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College Basketball Rankings December 3rd: Purdue Falls Out... Barely

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Purdue is unranked for only the second time in the last three years.

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After losing a pair of games last week I knew we were probably going to fall out of the top 25, but since they were on the road we had a chance to stay in. In fact, had we held on at Florida State we almost certainly would have stayed in. As it turns out, Purdue is out of the AP top 25 for only the second time in the last 62 polls, but just barely. Furman is ranked for the first time in school history at No. 25 with 101 votes. Purdue is just behind them at No. 26 with 100.

1. Gonzaga (43) 1,578

2. Kansas (19) 1,539

3. Duke (1) 1,463

4. Virginia (1) 1,367

5. Michigan 1,339

6. Nevada 1,300

7. Tennessee 1,238

8. Auburn 1,154

9. Kentucky 1,070

10. Michigan State 915

11. Florida State 871

12. Wisconsin 809

13. Texas Tech 783

14. North Carolina 782

15. Virginia Tech 675

16. Kansas State 629

17. Buffalo 515

18. Iowa 417

19. Ohio State 385

20. Arizona State 384

21. Villanova 356

22. Mississippi State 243

23. Maryland 204

24. Nebraska 176

25. Furman 101

Purdue can reclaim its place by winning at home against a ranked team Wednesday in Maryland. There are obviously plenty of chances to build a profile too with the number of ranked teams in the Big Ten. If we win the next three against Maryland, Texas (who received 44 votes) and Notre Dame we’ll be fine. The Florida State loss hurts because we let a quality win get away, but we can get two more (though not as good as at FSU) this week.

Purdue did stay in the coaches poll at No. 23:

  1. Gonzaga (21) 788
  2. Kansas (10) 771
  3. Duke 712
  4. Virginia 704
  5. Michigan (1) 680
  6. Nevada 629
  7. Tennessee 618
  8. Kentucky 547
  9. Auburn 534
  10. Michigan State 483
  11. Florida State 405
  12. North Carolina 389
  13. Texas Tech 387
  14. Virginia Tech 359
  15. Kansas State 346
  16. Wisconsin 322
  17. Ohio State 249
  18. Buffalo 241
  19. Iowa 185
  20. Arizona State 156
  21. Villanova 143
  22. Mississippi State 124
  23. Maryland 120
  24. Purdue 89
  25. Nebraska 73