These Bulldogs are no longer underdogs. Gonzaga University’s basketball team on Monday rose to No. 1 for the first time in school history.
Gonzaga topped the weekly USA Today coaches’ poll, earning 29 first-place votes.
Indiana is second, followed by Kansas, Duke and Georgetown. Rounding out the top 10 are Louisville at No. 6 followed by Miami, Michigan, Florida and Kansas State.
UCLA, despite defeating Arizona for a second time, still can’t crack the coaches’ top 25. The Bruins rank second this week among “others receiving votes,” right behind Middle Tennessee.
Monday was a big day for Gonzaga, although it must be noted college basketball polls are purely ceremonial, a mechanism to hold the public’s regular-season interest. The more important question is whether Gonzaga can secure one of four top seedings in this year’s NCAA Tournament.