|Gonzaga starts 2nd week at No. 1|
|Tuesday, March 12, 2013 9:12 AM|
The Associated Press
Gonzaga is no 1-week wonder at No. 1.
The Bulldogs beat Loyola Marymount 66-48 in its first — and so far only — game as the nation’s top-ranked team.
Gonzaga received 54 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Duke, which received the other 11 first-place votes, moved up one spot to second after beating Virginia Tech and North Carolina last week. Indiana dropped one place to third after losing to Ohio State then rallying for the dramatic win at Michigan that gave the Hoosiers the outright Big Ten title.
Louisville jumped from eighth to No. 4 and was followed by Georgetown, Michigan, Kansas, Michigan State, Miami and Ohio State.
The week’s lone newcomer is Missouri Valley Conference champion Creighton, which returns after being out of the poll the last four weeks. The Bluejays replace Oregon, which dropped out from 19th after losing two games last week.
Baylor still No. 1 in AP women’s basketball poll: Baylor remained No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for a 10th consecutive week.
The Lady Bears received all 40 first-place votes for the third straight week and have won 48 straight Big 12 regular-season and tournament games.
The top four stayed the same, with Notre Dame, Connecticut and Stanford following Baylor. The Irish and Huskies advanced to Monday night’s Big East tournament semifinals. Stanford clinched the Pac-12 tournament Sunday night and won’t play again until the NCAA tournament.
Duke, California, Kentucky, Penn State, Texas A&M and Tennessee round out the first 10. The Aggies made the biggest leap moving up 10 spots after winning the SEC tournament.
Purdue rejoined the poll at No. 21 after taking the Big Ten tournament. Toledo and LSU fell out.
The Rockets fell out a week after entering the poll for the first time since 2001. Toledo beat Ball State 63-39 in its lone game of the week.