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College Basketball Rankings January 13: MSU win Boosts Purdue

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Purdue was very, very close to picking up a pair of ranked wins this week.

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

Last week Purdue barely hung on to its near 5 year streak of receiving at least one vote in the college basketball AP Poll. That streak was definitely in danger when the Boilers lost in double overtime at top 25 Michigan Thursday night, but yesterday’s 29 point win over Top 10 Michigan State kept Purdue in the minds of a few voters this week:

  1. Gonzaga 1,574
  2. Baylor 1,567
  3. Duke 1,529
  4. Auburn 1,359
  5. Butler 1,299
  6. Kansas 1,286
  7. San Diego State 1,266
  8. Oregon 1,163
  9. Florida State 1,093
  10. Kentucky 960
  11. Louisville 943
  12. West Virginia 911
  13. Dayton 842
  14. Villanova 822
  15. Michigan State 735
  16. Wichita State 629
  17. Maryland 616
  18. Seton Hall 496
  19. Michigan 358
  20. Colorado 345
  21. Ohio State 270
  22. Memphis 232
  23. Texas Tech 111
  24. Illinois 109
  25. Creighton 97

Others receiving votes:

Iowa 88, Stanford 77, Arkansas 65, Indiana 50, Virginia 41, Penn State 36, LSU 30, Arizona 20, Wisconsin 19, Liberty 11, Northern Iowa 10, Purdue 10, Duquesne 9, Washington 9, TCU 8, Rutgers 8, Virginia Tech 5, Oregon State 4, Houston 4, BYU 3, East Tennessee State 2, Saint Mary’s 1, Harvard 1, Akron 1, USC 1

First of all, congratulations to Illinois, who joined Michigan, Michigan State, Maryland, Purdue, Ohio State, Penn State, and Iowa as Big Ten teams that have appeared in the top 25 at some point this year. A total of 12 teams have at least received votes this year at some point too.

Virginia is also a loss this week, as the Cavaliers saw a 46-week streak of being in the top 25 get snapped. It was the 5th longest active streak behind Kansas (210 weeks), Duke (73), Gonzaga (68) and Michigan State (49). Virginia lost two in a row to Boston College and Syracuse and are reeling right now. Purdue is their lone tier 1 NET game so far and the Boilers blasted them by 29.

Had Trevion Williams been able to convert at the end of regulation vs. Michigan Purdue might have gotten back in the top 25, but a win at Maryland this week could be enough too.