Purdue returns to No

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

leading area in the Associated Press males’s college basketball poll on Monday, moving up 2 spots after Temple knocked off No. 1 Houston over the weekend. The Boilermakers received 39 first-place votes from a 62-person media panel after an unstable week in which simply 2 teams kept the very same spot from a week ago.Alabama climbed two spots to No. 2, picking up

23 first-place votes for its highest ranking because reaching No. 1 in 2002-03. Houston, Tennessee and Kansas State complete the top five.Team Tape 1. Purdue(39 )19-1 2. Alabama (23)17-2 3. Houston 18-2 4.

Tennessee 16-3 5.
Kansas State 17-2 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 . Iowa State 14-4

13. Xavier 16-4 14. Gonzaga 17-4
15. Auburn 16-3
16. Marquette 16-5 17. Baylor 14-5 18. Charleston 21-1 19.
UConn 16-5 20. Miami(
Fla. )15-4 21. Florida Atlantic 19-1 22. Saint Mary
‘s 18-4 23. Providence 15-5 24.
Clemson 16-4
25. New Mexico 18-2 Purdue(
19-1, 8-1 Huge Ten) had actually dropped to No. 3 after 4 weeks at No. 1 following a loss to Rutgers on Jan. 3, but it has because won six straight.Alabama(17-2, 7-0 SEC)has actually made
a stable climb considering that being
ranked No. 20 in the preseason AP Top 25,
moving into the leading 10 in early December. The Crimson Tide had lopsided wins over Missouri and Vanderbilt after Darius Miles was dismissed from the team, as he faces a murder charge in

a deadly shooting near

campus.Alabama coach Nate Oats reached out to Ray Lewis before the Crimson Tide played Vanderbilt recently, sharing a Bible verse recommended by the Pro Football 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’ve been bottling some stuff up. We have actually got a task to do. We’ve got to get to the game. We got to the game and functioned, and after that it’s almost like a big relief

. The game’s over, and we can discharge a sigh of relief.” COUGARS FALL Houston moved atop the AP Top 25 for the very first time considering that the Phi Slama Jama of the 1980s earlier this season prior to a loss to Alabama dropped it back to No. 5. Editor’s Picks The Cougars went back to No. 1 on Jan. 9, however their run ended after 2 weeks with Sunday’s 56-55 loss to Temple. The win was the Owls’very first over a No. 1 group considering that 2000. BEATING KU Kansas State

went up eight spots to No. 5 after outliving rival Kansas 83-82 at Bramlage Coliseum recently. It’s the Wildcats’highest ranking because reaching No. 3 in 2010-11. TCU gave Kansas successive losses in

the state for the first time since 1989 with a 23-point beatdown at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday. It was among Bill Self’s worst losses in 20 years as Kansas’coach and ended the Jayhawks’ 16-game home winning streak.The No. 14 Horned Frogs moved up three spots in this week’s survey after the win. Kansas, the protecting nationwide champ, dropped seven spots to No. 9. RISING/FALLING Kansas State had the week’s most significant jump, followed by No. 4 Tennessee and No. 6 Arizona each climbing 5 spots. No. 21 Baylor went up 4 areas after wins over Texas Tech and Oklahoma.Gonzaga had the most significant fall, losing 8 places to No. 14 after Loyola Marymount ended the Zags’ 75-game home winning streak on Thursday. No. 13 Xavier dropped 5 areas

after a one-point road loss to DePaul.IN AND OUT No. 22 Saint Mary’s is ranked for the very first time this season after rolling over Pepperdine and Santa Clara last week. No. 25 New Mexico is back in the survey after beating San Jose State and outlasting Boise State in overtime.A three-point loss to Michigan State knocked Rutgers out of the survey from No. 23. Arkansas dropped out from No. 25 following a loss to Missouri.

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