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College Basketball Rankings: Saint Mary's In AP Poll Top 25 After Beating Gonzaga

The Gonzaga Bulldogs were ranked No. 21 in last week's Associated Press poll, but dropped out of the top 25 after suffering an 83-62 loss to the Saint Mary's Gaels. The 17-2 Gaels were ranked No. 31 last week, but the West Coast Conference leaders have risen to No. 24 in this week's poll. Gonzaga dropped to No. 29.

Here is the AP poll top 10:

  1. Syracuse (60 first place votes)
  2. Kentucky (four first place votes)
  3. Baylor (one first place vote)
  4. Duke
  5. Missouri
  6. Ohio State
  7. Kansas
  8. North Carolina
  9. Michigan State
  10. Georgetown

The Pepperdine Waves travel to face St. Mary's Thursday night, in a battle of teams with opposing streaks. Pepperdine has lost five straight contests, while the Gaels have won seven straight contests and lead the WCC at 6-0. Gonzaga staved off an upset attempt at Loyola Marymount on Saturday, pulling out a four-point win at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles.

The Stanford Cardinal are the only Pac-12 team to receive any votes in the AP poll, tied for 33rd, a rise of two spots from their position last week. The Pac-12 has not had a team ranked in the top 25 of either poll for seven straight weeks.