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College Basketball Rankings January 2: Purdue Drops to No. 20

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The loss to Minnesota only results in a small drop when 10 of last week’s top 16 lost.

NCAA Basketball: Minnesota at Purdue Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

No, we’re not firing coach Painter after an overtime conference loss even if it was at home. These things happen, but there was plenty of weeping and gnashing of teeth over this as if we were blown out by 50 by Norfolk State. If it happens in March, that is another thing. This team still has plenty of time to earn a high seed and still should be a second weekend NCAA team. The national rankings this week reflect it as here is the AP Poll:

1
Villanova (59)
Record: 14-0
PV Rank
1
Points
1,619
2
Baylor (6)
Record: 13-0
4
1,532
3
Record: 12-1
3
1,503
4
Record: 14-1
2
1,406
5
Record: 14-0
7
1,357
6
Record: 11-2
8
1,280
7
Record: 12-1
11
1,179
8
Record: 12-2
5
1,090
9
Record: 12-2
6
1,063
10
Record: 13-1
10
1,015
11
Record: 11-2
12
954
12
Record: 14-1
20
902
13
Record: 12-2
14
865
14
Record: 12-3
9
785
15
Record: 13-2
21
771
16
Record: 12-2
17
634
17
Record: 13-2
18
613
18
Record: 12-2
13
477
19
Record: 12-1
19
416
20
Record: 12-3
15
405
21
Record: 12-1
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293
22
23
258
23
Record: 12-2
24
250
24
Record: 10-3
25
193
25
Record: 14-1
22
74

The coaches poll will be coming shortly.