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College Basketball Rankings: December 18

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Purdue keeps winning and moving up.

NCAA Basketball: Butler at Purdue Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

After another win Purdue now has six victories agaisnt teams in the top 60 of the KenPom rankings. No one else in the country has more than four. We came close to gaining ground in the traditional polls with Gonzaga, Kansas, and Xavier all pulling of late wins to avoid huge upsets to North Dakota, Nebraska, and East Tennessee State, respectively.

Purdue continues to play great basketball and is in the top 10 of most computer polls. We’ll also likely be 15-2 headed to Michigan in January. Will it be enough to be in the top 10 by then? We’ll see. Here is this week’s AP Poll.

  1. Villanova (45) 1,602
  2. Michigan State (15) 1,560
  3. Arizona State (5) 1,429
  4. Duke 1,390
  5. North Carolina 1,332
  6. Miami (FL) 1,308
  7. Kentucky 1,231
  8. Texas A&M 1,156
  9. Xavier 1,073
  10. West Virginia 1,040
  11. Wichita State 851
  12. Gonzaga 831
  13. Virginia 796
  14. Kansas 791
  15. TCU 789
  16. Purdue 706
  17. Oklahoma 691
  18. Baylor 396
  19. Arizona 396
  20. Cincinnati 314
  21. Texas Tech 308
  22. Tennessee 308
  23. Seton Hall 223
  24. Florida State 164
  25. Creighton 144

Purdue only moved up one spot thanks to Seton Hall losing to Rutgers. The aforementioned three teams that barely survived either stayed even or moved up. Also, there were strangely ties for 18th and 21st.

Here is the coaches poll:

  1. Villanova (26) 794
  2. Michigan State (6) 765
  3. Duke 676
  4. Arizona State 654
  5. North Carolina 654
  6. Kentucky 636
  7. Miami (FL) 590
  8. Xavier 540
  9. Texas A&M 536
  10. West Virginia 508
  11. Wichita State 449
  12. TCU 418
  13. Kansas 404
  14. Virginia 387
  15. Gonzaga 357
  16. Purdue 353
  17. Oklahoma 300
  18. Baylor 210
  19. Arizona 199
  20. Tennessee 140
  21. Texas Tech 129
  22. Seton Hall 126
  23. Cincinnati 126
  24. Creighton 115
  25. Florida State 103