Purdue is back at No. 1 in the AP Top 25. Alabama is right behind the Boilermakers.
Purdue returned to the highest spot in The Associated Press males’s school basketball ballot on Monday, transferring up two spots after Temple knocked off No. 1 Houston over the weekend. The Boilermakers obtained 39 first-place votes from a 62-person media panel after a unstable week the place simply two groups saved the identical spot from per week in the past.
Alabama climbed two spots to No. 2, selecting up 23 first-place votes for its highest rating since reaching No. 1 in 2002-03. Houston, Tennessee and Kansas State spherical out the highest 5.
Purdue (19-1, 8-1 Big Ten) had dropped to No. 3 after 4 weeks at No. 1 following a loss to Rutgers on Jan. 3, however has since gained six straight.
Alabama (17-2, 7-0 SEC) has made a gradual climb since being ranked No. 20 in the preseason AP Top 25, transferring into the highest 10 in early December. The Crimson Tide had lopsided wins over Missouri and Vanderbilt after Darius Miles was dismissed from the workforce as he faces a homicide cost in a deadly taking pictures close to the campus.
Alabama coach Nate Oats reached out to Ray Lewis earlier than the Crimson Tide performed Vanderbilt final week, sharing a Bible verse instructed by the Hall of Fame linebacker. Alabama ended up beating Vandy by 12 and rolled over Missouri by 21.
“I did see some guys break down postgame,” Oats stated. “I believe they have been bottling some stuff up. We’ve received a job to do. We’ve received to get to the sport. We received to the sport and took care of enterprise, after which it is nearly like an enormous aid. The recreation’s over, and we are able to let loose a sigh of aid.”
Houston moved atop the AP Top 25 for the primary time because the Phi Slama Jama of the Nineteen Eighties earlier this season earlier than a loss to Alabama dropped it back to No. 5.
The Cougars returned to No. 1 on Jan. 9, however their run ended after two weeks with Sunday’s 56-55 loss to Temple. The win was the Owls’ first over a No. 1 workforce since 2000.
Kansas State moved up eight spots to No. 5 after outlasting rival Kansas 83-82 at Bramlage Coliseum final week. It’s the Wildcats’ highest rating since reaching No. 3 in 2010-11.
TCU gave Kansas consecutive losses in the state for the primary time since 1989 with a 23-point beatdown at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday. It was one among Bill Self’s worst losses in 20 years as Kansas’ coach and ended the Jayhawks’ 16-game residence successful streak.
The No. 14 Horned Frogs moved up three spots in this week’s ballot after the win. Kansas, the defending nationwide champion, dropped seven spots to No. 9.
BIG TEN BUMMER
While Purdue has remained close to the highest of the ballot a lot of the season, the remainder of the Big Ten has fallen off. With Rutgers dropping out, the Big Ten has only one AP Top 25 workforce for the primary time because the Feb. 16, 2004, when No. 12 Wisconsin was the convention’s lone ranked workforce, in accordance with Sportradar.
Kansas State had the week’s largest soar, adopted by No. 4 Tennessee and No. 6 Arizona every climbing 5 spots. no 21 Baylor moved up 4 spots with wins over Texas Tech and Oklahoma.
Gonzaga had the largest fall, shedding eight locations to No. 14 after Loyola Marymount ended the Zags’ 75-game residence successful streak on Thursday. no 13 Xavier dropped 5 spots after a one-point street loss to DePaul.
IN AND OUT
no 22 Saint Mary’s is ranked for the primary time this season after rolling over Pepperdine and Santa Clara final week. no 25 New Mexico is back in the ballot after beating San Jose State and outlasting Boise State in time beyond regulation.
A 3-point loss to Michigan State knocked Rutgers out of the ballot from No. 23. Arkansas dropped out from No. 25 following a loss to Missouri.
AP Sports Writer Larry Lage in Detroit contributed to this report.
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