This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
Don't look now, but Gonzaga is back in the top 10. This was supposed to be a down year for the 'Zags. After all, how could it get much better than a season ago? Coach Mark Few's unit reached their first Final Four in program history and even played in the National Championship Game. Gonzaga lost four starters from that squad, and that didn't include lottery pick Zach Collins, who actually came off the bench. Yet Gonzaga is 25-4, having reeled off eight consecutive victories, including a crucial win over rival Saint Mary's to take a stranglehold of the West Coast Conference. Gonzaga will deal with the usual narrative of "Who did they play?", but it would be foolish to discount the Bulldogs on that argument alone. They've beaten Ohio State and Creighton, with only one bad loss at the hands of San Diego State. The Bulldogs are clicking at the right time, and after breaking through last season, could be primed for a surprising run in the NCAA Tournament. No longer strangers to the Final Four, Gonzaga's lack of a need for a rebuild is mighty impressive for coach Mark Few. If we haven't already, it is time to consider Gonzaga among the premier programs in the country, regardless of conference affiliation.
Let's take a look at some hoopsters making headlines in this week's College Hoops Barometer.
Matt Mobley (G)
The Bonnies are riding an eight-game winning streak and are now tied for second in the A-10. That