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Gonzaga tops poll for first time in school history

Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 11:01 a.m. CST

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.

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.

In the women’s poll, Baylor remained No. 1 for a ninth straight week while Toledo entered the Top 25 for the first time since 2001. Notre Dame, Connecticut, Stanford and California rounded out the top five.

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