Purdue tops men’s basketball poll


Purdue is back at No. 1 in the AP Top 25. Alabama is right behind Boilermakers.

Purdue returned to the top spot in the Associated Press men’s college basketball poll on Monday, moving up two spots after Temple beat No. 1 Houston over the weekend. After a volatile week in which only two teams held the same position, they received 39 first-place votes from a 62-man media panel.

Alabama jumped two spots to second place, receiving 23 votes, its highest ranking since 2002-03 when it finished first. Houston, Tennessee, and Kansas round out the top five.

Purdue (19-1, 8-1) has won six in a row since losing to Rutgers on January 3 after spending four weeks at No. 1 before falling to No. 3.

Alabama (17-2, 7-0 SEC) has climbed steadily since ranking 20th in the preseason AP Top 25, entering the top 10 in early December. The Crimson Tide had lopsided victories over Missouri and Vanderbilt. Darius Miles has been fired from the team after being charged with murder in a fatal shooting near campus.

Alabama coach Nate Oates reached out to former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Lewis before the Crimson Tide faced Vanderbilt last week and was suggested by the Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker. Alabama ultimately defeated Vandy by 12 and edged Missouri by 21.

“I saw some people get injured after the game,” Oates said. “I think they were packing something. We have work to do. It’s almost like a huge relief. The game is over and you can breathe a sigh of relief.”

Cougars Fall

Houston climbed to the top of the AP Top 25 for the first time since Faislama Jama in the 1980s, before losing to Alabama and dropping to fifth place this season.

The Cougars returned to No. 1 on Jan. 9, but their run ended two weeks later with a 56-55 loss to Temple on Sunday. The win was the Owls’ first win over his number one team since 2000.


Kansas State moved up eight spots to fifth after defeating rival University of Kansas 83-82 at the Bramlaj Coliseum last week. This is the Wildcats’ highest ranking since reaching his No. 3 spot in 2010-11.

TCU gave Kansas back-to-back losses in the state for the first time since 1989 with a 23-point beatdown at Allenfieldhouse on Saturday. It was one of Bill Self’s worst losses in his 20 years as Kansas coach and ended the Jayhawks’ 16-game home winning streak.

No. 14 Horned Frogs moved up three spots in this week’s poll after winning. Defending national champion Kansas dropped seven places to ninth.

rising, falling

Kansas State University made the biggest move of the week, followed by Tennessee at No. 4 and Arizona at No. 6, each up five places. No. 21 Baylor moves up four places with wins over Texas Tech and Oklahoma.

Gonzaga suffered its biggest drop after Loyola Marymount ended the Zags’ 75-game home winning streak on Thursday, losing eighth place to 14th. dropped five places after suffering

inside and outside

St. Mary’s in 22nd place moved into the rankings for the first time this season, overtaking Pepperdine and Santa Clara last week. No. 25 New Mexico returned to the polls after defeating San Jose in overtime and Boise.

A three-point loss to Michigan State put Rutgers out of 23rd place. Arkansas dropped out of 25th place after losing to Missouri.

top 25

1. Purdue (39 first place votes) 19-1

2. Alabama (23) 17-2

3. Houston 18-2

4. Tennessee 16-3

5. 17-2 Kansas Street

6. Arizona 17-3

7. Virginia 15-3

8.UCLA 17-3

9. Kansas 16-3

10. Texas 16-3

11.TCU 15-4

12. 14-4 Iowa Street

13. Xavier 16-4

14. Gonzaga 17-4

15. Auburn 16-3

16. Marquette 16-5

17. Baylor 14-5

18. University of Charleston 21-1

19.UConn 16-5

20. Miami 15-4

21.FAU 19-1

22. St Mary’s 18-4

23. Providence 15-5

24. Clemson 16-4

25. New Mexico 18-2


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Written by Natalia Chi

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