Purdue stays No. 1 in AP Top 25; Marquette in high 10

Purdue remained atop The Associated Press males’s school basketball ballot regardless of struggling a loss, whereas Marquette pushed into the highest 10 and North Carolina State made its first ballot look in 4 years.

The Boilermakers earned 38 of 62 first-place votes within the ballot launched Monday to stay at No. 1 for a 3rd straight week and seventh time this season. Purdue was the unanimous alternative final week earlier than falling at Indiana over the weekend for less than its second loss this season.

Houston rose to No. 2 with 22 first-place votes, adopted by Alabama, Arizona and Texas to spherical out the highest tier. The Longhorns jumped 5 spots for the week’s greatest climb.

Tennessee fell 4 spots to No. 6, adopted by UCLA, Virginia, Kansas and Marquette — with Shaka Smart’s Golden Eagles cracking the highest 10 for the primary time since 2019.

That additionally marked the final time the Wolfpack landed within the AP Top 25, spending a six-week stint there through the 2018-19 season. But N.C. State’s 19 wins have already got surpassed the entire for every of the final two seasons and have the Wolfpack in rivalry for this system’s first NCAA Tournament berth since 2018.

Creighton and Rutgers joined N.C. State as this week’s new additions to the ballot, although each have been ranked earlier this season. The Bluejays have been No. 9 within the preseason ballot and peaked at No. 7 earlier than falling out by mid-December, whereas the Scarlet Knights spent every week at No. 23 in mid-January.

Florida Atlantic, Clemson and Auburn fell out of this week’s ballot.

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Reporting by The Associated Press.

AP Top 25 Men’s College Basketball Poll

1. Purdue (22-2)
2. Houston (22-2)
3. Alabama (20-3)
4. Arizona (21-3)
5. Texas (19-4)
6. Tennessee (19-4)
7. UCLA (19-4)
8. Virginia (17-4)
9. Kansas (18-5)
10. Marquette (19-5)
11. Iowa State (16-6)
12. Kansas State (18-5)
13. Xavier (19-5)
14. Baylor (17-6)
15. Saint Mary’s (21-4)
16. Gonzaga (19-5)
17. TCU (17-6)
18. Indiana (16-7)
19. Miami (18-5)
20. Providence (17-6)
21. UConn (18-6)
22. NC State (19-5)
23. Creighton (15-8)
24. Rutgers (16-7)
25. San Diego State (18-5)

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