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College Basketball Ranking January 15: Purdue at No. 3

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NCAA Basketball: Purdue at Minnesota Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

Is this the year Purdue finally make sit to No. 1?

Last week Purdue was int he top 5 of the AP Poll for the first time since 2010. They were No. 3 in February of 2010, but we haven’t been No. 2 since March 2, 1988 and we have never been No. 1.

Well, we’re a few steps closer to No. 1 this week. With Michigan State and West Virginia ahead of us losing, plus Purdue winning a pair of road games, the Boilers have climbed to No. 3, their highest position since February 22, 2010. The first No. 1 ranking in school history is there for the taking if we keep winning and can get Virginia and Villanova to lose a game.

We also even have a first place vote thanks to David Cloninger of Columbia, South Carolina is the true believer in the Boilers.

  1. Villanova (63) 1,623
  2. Virginia (1) 1,527
  3. Purdue (1) 1,411
  4. Oklahoma 1,371
  5. Duke 1,319
  6. West Virginia 1,304
  7. Wichita State 1,283
  8. Texas Tech 1,276
  9. Michigan State 1,062
  10. Kansas 1,032
  11. Xavier 928
  12. Cincinnati 858
  13. Gonzaga 829
  14. Arizona 723
  15. North Carolina 666
  16. Arizona State 639
  17. Auburn 523
  18. Kentucky 487
  19. Seton Hall 455
  20. Clemson 444
  21. Tennessee 358
  22. Ohio State 276
  23. Michigan 223
  24. TCU 196
  25. Miami (FL) 143

Purdue is also at No. 3 with a first place vote in the coaches poll:

  1. Villanova (32) 798
  2. Virginia 757
  3. Purdue (1) 678
  4. Wichita State 664
  5. Duke 638
  6. Oklahoma 632
  7. West Virginia 624
  8. Texas Tech 607
  9. Michigan State 513
  10. Kansas 501
  11. Cincinnati 446
  12. Xavier 442
  13. Gonzaga 414
  14. North Carolina 298
  15. Arizona State 298
  16. Kentucky 272
  17. Arizona 271
  18. Clemson 242
  19. Seton Hall 239
  20. Auburn 213
  21. Tennessee 187
  22. Ohio State 109
  23. Miami (FL) 108
  24. Michigan 107
  25. TCU 103