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Gonzaga at the Number One spot in AP Rankings for the first time in History

Gonzaga with the best record in Division I 29-2 is on the top of The Associated Press’ Top 25 for the first time.

Gonzaga Bulldogs moved to the No. 1 spot on Monday after Indiana Hoosiers loss to Minnesota Golden Gophers last week.

During the preseason, Indiana Hoosiers were No. 1 and were on top for nine other weeks. On the other hand, Duke was No. 1 for five weeks. Michigan and Louisville were both on top for one week.

The AP poll began in January 1949 and Gonzaga became the 57th school to achieve the Number one spot on The Associated Press. Before, Gonzaga was at No. 2 which was the highest ranking for the Bulldogs. After Hoosier’s defeat, the Bulldogs were on a roll defeating BYU and Portland to achieve the No. 1 spot.

Gonzaga play their first game as a No.1 team in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament Saturday night.

College basketball this season has been truly insane this season. Although only five teams have held the number one spot this year (Indiana, Duke, Michigan, Louisville, and Gonzaga), the number one team has been upset 8 times this year. The Indiana Hoosiers at 25-4 have suffered three of those eight losses. This week, Gonzaga tops the AP list as the number one team in the nation at 29-2. With Selection Sunday coming soon, there is no clear cut favorite heading into the tournament. Indiana appeared to be the favorite to win the tournament, but its ability to lose close games causes some speculation. The only other team to hold the number one spot longer than a week other than Indiana has been Duke, but Duke’s inconsistencies can be worrisome as well. If we have learned anything from this season, it’s that the number one ranking is not the place to be.

Ryan Kelly Single-Handedly leads Duke to Victory over Miami

In last Saturday’s big game with Duke versus Miami, Ryan Kelly the 6-foot-11 Senior shocked everyone with his amazing return to the court. Kelly sat out the last 2 months with a foot injury and in his return, Kelly only practiced 20 minutes and scored a career high of 36-points leading Duke to their 79-76 victory over Miami.

Everyone in the gym was overwhelmingly amazed that night, along with some of his own teammates. Teammate Mason Plumee responded, “we’re going to get back to how we were playing.” “Having him back is uplifting. He kept saying he wanted to come back, but no one really knew if he’d be able to,” Plumlee added. March is finally here and Duke is going no where, they are hungry and they aim high for the NCAA title.