College Basketball Podcast: Why Kansas deserves to be No. 1 in new rankings

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Kansas beat Tennessee late Friday in Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Matt Norlander was there. So we opened this episode of the Eye On College Basketball Podcast on that overtime thriller -- and I explained why I decided to move the Jayhawks to No. 1 in Saturday morning's updated Top 25 And 1.

After that, the conversation went like this:

  • 10:03: Virginia won the Battle 4 Atlantis by beating Middle Tennessee, Dayton and Wisconsin. Up next is a trip to Maryland -- where a win would give the Cavaliers two Quadrant 1 victories already.
  • 13:01: Texas is 5-1 with a win over North Carolina and a lone loss to Michigan State. I now have the Longhorns ranked 11th in the Top 25 And 1. This might end up being Shaka Smart's best team at Texas so far.
  • 16:19: Florida is 3-3 with two losses to sub-25 KenPom teams. What's wrong with the Gators?
  • 20:28: Arizona State is 5-0 with a win over Mississippi State. I now have the Sun Devils ranked 26th in the Top 25 And 1. They're surprising in nonconference play just like last season.
  • 23:04: Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland injured his meniscus in Friday's loss to Kent State. The projected lottery pick is out indefinitely, but meniscus injuries usually cost a player four-to-six weeks. So now the SEC is down a star freshman for the second straight year. Last season, it was Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. Now it's Garland.
  • 29:33: We closed on Villanova-Florida State. They play Sunday. We both offered predictions and praised Leonard Hamilton, who has run a consistently solid program at FSU for a long, long time.

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Gary Parrish is an award-winning college basketball columnist and television analyst for CBS Sports who also hosts the highest-rated afternoon drive radio show in Memphis, where he lives with his wife... Full Bio

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