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College Basketball Rankings December 12: Purdue back at #15

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After two blowout wins Purdue moves up a bit.

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Purdue completely blew out Arizona State and Cleveland State last week. The later was expected, but the former was a bit of a surprise. In a nationally televised game in Madison Square Garden Purdue completely obliterated the Sun Devils, leading by more than 40 before putting in the walk-ons and coasting to the end.

The result of the blowouts is that Purdue moves up a bit in this week's AP poll three spots to No. 15

1
Villanova (56)
Record: 10-0
PV Rank
1
Points
1,613
2
UCLA (3)
Record: 10-0
2
1,505
3
Record: 9-1
3
1,455
4
Baylor (6)
Record: 8-0
4
1,439
5
Record: 10-1
5
1,391
6
Record: 9-1
6
1,277
7
Record: 10-1
7
1,222
8
Record: 10-0
8
1,195
9
Record: 8-1
9
1,124
10
Record: 10-0
10
1,043
11
Record: 9-1
11
981
12
Record: 8-1
15
864
13
Record: 8-1
14
848
14
Record: 9-2
17
779
15
Record: 8-2
18
652
16
Record: 8-0
19
598
17
Record: 8-2
13
526
18
Record: 9-1
16
492
19
Record: 8-2
20
436
20
Record: 7-1
12
391
21
Record: 9-1
23
310
22
Record: 8-2
24
251
23
Record: 10-1
-
227
24
Record: 9-0
-
158
25
22
155

What's interesting here is the Villanova conundrum. Purdue lost at home to Villanova by three points and dropped two spots back in November. This week, Notre dame loses by 8 to Villanova on a neutral floor and actually moves UP two spots to No. 21.

This poll also secures that all four teams in Saturday's Crossroads Classic will be ranked. In the coaches poll Purdue moves up to No. 16:

full rankings

TOP 25 TEAMS, WEEK 6

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1st Place Votes Prev CHANGE Hi/Low
1 Villanova 10-0 796 28 1 0 1/3
2 UCLA 10-0 750 2 2 0 2/20
3 Kansas 9-1 712 1 3 0 2/8
4 Duke 10-1 690 1 4 0 1/4
5 Baylor 8-0 657 0 6 1 6/NR
6 North Carolina 10-1 634 0 5 -1 3/6
7 Kentucky 9-1 628 0 7 0 1/7
8 Gonzaga 10-0 602 0 8 0 8/14
9 Indiana 8-1 534 0 9 0 5/12
10 Creighton 10-0 526 0 10 0 10/23
11 Louisville 9-1 449 0 13 2 10/14
12 Virginia 8-1 432 0 12 0 6/12
13 West Virginia 8-1 423 0 16 3 16/19
14 Wisconsin 9-2 346 0 17 3 10/17
15 South Carolina 8-0 320 0 18 3 18/NR
16 Purdue 8-2 305 0 19 3 15/19
17 Xavier 8-2 258 0 14 -3 7/14
18 Butler 9-1 257 0 15 -3 15/NR
19 Arizona 8-2 220 0 20 1 9/20
20 St. Mary's 7-1 192 0 11 -9 11/19
21 Notre Dame 9-1 180 0 22 1 22/NR
22 Oregon 8-2 122 0 24 2 4/24
23 Cincinnati 7-2 61 0 23 0 23/NR
23 Florida St. 10-1 61 0 33 10
25 Southern California 9-0 51 0 29 4