College Basketball Rankings: Butler holds steady in Top 25 And 1 while continuing to silence naysayers
The Bulldogs now own four Quadrant 1 victories this college basketball season
Butler opened Big East play on New Year's Eve with a 60-58 victory at St. John's. So the Bulldogs are now 13-1 after being picked eighth in the league's official preseason poll.
Prediction: Butler won't finish eighth.
In fact, the Bulldogs now seem more likely to finish first in the Big East than eighth based on what they've accomplished so far and what the computers suggest. No, they still don't have a signature win over a currently ranked team. But they have beaten seven top-85 KenPom teams and recorded four Quadrant 1 victories with the lone loss on the resume coming at Baylor by a single point. If you're wondering, Kansas is the only other team that also entered 2020 with at least four Quadrant 1 victories. So Butler is assembling a strong body of work that should serve it well on Selection Sunday.
Butler is No. 12 in Wednesday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. The Bulldogs' next game is Saturday against Creighton, which is No. 24. Gonzaga is No. 1 for the third consecutive day. The Zags could hold the top spot for a while considering they will not play another top 100 KenPom team until BYU visits The Kennel on Jan. 18.
Wednesday's Top 25 And 1
|1||Gonzaga||Filip Petrusev finished with 22 points and six rebounds in Monday's 93-72 victory over Detroit Mercy. Gonzaga's 31-game winning streak at home is the longest in the nation.||--||31-2|
|2||Kansas||Isaiah Moss made four 3-pointers and finished with 17 points in Sunday's 72-56 win at Stanford. The Jayhawks opened on an 11-0 run and were never threatened in the game.||--||28-3|
|3||Duke||Matthew Hurt scored a career-high 25 points in Tuesday's 88-49 victory over Boston College. Tre Jones played for the first time in three games and added 10 assists in 24 minutes.||--||25-6|
|4||Ohio St.||The Buckeyes committed 22 turnovers in Sunday's 67-59 loss to West Virginia. Ohio State is 2-2 in its past four games after starting the season 9-0.||--||21-10|
|5||Oregon||Chris Duarte scored a season-high 31 points in Sunday's 98-58 victory over Alabama State. The Ducks will take a five-game winning streak into Thursday's Pac-12 opener at Colorado.||--||24-7|
|6||Louisville||Jordan Nwora was 2-of-10 from the field in Saturday's 78-70 overtime loss at Kentucky. The All-American candidate has gone just 6-of-26 from the field in Louisville's two losses.||--||24-7|
|7||Memphis||Lester Quinones made four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points in Monday's 84-73 victory over Tulane. The Tigers are 10-0 without James Wiseman, who quit the team the week before Christmas.||--||21-10|
|8||Michigan||Jon Teske finished with 25 points and eight rebounds in Sunday's 86-60 win over UMass Lowell. The Wolverines cruised despite the absence of Isaiah Livers, the team's leading scorer who is out indefinitely with a groin injury.||--||19-12|
|9||Auburn||Danjel Purifoy finished with 17 points and nine rebounds in Sunday's 86-59 win over Lipscomb. The Tigers are one of only two undefeated teams remaining.||--||25-6|
|10||Baylor||Freddie Gillespie finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds in Monday's 83-57 victory over Jackson State. The Bears will take a nine-game winning streak into Saturday's Big 12 opener against Texas.||--||26-4|
|11||Villanova||Collin Gillespie got 16 of his 24 points in the second half of Monday's 68-62 victory over Xavier. Villanova's only losses are to Ohio State and Baylor.||--||24-7|
|12||Butler||Christian David sank a game-winning 3-pointer with 43 seconds left in Tuesday's 60-58 victory at St. John's. The Bulldogs needed to come from behind in the final minute despite leading by 21 points at halftime.||--||22-9|
|13||San Diego St||Malachi Flynn finished with 14 points, seven assists and five steals in Saturday's 73-57 victory over Cal Poly. San Diego State's 13-0 start is the Aztecs' best start since they opened 20-0 in the 2010-11 season.||--||30-2|
|14||W. Virginia||Miles McBride came off the bench and got 21 points in Sunday's 67-59 win over Ohio State. Bob Huggins is now 3-0 vs. the Buckeyes since becoming West Virginia's coach.||--||21-10|
|15||Kentucky||Immanuel Quickley made big free throws in overtime and finished with 18 points in Saturday's 78-70 win over Louisville. UK's resume features two top-5 KenPom wins and two sub-100 KenPom losses.||--||25-6|
|16||Maryland||Chol Marial made his college debut and finished with six points and five rebounds in 14 minutes in Sunday's 84-70 win over Bryant. The victory snapped Maryland's two-game losing streak.||--||24-7|
|17||Dayton||Obi Toppin finished with a career-high 31 points and eight rebounds in Monday's 77-59 victory over North Florida. The Flyers' effective field goal percentage of 61.2 leads the nation.||--||29-2|
|18||Florida St.||Patrick Williams got 12 points and four rebounds off the bench in Tuesday's 70-58 victory over Georgia Tech. Florida State has won 15 consecutive games at home.||--||26-5|
|19||Penn St.||Mike Watkins finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds in Sunday's 90-59 win over Cornell. Penn State has won 13 straight games at home.||--||21-10|
|20||Michigan St.||Foster Loyer got his first start and scored a career-high 16 points in Sunday's 95-62 win over Western Michigan. The Spartans cruised despite the absence of Cassius Winston, who missed the game with a bone bruise in his left knee.||--||22-9|
|21||Iowa||Ryan Kriener finished 9-of-9 from the field and scored a career-high 20 points in Sunday's 93-51 win over Kennesaw State. The Hawkeyes will take a four-game winning streak in Saturday's game against Penn State at the Palestra.||--||20-11|
|22||Virginia||Braxton Key finished with 15 points and seven rebounds in Sunday's 65-56 victory over Navy. Virginia has the best adjusted defensive efficiency rating in the nation.||--||23-7|
|23||Texas Tech||Kyler Edwards scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half of Sunday's 73-58 win over Cal State Bakersfield. Texas Tech has won 54 straight non-league games at home.||--||18-13|
|24||Creighton||Marcus Zegarowski finished with 19 points and six assists in Saturday's 91-54 victory over Midland University. Creighton's only losses are to Michigan and San Diego State.||--||24-7|
|25||Wichita St.||Grant Sherfield finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds in Sunday's 84-66 win over Abilene Christian. The Shockers' lone loss is a neutral-court loss to West Virginia.||--||23-8|
|26||Arkansas||Isaiah Joe made six 3-pointers and finished with 24 points in Sunday's 71-64 victory at Indiana. Arkansas held the Hoosiers to three points in the final eight minutes.||--||20-12|
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