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GU Men ranked 12th in AP, Coaches Top 25... Harris named P.O.W.

Published On: Nov 26 2012 08:55:59 PM CST
Elias Harris
Spokane, WA -

One day after winning the Old Spice Classic, Gonzaga University got the attention of the national pollsters and forward Elias Harris the attention of the West Coast Conference.

The Bulldogs, who ran their record to 6-0, are ranked 12th in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls, while Harris was tabbed the WCC Player of the Week.

Harris, a 6-8, 240-pound senior from Speyer, Germany, scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Davidson College in leading the Bulldogs to their second Old Spice Classic Championship, the other coming in 2008 It was the 23rd double-double of his career.

In the three games he shot 67.7 percent from the field (21-for-31), including 9-of-11 in the title game, 80 percent from the line (12-15) and grabbed 23 rebounds for 7.7 rpg to go with his 18.3 ppg. His 1,425 points rank 17th and his 768 rebounds rank sixth on the all-time Gonzaga charts.

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, jumped five spots in the AP rankings and four spots in the USA Today/ESPN voting. It’s the highest the Bulldogs have been ranked since finishing 10th in the final AP poll of 2009. The Bulldogs trail Creighton University in both polls.

The Zags downed Clemson University, the University of Oklahoma and Davidson to win the Old Spice Classic.

Indiana University sits atop both polls while Duke University moved into the No. 2 spot after defeating the University of Louisville in the title game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

The next action for Gonzaga will be Thursday when Lewis-Clark State College of Lewiston, Idaho, visits the McCarthey Athletic Center for a 6 p.m. contest. The University of the Pacific, which will join the WCC next season and downed WCC foe Saint Mary’s College last week, comes to town for a Saturday for a 5 p.m. match-up.

 

AP Top 25

RK

TEAM

RECORD

PTS

1

Indiana (47)

6-0

1,606

2

Duke (18)

6-0

1,554

3

Michigan

5-0

1,421

4

Ohio State

4-0

1,416

5

Louisville

5-1

1,347

6

Syracuse

4-0

1,323

7

Florida

5-0

1,227

8

Kentucky

4-1

1,180

9

Arizona

3-0

1,076

10

Kansas

4-1

937

11

Creighton

6-0

926

12

Gonzaga

6-0

854

13

Michigan State

5-1

818

14

North Carolina

5-1

718

15

Oklahoma State

5-0

668

16

Missouri

5-1

665

17

Cincinnati

6-0

571

18

North Carolina State

4-1

553

19

Colorado

5-0

478

20

Georgetown

4-1

257

21

Minnesota

6-1

197

22

Illinois

7-0

185

23

San Diego State

4-1

182

24

UNLV

3-1

175

25

New Mexico

6-0

141

Others receiving votes: Alabama 108, Wichita State 99, Connecticut 93, UCLA 85, Pittsburgh 55, Oregon 44, Notre Dame 42, Memphis 23, Butler 20, Wisconsin 16, California 12, Florida State 10, Saint Joseph's 9, Ohio 8, Marquette 7, Murray State 5, Temple 5, Baylor 4, Tennessee 3, Virginia Commonwealth 1, Colorado State 1

Dropped from rankings: UCLA 11, Memphis 19, Connecticut 21, Baylor 24

 

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK

TEAM

RECORD

PTS

1

Indiana (27)

6-0

769

2

Duke (4)

6-0

723

3

Michigan

5-0

691

4

Ohio State

4-0

689

5

Syracuse

4-0

630

6

Louisville

5-1

615

7

Florida

5-0

573

8

Kentucky

4-1

557

9

Arizona

3-0

520

10

Kansas

4-1

484

11

Creighton

6-0

463

12

Gonzaga

6-0

440

13

North Carolina

5-1

355

14

Michigan State

5-1

320

15

Missouri

5-1

319

16

Cincinnati

6-0

295

17

Oklahoma State

5-0

261

18

North Carolina State

4-1

240

19

Colorado

5-0

172

20

UNLV

3-1

144

21

San Diego State

4-1

139

22

Illinois

7-0

103

23

New Mexico

6-0

68

24

UCLA

4-2

62

25

Georgetown

4-1

56

Others receiving votes: Minnesota 48, Pittsburgh 41, Connecticut 38, Alabama 38, Notre Dame 36, Florida State 26, Wisconsin 24, Wichita State 16, Memphis 16, California 14, Murray State 13, Kansas State 12, Oregon 12, Saint Joseph's 10, Ohio 10, Saint Mary's 8, Tennessee 5, Butler 5, Marquette 4, Baylor 3, Maryland 2, Virginia Commonwealth 2, Texas 1, Colorado State 1, Davidson 1, Ole Miss 1

Dropped from rankings: Memphis 17, Baylor 21, Connecticut 23, Wisconsin 24

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