VIDEO: Zags react to No. 1 ranking

Published On: Mar 04 2013 05:14:00 PM PST   Updated On: Mar 04 2013 05:30:36 PM PST

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's official. Gonzaga University is No. 1 for the first time in school history in the Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball poll released Monday.

The Zags garnered 51 first-place votes and 1,607 points to out-distance second-ranked and previous No. 1 Indiana University with seven first-place votes and 1,517 points. Third-ranked Duke University had five first-place votes and 1,471 points. Georgetown University, ranked fifth, received the other two first-place votes from the panel of 65 sportswriters across the country.

Gonzaga was ranked second last week and downed BYU 70-65 in Provo, Utah, and the University of Portland 81-52 at home to conclude a 16-0 West Coast Conference campaign and run its overall record to 29-2, the best in the country.

MARK FEW STATEMENT:

It’s an honor that people would think this highly of all of us in the program. It’s certainly something that’s never been accomplished here. It’s great for the program, great for the school, great for the city of Spokane and the region and the entire Northwest. We still have a lot more to accomplish starting this weekend in Las Vegas and moving forward to the NCAA Tournament. This is a competitive group and one that doesn’t get distracted. We’re looking forward to the rest of the season and making it last as long as we can.”