Gonzaga will enter the 2021 portion of the season with the No. 1 ranking in the USA TODAY Sports men’s basketball coaches poll. The Zags closed out another impressive week with a blowout of Virginia and easily retain the top position with 29 of 32 first-place votes.
Baylor remains No. 2, claiming the other three first-place selections. Villanova, Kansas and Houston round out the top five with the Cougars rising two places to join the group.
Tennessee moves up to No. 6, with a key SEC showdown with No. 12 Missouri slated for Wednesday. West Virginia slips two places to No. 8 after a loss to Kansas.