Tuesday, February 26, 2013

How Gonzaga climbed up the rankings to No. 2, in charts

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 5:35 PM

This week, Gonzaga men’s basketball is No. 2 in both major polls, the highest the team has ever been ranked.

Rankings don’t win games, but they don’t hurt, either, and Gonzaga’s cracked the Top 5 four seasons in the past decade. We took a look at how the team was ranked week-by-week in each of those seasons.

(When the two polls don’t give the same ranking, AP is in blue and USA Today is in green.)

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As we know, this year Gonzaga is finishing up the regular season in a very good position, ranked behind only Indiana.

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The team was ranked way up there early in the 2008-09 season, then fell out of the Top 25 completely before making a comeback. That season’s tournament appearance ended in a third-round loss to eventual-champion North Carolina.

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The team was ranked consistently in the Top 10 during the 2005-06 season. In the end, the season ended in the third round with a loss to UCLA.

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The 2003-04 team climbed up the rankings all season to the No. 3 ranking, but lost in the second round of the tournament.

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