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Gonzaga Bulldogs rankings: Open preseason at No. 21 in AP poll

The preseason hype continues as the Zags opened the year as the only ranked WCC team.

Charles Leclaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Gonzaga Bulldog's men's basketball team opened the preseason No. 21 in the AP preseason poll, which was released on Tuesday.

The Zags are one spot higher in the preseason poll than they were in the preseason coaches poll where they came in at No. 22. Gonzaga is the only ranked WCC team, although the St. Mary's Gaels received votes.

After a down Pac-12 year, the Zags are no longer the class of the west coast. Multiple Pac-12 teams landed in the polls, with UCLA sitting at No. 13 and Arizona at No. 12. In fact, Gonzaga is the lowest ranked team on the west coast, with San Diego State landing one spot ahead of the Zags at No. 20.


Gonzaga opens the regular season against Southern Utah University on Nov. 9. They have one preseason game on Saturday against Northwest Nazarene University.

Here are the entire rankings for the AP preseason poll:

1 Indiana (43) 0-0 1,592
2 Louisville (20) 0-0 1,568
3 Kentucky (2) 0-0 1,453
4 Ohio State 0-0 1,292
5 Michigan 0-0 1,290
6 North Carolina State 0-0 1,270
7 Kansas 0-0 1,210
8 Duke 0-0 1,094
9 Syracuse 0-0 1,062
10 Florida 0-0 936
11 North Carolina 0-0 904
12 Arizona 0-0 902
13 UCLA 0-0 840
14 Michigan State 0-0 789
15 Missouri 0-0 664
16 Creighton 0-0 622
17 Memphis 0-0 539
18 UNLV 0-0 488
19 Baylor 0-0 486
20 San Diego State 0-0 463
21 Gonzaga 0-0 384
22 Notre Dame 0-0 297
23 Wisconsin 0-0 285
24 Cincinnati 0-0 120
25 Florida State 0-0 101