LAS VEGAS — The No. 1-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs strengthened their standings atop both national rankings with a convincing 65-51 defeat of Saint Mary’s in the West Coast Conference final Monday night. View the video below of the Zags celebrating and cutting the net at the Orleans Arena:
Gonzaga received 54 first-place votes and 1,611 points from the 65-member national media panel in the Associated Press Top 25 ranking released Monday morning. Duke, which received the other 11 first-place votes, moved up one spot to second with 1,559 points after beating Virginia Tech and North Carolina last week. Indiana dropped one place to third after losing to Ohio State then rallying for the dramatic win at Michigan that gave the Hoosiers the outright Big Ten title.
The Zags garnered 29 of the 31 votes for 772 points in the USA Today voting of coaches. Duke earned the other two No. 1 votes and 736 points.
The Bulldogs moved into the top spot for the first time in program history last week after their No. 2-ranking the previous week. Gonzaga hit the 30-win plateau for the first time Saturday with the win over Loyola Marymount and improved their record to 31-2 after capturing the WCC crown Monday night. Gonzaga finished a perfect 16-0 in the WCC regular-season.
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