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Updated Top 25 (and one)

There was a moment during Bill Self's postgame press conference late Saturday when he was asked about the strength of the Big 12, and the answer somehow evolved into a conversation about whether any other league has had a higher percentage of its schools ranked this season, at which point I realized I never pay attention to such things.


Readers often accuse writers of being biased toward certain leagues, and I suppose some are for whatever reason. But, hand to heart, I can tell you that I never think of things in those terms, and, if you would've asked me this morning, I could not have told you how many leagues -- or schools from certain leagues -- were represented in the Top 25 (and one).

But I can now.

Because I just looked.

Here's how it breaks down:

  • Big 12: 5
  • Big Ten: 5
  • American: 4
  • ACC: 3
  • Atlantic 10: 2
  • Big East: 2
  • SEC: 2
  • Missouri Valley: 1
  • Mountain West: 1
  • Pac-12: 1

As you can see, five of the Big 12's 10 members -- specifically Kansas, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Oklahoma -- are ranked in the current Top 25 (and one), and Baylor and Texas aren't far off. That suggests this league that seemed on the verge of extinction just a few years ago could theoretically place 70 percent of its members in the Field of 68, which would be a nice accomplishment, obviously.

Anyway ...

The Top 25 (and one) updates every morning and also on Sunday nights.

Here's the latest version:

(Click this link to view each team's previous ranking, recent results, future schedule, etc.)

  1. Arizona (18-0)
  2. Syracuse (18-0)
  3. Michigan State (17-1)
  4. Villanova (16-1)
  5. San Diego State (16-1)
  6. Wisconsin (16-2)
  7. Florida (15-2)
  8. Kansas (13-4)
  9. Wichita State (19-0)
  10. Iowa State (14-3)
  11. Iowa (15-3)
  12. Oklahoma State (15-3)
  13. Kentucky (13-4)
  14. UMass (16-1)
  15. Saint Louis (17-2)
  16. Cincinnati (17-2)
  17. Pittsburgh (16-2)
  18. Ohio State (15-3)
  19. Duke (14-4)
  20. Michigan (13-4)
  21. Louisville (16-3)
  22. Kansas State (14-4)
  23. Connecticut (14-4)
  24. Memphis (13-4)
  25. Creighton (15-3)
  26. Oklahoma (14-4)

Out: Baylor, UCLA
In: Michigan, Oklahoma

Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for and frequent contributor to the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts the highest-rated sports talk radio show -- The Gary Parrish Show -- in the history of Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two children and a dog.
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