Zags’ Team Makes History By Reaching Number One

By Paige Browning

Students flock to Crosby student center to celebrate with cake and music. By Paige Browning.
Students flock to Crosby Student Center to celebrate with cake and music. By Paige Browning.

Gonzaga, nicknamed the Zags, finished regular season play with a 29-2 record.  The teams ranked behind them – Indiana, Duke, and Kansas – have 25-4 records.

Student Connor Cahill leads Gonzaga’s raucous student section, the Kennel Club.

Cahill: Everyone’s just abuzz today with how incredible it is to be number one in the country.  That a small school up in Spokane, Washington can be ranked ahead of basketball legends like Indiana, Duke, Michigan, Michigan State, it’s pretty unbelievable.”

To celebrate, students powered up music and flocked to the steps of the student center.  They were treated with a 22 foot long cake provided by the dining services. 

Cahill estimates that 800 students will head to Las Vegas for the team’s next game.  There, the Zags play Saturday in the West Coast Conference tournament.

Copyright 2013 Spokane Public Radio

See the polls: Men's College Basketball Rankings

Cake on campus to celebrate the Zags' #1 ranking. By Paige Browning.
Photo: The school provided a 22 foot long cake to celebrate Gonzaga's men's team earning the #1 spot in national polls.

Kennel Club President Connor Cahill soaking in sun and #1 excitement. by Paige Browning.
Kennel Club President Connor Cahill soaking in sun and #1 excitement. by Paige Browning.

Students snag peices of the
Students snag peices of the "Congratulations Zags!" cake on Monday. By Paige Browning.
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