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Originally published Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 5:46 PM

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Magazine rankings has Zags at No. 3

Gonzaga is third in an analytical compilation of the top men's college basketball programs in the country.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Gonzaga is third in an analytical compilation of the top men's college basketball programs in the country.

Duke finished first, followed by North Carolina in the rankings created by the publication Basketball Times.

Three of the next top six teams are mid-majors: Gonzaga, Davidson (fourth) and Butler (sixth). Wisconsin is fifth. Arizona, the only Pac-12 team on the list, is 25th.

Basketball Times has compiled the rankings every five years since 1997. Only teams that have won at least two-thirds of their games in the past 10 years were included, which trimmed the list to 33.

Teams were then ranked using six equally weighted criteria: winning percentage; number of former players currently in the NBA; federal graduation rate and academic reputation, as determined by U.S. News & World Report.; coaches and "perceived cleanliness" of the programs.

A panel of 10 writers from Basketball Times ranked coaches on "their ability to win and their suitability to guide young men." Clean programs were defined by their "ability to avoid run-ins with the NCAA and produce upstanding citizens."

Here's where Gonzaga ranked in each criteria. Winning percentage (fourth), NBA players (12th), graduation rate (sixth), academic reputation (ninth), coaches (seventh) and program cleanliness (10th).

Percy Allen: 206-464-2278 or pallen@seattletimes.com.

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