Gonzaga University guard Joel Ayayi, drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Portland in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

Gonzaga University guard Joel Ayayi, drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Portland in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Zags pick up 63 out of 64 first-place AP votes

  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021 1:30am
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Gonzaga and Baylor were the top two teams in The Associated Press preseason men’s college basketball poll. After eight weeks of twists and turns, that hasn’t changed.

The Zags received 63 of 64 first-place votes from a national media panel in the poll released Monday and the Bears had the other one. Villanova, Texas and Iowa rounded out a top 5 that remained the same from last week.

Gonzaga and Baylor split most of the first-place votes in the preseason AP Top 25, but the Zags have become the clear-cut No. 1 after stringing together a series of routs.

Gonzaga (12-0) has wins over No. 5 Iowa, No. 6 Kansas, No. 13 West Virginia and No. 18 Virginia, the closest game a five-point win over the Mountaineers.

The Zags continued the rout route last week, beating BYU 86-69 and Portland 116-88. Joel Ayayi had the first triple-double in school history against Portland, finishing with 12 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds.

Gonzaga, which had five games canceled due to COVID-19 issues last month, has won 16 straight dating to last season.

“They come at you in waves and multiple guys that can dribble and push out,” Portland coach Terry Porter said.

Baylor (11-0) also has yet to be seriously tested.

The Bears’ closest game was an 11-point victory over Iowa State on Jan. 2 and they won two lopsided games last week, beating Oklahoma 76-61 and TCU 67-49.

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