Alabama hoops No. 1 in AP extreme 25 for first time in 20 years

Alabama is the mannequin new No. 1, rising to the very biggest spot in the associated Press extreme 25 males’s faculty basketball ballot for the essential time in 20 years.

Purdue’s loss to Northwestern final week induced a jumble on the very greater of the AP extreme 25 and that helped the Crimson Tide.

Alabama acquired 38 first-place votes from a sixty two-particular person media panel Monday, shifting up two spots to leapfrog No. 2 Houston. The Cougars had 22 first-place votes to hold at No. 2 and Purdue, all of the means down to No. three, nonetheless had two first-place votes.

UCLA and Kansas rounded out the very biggest 5.

Alabama has made a status for itself as better than solely a soccer faculty since coach Nate Oats arrived from Buffalo in in 2019. The Crimson Tide reached the NCAA match’s Elite Eight two years in the past and Oats pulled in a single in all many nation’s biggest recruiting classes final 12 months.

Alabama isn’t any. 1 for the essential time since spending two weeks atop the ballot midway by means of the 2002-03 season. Alabama (22-three, 12-zero Southeastern convention) beat Auburn and Florida final week, with its solely loss since mid-December coming at Oklahoma in a nonconference recreation on Jan. 28.

“Our staff is taking half in good basketball proper now,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said after a seventy seven-sixty nine loss to the Crimson Tide on Saturday. “We’re taking half in properly. We’re simply not taking half in properly sufficient to beat the right staff inside the nation.”

BOUNCING BOILERMAKERS

Purdue managed to hold No. 1 final week regardless of shedding to No. 14 Indiana. The Boilermakers weren’t so fortunate after a sixty 4-fifty eight loss to Northwestern on Sunday.

The Wildcats swarmed 7-foot-4 Purdue center Zach Edey, who had 24 factors however dedicated six turnovers. The Boilermakers shot 36% from the sector and missed their ultimate thirteen pictures from three-level fluctuate.

“simply acquired to level out extra poise and toughness than we did,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said.

RISING/FALLING

No. 9 Baylor and No. 18 Creighton made the largest strikes of the week, every gaining 5 spots.

The Bears beat Oklahoma and picked up a highway win at No. 22 TCU final week. The Bluejays beat Seton hall and eked out a fifty six-fifty three win over No. 20 UConn to stretch their worthwhile streak to eight video games to hold in rivalry for the massive East common-season title.

No. 19 Iowa State had the largest drop, shedding eight places following losses to West Virginia and Oklahoma State.

out and in

Florida Atlantic was the one staff to maneuver into the ballot, returning at No. 25 after dropping out final week. The Owls beat Rice and Louisiana Tech final week after being ranked for the essential time in faculty historic previous earlier this season.

Rutgers fell out of the ballot for the second time this season, dropping from No. 24 after shedding to Indiana and Illinois.

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