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 (05/20/2015) at 01:05 PM EST
RankTeamsCommentsSchedules/Results
1North Carolina
Overall: 26-12
Conference: 14-8
Previous: 2
The top four scorers -- and every rotation player except J.P. Tokoto -- are returning from a team that finished 11th in KenPom's final ratings and made the Sweet 16. The late addition of Kenny Williams adds a shooter to the roster. So the Tar Heels are talented, experienced and deep, which is a nice combination.
2Maryland
Overall: 28-7
Conference: 15-5
Previous: 3
Maryland is among the big winners this offseason because two potential pros (Melo Trimble and Jake Layman) both passed on the NBA Draft while a five-star recruit (Diamond Stone) and a former five-star recruit (Rasheed Sulaimon) each committed. Add Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter to the roster, and there's no ceiling on what's possible for Mark Turgeon's Terrapins.
3Kansas
Overall: 27-9
Conference: 15-6
Previous: 5
So many quality pieces from a Big 12 championship team are returning that it would be silly to have Kansas any lower than this -- especially after the addition of five-star forward Cheick Diallo. In other words, yes, the Jayhawks should win a 12th straight league title under Bill Self.
4Kentucky
Overall: 38-1
Conference: 21-0
Previous: 1
It's amazing that John Calipari missed on basically every high-level prospect he targeted over the past month. What's also amazing is that he'll still have a roster talented enough to make a fifth Final Four in six seasons.
5Iowa 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. Consequently, they'll have a shot at the Big 12 title, assuming their homecourt advantage remains one of the nation's best.
6Duke
Overall: 34-4
Conference: 16-4
Previous: 12
Derryck Thornton's reclassification and commitment to Duke was big and crucial to replacing Tyus Jones, and the Blue Devils backed that by landing in-state star Brandon Ingram. Is this recruting class as talented as last year's recruiting class? No. But it'll allow Duke to endure the loss of its top four scorers as well as anybody could've reasonably expected.
7Virginia
Overall: 30-4
Conference: 17-3
Previous: 7
Justin Anderson entering the NBA Draft dropped Virginia from the top spot. The Cavaliers will still be good. 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: 8
Buddy Hield's decision to return for his senior season means he could be a First Team All-American. It also means Kansas and Iowa State will have a third legitimate challenger for the Big 12 crown.
9Wichita 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.
10Gonzaga
Overall: 35-3
Conference: 20-1
Previous: 9
Gonzaga is returning 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.
11Michigan State
Overall: 27-12
Conference: 14-7
Previous: 4
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. So expect Tom Izzo's team to compete near the top of the Big Ten again.
12Villanova
Overall: 33-3
Conference: 19-2
Previous: 11
The Wildcats are returning enough to win the Big East. A Jaylen Brunson-Ryan Arcidiacono backcourt should be tons of fun.
13Indiana
Overall: 20-14
Conference: 10-10
Previous: 13
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 -- especially with Yogi Ferrell returning.
14California
Overall: 18-15
Conference: 8-12
Previous: NR
No coach closed stronger in recruiting than Cuonzo Martin, who added five-star prospects Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb. Those developments combined with the return of Tyrone Wallace should give Cal a chance to win the Pac-12.
15SMU
Overall: 27-7
Conference: 18-3
Previous: 14
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.
16Arizona
Overall: 34-4
Conference: 19-2
Previous: 15
Sean Miller lost most of the important pieces from an Elite Eight team. But a solid mix of veterans and talented newcomers should give the Wildcats a chance to repeat in the Pac-12.
17Wisconsin
Overall: 36-3
Conference: 19-2
Previous: 16
Will Wisconsin have a top-20 roster? No. But Bo Ryan will still be the coach. So the Badgers belong in the top 20 based on that alone.
18Connecticut
Overall: 20-15
Conference: 13-9
Previous: NR
Kevin Ollie became a big winner on the transfer market when he added Sterling Gibbs and Shon Miller this offseason. So UConn should be talented enough to challenge SMU in the American Athletic Conference and then make the NCAA Tournament after a disappointing year last season.
19Georgetown
Overall: 22-11
Conference: 13-8
Previous: 17
D'vauntes Smith-Rivera returning is enough to make Georgetown a top-20 team. That's a difference-making decision for John Thompson III.
20Michigan
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.
21Utah
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 thanks to Jacob Poeltl returning to school.
22Baylor
Overall: 24-10
Conference: 12-8
Previous: 20
The Bears will miss Kenny Chery plenty. But a nice core -- led by Rico Gathers -- will keep Scott Drew's program nationally relevant.
23Miami (Fla.)
Overall: 25-13
Conference: 11-9
Previous: 21
Most relevant players from a team that played for the NIT title are 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.
24Texas 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.
25Cincinnati
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.
26Purdue
Overall: 21-13
Conference: 13-7
Previous: NR
There are still questions in the backcourt that must be answered. But the return of A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas combined with the commitment of Caleb Swanigan gives Purdue a compelling frontcourt that should have Matt Painter's team in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season.
 
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