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Gonzaga #1 in AP for First Time in School History

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Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk (Photo Credit: William Mancebo/ Getty Images Sport)

Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk (Photo Credit: William Mancebo/ Getty Images Sport)

Gonzaga, the small Northwest school known for big NCAA tournament wins, is No. 1 in 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. The Bulldogs switched places with the Hoosiers, advancing from No. 2 to move comfortably into the No. 1 spot Monday.

Gonzaga is the fifth school to hold the top spot this season. Indiana was the preseason No. 1 and on top for nine other weeks. Duke, Louisville and Michigan were the other No. 1s.

Duke stayed at No. 3 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.

1 Gonzaga (51) 29-2 1,607

2 Indiana (7) 25-4 1,517

3 Duke (5) 25-4 1,471

4 Kansas 25-4 1,433

5 Georgetown (2) 23-4 1,384

6 Miami (FL) 23-5 1,245

7 Michigan 24-5 1,240

8 Louisville 24-5 1,217

9 Kansas State 24-5 1,040

10 Michigan State 22-7 1,006

11 Florida 23-5 993

12 New Mexico 25-4 950

13 Oklahoma State 22-6 833

14 Ohio State 21-7 763

15 Marquette 21-7 687

16 Saint Louis 23-5 675

17 Syracuse 22-7 589

18 Arizona 23-6 394

19 Oregon 23-6 332

20 Pittsburgh 23-7 326

21 Virginia Commonwealth 23-6 277

22 Wisconsin 20-9 217

23 UCLA 22-7 196

24 Notre Dame 22-7 164

25 Memphis 25-4 149

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

Dropped from rankings: Butler 20, Louisiana Tech 25

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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