Men's Basketball Back In AP, ESPN/USA Today Polls At No. 24

            Gonzaga University's men's basketball team is back in both of the major polls this week after convincing victories over Saint Mary's College and Loyola Marymount University.

            The Bulldogs checked in at No. 24 in both major polls after a one-week hiatus from the Associated Press Top 25 and a five-week absence from the ESPN/USA Today rankings, the Zags tied with Wichita State University in the AP rankings with 221 points. The Zags and Shockers are 10 points behind the University of Notre Dame, a 73-53 loser to Gonzaga in the McCarthey Athletic Center in late November.

            The Zags received 84 points in the ESPN/USA Today rankings, eight better than No. 25 Notre Dame and 11 behind No. 23 Mississippi State University.

            Kentucky remained No. 1 in both polls after surviving a scare at Vanderbilt University over the weekend. The Wildcats received all 31 first-place votes in the ESPN/USA Today vote of coaches, and 63 of 65 first-place votes in the AP balloting of sportswriters.

            Gonzaga earned its way back into the rankings with victories over Saint Mary's College and Loyola Marymount University. Gonzaga handed the Gaels their first West Coast Conference defeat after an 11-0 start, moving the Zags to within a game of SMC in the loss column. The win over LMU dropped the Lions into fourth place and put the Bulldogs two games up in the loss column entering the final two weeks of the WCC regular season.

            At stake is seeding into the WCC Tournament Feb. 29-March 5 in Las Vegas. The top two seeds receive a double-bye into the tourney, while the third and fourth seeds receive a bye into the quarterfinals.

            For the complete rankings click here.



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