College Basketball Rankings

The CBSSports.com Top 25 (And One) college basketball rankings are produced by college basketball insider Gary Parrish. These rankings are updated daily throughout the season.
 
CBSSports.com Top 25 (and one)
Rankings updated (10/27/2014) at 11:00 AM EST
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1Kentucky
Overall: 29-11
Conference: 14-7
Previous: 1
The Wildcats return five players who averaged at least 14 minutes per game on last season's team that played for a national title. Combine them with another stellar recruiting class highlighted by the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year (Karl Towns), and Kentucky has a roster experienced and talented enough to deserve this ranking. 
2Duke
Overall: 26-9
Conference: 15-6
Previous: 2
Duke enrolled the nation's top recruiting class complete with three projected lottery picks (Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow, Tyus Jones). Provided that trio meshes well with veterans Quinn Cook, Rasheed Sulaimon and Amile Jefferson, it'll hardly be a surprise if Mike Krzyzewski ends up in the Final Four for the 12th time in his career. 
3Arizona
Overall: 33-5
Conference: 17-4
Previous: 3
Sean Miller has recruited so well that even the departures of Nick Johnson and Aaron Gordon have done little to lower expectations. No power-conference school is as big of a favorite to win its league as the Wildcats are to win the Pac-12. 
4Wisconsin
Overall: 30-8
Conference: 13-7
Previous: 4
Ben Brust is the only missing piece from last season's team that took Bo Ryan to his first Final Four. The Badgers probably have two of the nation's top 10 players in Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky, and picking anybody else to win the Big Ten would be foolish. 
5Kansas
Overall: 25-10
Conference: 15-5
Previous: 5
The Jayhawks have the roster to win an 11th consecutive Big 12 title thanks to the return of Wayne Selden, Perry Ellis and Frank Mason, and the arrival of Cliff Alexander, Kelly Oubre and Devonte Graham. The only real challenge for Self will be trying to figure out which combination of talented prospects works best together. 
6Florida
Overall: 36-3
Conference: 21-0
Previous: 6
Whether Chris Walker can break through and Eli Carter can stay healthy are reasonable questions to ask. Still, expecting anything short of excellence from the Gators is silly given the fact that Billy Donovan -- a future Hall of Famer with two national titles -- has coached Florida to four straight Elite Eights, including last season's Final Four. 
7North Carolina
Overall: 24-10
Conference: 13-6
Previous: 7
Who knows what sanctions the NCAA might hit UNC with going forward thanks to a wide-ranging and now undeniable academic scandal? But all of that will have little effect on this season, and this team led by Player of the Year candidate Marcus Paige has a chance to win the ACC for the third time in five years. 
8Wichita State
Overall: 35-1
Conference: 21-0
Previous: 8
The Shockers are missing Cleanthony Early, sure. But All-American candidates Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker are back, meaning Wichita State should roll through the MVC, win another 30 games and position itself for a deep run in March. 
9Gonzaga
Overall: 29-7
Conference: 18-3
Previous: 11
The Zags are always projected to win the WCC even when they aren't built to advance in the NCAA Tournament. But this Gonzaga team seems different thanks to the additions of Byron Wesley and Kyle Wiltjer. Mark Few's first Final Four could come in April. 
10Louisville
Overall: 31-6
Conference: 18-3
Previous: 10
A roster headlined by Chris Jones, Terry Rozier, Wayne Blackshear and Montrezl Harrell is plenty talented enough to make Louisville's transition into the ACC a smooth one. Rick Pitino should find himself at least in the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season. 
11Texas
Overall: 24-11
Conference: 12-8
Previous: 9
Rick Barnes seemed on the hot seat this time last year. Now, thanks to a surprising 2013-14 season and a recruiting class highlighted by Myles Turner, the longtime Texas coach has a team capable of taking him to his second Final Four. 
12Virginia
Overall: 30-7
Conference: 19-2
Previous: 12
Evidence that Tony Bennett might be a future coaching star came when he made Washington State relevant against all odds. Now he's built Virginia into a consistent winner, and there's no reason the Cavs can't compete for back-to-back ACC titles. 
13Villanova
Overall: 29-5
Conference: 16-3
Previous: 13
Turns out that 13-19 record three yeas ago was more of a bad blip than an indication of things to come because, since then, Jay Wright's Wildcats have won 49 games while making two NCAA Tournaments. And now seven of the top eight scorers from last season's 29-win team are back, which makes Villanova the obvious favorite in the Big East. 
14San Diego State
Overall: 31-5
Conference: 18-3
Previous: 14
The Aztecs had made just three NCAA Tournaments before Steve Fisher took over in 1999. Now they're projected to make their sixth straight appearance and eighth in the past 14 years, point being it's reasonable to argue what Fisher's done at SDSU is more impressive than what he did at Michigan, and he won a national title at Michigan. 
15Iowa State
Overall: 28-8
Conference: 14-7
Previous: 15
Fred Hoiberg returned to Iowa State with no coaching experience, and yet he now has a chance to make the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season. The presence of Bryce Dejean-Jones, Georges Niang and Naz Long suggests he'll do it. 
16Virginia Commonwealth
Overall: 26-9
Conference: 14-5
Previous: 18
The Rams have averaged 27.4 victories per season in five years under Shaka Smart. This season's roster -- led by All-American candidate Treveon Graham -- gives Smart his best opportunity to date to win a conference championship. 
17Oklahoma
Overall: 23-10
Conference: 12-7
Previous: 16
The Sooners are a top-20 team even without TaShawn Thomas, a transfer from Houston. And if they get him eligible this season -- yes, OU is still waiting on word from the NCAA -- Lon Kruger might have enough pieces to try to snap KU's run of Big 12 titles. 
18Nebraska
Overall: 19-13
Conference: 11-8
Previous: 17
Tim Miles has built something special at Nebraska, and he's done it more quickly than most assumed possible. Barring a surprise, the Huskers will be in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season after missing the event for 15 consecutive years. 
19Ohio State
Overall: 25-10
Conference: 12-9
Previous: 19
The loss of Aaron Craft will hurt the Buckeyes in lots of ways. But Shannon Scott is a capable replacement at the point, D'Angelo Russell has star potential, and Thad Matta is set up to win at least 20 games for the 15th time in 15 years as a head coach. 
20Southern Methodist
Overall: 27-10
Conference: 12-7
Previous: 20
Prized recruit Emmanuel Mudiay is playing in China and Markus Kennedy's status remains unclear. So the offseason hasn't been kind to Larry Brown. Still, at this moment, Kennedy is presumed eligible. And, if so, the Mustangs should finish at or near the top of the American Athletic Conference and make the NCAA Tournament. 
21Connecticut
Overall: 32-8
Conference: 14-7
Previous: 22
It'll be interesting to see how the shots are divided between Ryan Boatright, Rodney Purvis and Daniel Hamilton. Either way, that trio is talented enough to keep the reigning champs relevant even after the departure of Shabazz Napier. 
22Michigan State
Overall: 29-9
Conference: 15-6
Previous: 23
This is not the most talented roster Tom Izzo has ever coached. But it's still a roster that'll be coached by Izzo, and that'll be enough to get the Spartans to the NCAA Tournament for the 18th consecutive season. 
23Kansas State
Overall: 20-13
Conference: 10-9
Previous: 26
Marcus Foster went from an unheralded recruit to a Big 12 star who averaged 15.5 points as a freshman. He, Thomas Gipson and KSU's other veterans should lead the Wildcats to at least 10 wins in the Big 12 for the third straight season. 
24Michigan
Overall: 28-9
Conference: 17-4
Previous: NR
John Belein is one of the few coaches in college basketball capable of winning no matter how his roster looks. So, yes, the loss of Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III will hurt. But, one way or another, the Wolverines will remain solid. 
25Pittsburgh
Overall: 26-10
Conference: 13-8
Previous: 21
Another 25-plus wins is possible as long as the Panthers remain tough at home. That means Jamie Dixon should be in the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in 12 years as a head coach -- although that preseason injury to Cam Wright wasn't ideal. 
26Stanford
Overall: 23-13
Conference: 12-9
Previous: 24
The Cardinal return double-digit scorers Chasson Randle and Anthony Brown from last season's team that advanced to the Sweet 16 with a win over Kansas. Consequently, Stanford could ultimately be the biggest threat to Arizona in the Pac-12. 
 
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