Purdue Opens Season Ranked No. 24 in AP Poll
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue men’s basketball team is ranked No. 24 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll released earlier today.
The Boilermakers garnered 170 votes to sit in 24th place, 17 points behind 23rd-ranked LSU and five points ahead of No. 25-ranked Washington (165 points). Purdue is one of three Big Ten teams ranked, joining Michigan State (10th) and Michigan (19th).
Among top-25 teams, Purdue will face Michigan State, Michigan, Florida State (17th) and possibly Virginia Tech (15th). Among teams receiving votes, Purdue will face Indiana twice (28th), Nebraska (30th), Maryland (31st), Wisconsin (32nd), Notre Dame (33rd), possibly Alabama (36th), Texas (45th) and possibly Davidson (50th).
With the ranking, Purdue has been mentioned in the preseason top 25 poll in four straight seasons for the first time in school history. The Boilermakers, which have won the ninth-most games in college basketball and the most in the Big Ten over the last three seasons, were ranked 23rd in 2015-16, 15th in 2016-17, and 20th in 2017-18.
Purdue has now been ranked in 57 of the last 58 Associated Press Top 25 polls, the fourth-highest total nationally. Kansas, Villanova and North Carolina have been ranked in every poll since the start of the 2015-16 season. Purdue has been ranked in every poll but one.
The Boilermakers open the regular season Nov. 6, when Fairfield visits Mackey Arena. Purdue’s lone exhibition game will be Nov. 1, as Marian University comes to West Lafayette for a 7 p.m. ET, tipoff.