Week 17 college basketball rankings have the Gonzaga Bulldogs No. 2. Both the Week 17 AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll put Gonzaga at No. 2 after the Miami Hurricanes got upset this past week. According to the new polls from Feb. 25, though, the voters found the Indiana Hoosiers to be almost a clear-cut No. 1 team in the nation.
In the AP Top 25, Indiana received 64 first place votes to one by Gonzaga and in the Coaches Poll, Indiana received 28 first place votes to the three by Gonzaga. Still, the No. 2 ranking is the best in school history and it shows that this team could be in line for a No. 1 seed in the 2013 NCAA tournament brackets.
Gonzaga won against San Diego and Santa Clara this past week, pushing the team to a 27-2 overall record. That is now the best in the Week 17 college basketball rankings, but voters felt the resume for Indiana was still a bit stronger. The 24-3 Hoosiers remain at No. 1 for the fourth week this season.
The polls both agree on which teams should be ranked in the top 10, but the order shifts a bit in each of them. The Week 17 AP Top 25 has Duke No. 3, followed by Michigan, Miami, Kansas, Georgetown, Florida, Michigan State, and Louisville (in that order). Over in the Week 17 Coaches Poll, it is Duke at No. 3 as well, followed by Michigan, Kansas, Florida, Miami, Georgetown, Louisville, and Michigan State.
It's interesting that the Spartans remained ranked so high with six losses already, but with those losses coming against some pretty good teams, the voters apparently felt they deserved to still remain a top 10 team.
Now that the Week 17 college basketball rankings are out, the expectations in Spokane have gotten even greater for this Gonzaga Bulldogs team. If the team can sweep the rest of its regular season games and then win the WCC Tournament, the squad is just about guaranteed a No. 1 seed in the West when the 2013 NCAA tournament brackets come out.
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