Gonzaga has company in the national rankings.
After being the West Coast Conference's lone representative in the Associated Press' college basketball poll for the last decade, Gonzaga has another league member in the rankings as St. Mary's (Calif.) moved in at No. 24 yesterday.
The Gaels (7-0) were last in the Top 25 for the final three weeks of the 1988-89 season. With Gonzaga at No. 19, the WCC has two ranked teams for the first time since the beginning of the 1973-74 season.
"That's the last time two of them were ranked? That's unbelievable. That's surprising. That's great for our league," said Randy Bennett, St. Mary's seventh-year coach.
North Carolina was No. 1, as it has been since the preseason poll, and the top six teams held their places from last week. The only newcomer was St. Mary's.
The Gaels' big win this season was a 99-87 victory over Oregon on Nov. 20. They beat Seton Hall, 85-70, in a matchup of unbeaten teams Dec. 1.
North Carolina (8-0) beat Penn, 106-71, in its only game last week. The Tar Heels also remain No. 1 in the USA Today/ESPN poll.
Ohio State 47, Coppin State 39 -
Evan Turner scored 13 points in his first collegiate start to lead the Buckeyes (5-3) past the Eagles (3-7) at home in Columbus.
Rowan 75, Gwynedd-Mercy 65 - Matt Byrnes scored 28 points for the Profs (7-1) in a victory over the host Griffins (6-2), who were led by Dave Smith and Lemeire Talley with 14 points each.