The poll, released on Monday, puts Gonzaga ahead of the number 2 seed and basketball powerhouse University of Indiana.
The Bulldogs garnered 51 first place votes and 1,607 points to win out the top spot, Gonzaga athletics reported. Third-ranked Duke University had five first-place votes and 1,471 points. Georgetown University, ranked fifth, received the other two first-place votes from the panel of 65 sportswriters across the country.
Gonzaga’s record, 29-2, is the best in the country.
The Washington school ranked second last week before it downed Brigham Young University 70-65 in Provo, Utah, and the University of Portland 81-52 at home to conclude a 16-0 West Coast Conference campaign. The Bulldogs also ranked number 2 in FOX Sports power rankings.
The team will play in the West Coast Conference Tournament Saturday.