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 (04/07/2015) at 05:40 AM EST
RankTeamsCommentsSchedules/Results
1Virginia
Overall: 30-4
Conference: 17-3
Previous: 3
Virginia is expected to return eight of the top nine scorers from a team that finished 30-4 and won the ACC regular-season title. Justin Anderson could turn pro, and, if he does, this ranking might change. But, at this point, Virginia is a reasonable pick for the nation's top spot.
2North Carolina
Overall: 26-12
Conference: 14-8
Previous: 14
It's possible Brice Johnson will turn pro. But, for now, he's projected as a returning starter, which means UNC is projected to return every relevant player from a team that finished 12th in KenPom's final ratings.
3Kentucky
Overall: 38-1
Conference: 21-0
Previous: 1
There are lots of moving parts with UK, per usual. But, one way or another, it would be foolish to assume John Calipari will have anything other than one of the nation's best rosters even if he loses seven players. For these purposes, Class of 2015 star Malik Newman is projected as a future Wildcat regardless of the fact that A) he's still uncommitted, and B) Mississippi State is a possibility. And even if Newman enrolls elsewhere, the point remains simple. UK will have Tyler Ulis, Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee, Skal Labissiere, Isaiah Briscoe and, almost certainly, some yet-to-be-determiend elite parts, at least. And some combination of Devin Booker, Dakari Johnson and Trey Lyles might return. So Kentucky will be really good again regardless of how the final roster looks.
4Maryland
Overall: 28-7
Conference: 15-5
Previous: 11
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.
5Kansas
Overall: 27-9
Conference: 15-6
Previous: 10
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 one of the next two teams listed wins the Big 12 instead.
6Iowa State
Overall: 25-9
Conference: 15-6
Previous: 9
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.
7Oklahoma
Overall: 24-11
Conference: 13-7
Previous: 16
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 wll be adjusted.
8Gonzaga
Overall: 35-3
Conference: 20-1
Previous: 7
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.
9Michigan State
Overall: 27-12
Conference: 14-7
Previous: 25
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.
10Wichita State
Overall: 30-5
Conference: 18-2
Previous: 19
Ron Baker could declare for the NBA Draft, which would drop Wichita State some. But, either way, the Shockers will have Gregg Marshall coaching the team and Fred VanVleet running the team, and that's a nice combination.
11Villanova
Overall: 33-3
Conference: 19-2
Previous: 2
The Wildcats return enough to win the Big East. A Jaylen Brunson-Ryan Arcidiacono backcourt should be tons of fun.
12Indiana
Overall: 20-14
Conference: 10-10
Previous: NR
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.
13SMU
Overall: 27-7
Conference: 18-3
Previous: 23
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.
14Arizona
Overall: 34-4
Conference: 19-2
Previous: 6
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.
15Duke
Overall: 34-4
Conference: 16-4
Previous: 5
Tyus Jones isn't necessarily a lottery pick like Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow, point being that he might return to Duke. If the freshman point guard does, obviously, the Blue Devils will move up a few spots.
16NC State
Overall: 22-14
Conference: 11-10
Previous: NR
Remember that talented N.C. State team that eliminated Villanova from the NCAA Tournament? Most of the best pieces from that roster should be back -- incuding Cat Barber.
17Wisconsin
Overall: 36-3
Conference: 19-2
Previous: 4
Will Wisconsin have a top-20 roster? No ... especially if Sam Dekker leaves school like he's expected to do. But Bo Ryan will still be the coach. So the Badgers belong in the top 20.
18Michigan
Overall: 16-16
Conference: 9-11
Previous: NR
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: 24
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 as long as Jacob Poeltl doesn't enter the NBA Draft.
20Baylor
Overall: 24-10
Conference: 12-8
Previous: 13
The Bears will miss Kenny Chery plenty. But a nice core -- led by Rico Gathers -- should keep Scott Drew's program nationally relevant.
21Providence
Overall: 22-12
Conference: 12-8
Previous: 21
Every relevant player 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: NR
The Aggies have secured 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: NR
VCU lost Shaka Smart but still has a talented roster. Some coach -- probably Will Wade -- is about to inherit a good situation.
24LSU
Overall: 22-11
Conference: 11-8
Previous: NR
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: NR
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: NR
Mick Cronin should 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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