VIDEO: Zags move up to 3rd in coaches poll, 5th in AP

Published On: Feb 11 2013 09:09:38 PM PST   Updated On: Feb 11 2013 09:26:36 PM PST
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Gonzaga University climbed into the top five in both the USA Today and Associated Press men’s basketball polls Monday following a rash of upsets involving Top 5 schools last week.

The Bulldogs (23-2), sixth in both polls last week, are third in the USA Today balloting of coaches and fifth in the AP voting by sportswriters. The Bulldogs received two first-place votes in the AP poll for 1,371 points and one first-place vote in the USA Today poll and 681 points.

Indiana remained No. 1 in the AP poll despite losing at Illinois before coming back to beat Ohio State. Duke moved into No. 1 in the USA Today rankings.

The last time the Bulldogs were fifth or higher in the AP poll was Dec. 8, 2008, when Gonzaga was ranked fourth. The highest ever AP ranking for the Zags is third the final two weeks of the 2004 season. Gonzaga last received first-place votes the final two polls of the 2006 season when they received one in each of those polls.

Gonzaga’s highest ranking in the vote of coaches was second on March 15, 2004, when they got one first-place vote behind Stanford University.

The Zags have a pair of West Coast Conference road games this week starting with an important showdown Thursday at Saint Mary’s College. The Zags (10-0) hold a half-game lead over the Gales (10-1), SMC’s lone loss to Gonzaga in Spokane. GU will finish the weekend Saturday at the University of San Francisco.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Indiana (26) 21-3 1,559

2 Duke (20) 21-2 1,515

3 Miami (FL) (17) 19-3 1,499

4 Michigan 21-3 1,428

5 Gonzaga (2) 23-2 1,371

6 Syracuse 20-3 1,293

7 Florida 19-3 1,286

8 Michigan State 20-4 1,178

9 Arizona 20-3 1,062

10 Kansas State 19-4 1,012

11 Butler 20-4 943

12 Louisville 19-5 842

13 Ohio State 17-6 828

14 Kansas 19-4 823

15 Georgetown 17-4 679

16 Pittsburgh 20-5 591

17 Oklahoma State 17-5 587

18 Marquette 17-5 493

19 New Mexico 20-4 433

20 Wisconsin 17-7 305

21 Notre Dame 19-5 264

22 Memphis 20-3 193

23 Oregon 19-5 137

24 Colorado State 19-4 125

25 Kentucky 17-6 87

Others receiving votes: Minnesota 80, Missouri 69, Cincinnati 68, Saint Mary's 62, Creighton 56, San Diego State 53, Louisiana Tech 43, Virginia Commonwealth 35, Saint Louis 34, Illinois 26, North Carolina State 24, Akron 12, UCLA 8, UNLV 6, Indiana State 5, Virginia 4, Wichita State 3, Belmont 2, Oklahoma 1, Ole Miss 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Duke (18) 21-2 744

2 Indiana (6) 21-3 717

3 Gonzaga (1) 23-2 681

4 Miami (FL) (5) 19-3 674

5 Michigan (1) 21-3 663

6 Florida 19-3 628

7 Syracuse 20-3 608

8 Michigan State 20-4 582

9 Arizona 20-3 491

10 Butler 20-4 460

11 Kansas State 19-4 455

12 Louisville 19-5 393

13 Kansas 19-4 364

14 Ohio State 17-6 353

15 Georgetown 17-4 329

16 Oklahoma State 17-5 259

17 Pittsburgh 20-5 246

18 New Mexico 20-4 203

19 Wisconsin 17-7 150

20 Marquette 17-5 144

21 Notre Dame 19-5 140

22 San Diego State 18-5 120

23 Creighton 20-5 102

24 Colorado State 19-4 79

25 Memphis 20-3 76

Others receiving votes: Missouri 72, Oregon 63, Virginia Commonwealth 63, Cincinnati 38, Minnesota 28, Saint Mary's 27, Kentucky 27, Louisiana Tech 18, Saint Louis 13, Ole Miss 11, Middle Tennessee 11, Illinois 10, Akron 9, UNLV 8, Wichita State 8, UCLA 3, Stephen F. Austin 2, Virginia 1, Belmont 1, Oklahoma 1