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College Basketball Rankings February 1: Purdue Returns to Top 25

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Purdue recent run is rewarded with national recognition.

NCAA Basketball: Minnesota at Purdue
“Thanks Little Pitino. I’ll take your ranking.”
Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Purdue began last season at #23 in the preseason AP Poll, then dropped out after losing to Texas at home on the opening weekend of the year. Since then Purdue has received a few votes here and there, but has not been back in the top 25. That is a rarity of late. From the start of the 2015-16 season through the end of the 2018-19 season Purdue was ranked in 68 of 78 possible AP Polls, getting as high as No. 3 for much of the 2018.

Well, We’re back at No. 24!

  1. Gonzaga (61) 1,597
  2. Baylor (3) 1,539
  3. Villanova 1,458
  4. Michigan 1,402
  5. Houston 1,348
  6. Texas 1,228
  7. Ohio State 1,133
  8. Iowa 1,079
  9. Oklahoma 966
  10. Alabama 958
  11. Tennessee 869
  12. Illinois 850
  13. Texas Tech 797
  14. Virginia 752
  15. Creighton 732
  16. Virginia Tech 718
  17. West Virginia 669
  18. Missouri 589
  19. Wisconsin 452
  20. Florida State 393
  21. UCLA 260
  22. Florida 196
  23. Kansas 171
  24. Purdue 130
  25. Drake 117

Others receiving votes:

Oklahoma State 111, USC 57, Loyola Chicago 52, Minnesota 42, Xavier 25, Boise State 23, St. Bonaventure 19, Saint Louis 11, Belmont 11, Toledo 9, Oregon 8, Colorado 8, San Diego State 6, Connecticut 5, Louisville 4, North Carolina 3, Georgia Tech 2, Rutgers 1

That’s now six Big Ten teams in the top 25. Rutgers, Minnesota, Michigan State, and Northwestern have also appeared in the top 25 this season. Only Maryland, Indiana, Penn State, and Nebraska have not been in the top 25, and Indiana and Maryland have at least received votes once.

The coaches poll was not so kind, and they even had Minnesota, who we just trounced, ahead of us:

  1. Gonzaga (28) 796
  2. Baylor (4) 772
  3. Villanova 735
  4. Michigan 690
  5. Houston 660
  6. Texas 610
  7. Alabama 495
  8. Iowa 490
  9. Ohio State 478
  10. Tennessee 446
  11. Texas Tech 422
  12. Creighton 396
  13. Illinois 382
  14. Oklahoma 379
  15. Virginia 368
  16. Virginia Tech 357
  17. Missouri 343
  18. West Virginia 277
  19. Florida State 237
  20. Wisconsin 212
  21. UCLA 165
  22. Kansas 112
  23. Florida 90
  24. Oklahoma State 88
  25. Drake 67

Others receiving votes:

Minnesota 66; Purdue 59; Southern California 44; Loyola-Chicago 43; Oregon 39; Louisville 26; Xavier 9; St. Bonaventure 8; Colorado 8; Boise St. 7; Louisiana State 6; San Diego St. 5; Toledo 3; Belmont 3; Rutgers 2; North Carolina 2; Winthrop 1; Saint Louis 1; Georgia Tech 1.