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College Basketball Rankings December 7: Purdue Just Misses Top 10

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The Boilers just miss the top 10 for the first time in almost five years.

I just wanted to formally announce that we're not going to print up stupid-assed "We're back" shirts.
I just wanted to formally announce that we're not going to print up stupid-assed "We're back" shirts.
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This is now a "We're Back" moment, because as our neighbors to the South showed, that means nothing if you don't stay there. Instead, it is a triumphal return knowing that there is still work to do. This week Purdue held serve from last week. It looked like the Boilers would move into the top 10, but in the Coaches' Poll they stayed at No. 11, just 13 points behind Virginia:

TOP 25 TEAMS, WEEK 5

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1st Place Votes Prev CHANGE Hi/Low
1 Michigan St 9-0 765 26 3 2 3/13
2 Iowa St. 6-0 668 2 4 2 4/7
3 North Carolina 7-1 631 0 9 6 1/9
4 Kentucky 7-1 626 0 1 -3 1/2
5 Duke 8-1 620 0 5 0 3/5
6 Villanova 7-0 615 2 7 1 7/9
7 Kansas 6-1 613 0 6 -1 5/7
8 Oklahoma 5-0 603 0 8 0 6/8
9 Maryland 7-1 602 1 2 -7 2/3
10 Virginia 6-1 503 0 10 0 6/12
11 Purdue 8-0 490 0 11 0 11/24
12 Arizona 7-1 407 0 14 2 10/14
13 Xavier 8-0 399 0 18 5 18/NR
14 West Virginia 7-0 371 0 15 1 15/23
15 Baylor 9-3 248 0 23 8 21/25
16 Vanderbilt 6-2 242 0 13 -3 13/20
17 Gonzaga 5-2 233 0 12 -5 11/12
18 Providence 8-1 230 0 24 6 24/NR
19 Louisville 6-1 199 0 22 3 22/NR
20 Miami-Florida 7-1 198 0 21 1 19/NR
21 Butler 6-0 179 0 25 4 20/NR
22 Cincinnati 8-1 151 0 17 -5 17/NR
23 Oregon 6-1 116 0 16 -7 16/NR
24 Utah 7-1 63 0 26 2 16/NR
25 Texas A&M 7-2 58 0 20 -5 20/NR

Future opponent Butler moved back into the Top 25 with their win at Cincinnati, while Michigan State takes over the No.1 spot with Kentucky and Maryland's losses from last week. Vanderbilt also stayed in the top 25 at 16.

Purdue also stays at 11 in the AP Poll:

1
Record: 9-0
PV Rank
3
Points
1,617
2
Kansas (1)
Record: 6-1
4
1,442
3
Record: 7-1
9
1,425
4
Record: 6-0
5
1,347
5
Record: 7-1
1
1,325
6
Record: 7-1
2
1,299
7
Record: 5-0
6
1,283
8
Record: 8-1
7
1,243
9
Record: 7-0
8
1,230
10
Record: 7-1
10
1,003
11
Record: 8-0
11
997
12
Record: 8-0
12
930
13
Record: 7-1
19
811
14
Record: 7-0
20
615
15
Record: 8-1
23
548
16
Record: 6-1
25
488
17
Record: 7-1
21
469
18
Record: 6-1
28
416
19
22
413
20
Record: 5-2
13
399
21
Record: 6-2
16
377
22
Record: 6-1
24
373
23
17
331
24
Record: 6-1
15
241
25
Record: 7-1
27
108