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College Basketball Rankings: Purdue is #1 in the Top 25 and #1 on the leaderboard against undefeated Iowa

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Purdue won a lot of Big Ten titles, a lot of Finals, and generally a very good college basketball program in my entire life. But one thing boil-makers never managed to do, believe it or not, was topping the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

However, that could change on Monday.

The only thing between Purdue and history is Friday night’s home game against Iowa. If the team wins, they’ll be number one when the AP poll updates Monday. That’s a big deal and not something Matt Painter is trying to hide from his players or minimize possible achievement.

Does he want to be #1 in the AP poll?

Yes of course.

“It’s like participating in NCAA Tournament and said, ‘Hey, we want to get to Final Four.’ Nothing. …Everybody wants to be in the Finals,” says Painter, his point is that just as everyone wants to make it to the Finals, everyone wants to be number one one day. But you have to win the first game to get the second game [of the NCAA Tournament]. It is process based. It is not based on results. [You can’t] Think about, ‘Hey, I want to make it to the Finals.’ You better think about forward defense and screen defense and basketball care. So it’s really important for us to stay process-driven, keep our focus there, and have fun. “

The vibrant basketball team moved up to #1 in the CBS Sports Top 25 and 1 daily college basketball rankings Wednesday morning and is still evidently still there in the updated rankings Friday morning. They are listed as the favorite 12.5 points against Iowa, which is 7-0 and led by sophomores Keegan Murray. The 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 24.6 points for the best Big Ten in 26.1 minutes per game. If the Hawkeyes challenge Purdue inside the Mackey Arena, they’ll likely need a major push from three-star high school admissions, who have grown into a legit team in less than two years. NBA potential.

Friday’s tipoff is set for 9 p.m. ET.

You can watch it on the Big Ten Network.

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