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College Basketball Rankings January 21: Purdue Just Outside the Top 25.

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Purdue is very close to returning to the toip 25.

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After a 35-point win over Rutgers and a 15 point win over a ranked Indiana team Purdue was bound to receive a boost in the AP Poll. It wasn’t quite enough to get into the top 25, but we’re close. Here is this week’s AP poll.

  1. Tennessee (48) 1,575
  2. Duke (11) 1,520
  3. Virginia (3) 1,451
  4. Gonzaga 1,374
  5. Michigan 1,363
  6. Michigan State (2) 1,355
  7. Nevada 1,143
  8. Kentucky 1,087
  9. Kansas 1,060
  10. Virginia Tech 1,007
  11. North Carolina 895
  12. Marquette 861
  13. Maryland 751
  14. Texas Tech 743
  15. Buffalo 743
  16. Auburn 627
  17. Houston 544
  18. Villanova 450
  19. Iowa 332
  20. Mississippi 291
  21. North Carolina State 282
  22. Mississippi State 266
  23. Louisville 230
  24. Iowa State 156
  25. LSU 154

Purdue is officially 27th with 111 votes, just behind Florida State in 26th. While thee FSU and VaTech losses still sting, obviously the Maryland win is looking really, really good right now. If Purdue earns a split this week it probably jumps back into the top 25, as it would mean wither a very good road win at Ohio State or a home win over a top 10 Michigan State team. Nebraska (66) and Wisconsin (64) also got votes.

Here is the coaches poll, too.

  1. Tennessee (30) 798
  2. Duke (2) 746
  3. Virginia 720
  4. Gonzaga 693
  5. Michigan State 682
  6. Michigan 666
  7. Nevada 561
  8. Virginia Tech 520
  9. Kentucky 502
  10. Kansas 489
  11. Marquette 441
  12. North Carolina 403
  13. Texas Tech 384
  14. Buffalo 335
  15. Auburn 331
  16. Maryland 317
  17. Houston 314
  18. Villanova 231
  19. North Carolina State 194
  20. Mississippi 189
  21. Iowa 180
  22. Mississippi State 147
  23. Florida State 90
  24. Louisville 85
  25. Iowa State 75

Purdue is a little farther down here, sitting at 30th with 30 votes. Nebraska (40), Wisconsin (27) Indiana (9) and Ohio State (5) also received votes from the Big Ten.