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College Basketball Rankings March 5

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NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Conference Tournament-Purdue vs Penn State Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports

Purdue won a pair of games in New York and reached the Big Ten Tournament final game for the second time in three years. Sure, the wins were not over Indiana and Ohio State like we hopes, but at least we avoided a “bad loss” to Rutgers and beat a decent Penn State team. The final did not go how we would have liked, but given that Purdue’s spot in the NCAAs as a 2 seed was pretty secure it was actually a rather stress free game. It was basically a glorified exhibition. Yeah, the loss sucked, but it was far from crippling.

We even see it in this week’s top 25 as Purdue dropped to No. 10 and Michigan jumped to No. 7.

  1. Virginia (65) 1,625
  2. Villanova 1,516
  3. Xavier 1,510
  4. Michigan State 1,346
  5. Duke 1,340
  6. Gonzaga 1,254
  7. Michigan 1,231
  8. Cincinnati 1,213
  9. Kansas 1,129
  10. Purdue 1,096
  11. Wichita State 861
  12. North Carolina 852
  13. Tennessee 825
  14. Texas Tech 784
  15. Arizona 739
  16. Auburn 692
  17. Ohio State 603
  18. West Virginia 486
  19. Clemson 422
  20. St. Mary’s 385
  21. Houston 247
  22. Nevada 218
  23. Florida 192
  24. Miami (FL) 191
  25. Rhode Island 86

The coaches poll will be out shortly.