Just about the only thing Gonzaga basketball has left to accomplish under Mark Few is win a national championship.
The Zags scratched another first off the list yesterday—because they will open the season as the top ranked team in all of College Hoops.
The Bulldogs received 28 first-place votes and 1,541 points from a 64-member national media panel. That was just enough to edge Baylor (24 first-place votes) by a single point for the top spot in the college basketball preseason Associated Press Top 25 heading toward the delayed Nov. 25 start of the season.
“It’s a great honor to be selected No. 1,” Few said. “We understand that it is more a reflection of what our program has accomplished over the years and hope to play up to that standard as we start our season.”
Villanova received 11 first-place votes and was third, followed by Virginia with the remaining first-place vote. Iowa was picked fifth behind national Player of the Year front-runner Luka Garza, its highest preseason ranking in school history.
Then came a wave of blue bloods with Kansas, Wisconsin , Illinois, Duke and Kentucky completing the top 10.