Gonzaga Bulldogs Ranked # 1 in Top 25 AP Polls for Second Year in a Row | Sports
SPOKANE – Fresh off their best season in school history and an offseason littered with prominent rookie engagements, the Gonzaga Bulldog men’s basketball team will enter the 2021-22 season ranked No.1 in the AP Top 25 preseason poll. The Zags received 55 of 62 votes for first place, by far the most, ahead of second-place UCLA. The other schools that round out the top 5 are Kansas, Villanova, and Texas. This is the second straight season the Bulldogs will open as the nation’s top team.
Gonzaga takes the lead after finishing his 2020-21 campaign with a 31-1 record, falling just short of a domestic championship after losing to Baylor in the title game.
The Bulldogs rank number 1 despite losing Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert to the NBA, in large part thanks to the impressive recruiting class entering. This class included the nation’s top rookie overall, Chet Holmgren.
Holmgren, a five-star rookie, is a 7-footer from Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The 18-year-old is said to have chosen Gonzaga over schools like Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio State, Michigan and Georgetown, among others.
The Bulldogs open the regular season on Nov. 9 against Dixie State, and will do so without coach Mark Few. Few will miss the season opener due to a suspension resulting from a DUI citation he received in September.
Few was reportedly arrested for a traffic stop around 8:00 p.m. on September 6 in Dalton Gardens, north of the Coeur d’Alene region, after being called out for speeding and improper driving. The officer said few showed multiple signs of intoxication. The 58-year-old coach reportedly refused to take a field sobriety test, but provided breath samples, which indicated his blood alcohol level (BAC) was 0.119 / 0.120.
Few’s suspension will be lifted on November 13.