College basketball rankings: Kentucky and Florida streaking into Saturday showdown

Kentucky’s 72-62 win at Missouri late Tuesday, combined with Florida’s earlier 81-66 win over South Carolina, set the stage for a massive Saturday afternoon inside Rupp Arena — where the Wildcats and Gators will play before a capacity crowd and with first place in the SEC standings on the line.

Each team is 13-2 in the league.

Both will be favored in their final two regular-season games.

So Saturday’s showdown really might decide the SEC regular-season championship. Will the outcome lead to John Calipari’s fifth SEC title or Michael White’s first? Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on CBS -- America’s Most Watched Network.

Kentucky is 12th in the Top 25 (and one).

Florida is 14th.

Biggest Movers
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Teams
 
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1 Gonzaga The Zags own four top-25 RPI wins and seven top-50 RPI wins. They've won 25 of their 28 games by double-digits - including each of the past 20. -- 28-0
2 Villanova The Wildcats have clinched at least a share of their fourth straight Big East title. Their resume features nine top-50 RPI victories. -- 26-2
3 Kansas The Jayhawks now have a three-game lead in the Big 12 standings with just four regular-season games remaining. They're about to win their 13th straight league title. -- 24-3
4 Baylor The Bears snapped their two-game losing streak Tuesday via a 60-54 victory over Oklahoma. They're 8-3 vs. top-50 RPI opponents with zero sub-100 losses. -- 23-5
5 Oregon The Ducks have won three straight games since losing at UCLA. They're 6-2 against top-50 RPI teams. -- 24-4
6 Arizona The Wildcats have won 19 of their past 20 games. The lone loss in that stretch is a loss at Oregon. -- 25-3
7 Louisville The Cardinals have nine top-60 RPI wins and zero losses to currently unranked teams. Their best wins are victories over Duke, Kentucky and Purdue. -- 22-5
8 Duke The Blue Devils have won seven straight games since losing to NC State. They're 18-2 with Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski on the sideline. -- 22-5
9 UCLA The Bruins avenged an earlier loss to USC by beating the Trojans 102-70 late Saturday. They'll take a five-game winning streak into Thursday's game with Arizona State. -- 24-3
10 North Carolina The Tar Heels are 11-3 in the ACC and alone atop the league standings. They're 9-3 vs. top-50 RPI teams with two sub-50 losses. -- 23-5
11 West Virginia The Mountaineers have won four of their past five games. The lone loss in the stretch is a OT loss at Kansas. -- 22-6
12 Kentucky The Wildcats will take a five-game winning streak into Saturday's showdown with Florida. They're tied with the Gators atop the SEC standings. -- 23-5
13 Purdue The Boilermakers won at Penn State on Tuesday despite getting just 10 points and nine rebounds from Caleb Swanigan. They'll have a six-game winning streak heading into Saturday's game with Michigan. -- 23-5
14 Florida The Gators will take a nine-game winning streak into Saturday's rematch with Kentucky. They have five top-50 RPI wins and zero sub-50 losses. -- 23-5
15 Notre Dame The Irish will take a four-game winning streak into their rematch with Georgia Tech. They're shooting 81.6 percent from the free throw line, which ranks first nationally. -- 21-7
16 Wisconsin The Badgers snapped their two-game losing streak Sunday with a win over Maryland. They're tied with Purdue atop the Big Ten standings. -- 22-5
17 Cincinnati The Bearcats have won 24 straight home games. They've only lost once in the past 10 weeks. -- 24-3
18 Florida State The Seminoles snapped their two-game losing streak Monday with a 104-72 win over Boston College. They're 9-2 vs. top-50 RPI teams. -- 22-6
19 Butler The Bulldogs shot 56.9 percent from the field in Sunday's win over DePaul. Butler is 7-2 vs. top-50 RPI teams with four sub-50 losses. -- 21-6
20 St. Mary's The Gaels have only lost twice in the past two months. Both of those losses were to top-ranked Gonzaga. -- 24-3
21 Southern California The Trojans only have two sub-20 RPI losses on their resume. They own victories over UCLA and SMU. -- 21-6
22 SMU The Mustangs have only lost once since Nov. 30. That lone loss is a 66-64 loss at Cincinnati. -- 24-4
23 Maryland Melo Trimble's 27 points Sunday were not enough to help Maryland avoid a loss at Wisconsin. The Terrapins are 3-1 vs. top-50 RPI teams with three sub-50 losses. -- 22-5
24 Creighton The Bluejays made nine 3-pointers in Sunday's win over Georgetown. They're 4-4 without Maurice Watson. -- 22-5
25 Iowa State The Cyclones won at Texas Tech on Monday to extend their winning streak to four games. They now have eight top-50 KenPom wins and just three sub-50 losses. -- 18-9
26 Virginia The Cavaliers have six top-50 RPI wins and just three sub-40 losses even though they've lost six of their past eight games. They're heading to NC State on a four-game losing streak. -- 18-9
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Gary Parrish is an award-winning college basketball columnist and television analyst for CBS Sports who also hosts the highest-rated afternoon drive radio show in Memphis, where he lives with his wife... Full Bio

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