone of note, with two of their losses coming to Omaha and North Dakota State as well. San Francisco should beat USCB pretty handily come Saturday.

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