College basketball rankings: No. 1 Baylor, Duke go down, FSU and WVU shoot up
Villanova finds itself back on top with a lot of shakeup in Wednesday's Top 25 (and one)
I was a big fan of, and campaigner for, Baylor's 15-0 start that featured six top-50 KenPom wins -- among them victories over Oregon, Louisville and Xavier. But the Bears' perfect record disappeared Tuesday via an 89-68 loss at West Virginia. So the Top 25 (and one) must adjust accordingly.
Baylor is no longer No. 1.
The Bears are now eighth in the Top 25 (and one). And Villanova is again No. 1 thanks to a résumé featuring six top-50 KenPom wins -- including Tuesday's blowout of Xavier -- and a lone loss that came at Butler by single-digits. In my opinion, at this moment, that's the nation's best résumé. For the purposes of comparison, know that UCLA and Kansas only have four top-50 KenPom wins each. Kentucky has just two. Gonzaga has three.
Here is the latest Top 25 (and one).
||The Wildcats' resume features six top-50 KenPom wins and zero sub-15 losses. They own victories over Creighton, Purdue, Notre Dame and Xavier.||1||32-4|
||Lonzo Ball finished with 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds in Sunday's win over Stanford. The Bruins' only loss is a last-second loss at Oregon.||1||31-5|
||Frank Mason finished with 28 points and five assists in Tuesday's win at Oklahoma. Kansas has won 15 straight games since its season-opening loss to Indiana.||1||31-5|
||The Wildcats have won four straight games since losing at Louisville. They're one of only three teams with a top-10 offensive and defensive efficiency rating.||1||32-6|
||Nigel Williams-Goss finished with 36 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in Thursday's win at San Francisco. The Zags are now 33-4 vs. USF under Mark Few.||2||37-2|
||Tuesday's blowout of Duke was FSU's sixth top-50 KenPom victory. The Seminoles' lone loss is an 89-86 loss to Temple in November.||2||26-9|
||The Mountaineers forced Baylor into 29 turnovers during Tuesday's blowout of the Bears. West Virginia's two losses have come by a combined five points.||2||28-9|
||The Bears lost big Tuesday at West Virginia in their first game as the No. 1 team in the AP poll. They finished with 29 turnovers and 12 assists.||7||27-8|
||Kamar Baldwin averaged 13.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in Butler's past two wins over Villanova and Georgetown. The Bulldogs will take a three-game winning streak into Wednesday's game at Creighton.||1||25-9|
||The Bluejays' lone loss is an 80-70 loss to Villanova. They're shooting 42.1 percent from 3-point range and 59.8 percent from 2-point range, which ranks third and fourth nationally.||1||25-10|
||The Blue Devils are 1-1 without Mike Krzyzewski after Tuesday's loss at Florida State. Harry Giles was limited to just 10 minutes on the court.||5||28-9|
||UNC's 51-point victory over NC State on Sunday was the second-largest point differential in series history. Justin Jackson finished with a game-high 21 points.||--||33-7|
||The Wildcats will take a nine-game winning streak into Thursday's game with Arizona State. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 15.9 points and 7.4 rebounds.||1||32-5|
||The Gators have won six straight games since losing at Florida State. Florida's only losses are to FSU, Gonzaga and Duke.||1||27-9|
||The Ducks beat Washington State easily Saturday despite Dillon Brooks being ejected. Chris Boucher finished with 29 points in 25 minutes.||1||33-6|
||The Irish have won five straight games since losing to Villanova and Purdue. Bonzie Colson has recorded double-doubles in three straight games and 10 times this season.||1||26-10|
||The Cavaliers dealt Wake Forest its 25th consecutive ACC road loss Sunday. The double-digit win snapped Virginia's two-game losing streak.||1||23-11|
||The Cardinals won at Georgia Tech Saturday to avoid an 0-3 start to ACC play. Donovan Mitchell is averaging a team-high 13.4 points and 4.9 rebounds.||1||25-9|
||Caleb Swanigan got 18 points and 13 rebounds in Sunday's win over Wisconsin. The sophomore forward has 14 double-doubles in 17 games.||1||27-8|
||Sunday's loss to Purdue dropped the Badgers' record to 2-3 against top-50 KenPom teams. Their best win is last week's win at Indiana.||1||27-10|
||The Musketeers are 1-2 against Top 25 (and one) schools with the two losses coming by a combined 40 points. Xavier's KenPom rating dropped to 24th after Tuesday's lopsided loss at Villanova.||8||24-14|
||Jock Landale finished with 26 points on 11 shots in Thursday's win over BYU. The Gaels have won seven straight since losing to UT-Arlington.||--||29-5|
||The Bearcats have won six straight games since losing at Butler. KenPom now projects them to be the outright American Athletic Conference champions.||--||30-6|
||Amir Coffey finished with 19 points and five assists in Sunday's win over Ohio State. It was Minnesota's third straight win over a top-50 KenPom team.||--||24-10|
||All four of Clemson's losses are by six-or-fewer points, and three of them are to ranked opponents. The Tigers' resume features wins over South Carolina, Wake Forest and Nebraska.||--||17-16|
||The Gamecocks are undefeated with Sindarius Thornwell in the lineup. He's averaging a team-high 18.4 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds.||--||26-11|
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