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Odd though it may seem, the Gonzaga men's and women's teams are headed in opposite directions in this week's national rankings. The women cracked the Top 25 for the first time in almost five years, while the men fell a few spots to No. 17 after a disappointing loss at San Francisco over the weekend.

In addition to falling in the AP poll, the men fell from No. 8 to No. 13 in the coaches poll on Monday. The women's team was ranked No. 24.

Coach Mark Few said he'd hear nothing of a so-called "wake up call" after Saturday's road loss. Perhaps trying to make his team look better after their first conference loss in 23 tries, he said the overtime loss to the Dons shows how far the rest of the WCC has come over the past couple of years.

"I don't think they need a wake up call. First of all, they're not the juggernaut that - again - everyone wants to paint them out to be," said Few at practice on Monday. "I think I've been pretty consistent with that statement and fact. We're pretty even with most teams in this league."

Even the players appear to agree with that sentiment of equality.

"I think that gap isn't as big as people think," said Kelly Olynyk.

But then the freshman from Canada put the onus back on his own team, saying there's plenty of work left to be done in the second half of the conference season.

"I think we can definitely improve our level of play," said Olynyk. "When teams come to play us they're going to bring their best every game."

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