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College Basketball Rankings March 8: Purdue Moves Into Top 20

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A win over a top 25 team and a middling conference bottom feeder moves Purdue up.

Indiana v Purdue Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images

The regular season is over and Purdue is in a surprising position given what we knew in November. After beating a top 25 team (from last week’s poll) and one of the conference minnows Purdue will head tot he postseason in the top 20. Not bad for a team that wasn’t receiving votes back in November and was picked to finish 8th or worse. This has been one of coach Painter’s finest jobs.

/looks around

//whispers

(And they’re gonna be even better next year)

  1. Gonzaga (61) 1,573
  2. Baylor (2) 1,510
  3. Illinois 1,438
  4. Michigan 1,382
  5. Iowa 1,314
  6. Alabama 1,239
  7. Houston 1,173
  8. Arkansas 1,046
  9. Ohio State 1,032
  10. West Virginia 919
  11. Kansas 873
  12. Oklahoma State 851
  13. Texas 802
  14. Villanova 729
  15. Florida State 687
  16. Virginia 531
  17. Creighton 510
  18. Loyola-Chicago 488
  19. San Diego State 462
  20. Purdue 389
  21. Texas Tech 389
  22. Virginia Tech 266
  23. Colorado 209
  24. USC 175
  25. Oklahoma 172

Others receiving votes:

BYU 93, Oregon 67, Connecticut 53, Clemson 25, Wisconsin 24, Tennessee 14, Wichita State 13, St. Bonaventure 11, Winthrop 7, Virginia Commonwealth 4, LSU 2, San Diego 1, Michigan State 1, UC Santa Barbara 1