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College Basketball Rankings February 4: Purdue Moves Back Into Top 15

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The Big Ten leaders keep moving up.

NCAA Basketball: Minnesota at Purdue Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

A 2-0 week is always good, even though both wins were in some serious doubt last week. It would have been embarrassing to finally return to the polls only to lose at winless Penn State or in the Fort Neverlose that is Mackey Arena. Winning is winning though, and Purdue moved up with plenty of other teams in the AP Poll falling last week.

  1. Tennessee (48) 1,579
  2. Duke (12) 1,532
  3. Virginia (4) 1,478
  4. Gonzaga 1,423
  5. Kentucky 1,310
  6. Nevada 1,228
  7. Michigan 1,217
  8. North Carolina 1,167
  9. Michigan State 1,051
  10. Marquette 1,029
  11. Virginia Tech 948
  12. Houston 838
  13. Kansas 809
  14. Villanova 801
  15. Purdue 697
  16. Louisville 561
  17. Iowa State 545
  18. Texas Tech 482
  19. Wisconsin 462
  20. Iowa 242
  21. LSU 205
  22. Florida State 180
  23. Buffalo 153
  24. Maryland 144
  25. Cincinnati 142

Purdue moves up two spots to 15, which is our highest ranking of the season. The schedule stays strong with six teams in the Big Ten in the top 25. We are also at No. 15 in the Coaches Poll:

  1. Tennessee (32) 800
  2. Duke 755
  3. Virginia 734
  4. Gonzaga 717
  5. Kentucky 652
  6. Nevada 607
  7. Michigan 581
  8. North Carolina 563
  9. Marquette 546
  10. Virginia Tech 492
  11. Michigan State 463
  12. Houston 439
  13. Villanova 435
  14. Kansas 404
  15. Purdue 322
  16. Iowa State 279
  17. Louisville 240
  18. Texas Tech 238
  19. Wisconsin 185
  20. Iowa 158
  21. Mississippi State 106
  22. LSU 97
  23. Cincinnati 89
  24. Florida State 85
  25. Buffalo 76

As a fun note, Hofstra with Jacquil Taylor received 6 votes this week in this poll. This was after their 16-game winning streak was snapped at Northeastern.