Gonzaga University moved up one spot to eighth in the Associated Press Top 25 and remained eighth in the USA Today balloting of coaches in the latest men’s basketball polls released Monday.
The Bulldogs received their highest AP ranking since Dec. 22, 2008, when they were seventh.
Gonzaga had just one game last week, downing West Coast Conference foe Saint Mary’s College 83-78 at home.
The Zags, off to their best start in school history at 16-1, are 3-0 in the WCC heading into a Thursday game at the University of Portland. Gonzaga will play its final non-conference game of the season Saturday at legendary Hinkle Fieldhouse on the Butler University campus when the Zags face 13th-ranked Butler in a battle of Bulldogs. The game will be ESPN’s College Game Day presentation.
Louisville University moved into the top spot in both polls following Duke University’s first loss of the season last week unseated the Blue Devils after six weeks in the No. 1 spot. Indiana University, which held the top spot prior to Duke, moved into second as previous No. 2-ranked University of Michigan also lost last week.
Five teams in the AP balloting received first-place votes while three teams in the USA Today poll received first-place votes in the most widely split balloting of the season.