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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Sitting at 6-0 on the season, Purdue basketball just misses out on the No. 1 spot in the AP top 25 poll. The Boilermakers jumped to No. 2 this week, but Duke catapulted to the top of the rankings after defeating Gonzaga 84-81 on Friday. 

Purdue received nine first-place votes. 

Purdue was previously ranked third in the poll, and Gonzaga dropped to No. 3. The Boilermakers defeated the University of Omaha 97-40 on Friday at Mackey Arena. 

The team was victorious at the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn., claiming victories over North Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 20, and Villanova on Sunday Nov. 21. 

Dating back to the 1950-51 college basketball season — the first year of the AP Poll — Purdue has ranked as high as No. 2 most recently in 1988. The longest the Boilermakers were ranked No. 2 was for five straight weeks from Feb. 8 to March 7, 1988. 

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Purdue is one of four Big Ten teams in the poll, which includes Michigan State at No. 22, Wisconsin at No. 23 and Michigan at No. 24. Illinois fell out of the poll, but are still receiving votes. Ohio State, Indiana and Iowa are also receiving votes. 

AP Top 25 College Basketball Poll, Nov. 29

Here is the Week 4 Associated Press top-25 college basketball poll, with Big Ten teams in bold.

  1. Duke (7-0)
  2. Purdue (6-0) 
  3. Gonzaga (6-1)
  4. Baylor (7-0)
  5. UCLA (6-1)
  6. Villanova (4-2)
  7. Texas (4-1)
  8. Kansas (5-1) 
  9. Kentucky (5-1)
  10. Arkansas (6-0)
  11. Arizona (6-0)
  12. BYU (6-0) 
  13. Tennessee (4-1)
  14. Florida (6-0)
  15. Houston (5-1) 
  16. Alabama (6-1) 
  17. Connecticut (6-1) 
  18. Memphis (5-1)
  19. Iowa State (6-0)
  20. USC (6-0)
  21. Auburn (5-1)
  22. Michigan State (5-2) 
  23. Wisconsin (5-1)
  24. Michigan (4-2)
  25. Seton Hall (5-1) 

Others receiving votes:

Illinois 111, St. Bonaventure 106, LSU 93, Ohio State 75, Indiana 63, Colorado State 59, Xavier 46, Texas Tech 34, Marquette 23, North Carolina 9, Iowa 9, San Francisco 7, Loyola Chicago 3, Virginia Tech 3, Louisville 2, Wake Forest 2, Iona 1, Ohio 1

  • BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE SCHEDULE: The Big Ten has dominated the Big Ten/ACC Challenge over the past dozen years, and conference pride is at stake once again with the annual event starting Monday. There are 14 games this year, two on Monday, and six more each on Tuesday and Wednesday. Here are all the game times and TV information, plus the latest on the point spreads. CLICK HERE 
  • JADEN IVEY TO JOIN SASHA LIVE! PODCAST: Sophomore guard Jaden Ivey, a potential All-American candidate this season for Purdue's highly regarded basketball team, will join teammate Sasha Stefanovic for this week's episode of the Sasha Live! podcast. Fans are welcome to come to Mad Mushroom Pizza in West Lafayette to watch the 7 p.m. ET show live and get pictures and autographs afterward. CLICK HERE 
  • PURDUE HAMMERS OMAHA: Purdue raised its record to 6-0 last Friday with an easy 97-40 victory over Omaha at sold-out Mackey Arena. The team's 35-point lead at halftime was tied for the third-largest in program history. CLICK HERE
  • HUNTER SAYS 'NO CEILING' FOR BOILERS: Purdue guard Eric Hunter Jr. was a guest on the Sasha Live! podcast this week and talked about the big weekend wins over North Carolina and Villanova, and the high expectations for the future this season. "There is no ceiling for this team,'' he said. Watch the entire podcast here. CLICK HERE
  • PURDUE TAKES DOWN VILLANOVA: Purdue battled back from down 11 points in the second half to defeat Villanova in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament on Sunday at the Mohegan Sun Casino. Sophomore center Zach Edey led the way with 21 points. CLICK HERE
  • BOILERMAKERS DEFEAT NORTH CAROLINA: No. 6 Purdue had three players score 20 points or more in a 93-84 victory over No. 18 North Carolina on Saturday. CLICK HERE

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