Hansa unanimously № 1 in AP Top 25; Arizona to 2

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Hansa is the unanimous number 1 in the latest Associated Press poll on men’s basketball. Zagi is unlikely to budge from the way they dominate the West Coast conference.

Hansaga remained at number 1 for the second week in a row, receiving all 61 votes from the media panel in the survey released Monday. Arizona has climbed to 2nd place in its highest ranking in four years, with Auburn, Purdue and Kansas closing the top five.

Gonzaga (23-2, 12-0 WCC) followed last year’s series in a national championship match with another dominant regular season. The Zagi have not lost since Dec. 4, and their one-sided victories over Pepperdine and Santa Clara last week won 10th WCC title in the regular season

Hansaga will win their WCC games by an average of 27 points, this is one of the most dominant conference seasons in the last 25 years, according to KenPom.com. “Zagi” are going to meet the team of 2019 for the biggest victory in the conference games. They are four of the top five on the list over the past 25 years, joined by the 1999 Duke team.

“They could have won everything,” Pepperdine coach Lorenzo Romar said after losing to Gonzaga 86-66 last Wednesday. “They have size, they have the ability to kill, they can guard.”

Gonzaga concludes the regular season with away games against San Francisco and St. Mary before getting the first seed in the West Coast Conference in Las Vegas.

CLIMBING WHEELS

Arizona continues to find ways to win under first-year coach Tommy Lloyd, Gonzaga’s longtime assistant.

The Wildcats (24-2, 14-1 Pac-12), who finish fourth in the Pac-12 conference, have a 2 1/2 game advantage over Southern California’s No. 16, and there are two weeks left until the regular season.

Arizona shrugged shakily defeated Oregon 83-69 then last Thursday surpassed Oregon 84-81 in Saturday’s high-level game.

The win combined with Auburn’s loss to Florida put the Wildcats just behind Hansa, where Lloyd has coached Mark Fue in the previous 22 seasons.

“It’s amazing, cool, weird – I’m proud of these guys, they have a great team,” Lloyd said. “They’re family and I think they’re happy for us.”

SUBMIT / SUBMIT

18 Arkansas made the biggest jump of the week, climbing five places after bypassing Missouri and closing number 17 in Tennessee. Next was UConn, which climbed three places to 21st with victories over Setan Hall and Xavier.

In Ohio’s 22nd state, the biggest drop in teams is still in the poll, falling to four places after the defeat by Iowa. № 10 Baylor, № 11 Providence and № 15 Illinois lost three places.

LOGIN AND WIN

№ 23 Saint Mary’s returned to the polls after a week-long absence after defeating San Francisco and BYU. № 25 Iowa for the first time this season in the rankings after the victory over Ohio.

Michigan dropped out of 19th place in the poll, losing to Penn State and Illinois. The Spartans, who entered the top ten earlier this season, lost four out of five.

Wyoming’s first stay in the AP Top 25 since 2015 was short-lived. The Cowboys dropped out of №22 after a split against New Mexico and the Air Force last week.

CONFERENCE VIEWS

There were five ranking teams in the Big 10 and South-Eastern Conferences, and four in the Big 12. Pac-12 and Big East had three each, and the West Coast Conference had two with the addition of Saint Mary’s.

In the Atlantic Coast, American Athletic and Ohio Valley conferences there was one ranking.

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