Gonzaga retains the top spot in the Ferris Mowers men’s basketball coaches poll after four straight wins to start the season. The Bulldogs, however, might not be in the same position next week as they put their ranking on the line against the UCLA No.2 on Tuesday night in Las Vegas.
The Zags received 30 of 32 first-place votes in the first poll of the regular season, with the Bruins winning the other two. This sets the stage for what amounts to a unification fight Tuesday in Las Vegas, which is also a rematch of their instant Final Four classic from last season.
Kansas, which started 3-0, retains its third place. Purdue, Baylor and Duke occupy the next three positions, each gaining three places. Villanova suffered losses to UCLA and Purdue but is still ranked seventh. Texas go from No.5 to No.8, and Alabama and Memphis round out the top 10.
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Oregon has the biggest drop in its preseason ranking, dropping 11 spots to No.23 after losing to Brigham Young. Michigan is also down, slipping seven places to 13th with two losses in its first five games.
BYU, meanwhile, is one of six new teams in the poll, making its season debut at No.18. Just behind them is No.19 from Arizona, who emphatically beat Michigan on Sunday. Saint-Bonaventure is the biggest player among the pre-season Top 25 teams, jumping eight spots to place 16th.