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Weekly Polls: Purdue Drops a Spot for Reasons Unknown

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There was little movement in this week's college basketball polls, but Providence jumping Purdue in the Coaches polls is pretty inexplicable.

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With the holidays wrapping up and the non-conference season winding down, there weren't many changes in the national college basketball polls this week. Michigan State remained at the top of the list in both the AP and Coaches polls, while Maryland is #4 for the second straight week. However, though Purdue stayed at #14 in the AP poll, Providence jumped the Boilermakers in the Coaches poll, dropping them from #13 to #14. This is a small change and not one to get up in arms about. But, given Purdue beat a then-ranked Vanderbilt by 13 points and Providence beat a 6-5 UMass team last week, the move makes no sense. That's the Coaches poll for you.

There were no other Big Ten teams in the polls. However, Northwestern (11) and Iowa (7) earned votes in the AP poll, while Indiana received three votes in the Coaches poll. And Michigan didn't receive a single vote in either poll for the fifth straight week.

Here are the full AP and Coaches polls for December 28, 2015:

AP Poll

Rank Team Record Pts Last
1 Michigan State Spartans (64) 13-0 1623 1
2 Kansas Jayhawks (1) 10-1 1534 2
3 Oklahoma Sooners 11-0 1498 3
4 Maryland Terrapins 11-1 1428 4
5 Virginia Cavaliers 10-1 1351 5
6 Xavier Musketeers 12-0 1296 6
7 North Carolina Tar Heels 11-2 1219 7
8 Arizona Wildcats 12-1 1081 8
9 Butler Bulldogs 10-1 984 9
10 Kentucky Wildcats 10-3 963 12
11 Iowa State Cyclones 10-1 938 11
12 Providence Friars 12-1 923 10
13 Miami-Florida Hurricanes 10-1 867 13
14 Purdue Boilermakers 12-1 818 14
15 Duke Blue Devils 9-2 781 15
16 Villanova Wildcats 9-2 643 17
17 SMU Mustangs 11-0 636 18
18 Louisville Cardinals 11-2 516 16
19 West Virginia Mountaineers 10-1 500 19
20 Texas A&M Aggies 9-2 371 21
21 Utah Utes 10-2 224 24
22 Cincinnati Bearcats 10-3 199 22
23 Baylor Bears 9-2 195 23
24 South Carolina Gamecocks 11-0 175 25
25 UCLA Bruins 9-4 51 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Connecticut 49, Oregon 45, Gonzaga 44, Pittsburgh 42, Geo. Wash. 40, Dayton 19, Colorado 15, Monmouth 11, Northwestern 11, Vanderbilt 10, Iowa 7, Texas Tech 6, Texas 4, Florida 4, St. Joseph's 2, Mississippi 1, St. Mary's 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS
1 Michigan St (26) 13-0 746
2 Oklahoma (3) 11-0 707
3 Kansas (1) 10-1 691
4 Maryland 11-2 661
5 Virginia 10-1 627
6 Xavier 12-0 590
7 Arizona 12-1 526
8 North Carolina 1-2 513
9 Iowa St. 10-1 465
10 Butler 10-1 452
10 Kentucky 10-2 452
12 Duke 9-2 422
13 Providence 12-1 380
14 Purdue 12-1 367
15 Miami-Florida 10-1 353
16 Villanova 9-2 299
17 West Virginia 10-1 290
18 Louisville 11-2 242
19 Texas A&M 9-2 212
20 South Carolina 11-0 153
21 Baylor 9-2 140
22 Utah 10-2 89
23 Cincinnati 10-3 87
24 Gonzaga 10-3 79
25 Pittsburgh 10-1 49
Others Receiving Votes Connecticut 46; George Washington 25; UCLA 18; Oregon 17; Notre Dame 15; Vanderbilt 10; Dayton 7; Colorado 5; Texas 4; California 3; Indiana 3; Monmouth 2; Texas Tech 1; Southern California 1; Saint Mary?s 1