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College Basketball Rankings March 1: Purdue Returns to Top 25

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THIS! IS! MARCH

NCAA Basketball: Purdue at Penn State Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

It is officially March and Purdue finds itself both solidly in the NCAA Tournament and back in the top 25 after a two week absence. By pretty much every expectation Purdue has overachieved, and there is even the taste of “This team could really be 19-5 right now” because of the nature of the losses at Miami, Maryland, and Minnesota. Still, we’re in the top 25 on March 1, which any fan would have absolutely taken back on November 1.

  1. Gonzaga (59) 1,571
  2. Michigan (4) 1,512
  3. Baylor 1,450
  4. Illinois 1,350
  5. Iowa 1,266
  6. West Virginia 1,210
  7. Ohio State 1,163
  8. Alabama 1,130
  9. Houston 1,109
  10. Villanova 942
  11. Florida State 897
  12. Arkansas 847
  13. Kansas 785
  14. Creighton 669
  15. Texas 650
  16. Oklahoma 584
  17. Oklahoma State 553
  18. Texas Tech 494
  19. San Diego State 406
  20. Loyola Chicago 367
  21. Virginia 362
  22. Virginia Tech 335
  23. Purdue 192
  24. Colorado 150
  25. Wisconsin 106

Others receiving votes: BYU 101, Southern Cal 88, Clemson 47, Florida 24, Tennessee 19, St. Bonaventure 16, Oregon 15, Missouri 13, Wichita St. 11, Maryland 9, Toledo 8, UConn 5, Belmont 5, Winthrop 4, North Carolina 4, UCLA 2, Louisville 2, UC Santa Barbara 1, Drake 1.

Purdue also returned to the coaches poll top 25

  1. Gonzaga (31) 799
  2. Michigan (1) 764
  3. Baylor 733
  4. Illinois 670
  5. West Virginia 576
  6. Alabama 576
  7. Houston 556
  8. Iowa 554
  9. Villanova 541
  10. Ohio State 517
  11. Florida State 485
  12. Creighton 385
  13. Arkansas 376
  14. Kansas 359
  15. Oklahoma 323
  16. Texas 252
  17. Oklahoma State 248
  18. Texas Tech 240
  19. Virginia Tech 224
  20. Virginia 217
  21. San Diego State 183
  22. Loyola Chicago 179
  23. Purdue 130
  24. USC 119
  25. Oregon 97

Others Receiving Votes: Wisconsin 43; Colorado 43; UCLA 25; Brigham Young 25; Wichita St. 21; Maryland 21; Drake 19; Clemson 18; Florida 14; Connecticut 14; Missouri 12; Belmont 11; Tennessee 9; Winthrop 6; North Carolina 6; Rutgers 3; Xavier 2; Louisville 2; Toledo 1; St. Bonaventure 1; Michigan St 1.