College basketball rankings: Gonzaga maintains top spot in Top 25 And 1 after routing Saint Mary’s

I made Gonzaga the No. 1 team in the CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 in late December and have refused to drop the Zags despite the fact that the AP Top 25 poll and the Coaches Poll both did. My logic for keeping Gonzaga No. 1 has always been simple and rooted in the idea that dropping the Zags while they continue to dominate and win would be tantamount to punishing them for their league affiliation.

And I’m not going to do that.

So Gonzaga entered Saturday No. 1 in the Top 25 And 1 for the 41st consecutive day. And if you thought Saturday night’s game at Saint Mary’s would be the place where Mark Few’s team got caught, took a loss and suffered in these and every other rankings, well, it didn’t go that way at all. Instead, the Zags dominated Saint Mary’s. They scored 53 points in the first half, shot 67.9% from the field in the game and cruised to a 90-60 victory that extended their winning streak to 17 games.

“We feel really good about getting out of here with a win like that,” Few told reporters afterward.

On a day filled with impressive performances — Seton Hall winning at Villanova, Michigan beating Michigan State, etc. — it’s hard to argue anybody was more impressive than Gonzaga. So, needless, to say, the Zags remain No. 1 in the CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings for the 42nd straight day.

Gonzaga’s next game is Saturday at Pepperdine.

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