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“It’s special … that people see you in that light at the top of the nation,” guard Mike Hart said earlier this week when Gonzaga hit No. 2, the highest ranking in school history.

Who knows in this crazy college season? After so many big boys have failed to hold on to the No. 1 spot, maybe a small fry will show them all how it’s done.

“Being a national darling would not be new territory for them,” Dienhart said. “The players are different, sure. But they’re not a new team on the block. They’re used to being highly ranked and having high expectations. I think it’s kind of fun having somebody new up there.”


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AP Sports Writer Rachel Cohen in New York and Associated Press Writer Nicholas K. Geranios in Spokane, Wash., contributed to this story.