College Basketball Rankings

The CBSSports.com Top 25 (And One) college basketball rankings are produced every day during the college basketball season by college basketball insider Gary Parrish.
 
CBSSports.com Top 25 (and one)
Rankings updated (04/23/2015) at 05:14 PM EST
RankTeamsCommentsSchedules/Results
1Kentucky
Overall: 38-1
Conference: 21-0
Previous: 3
There are lots of moving parts with UK, per usual. But it would be foolish to assume John Calipari will have anything other than one of the nation's best rosters even though he's losing his top seven scorers. The guess here is that Kentucky will sign at least two more elite prospects -- some combination of Jaylen Brown, Malik Newman, Cheick Diallo and Thon Maker. Combine that likelihood with a core of Tyler Ulis, Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee, Isaiah Briscoe and Skal Labissiere -- the latter of whom played so well last week at the Hoop Summit that he's now projected as the top pick in the 2016 NBA Draft -- and it's reasonable to believe Kentucky will ultimately be the favorite to win the 2016 national championship.
2North Carolina
Overall: 26-12
Conference: 14-8
Previous: 2
Brice Johnson's return means UNC should bring back everybody (except J.P. Tokoto) from a team that finished 11th in KenPom's final ratings. The Tar Heels also played in the ACC Tournament title game and made the Sweet 16.
3Maryland
Overall: 28-7
Conference: 15-5
Previous: 4
Maryland has, in the past month, received news that Melo Trimble will return for his sophomore season, and that Diamond Stone will enroll in College Park. So Mark Turgeon is on a roll. He'll have a Final Four-caliber roster.
4Michigan State
Overall: 27-12
Conference: 14-7
Previous: 9
The loss of Travis Trice and Branden Dawson will hurt. But the addition of Eron Harris, a West Virginia transfer, should be a big boost, and a late -- not to mention surprising -- commitment from five-star prospect Caleb Swannigan gives Michigan State a possible star in the frontcourt who should contribute immediately.
5Kansas
Overall: 27-9
Conference: 15-6
Previous: 5
KU's roster will lack starpower. But so many quality pieces from a Big 12 championship team are returning that it would be silly to have Kansas outside of the top five. In other words, yes, the Jayhawks should win a 12th straight league title next season -- unless the team listed immediately below them wins the Big 12 instead.
6Iowa State
Overall: 25-9
Conference: 15-6
Previous: 6
Fred Hoiberg has turned Iowa State into a consistent winner, and there's no reason to think that'll change next season given that the Cyclones' top three scorers are returning. And that means they'll have a shot at the Big 12 title, assuming their homecourt advantage remains one of the nation's best.
7Virginia
Overall: 30-4
Conference: 17-3
Previous: 1
Justin Anderson entering the 2015 NBA Draft dropped Virginia from the top spot. The Cavaliers will still be good, probably. But they'll now be without two of the top four scorers from a team that won the ACC this past season.
8Oklahoma
Overall: 24-11
Conference: 13-7
Previous: 7
This ranking is based on Buddy Hield returning -- although I'm told he's 50-50 on whether to do another year of college or enter the NBA Draft. If Hield declares for early entry, this ranking will be adjusted.
9Gonzaga
Overall: 35-3
Conference: 20-1
Previous: 8
Gonzaga should return six of the top nine players from a team that won 35 games and made the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Kyle Wiltjer will have a strong case to be a preseason First Team All-American.
10Wichita State
Overall: 30-5
Conference: 18-2
Previous: 10
Gregg Marshall, Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker are all returning, which equals heaven for Wichita State. Kansas transfer Conner Frankcamp adds another shooter to the rotation. The Shockers should cruise in the MVC.
11Villanova
Overall: 33-3
Conference: 19-2
Previous: 11
The Wildcats return enough to win the Big East. A Jaylen Brunson-Ryan Arcidiacono backcourt should be tons of fun.
12Duke
Overall: 34-4
Conference: 16-4
Previous: 15
Derryck Thornton's reclassification and commitment to Duke is big and crucial to replacing Tyus Jones. The Blue Devils probably won't be title contenders again. But they'll endure the loss of their top four scorers about as well as could reasonably be expected.
13Indiana
Overall: 20-14
Conference: 10-10
Previous: 12
What was Indiana missing this season? A competent big man. What is Thomas Bryant? A competent big man. So the Hoosiers should have no issues making the NCAA Tournament again -- provided Yogi Ferrell doesn't turn pro.
14SMU
Overall: 27-7
Conference: 18-3
Previous: 13
The reigning American Athletic Conference Player of the Year (Nic Moore) is back. That means SMU should make the NCAA Tournament in consecutive years for the first time since 1984 and 1985.
15Arizona
Overall: 34-4
Conference: 19-2
Previous: 14
Yes, I know, Stanley Johnson is considering returning to Arizona, and, if so, the Wildcats will be higher than 14. But the smart money still has Arizona's freshman star declaring for the NBA Draft. So that's the projection ... for now.
16Wisconsin
Overall: 36-3
Conference: 19-2
Previous: 17
Will Wisconsin have a top-20 roster? No ... especially now that Sam Dekker is definitely leaving school. But Bo Ryan will still be the coach. So the Badgers belong in the top 20.
17Georgetown
Overall: 22-11
Conference: 13-8
Previous: NR
D'vauntes Smith-Rivera returning is enough to make Georgetown a top-20 team. That's a difference-making decision for the John Thompson III.
18Michigan
Overall: 16-16
Conference: 9-11
Previous: 18
Caris LeVert's injury this season cost Michigan a chance to make another NCAA Tournament. But it probably forced him back to school for an extra year, and next season's Wolverines will benefit.
19Utah
Overall: 26-9
Conference: 14-6
Previous: 19
The Utes' return to national relevance won't just be a one-year thing under Larry Krystkowiak. He's building something special, and Utah should be really good again now that Jacob Poeltl is definitely returning to school.
20Baylor
Overall: 24-10
Conference: 12-8
Previous: 20
The Bears will miss Kenny Chery plenty. But a nice core -- led by Rico Gathers -- should keep Scott Drew's program nationally relevant.
21Miami (Fla.)
Overall: 25-13
Conference: 11-9
Previous: NR
Most relevant players from a team that played for the NIT title is back, and the Hurricanes will add Oklahoma State transfer Kamari Murphy. So Miami probably won't be on the wrong side of the bubble again next season.
22Texas A&M
Overall: 21-12
Conference: 11-8
Previous: 22
The Aggies have a top-five recruiting class. That, combined with some quality returning pieces, should have A&M in the NCAA Tournament.
23VCU
Overall: 26-10
Conference: 16-6
Previous: 23
VCU lost Shaka Smart but still has a talented roster. New coach Will Wade has inherited a nice situation.
24LSU
Overall: 22-11
Conference: 11-8
Previous: 24
Ben Simmons might be the best freshman in the country next season, and Antonio Blakeney is super-talented, too. So the losses of Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin are possible to overcome in Baton Rouge.
25Florida State
Overall: 17-16
Conference: 9-11
Previous: 25
Leonard Hamilton received good news when Xavier Rathan-Mayes announced he would return to Florida State for at least another season. Consequently, the Seminoles will be almost as talented as anybody in the ACC.
26Cincinnati
Overall: 23-11
Conference: 13-6
Previous: 26
Mick Cronin will be back on the sideline next season, and he has a lot of tough and experienced players returning with him. The Bearcats will likely be the biggest threat to SMU in the American Athletic Conference.
 
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