The state of Washington leads the regional story lines in the latest AP Top-25 Poll.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs (27-2, 14-0 West Coast Conference) are the number-one ranked team in the country for the second time this season. Both times the Zags supplanted previous number-one ranked Duke, who lost to North Carolina (now No.5) last week in a game wherein Zion Williamson played just over thirty seconds. Gonzaga earned 44 of the 64 first-place votes. They have won 18 straight games since suffering both of their season losses in consecutive December games vs Tennessee (now No. 7) and North Carolina.
Preseason No. 1 Kansas fell to 15th, the Jayhawks’ lowest ranking since January 2014.
Meanwhile, the Pac-12 conference finally re-surfaced in the poll as the Washington Huskies come in at No.25. Washington (22-5; 13-1 Pac-12) is undefeated at home. The Huskies will finish the year with home games against the Oregon State Beavers (9-5, 3rd Pac-12) on Wednesday, March 6th, and the Oregon Ducks (6-8, 10th Pac-12) on Sat., March 9th.