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 (04/06/2016) at 01:47 PM EST
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1Duke
Overall: 25-11
Conference: 12-8
Previous: 21
Duke will, with Grayson Allen coming back, return four of its top five scorers and add a heralded recruiting class highlighted by the players DraftExpress.com projects to go first and second in the 2017 NBA Draft -- namely Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles. So, yes, the Blue Devils should be considered the favorites. And don't be surprised if Mike Krzyzewski, this time next year, has his sixth national title.
2Kentucky
Overall: 27-9
Conference: 16-5
Previous: 19
That Kentucky's recruiting class is ranked ahead of Duke's even though Duke's features two future top-five picks says all you need to know about the quality of Kentucky's prospects. De'Aaron Fox is considered the nation's top incoming point guard. Malik Monk is considered the nation's top incoming combo guard. In total, UK's five-man class is comprised of five top-30 prospects. So it almost doesn't matter who stays or goes. Kentucky will still be among the most talented teams, same as always.
3Villanova
Overall: 35-5
Conference: 18-3
Previous: 7
Villanova is losing two important pieces -- specifically Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu. That won't be simple to overcome. But three starters should be back from this team that just beat North Carolina to win the national championship, and Omari Spellman is a five-star post player who will have an immediate impact on Jay Wright's program. So let the back-to-back talk begin at Villanova.
4Kansas
Overall: 33-5
Conference: 18-3
Previous: 1
This ranking is based on the Jayhawks landing Class of 2016 star Josh Jackson, who remains uncommitted but is reportedly leaning toward KU. Combine him with that better-than-most-think backcourt of Frank Mason and Devonte' Graham, and other veterans like Landen Lucas, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Carlton Bragg, and Bill Self will be expected to win his 13th straight Big 12 championship.
5Xavier
Overall: 28-6
Conference: 15-5
Previous: 10
Xavier should return the most important pieces from a 28-win team that finished only behind Villanova in the Big East. And watch out for RaShid Gaston. He's a 6-foot-9 forward who averaged 15.5 points and 9.6 rebounds two seasons ago at Norfolk State. He'll be eligible at Xavier next season. I bet Bill Murray will like him.
6Michigan State
Overall: 29-6
Conference: 16-5
Previous: 2
The Spartans are losing their best player (Denzel Valentine) and shooter (Bryn Forbes). But they'll still have Tom Izzo, a top-three recruiting class and enough quality pieces to make a run at the Big Ten regular-season championship and eighth Final Four of their Hall of Fame coach's career.
7North Carolina
Overall: 33-7
Conference: 19-4
Previous: 4
We don't think the Tar Heels will lose any underclassmen, which means six of UNC's top eight scorers should be back. So it won't be a suprise if Roy Williams makes his ninth Final Four next season and again takes a run at becoming only the sixth coach in history to win at least three national titles.
8Oregon
Overall: 31-7
Conference: 17-4
Previous: 3
Dana Altman has built Oregon into a consistent winner, and that won't change next season as long as Dillon Brooks, Chris Boucher and Tyler Dorsey return. It's also reasonable to expect the Ducks to land a quality 5th-year transfer. So they should finish in the top three of the Pac-12 for the sixth consecutive season.
9Arizona
Overall: 25-9
Conference: 13-7
Previous: 18
Alonzo Trier's announcement that he's definitely returning for his sophomore season ensures the Wildcats will be a factor on the national level again. If Oregon doesn't win the Pac-12, Arizona likely will -- especially if five-star wing Terrance Ferguson enrolls in Tucson, which is what we're projecting.
10Virginia
Overall: 29-8
Conference: 15-7
Previous: 5
The Cavaliers have finished in the top 10 at KenPom each of the past three seasons, and next season, on paper, should make four straight. The arrival of Memphis transfer Austin Nichols and redshirt freshman Mamadi Diakite will help ease the loss of Anthony Gill and Mike Tobey. And Tony Bennett also has a top-10 recruiting class set to enroll, meaning the Cavs will be talented and strong again.
11UCLA
Overall: 15-17
Conference: 6-13
Previous: NR
The UCLA fans flying banners behind planes encouraging the school to fire Steve Alford probably don't realize he'll have a team next season capable of winning the Pac-12 and advancing to the Final Four. And wait till you see Lonzo Ball. He's a special talent that should make everybody in Westwood better.
12Indiana
Overall: 27-8
Conference: 15-4
Previous: 11
This ranking is based on Thomas Bryant returning to school, which is obviously still up in the air. But even if Bryant leaves, Tom Crean will have enough pieces to keep the Hoosiers competing at, or near, the top of the Big Ten.
13Maryland
Overall: 27-9
Conference: 13-7
Previous: 22
Our understanding is that it's 50-50 as to whether Melo Trimble returns for his junior year. So, for now, we're projecting him back. And, if he's back, Maryland will be good again because Trimble is an undeniable difference-maker.
14Southern California
Overall: 21-13
Conference: 10-10
Previous: NR
Andy Enfield should have his top four scorers back from a team that made the NCAA Tournament. And, yes, this is the fourth Pac-12 school we have ranked in the top 15 of this Top 25 (and one).
15Wisconsin
Overall: 22-13
Conference: 12-7
Previous: NR
As long as Nigel Hayes returns to school, the Badgers should have everybody back from a team that closed strong and made the Sweet 16. So Greg Gard is set up to have a nice first full season as Wisconsin's head coach.
16St. Mary's
Overall: 29-6
Conference: 17-4
Previous: NR
It appears Randy Bennett will have everybody back from a team that won 29 games this season. For once, it's not crazy to pick somebody other than Gonzaga to win the West Coast Conference.
17Rhode Island
Overall: 17-15
Conference: 9-10
Previous: NR
Why did Dan Hurley pass on the Rutgers job? There are a lot of reasons, really. But one of them is that he has a team at URI that's good enough to win the Atlantic 10 and advance in the NCAA Tournament.
18Texas
Overall: 20-13
Conference: 11-8
Previous: 23
There's no real reason to expect Isaiah Taylor to enter and remain in the NBA Draft. So Shaka Smart's second season at Texas should be better than his first, and his first was pretty good.
19Gonzaga
Overall: 28-8
Conference: 18-3
Previous: NR
If Domantas Sabonis returns, watch out. But he's probably gone. And that'll hurt. But transfers Nigel Williams-Goss and Jonathan Williams will ensure the Zags have enough veterans to make the NCAA Tournament once again.
20West Virginia
Overall: 26-9
Conference: 15-6
Previous: 8
We left West Virginia unranked last preseason and Bob Huggins made that look foolish. Consider this proof that we learned our lesson.
21Louisville
Overall: 23-8
Conference: 12-6
Previous: 17
Rick Pitino shopped in the transfer market last offseason and found enough to help him create a top-25 team. Odds are, he'll do it again.
22Miami (Fla.)
Overall: 27-8
Conference: 14-6
Previous: 12
Miami is losing a lot -- most notably Angel Rodriguez, Sheldon McClellan and Tonye Jekiri. But Jim Larranaga has enough to be good again, and his top-10 recruiting class will provide an influx of talent.
23Connecticut
Overall: 25-11
Conference: 14-7
Previous: NR
The loss of Daniel Hamilton hurts because it represents the loss of a high-level college player who doesn't project as a first-round pick. Put another way, he didn't have to go. But he's gone. And that's a blow. But UConn still has a solid core of veterans in Rodney Purvis and Amida Brimah, an impactful transfer in Terry Larrier, and a top-five recruiting class. So Kevin Ollie has a roster he can work with.
24Creighton
Overall: 20-15
Conference: 9-10
Previous: NR
Remember Marcus Foster? He averaged double-digits at Kansas State for two seasons before transferring. He'll team with Maurice Watson and help Creighton compete for a top-three spot in the Big East.
25Butler
Overall: 22-11
Conference: 10-9
Previous: NR
Butler is a harder job in the Big East than it was in the Horizon. But Chris Holtmann has stabilized things inside Hinkle Fieldhouse. And he should have the Bulldogs in the NCAA Tournament again next season.
26Wichita State
Overall: 26-9
Conference: 17-3
Previous: NR
This is basically an #InGreggMarshallWeTrust ranking. In other words, we're just going to assume Wichita State will be good again because, you know, Wichita State will probably be good again.
 
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