College basketball rankings: UCLA wins 4th straight and moves up in the Top 25 (and 1)
The Bruins have won four consecutive games after losing to USC and Arizona last month
Some started to give up on, or at least discount, UCLA after the Bruins lost back-to-back games to Arizona and USC. But now look. Steve Alford's team is on a four-game winning streak and sitting at 23-3 with three top-35 RPI victories -- specifically wins over Oregon, Kentucky and California.
UCLA has zero sub-35 losses.
So I now have the Bruins ranked eighth in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one) heading into Saturday's rematch with USC. When they guard even a little bit, they're capable of beating anybody. I really believe that. And it's why I still think UCLA is a legitimate national title contender.
The complete Top 25 (and one) is below.
||The Zags' 26-0 record features 23 double-digit wins. They've beaten Arizona, Florida, Iowa State and Saint Mary's (twice).||--||37-2|
||The Wildcats have a two-game lead in the Big East standings with only five regular-season games remaining. Barring a weird collapse, they're about to win their fourth straight Big East title.||--||32-4|
||The Jayhawks own seven top-50 RPI wins - including victories over Baylor, Duke and Kentucky. They're alone atop the Big 12 standings.||--||31-5|
||The Bears have 10 top-50 RPI wins and zero sub-50 losses. Their rematch with Kansas is Saturday in Waco.||--||27-8|
||Dillon Brooks finished with a game-high 21 points in Saturday's win at USC. The Ducks now have six top-50 RPI victories - among them wins over Arizona and UCLA.||1||33-6|
||The Wildcats have won 17 of their past 18 games. The lone loss in the stretch is a loss at Oregon.||1||32-5|
||The Cardinals have won four of their past five games. The lone loss in that stretch is a shorthanded loss at Virginia.||2||25-9|
||The Bruins have won four straight games since losing at USC. They have the best offensive efficiency rating in the nation.||2||31-5|
||The Blue Devils are 7-4 against top-50 RPI teams and 16-2 with Mike Krzyzewski on the sideline. They'll take a five-game winning streak into Wednesday's game at Virginia.||2||28-9|
||The Tar Heels are 2-2 in their last four games. All five of their losses have come outside of the Dean Smith Center.||2||33-7|
||The Mountaineers have won five of their past six games with the lone loss in that stretch coming to Oklahoma State. They own victories over Kansas, Baylor and Virginia.||3||28-9|
||The Wildcats have four top-50 RPI wins and zero sub-50 losses. They're tied with Florida and South Carolina atop the SEC standings.||3||32-6|
||The Cavaliers are 2-3 in their past five games after losing at Virginia Tech in double-overtime Sunday. Next up is Wednesday's game with Duke.||5||23-11|
||The Badgers are still alone atop the Big Ten standings despite Sunday's loss to Northwestern. All four of their losses are to top-35 RPI teams.||9||27-10|
||The Boilermakers have won three straight games since losing at Nebraska. They're two games back of Wisconsin in the loss column of the Big Ten standings.||1||27-8|
||The Gators are 5-4 against top-50 RPI teams with one additional sub-50 loss. They'll take a six-game winning streak into Tuesday's game at Auburn.||1||27-9|
||The Irish have won two straight since losing at North Carolina. Six of their seven losses are to teams also ranked in the Top 25 (and one).||1||26-10|
||The Seminoles are 9-2 against top-50 RPI teams with three sub-50 losses. They've beaten Louisville, Florida, Virginia and Duke but lost to Syracuse, Georgia Tech and Temple.||1||26-9|
||The Bearcats are now tied with SMU in the loss column of the AAC standings after Sunday's loss to the Mustangs. Cincinnati is 2-3 against top-50 RPI teams with a 15-0 home record.||6||30-6|
||The Gamecocks have only lost once all season when Sindarius Thornwell and P.J. Dozier are both in the lineup. Thornwell is averaging 36.0 points and 12.5 rebounds in South Carolina's past two games.||--||26-11|
||The Bulldogs' weird resume now features six top-50 RPI wins and four sub-50 losses. They've beaten Villanova and Arizona but lost to Indiana State and St. John's.||--||25-9|
||Two of the Gaels' three losses are to top-ranked Gonzaga. Their best win is a November victory over Dayton.||--||29-5|
||Saturday's loss to Villanova dropped the Musketeers to 3-6 against top-50 RPI teams. Their best win is an 82-80 win at Creighton.||--||24-14|
||The Bluejays are 3-3 since Maurice Watson was diagnosed with a season-ending knee injury. Their 8-4 Big East record has them tied with Xavier for second in the league standings.||--||25-10|
||All five of USC's losses are to top-50 KenPom teams. The Trojans own victories over UCLA and SMU. 26 SMU||--||26-10|
||The Mustangs snapped Cincinnati's 15-game winning streak Sunday. They're now 2-2 against top-50 RPI teams with two sub-50 losses.||--||30-5|
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