Gonzaga opened the season at No. 1. The Bulldogs never let race of that ranking.
Now, after a begin-to-finish run atop The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll, coach Impress Few’s Bulldogs are fascinated by trying to develop into the first unbeaten national champion in greater than four decades.
The Bulldogs (26-0) obtained all 60 first-establish votes to maintain atop Monday’s final poll, becoming the first group since Kentucky in 2014-15 to be No. 1 in every poll and the 14th total. Gonzaga, named the No. 1 total seed in the NCAA Match on Sunday, will attempt to develop into the first unbeaten national champion since Indiana in 1976.
“This total season has been a discipline,” freshman Jalen Suggs acknowledged after the Bulldogs gained the West Float Conference Match remaining week. “But every single one in every of us on the roster and on the coaching crew contain answered to it.”
Seven of the groups that went wire-to-wire at No. 1 ended up winning the national championship, most recently when Duke claimed a 2nd straight title in 1992. Two of the remaining three — UNLV in 1990-91 and the 2015 Kentucky group — carried unbeaten data into the NCAA Match but misplaced in the Final Four.
Suggs acknowledged it turned into hard to now not think concerning the doable history ahead, saying: “At some point, you’ve kind of obtained to acknowledge how particular of a thing and particular of a crawl that we’re on glorious now.”
Gonzaga gained every sport but one by double-determine margins, the outlier being an 87-82 victory over West Virginia in December. But the Bulldogs had to rally from 12 down at halftime to beat BYU in the WCC Match final.
“I give this group of guys glorious a ton of credit score,” Few acknowledged. “I mean, what a ultimate group to battle thru 2020-21 with.”
Illinois jumped to No. 2 after winning the Mountainous Ten Match, swapping spots with Baylor — which fell one location after spending 15 of 17 polls sitting in 2nd establish. Michigan turned into next at No. 4, with all three of these groups joining Gonzaga in earning No. 1 seeds for the NCAA Match.
The NCAA preference committee had Baylor as its total No. 2 seed and Illinois at No. 3.
THE TOP TIER
Alabama turned into No. 5, with the Crimson Tide reaching their best likely ranking since December 2006 after winning the Southeastern Conference Match for the first time since 1991. Houston, Ohio State, Iowa, Texas and Arkansas rounded out the stop 10.
Shaka Clear’s Longhorns had the greatest soar in the final poll, rising four spots from No. 13 after winning the program’s first Mountainous 12 Match title.
No. 16 San Diego State jumped three spots, whereas Ohio State rose two after reaching the Mountainous Ten title sport. In all, 12 groups climbed from remaining week’s poll.
Villanova took the greatest tumble, falling four spots to No. 18 after an upset loss to Georgetown in the Mountainous East Match quarterfinals.
In all, nine groups fell from remaining week. That included No. 25 Virginia Tech, which dropped three spots to remain in the rankings but earned a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Match’s South Assign.
Gonzaga, Michigan and No. 20 Purdue remained in their slots from remaining week.
IN AND OUT
BYU turned into the express addition to the poll, tying for No. 23 with Southern California after pushing Gonzaga in the WCC Match finale. The Cougars changed Oklahoma, which fell out from No. 25 after spending three weeks in the stop 10 in February.
The Mountainous 12 had a national-greatest six groups in the poll, with No. 11 Oklahoma State, No. 12 Kansas, No. 13 West Virginia and No. 21 Texas Tech joining Baylor and Texas. The Mountainous Ten turned into next with 5 groups, adopted by the Atlantic Float Conference with three (No. 14 Florida State, No. 15 Virginia and Virginia Tech).
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