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College Basketball Rankings February 10: Purdue Back Receiving Votes

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It turns out that winning games helps.

NCAA Basketball: Purdue at Indiana Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

A blow out win over a top 20 team and a win in a hostile road venue against a good team will do wonders for a team’s psyche. Purdue looks very, very different than it did a week ago after wins over Iowa and Indiana. This week presents another opportunity. The Boilers get a red hot Penn State team in Mackey Arena, where ranked teams have come to die this season (ignore the Illinois game), and a somewhat struggling Ohio State. The Boilers are not back in the top 25 yet, but they are receiving votes again. With two more wins this week a return to the top 25 is entirely possible next week.

Here is this week’s AP Poll.

  1. Baylor 1,583
  2. Gonzaga 1,546
  3. Kansas 1,450
  4. San Diego State 1,422
  5. Louisville 1,331
  6. Dayton 1,255
  7. Duke 1,211
  8. Florida State 1,170
  9. Maryland 1,057
  10. Seton Hall 1,013
  11. Auburn 998
  12. Kentucky 853
  13. Penn State 787
  14. West Virginia 721
  15. Villanova 581
  16. Colorado 567
  17. Oregon 497
  18. Marquette 425
  19. Butler 414
  20. Houston 402
  21. Iowa 374
  22. Illinois 235
  23. Creighton 213
  24. Texas Tech 169
  25. LSU 160

Others receiving votes:

Michigan State 124, Rhode Island 57, Northern Iowa 44, BYU 43, Arizona 34, Purdue 27, Ohio State 14, Cincinnati 6, Stephen F. Austin 6, Michigan 3, Rutgers 2, Virginia 2, East Tennessee State 2, Wright State 1, Winthrop 1