Gonzaga ranked No. 1 in AP poll for first time; Ducks climb to No. 19

Gonzaga ranked No. 1 in AP poll for first time; Ducks climb to No. 19
Gonzaga celebrates their West Coast Conference Championship after a game against Portland, Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Spokane, Wash. (AP Photo/Jed Conklin)

Gonzaga, the small Northwest school that consistently delivers big NCAA tournament wins, is on top of The Associated Press' Top 25 for the first time.

Riding the best record in Division I at 29-2, the Bulldogs took advantage of Indiana's loss to Minnesota last week and switched places with the Hoosiers, advancing from No. 2 and moving comfortably into the No. 1 spot Monday.

The Spokane, Wash., school best known for Bing Crosby's croons and John Stockton's passes received 51 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel, 44 more than Indiana.

Gonzaga becomes the 57th school to be ranked No. 1 since the AP poll began in January 1949. The Bulldogs are the fifth school to hold the top slot this season.

Oregon climbed to No. 19 after a win over Oregon St. on Thursday.

Indiana was the preseason No. 1 and on top for nine other weeks. Duke, which was No. 1 for five weeks, and Louisville and Michigan, which were both on top for one week, were the other No. 1s this season.

Gonzaga reached No. 2 last week, at the time its highest ranking. After Indiana's defeat, the Bulldogs capped their West Coast Conference regular season with wins over BYU and Portland to pave the way to the one-spot leap. Their first game as a No. 1 team will be in the semifinals of the WCC tournament Saturday night.

Duke, which followed a loss to Virginia with a win over Miami, stayed third with five first-place votes. Kansas and Georgetown both jumped two spots to fourth and fifth. The Hoyas received the other two first-place votes.

Miami, Michigan, Louisville, Kansas State and Michigan State rounded out the top 10.

Virginia Commonwealth and UCLA, both ranked earlier in the season, returned to the poll at 21st and 23rd, respectively. They replaced Butler and Louisiana Tech. Butler fell out from 20th after a 32-point loss to VCU. Louisiana Tech dropped out after one week at No. 25 despite winning its two games last week by an average of 25 points.

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The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 3, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:

1. Gonzaga (51) 29-2 1,607 2
2. Indiana (7) 25-4 1,517 1
3. Duke (5) 25-4 1,471 3
4. Kansas 25-4 1,433 6
5. Georgetown (2) 23-4 1,384 7
6. Miami 23-5 1,245 5
7. Michigan 24-5 1,240 4
8. Louisville 24-5 1,217 10
9. Kansas St. 24-5 1,040 13
10. Michigan St. 22-7 1,006 9
11. Florida 23-5 993 8
12. New Mexico 25-4 950 14
13. Oklahoma St. 22-6 833 15
14. Ohio St. 21-7 763 16
15. Marquette 21-7 687 22
16. Saint Louis 23-5 675 18
17. Syracuse 22-7 589 12
18. Arizona 23-6 394 11
19. Oregon 23-6 332 24
20. Pittsburgh 23-7 326 23
21. VCU 23-6 277 -
22. Wisconsin 20-9 217 17
23. UCLA 22-7 196 -
24. Notre Dame 22-7 164 21
25. Memphis 25-4 149 19

Others receiving votes: North Carolina 109, Louisiana Tech 103, Saint Mary's (Cal) 47, UNLV 43, California 33, Butler 26, Illinois 25, Minnesota 10, Creighton 7, Middle Tennessee 5, Akron 4, Missouri 4, Belmont 3, Colorado St. 1.