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Purdue still No. 1; Charleston ends 20-year AP poll drought

Purdue consolidates its #1 spot in the Associated Press men’s college basketball poll after UConn’s first-season loss, while No. 23 Charleston moves up the rankings for the first time in 20 years.

Boilermakers held the top spot for the fourth straight week, winning all but one first-place vote from a 61-member media panel in a poll released Monday. 2nd place Houston and his 3rd place Kansas each moved up a place, while 4th place he dropped two places as UConn lost to Xavier, who moved up from 22nd to 18th. Arizona rounded out the top five.

Purdue lasted just a week at the top of the table for the first time last season, but it’s been going strong this season since taking the top spot on December 12th.

The Boilermakers (13-0, 2-0 Big Ten) beat Florida A&M 82-49 on Thursday to join No. 21 New Mexico for the first time in eight days and become the nation’s only remaining undefeated Division I team. became a team.

“The competition will get tougher and teams will know what to scout,” Mason Gillis of Purdue University said. I will look into it.”

UConn (14-1, Big East 3-1) had their best start since 1998 before losing 83-73 to Xavier, who won eight in a row.

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Charleston put together a solid first season under Pat Kelsey a year ago with 17 wins. The Cougars have already nearly equaled it this season to enter his AP Top 25 for the first time since his one-week stint at No. 25 in 2002-03.

Charleston (14-1, 2-0 CAA) lost to the then No. In his second game at North Carolina he placed first and has since won 13 straight games. The Cougars beat Colonial Athletic Association preseason favorite Towson in overtime on Saturday, where he went 76-74.

Lobos Rising

New Mexico broke into the AP Top 25 last week for the first time in eight years, winning both games.

The Lobos beat Colorado State University 88-69 on Thursday, drawing the biggest crowd in seven years to The Pit in front of a crowd of more than 15,000. They then followed with his 76-75 win in Wyoming on Saturday, his best start since his 17-0 in 1967-68.

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Xavier, in 18th place, moved up the most places in the poll, moving up four places after beating UConn. No. 11 Virginia and his No. 12 Miami were the only other teams where he moved up more than one place, each moving up his two places.

No. 19 Baylor suffered the biggest drop, falling 15 points behind Iowa State University to drop 7th and move from outside the rankings to 25th.

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No. 20 Missouri is ranked for the first time since 2020-21 after returning from the holiday break and beating Kentucky by 14 margins.

No. 24 Ohio State returned to the polls after a two-week hiatus after beating Alabama A&M and Northwestern University. No. 25 Iowa State is back after three unranked weeks thanks to a win over Baylor.

Kentucky was unranked for the first time in two years, dropping out of 19th place after losing to Missouri. Mississippi dropped from 21st place after losing to No. 7 Alabama.

North Carolina’s return to the polls didn’t last long.

The Tar Heels, who were number one in the preseason, returned to the polls last week at number 25 after a tumultuous start to the season. North Carolina dropped out after losing to Pittsburgh and is looking out again.

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