Undefeated Butler roars into top 25 with Indiana, Purdue

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LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 25: Andrew Chrabascz #45 of the Butler Bulldogs drives to the basket against Chance Comanche #21 of the Arizona Wildcats during the championship game of the 2016 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena on November 25, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Butler won 69-65. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Center: PHILADELPHIA, PA – MARCH 25: Thomas Bryant #31 of the Indiana Hoosiers shoots the ball against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament East Regional at Wells Fargo Center on March 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Right: WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – JANUARY 13: Caleb Swanigan #50 of the Purdue Boilermakers shoots the ball against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Mackey Arena on January 13, 2016 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue defeated Penn State 74-57. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana teams are well represented in both college basketball polls, with three teams in the top 25.

The Butler Bulldogs roared into both polls this week.

4 Fast Facts

  • Butler Bulldogs now ranked in top 25
  • Butler surged into polls on strength of win against Arizona
  • IU fell to 13th in one poll and 10th in another
  • Purdue is ranked No. 15 and No. 16 in the polls

The Bulldogs jumped to No. 18 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls. The Bulldogs were previously unranked.

Butler is off to a 7-0 start. Their most notable win is a victory in the Las Vegas Invitational against then-No. 8 Arizona (currently No. 16 in AP/No. 15 in USA Today/Coaches Poll). The Bulldogs defeated Utah Monday night to score a key victory on the road. Butler’s next three games are against Central Arkansas, Indiana State and Cincinnati. They’ll play Indiana on Dec. 17.

The Hoosiers, on the other hand, dropped several spots in both polls after a surprising loss to the Fort Wayne Mastodons. The Hoosiers, 4-1, beat Kansas—still a top five team in both polls—in their season opener.

The Hoosiers dropped to No. 13 in the AP and No. 10 in the USA Today/Coaches polls. They’ll have a chance to work their way back up when they take on UNC (No. 3 AP, No. 3 in USA Today/Coaches) in Bloomington Wednesday as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

IU will then play SIU Edwardsville and Southeast Missouri State.

The Purdue Boilermakers rose in both polls. The Boilermakers went up two spots in the AP Poll to No. 15 and crept up three spots in the USA Today/Coaches Poll to No 16.

Purdue is 5-1 on the season, its only blemish a tightly contested loss to Villanova. The defending national champions are 6-0 on the season and rank No. 2 in both polls.

Purdue takes on No. 14 Louisville in a road game Wednesday as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Their next two opponents are Morehead State and Arizona State.

Notre Dame could soon join the rankings. The Irish, 6-0, are currently unranked but received votes in both polls. They’ll take on Iowa Tuesday night with games against North Carolina A&T, Fort Wayne and No. 2 Villanova on the horizon.

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