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Tuesday / January 31.
  • Red-hot Purdue poised to return to No. 1 in AP Poll

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Zach Edey and Purdue are poised to return to the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press Top 25 Poll on Monday following losses by No. 1 Houston and No. 2 Kansas.

    Houston (18-2) was upset at home by Temple on Sunday, 56-55, for just their second loss of the season. Damian Dunn scored 16 in the win for the Owls and Zach Hicks 12.

    Kansas (16-3), meantime, has lost back-to-back games — at Kansas State on Tuesday (83-82 in overtime) and at home to TCU on Saturday (83-60). Bill Self’s team must turn around and visit No. 21 Baylor on Monday before visiting a suddenly hot Kentucky team on Saturday.

    Purdue (19-1), whose only loss this season came at home to Rutgers on Jan. 2, has won six straight after fending off Maryland, 58-55 on Sunday at Mackey Arena.

    Edey, the 7-foot-4 Purdue big man who is among the favorites for National Player of the Year honors, went for 24 points and 16 rebounds in the game

    Purdue became the fifth Big Ten team since 2000 to start a season 19-1 (2019 Michigan; 2013 Michigan; 2011 Ohio State; 2005 Illinois). The 19-1 record is the best 20-game start in Purdue history.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.