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College Basketball Rankings February 19: Purdue Slips Three More Spots

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After losing to Wisconsin Purdue drops three more spots and probably loses its chance at a No. 1 ranking.

NCAA Basketball: Penn State at Purdue Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

As the season went on and Purdue’s winning streak kept going there is one thing I wanted for the program: A No. 1 overall ranking. Yes, in the end that is mostly a vanity thing, but of the 25 teams that have appeared in the most AP Polls of all-time only two have never been No. 1 overall: Purdue and Maryland. Both have reached no. 2 (for Purdue, most recently in 1988), but never got to No. 1.

Purdue had its chances, hitting No. 3 for a few weeks. It would have even probably been No. 1 had Ohio State not scored on the Keita Bates-Diop putback. The chance appears past, however. Because of the three-game losing streak concluding with the loss to Wisconsin, Purdue has fallen to No. 9 in this poll. Still good, but not the rarified air at hte top:

  1. Virginia (42) 1,601
  2. Michigan State (19) 1,565
  3. Villanova (4) 1,509
  4. Xavier 1,398
  5. Duke 1,292
  6. Texas Tech 1,206
  7. Gonzaga 1,206
  8. Kansas 1,166
  9. Purdue 1,130
  10. North Carolina 1,074
  11. Cincinnati 954
  12. Auburn 873
  13. Wichita State 870
  14. Arizona 831
  15. Clemson 683
  16. Ohio State 680
  17. Michigan 615
  18. Rhode Island 455
  19. Tennessee 427
  20. Nevada 330
  21. West Virginia 329
  22. St. Mary’s 291
  23. Houston 263
  24. Middle Tennessee State 87
  25. Florida State 63

Special congratulations for Middle Tennessee State receiving its first ranking ever!

Purdue is also 9th in the coaches poll:

  1. Michigan State (20) 782
  2. Virginia (8) 773
  3. Villanova (4) 745
  4. Xavier 656
  5. Duke 655
  6. Gonzaga 602
  7. Texas Tech 588
  8. Kansas 566
  9. Purdue 526
  10. North Carolina 498
  11. Cincinnati 497
  12. Wichita State 404
  13. Auburn 358
  14. Arizona 340
  15. Ohio State 339
  16. Michigan 325
  17. Clemson 324
  18. Rhode Island 263
  19. Tennessee 208
  20. St. Mary’s 173
  21. West Virginia 168
  22. Nevada 143
  23. Houston 119
  24. Middle Tennessee State 72
  25. Arizona State 47