Indiana turned its season around with double-digit wins in Illinois on Thursday and at home to Michigan State on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to return to the Associated Press’s top-25 poll.
The Hoosiers received 61 votes, which ranks second behind Duke’s 102 among teams outside the top 25. Next up for Indiana is a road trip to Minnesota (7-11, 1-7) on Wednesday, followed by a home game against Ohio State (11-8, 3-5).
Another two-win week should be enough for Indiana to climb back up the leaderboard. Mike Woodson and the Hoosiers have vacillated between No. 10 and No. 18 in the first nine polls, but were eliminated after back-to-back losses in Iowa and at home to Northwestern.
Purdue reclaimed the No. 1 after a 64-63 win at Michigan State, a 61-39 win at Minnesota, a 58-55 home win over Maryland on Sunday and a stumble from Houston and Kansas. The formerly top-ranked Houston Cougars suffered an ugly home loss to a 12-9 roster from Temple on Sunday. The former No. 2 Kansas was blown out on his home court in an 83-60 loss to TCU on Saturday and lost 83-82 in overtime at Kansas State on Tuesday. That allowed Purdue to enter their fifth week of the season jump back to number 1.
Purdue is the only Big Ten team in this week’s top 25 poll, leading the conference 8-1. Four Big Ten teams have four conference losses, followed by five teams with four losses and two teams with five losses. Indiana, Rutgers, Michigan State, Illinois and Wisconsin each received votes this week.
As for Indiana’s nonconference opponents, Kansas fell from No. 2 to No. 9 after a week of two losses. Things aren’t getting any easier for the Jayhawks this week, with trips to No. 17 Baylor on Monday and a showdown with Kentucky at the Rupp Arena on Saturday. Arizona moved up five spots to No. 6 after a 15-point win over USC and a 58-52 win over UCLA on Saturday. Xavier dropped from 8th to 13th after a 73-72 loss at Depaul on Wednesday. And like Indiana, North Carolina is looking inside from the outside, receiving 12 votes in this week’s poll.
Here’s the full AP Top 25 poll:
1. Purdue (19-1) (39 first place votes)
2. Alabama (17-2) (23 first place votes)
3 Houston (18-2)
4. Tennessee (16-3)
5. Kansas State (17-2)
9. Kansas (16-3)
10 Texas (16-3)
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11. TCU (15-4)
12. Iowa State (14-4)
13. Xavier (16-4)
14. Gonzaga (17-4)
15. Auburn (16-3)
16 Marquette (16-5)
17 Baylor (14-5)
18 Charleston (21-1)
19. UConn (16-5)
20.Miami (FL) (15-4)
21. Florida Atlantic (19-1)
22. Saint Mary (18-4)
23. Providence (15-5)
24. Clemson (16-4)
25. New Mexico (18-2)
Others receiving votes: Duke 102, Indiana 61, San Diego State 57, Rutgers 31, Kent State 24, North Carolina 12, Michigan State 10, Creighton 9, Illinois 9, Arkansas 9, Missouri 8, Wisconsin 6, North Carolina State 4, Kentucky 3, VCU 2, Boise State 2, Memphis 1, Wake Forest 1, Oral Roberts 1
- GAME STORY: Michigan State couldn’t find a way to protect Indiana on Sunday and it resulted in another convincing win for the Hoosiers, this time 82-69 for their third straight win. Trayce Jackson-Davis had 31 points and 15 rebounds, and Tamar Bates and Trey Galloway each added 17. It’s her longest Big Ten winning streak in four years. CLICK HERE
- FAMILY DAY FOR BATES: It was a big day for the Bates family as second warden Tamar scored 17 points and his daughter Leilani won the baby race at halftime. CLICK HERE
- SPARTANS RELEASED: In their last three games, Michigan State faced three of the Big Ten’s most physical teams — Purdue, Rutgers and Indiana — and caught up with the Spartans in an 82-69 loss to the Hoosiers at Assembly Hall on Sunday. CLICK HERE
- THOMPSON RETURN VS MICHIGAN STATE: Sixth-year Indiana forward Race Thompson has been out since his knee injury on Jan. 5 in Iowa but returned to action Sunday against Michigan State. CLICK HERE
- WHAT WOODSON SAID: Indiana won its third straight game by double digits on Sunday, beating Michigan State 82-69. Coach Mike Woodson was thrilled with the win, which he described as an absolute team effort. Here’s the full video of his post-match press conference, plus the transcript. CLICK HERE
- WHAT JACKSON-DAVIS, BATES, GALLOWAY SAID: Trayce Jackson-Davis, Tamar Bates and Trey Galloway met the media on Sunday after Indiana defeated Michigan State 82-69 at Assembly Hall. Here’s the full video of her interview, plus the transcript. CLICK HERE
- WHAT IZZO SAID TO HAUSER: Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and senior forward Joey Hauser met with the media following the Spartans’ 82-69 loss in Indiana on Sunday. Here’s the full video and transcript of their post-game press conferences. CLICK HERE
- PHOTO GALLERY: Here are 25 pictures from Indiana’s win over Michigan State on Sunday. It’s a great collection of images for you to enjoy. CLICK HERE
- WATCH MILLER KOPP DUNK: Indiana forward Miller Kopp beat the Michigan State defense to an easy dunk, prompting a roar from the convention hall spectators. Check out the highlights. CLICK HERE
- WATCH TREY GALLOWAY’S 3-POINTERS: Indiana’s junior guard Trey Galloway had the hot hand early on, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers to put the Hoosiers ahead. CLICK HERE
- WATCH JACKSON-DAVIS DUNK ON HAUSER: Indiana’s star forward Trayce Jackson-Davis caught a pass in transition and dunked Michigan State’s Joey Hauser. CLICK HERE
- LIVE BLOG: Relive the full play-by-play of the game straight from the press series on Tom Brew’s live blog. CLICK HERE