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02-01-2017, 09:18 AM

02-01-2017, 09:34 AM
Interesting they've got Baylor at #1 and Gonzaga at #2, considering GU and Baylor scrimmaged before the start of the season. There's a piece about the ties between the two programs in yesterday's Spokesman-Review (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/jan/31/top-ranked-gonzaga-no-2-baylor-share-numerous-prog/), "Top-ranked Gonzaga, No. 2 Baylor share numerous program ties"

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Gonzaga’s staff, including director of operations John Jakus, head coach Mark Few, assistant coach Tommy Lloyd and Ken Bone, special assistant to Few, chats after Monday’s practice. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
They were the last two unbeatens in Division I. Baylor was 15-0 and ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history before falling at West Virginia three weeks ago. The Bears (20-1) are the only one-loss team remaining.

When Baylor reached No. 1, NBCsports.com’s headline: “Is Baylor really the No. 1 team in college basketball?” The day before GU reached the top spot, the headline on the same website: “Why you should have Kansas at No. 1, not Gonzaga.”

They have their share of detractors, but both teams possess impressive credentials. Gonzaga has defeated three teams in the NCAA RPI top 19 and three more in the 40s. Baylor has five AP top 25 wins, including three top 10.

The Zags start two seniors, two juniors and a redshirt sophomore. The Bears start the only senior on their roster along with four juniors. Both teams are projected No. 1 seeds by most bracket gurus.

No wonder their seasons have followed a parallel arc from October to present day.

“When we all got home and went through the film and tallied it up, the field goals, percentages and all that, you look down at the score at the bottom, basically even,” Few said. “Hmm, how crazy is that?”