AP NEWS

Gonzaga climbs two spots to No. 5 in AP rankings

January 7, 2019

Conference play is taking a toll on several of college basketball’s top teams.

Nevada dropped from the ranks of the unbeatens – there’s only three left – and Kansas lost for the second time, clearing the way for Gonzaga to move up two spots to No. 5 in AP poll.

The Zags (14-2) have won five straight after falling to Tennesseee and North Carolina in consecutive games. The top four remained the same with Duke, Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia.

Michigan State, which rallied past former No. 14 Ohio State, is right behind the Zags. Gonzaga, which entertains Pacific on Thursday and visits San Francisco on Saturday, earned 1,319 points while the Spartans are at 1,291. The two teams scrimmaged prior to the season in Minneapolis.

Kansas dropped from fifth to seventh after falling to Iowa State. Nevada slipped from sixth to 10th after losing to New Mexico. Texas Tech moved up to No. 8, followed by Virginia Tech.

Michigan, Virginia and No. 17 Houston, led by former Washington State coach Kelvin Sampson, remain unbeaten.

The Pac-12 doesn’t have a team in the top 25 for the second straight week. Arizona State received one vote, the only Pac-12 team in the receiving votes category.