Purdue ranked #1 in the Associated Press men’s college basketball poll for the first time.
Boiler manufacturers have agreed to be the number 1 in poll released on monday to rise from 2nd place last week. Defending national champion Baylor rose to second, with Duke, UCLA and Gonzaga rounding out the top five.
Purdue (8-0, 1-0 Big Ten) finished 2nd in consecutive seasons under Gene Keady from 1986-88 and matched its previous high last week, receiving nine votes in first place from a media panel of 61 people.
The boil Florida State routing last week and opened the Big Ten game with win 77-70 overtakes Iowa on Friday, sliding into the lead behind the previous 1st Duke lost to an underrated Ohio State team, currently number 21. As of this week, Purdue has the second-most appearances in the AP poll – 379 weeks – for a school that has never been ranked #1 (Maryland, 434 weeks).
“They deserve to be number one,” Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said after the Purdue loss.
Purdue missed the NCAA Tournament for the 2020-21 season due to the changing pandemic, but returned its top eight scorers, including forward Trevion Williams. The team’s side can challenge teams in a variety of ways, from second-year defender Jayden Ivey attacking with dribbling to dropping the ball in the post to seven-foot-4 sophomore Zach Edey.
Purdue is averaging 25.6 points per game, the most recent being a 7-point win over Iowa.
Purdue coach Matt Painter said, “You want to go into close matches and win.” It really gets you through the season. ”
Gonzaga plays one of the nation’s toughest fixtures each season and this year is no different. Zags (7-2) usually win the big games early in the season, but haven’t been able to do so with much frequency this year as they try to integrate some new players.
Gonzaga looked unstoppable in early wins over Texas and UCLA. The Zags didn’t dominate to the point in their last two games against AP’s Top 25 teams, losing to Duke in Las Vegas on November 26 and No. 16 Alabama in Seattle on Saturday.
“I just think we have to have more of a sense of urgency,” said Gonzaga grandpa Drew Timme. “We just had to fix it. But we have plenty of time to fix it. We will be fine. ”
He’s right. Most teams want to “fall down” to 5th place in the Top 25 AP.
DEVELOPMENT AND DEVELOPMENT
Alabama (7-1) took the biggest leap in voting this week, climbing seven places after their win over Gonzaga. Next is Southern California, up four places to 16th after wins over Utah and Washington State last week.
BYU had the biggest drop, dropping 12 places to 24th after losing to Wyoming in extra time and overtaking Missouri State 74-68. Florida lost six points to 20th place after losing seven points to Oklahoma.
Hello and Goodbye
Ohio State is back in the Top 25 after a win over Duke. The Buckeyes dropped out of the November 22 poll after losing to Xavier.
LSU is 25th for the first time in nearly two years after extending its unbeaten run to eight games with a win over Ohio last week.
Memphis was dropped from the poll from 18th place after extending her losing streak to three games with losses to Georgia and Ole Miss.
Michigan dropped out of 24th place after scoring 51 points while losing to North Carolina by 21 points. The Wolverines have finished 4th this season.
SECOND: 7 (Numbers 9, 10, 12, 13, 18, 20, 25)
Big Ten: 5 (Numbers 1, 17, 19, 21, 22)
Big 12:3 (Numbers 2, 7, 8)
Pac-12: 3 (Numbers 4, 11, 16)
Big East: 3 (No. 6, 15, 23)
WCC: 2 (No. 5, 24)
American Athletics: 1 (No. 14)
ACC: 1 (No. 3)
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