Gonzaga not first mid-major No. 1
Gonzaga, one of the most well known mid-major schools, is ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball poll for the first time ever. Here's a look at a few of the schools outside of the big six conferences (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC) that have claimed the top spot.
The Tigers went 38-2, including a 26-0 start, during the 2007-08 season and topped the AP poll at No. 1 on Jan. 21. The team went undefeated in Conference USA play and made it to the National Championship for a second straight year, where it lost to Kansas in overtime. Memphis was led by freshman Derrick Rose. The NCAA later vacated the team's wins because Rose was found to have cheated on his SAT.
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The Hawks, led by Jameer Nelson and Delonte West, went undefeated in the 2003-04 regular season at 30-0 before falling to Xavier in the Atlantic 10 conference tournament, and then Oklahoma State in the East Regional Final in the NCAA Tournament. They appeared at No. 1 in the poll for one week in March.
The Runnin' Rebels, at the time members of the Big West Conference, started out as the preseason No. 1 for the 1989-90 season, but didn't carry over the ranking into the regular season. They proved themselves worthy of their initial status by winning the National Championship over Duke. UNLV then spent the entire next season atop the poll as Larry Johnson, Stacey Augman and Greg Anthony returned to guide the school to a second consecutive NCAA title game, losing a rematch to Duke.