Gonzaga ranked No. 8 in preseason AP poll
Mon., Oct. 21, 2019, 9:48 a.m.
Gonzaga is No. 8 in the preseason AP college basketball poll, matching the 2006 Zags for the program's second highest preseason ranking.
Michigan State, which lost 103-87 to the Zags in a closed scrimmage Saturday, is solidly No. 1 with 60 of 65 first-place votes from the media panel.
The Spartans are followed by Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, Louisville, Florida and Maryland. The Wildcats received two first-place votes while the Jayhawks earned three.
Gonzaga was No. 3 in last year's preseason poll and climbed to the top of the rankings on two different occasions during the season. The Zags finished 33-4 and reached the Elite Eight. The 2006 Zags finished 29-4 after falling to a late UCLA comeback in the Sweet 16.
The Zags have at least five matchups against top 25 foes. No. 9 North Carolina visits the McCarthey Athletic Center on Dec. 18 and GU-UNC could square off on the third day of the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas on Nov. 29.This article will be updated.
Gonzaga's second-round foe in the Bahamas will either be No. 12 Seton Hall or No. 15 Oregon. The Zags and No. 20 Saint Mary's meet twice in the regular season (Feb. 9, Feb. 29) and the teams seemingly collide every March in the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas.
The Zags visit No. 21 Arizona on Dec. 14. Washington, which entertains Gonzaga on Dec. 8, just missed making the top 25. The Huskies received 164 points, 29 behind No. 25 VCU.
Alabama and Michigan also are in the receiving votes category. The Crimson Tide and Wolverines are in the opposite side of the bracket from Gonzaga in the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Defending national champion Virginia is No. 11.
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