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College Basketball | UT Still No.6

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Purdue solidified its No.1 ranking in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll released Monday, claiming all but one first-place vote from the 61-person media panel.

However, they may not occupy the top spot for long.

Later Monday evening, Purdue suffered a shocking 65-64 home loss to unranked Rutgers.

Purdue’s stint at No.1 this season lasted much longer than the one week they occupied the No.1 spot last season. Purdue had been No.1 since December 12.

Last week’s No.2, UConn, also suffered its first loss of the season, losing 83-73 to No.18 Xavier last week. UConn was off to its best start since 1998.

That leaves No.21 New Mexico as the nation’s only remaining undefeated Division I team. New Mexico cracked the AP Top 25 for the first time in eight years last week and won both of its games.

UConn dropped to No.4 after losing to Xavier, while No.2 Houston and No.3 Kansas each moved up one spot.

Conference play got underway last week, and Kansas defeated Big 12 rival Oklahoma State 69-67 to kick off the league schedule on New Year’s Eve. The Jayhawks will face Texas Tech on Tuesday night.

Arizona rounds out the top five, while Texas held its place at No.6 for the second consecutive week.

Texas held off an upset bid by Oklahoma, eking out a 70-69 win on the road to start conference play unbeaten.

It was the sixth win in a row for Texas and raised the record of acting coach Rodney Terry to 5-0 as he leads the Longhorns during coach Chris Beard’s suspension.

The Longhorns have now won 24 of the last 36 meetings against Oklahoma on the hardwood, including the last three and four in a row on the Sooners’ home court.

Texas will host 12-1 Kansas State in its second conference game on Tuesday night. Kansas State is the fifth team listed in the “Others Receiving Votes” section of the AP Poll.

After Texas, TCU is the next Big 12 team in the poll, checking in at No.17. TCU escaped with a 67-61 home win against an upset-minded Texas Tech team on Saturday.

A top-20 matchup awaits the Horned Frogs as they hit the road to face No.19 Baylor on Wednesday. Baylor had the biggest drop of any team in the Top 25 this week, falling seven places after a 15-point road loss to Iowa State.

Iowa State held Baylor to 38% shooting, including 5-of-22 from three. The Bears also turned the ball over 19 times and only scored 20 points in the paint as Iowa State simply controlled the game.

The win for Iowa State pushed them to No.25 this week after three weeks of being unranked. They are the fifth and final ranked Big 12 team, tying the SEC for the most ranked teams among all conferences.

In other poll movements, No.23 Charleston, amid a 13-game win streak, moved into the rankings for the first time in 20 years. Charleston is in the AP Top 25 for the first time since a one-week stint at No. 25 in 2002-03.

No.11 Virginia and No.12 Miami were the only other teams to climb more than one spot, each moving up two.

No.13 Arkansas dropped four spots following a 60-57 loss at LSU.

No.20 Missouri is ranked for the first time since 2020-21 after beating Kentucky by 14. Kentucky is unranked for the first time in two years, dropping out from No.19 after losing to Missouri.

Mississippi State fell out from No.21 following a loss to No.7 Alabama.

No.24 Ohio State returned to the poll after a two-week absence, while North Carolina’s return lasted only a short time.

North Carolina, the preseason No.1, moved back into the poll at No.25 last week but is again on the outside looking in, dropping out after losing to Pittsburgh.

Full AP Top 25 (First-Place Votes):

  1. Purdue (60) 13-1
  2. Houston 14-1
  3. Kansas 12-1
  4. UConn (1) 14-1
  5. Arizona 13-1
  6. Texas 12-1
  7. Alabama 11-2
  8. Tennessee 11-2
  9. Gonzaga 12-3
  10. UCLA 13-2
  11. Virginia 10-2
  12. Miami (FL) 13-1
  13. Arkansas 11-2
  14. Wisconsin 10-2
  15. Indiana 10-3
  16. Duke 11-3
  17. TCU 12-1
  18. Xavier 12-3
  19. Baylor 10-3
  20. Missouri 12-1
  21. New Mexico 14-0
  22. Auburn 11-2
  23. Charleston 14-1
  24. Ohio State 10-3
  25. Iowa State 10-2

Others receiving votes: LSU 83, San Diego State 72, Mississippi State 62, Kentucky 53, Kansas State 41, Illinois 21, Marquette 20, Providence 14, Virginia Tech 7, Memphis 6, West Virginia 5, Michigan State 5, Florida Atlantic 3, Creighton 1.

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