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.)

2012-13

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

2008-09

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.

2005-06

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.

2003-04

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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Lisa Waananen

Lisa Waananen is the web editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She specializes in data and graphics, and her recent cover stories have been about family history, the legacy of Spokane photographer Charles A. Libby and genetically modified food...