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Purdue No. 1 in Top 25 for first time in history

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Purdue guard Jaden Ivey (23) reacts after dunking during the second half of an NCAA men's basketball game, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette.Bkc Purdue Vs Iowa
Purdue guard Jaden Ivey (23) reacts after dunking during the second half of an NCAA men’s basketball game, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette.Bkc Purdue Vs Iowa

Purdue’s impressive start received unanimous validation, as the Boilermakers became the nation’s No. 1 men’s college basketball team for the first time in program history.

Coach Matt Painter’s Boilermakers (8-0) captured all 61 first-place votes, moving up from No. 2 last week. It’s the second week in a row a new team took over the top spot after Gonzaga occupied the perch from more than one year.

Defending national champion Baylor (8-0) moved from No. 4 to No. 2, while last week’s No. 1, Duke (7-1), fell to No. 3 after a loss to Ohio State.

UCLA (8-1) and Gonzaga (7-2) rounded out the top five.

Purdue, the all-time leader in Big Ten championships with 24, reached No. 2 in both the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons under legendary coach Gene Keady but never had reached the top spot.

Filling out the Top 10 were No. 6 Villanova (6-2), followed by Texas (6-1), Kansas (6-1), Alabama (7-1) and Kentucky (6-1).

Alabama, with a 91-82 win over Gonzaga on Saturday, was the big mover of the week, rising seven spots from No. 16.

Southern California (8-0) moved up four spots to No. 16 with wins over Pac-12 foes Utah and Washington State, while BYU (7-1) plummeted from No. 12 to 24 after an overtime loss to Utah State and a narrow win over Missouri State. Florida (6-1) tumbled six places to No. 20.

Re-entering the top 25 was Ohio State (6-2) at No. 21 after its 71-66 victory over Duke, while LSU (8-0) joined in at No. 25. Falling out of the Top 25 were Memphis and Michigan.

The Wolverines were ranked No. 4 earlier this season.

–Field Level Media