For the first time in its program history, Purdue The men’s basketball team is #1 in the AP Top 25. The basketball team (8-0) clinched the top spot in Monday’s new poll after beating State of Florida and Iowa last week while 1st place before Duke suffered its first loss of the season at Ohio State.
The team’s side finished second in last week’s poll, a position they held in the 1986-87 and 1987-1988 seasons. But the #1 spot is a new frontier for the show. Purdue is the third team to hold the position this season after Duke and Gonzaga. The team’s side opened the year in 7th place before moving up to 3rd on 22 November following the win. North Carolina and Villanova in the Hall of Fame Tips.
Under the guidance of 17-year-old coach Matt Painter, Purdue is plowing through opponents with flexible attacking play led by the sophomore star guard Jaden Ivey and two of the nation’s leading giants in Zach Edey and Trevion Williams. Purdue plays at Rutgers on Thursday and the host NC State on Thursday.
Purdue’s rise was among a number of changes to the top five this week as Baylor surged to No. 2 amid an 8-0 start. It’s a familiar position for the defending national champions, who spent most of last season in No. 2. Duke dropped to No. 3, UCLA climbed one spot to No. 4. and Gonzaga trying to stay in the top 5.
The Crimson Tide are the most bullish team in this week’s poll as they climb to ninth, up seven places, following a win over Zags in Seattle on Saturday night. Alabama is among the SEC’s seven ranked teams, which is the highest number of any conference. The ACC still has no one else in the poll other than Duke.
Top AP 25
The top 25 teams in the Associated Press college basketball poll, with first place votes in parentheses, scored as of Sunday, a 25-point total for the first-place vote passing a point for last week’s 25th and ranking votes:
|PLACES||TEAM||TAKE NOTE||POINT||PRIOR TO|
|17||State of Iowa||8-0||499||19|
|19||the state of Michigan||7-2||405||22|
Others get votes: State of Colorado 90, Xavier 78, Illinois 71, North Carolina 55, St. Bonaventure 37, Oklahoma 29, Memphis 14, Iowa 12, Michigan 11, San Francisco ten, Loyola Chicago 4, Indiana 3, Texas Technology 2.
https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/college-basketball-rankings-purdue-is-no-1-in-the-ap-top-25-poll-for-first-time-in-history/ College basketball rankings: Purdue ranks #1 in AP Top 25 poll for first time in history