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After two-week hiatus, Penn State men's basketball team moves back into AP Top 25

JON SAUBER
Centre Daily Times (TNS)
Penn State men's head basketball coach Pat Chambers.

The Penn State men's basketball program is back in the The Associated Press Top 25 poll after a two-week hiatus.

The Nittany Lions are No. 24 in the poll with 114 voting points. They were unranked in the last two polls after they were ranked No. 20 three weeks ago. They received 24 voting points in last week's poll and had the eighth-most voting points among unranked teams.

Head coach Pat Chambers has led Penn State to a 14-5 record on the season and a 4-4 record in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions won their only game in the last week, defeating the Michigan Wolverines 72-63.

The win over the Wolverines in Ann Arbor was a big one for Penn State. It was the team's first Big Ten road win of the season and put the Nittany Lions back on track to finish at .500 in the conference. They were led by senior forward Lamar Stevens, redshirt senior guard Curtis Jones and sophomore guard Myreon Jones in the game. The trio combined for 53 points in the game and were the only three players to reach double figures in the game for Penn State.

The Nittany Lions are among six Big Ten teams that are ranked in Monday's poll, alongside Michigan State (No. 14), Maryland (No. 15), Iowa (No. 18), Illinois (No. 19) and Rutgers (No. 25). The Big Ten has the most ranked teams in the country of any conference. The conference also has four teams receiving voting points outside the top 25. Ohio State has the fourth-most points among the group with 16 while Indiana has the fifth most points with 15. Purdue and Wisconsin also received six points and one point, respectively.

The Nittany Lions will be back in action Wednesday for the first time in a week. They'll take on the Indiana Hoosiers in the first of two games this week. The Hoosiers are the No. 38 team in the country according to Ken Pomeroy's KenPom rankings.

They'll head on the road after the game with the Hoosiers to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers Saturday evening. The Cornhuskers are the No. 131 team in the country in the KenPom rankings.

The next AP Poll will be released at noon Feb. 3.

AP Top 25 men's basketball poll

(Monday, Jan. 27, 2020)

1. Baylor 1,578

2. Gonzaga 1,552

3. Kansas 1,434

4. San Diego State 1,408

5. Florida State 1,318

6. Louisville 1,277

7. Dayton 1,163

8. Villanova 1,110

9. Duke 1,084

10. Seton Hall 1,055

11. Oregon 926

12. West Virginia 874

13. Kentucky 839

14. Michigan State 751

15. Maryland 650

16. Butler 631

17. Auburn 619

18. Iowa 545

19. Illinois 483

20. Colorado 314

21. Houston 296

22. LSU 260

23. Wichita State 161

24. Penn State 114

25. Rutgers 102

Others receiving votes: Creighton 59, Arizona 55, Texas Tech 33, Ohio State 16, Indiana 15, East Tennessee State 14, Northern Iowa 13, Memphis 11, USC 9, Rhode Island 6, Purdue 6, Florida 4, Arkansas 3, Saint Mary's 3, Tulsa 3, SMU 3, Wisconsin 1, Akron 1, Harvard 1