College basketball rankings: Can Duke maintain its No. 2 ranking in the Top 25 And 1 without Zion?

Duke freshman Zion Williamson will not play Saturday night at Syracuse. But the good news is that college basketball's best player, and biggest star, is not seriously injured. It really is just a minor knee sprain.

So he'll be back soon.

But if the Blue Devils are going to avoid their first two-game losing streak of the season, they'll have to be better in his absence at the Carrier Dome than they were in the 39 minutes they played without Williamson against North Carolina earlier in the week because they were bad and out of sorts in that one.

It's why they lost 88-72.

Either way, the guess here is that Duke will look much different, and be much better, at Syracuse because Mike Krzyzewski has now had a chance to conduct multiple practices to prepare his team to play without its 6-foot-7 forward. That's massive. Plus, the Blue Devils won't be dealing with the shock-factor that goes along with losing a key component in the opening minute of a high-profile game against a rival with the 44th President of the United States sitting courtside. So I'll be surprised if Duke loses at the Carrier Dome. The game might be close. But the Blue Devils should win and go to bed Saturday night in nothing worse than a first-place tie with Virginia and North Carolina atop the ACC standings.

Duke is No. 2 in Saturday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. Gonzaga is No. 1 for the seventh straight day. The Zags will play BYU late Saturday night.

Saturday's Top 25 And 1

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1 Gonzaga The Zags are 10-2 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities with zero losses to schools ranked outside of the top seven of the Top 25 And 1. Gonzaga has won 18 straight games by an average of 31.3 points. --30-3
2 Duke The Blue Devils are 15-3 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities with just one loss in games in which they were not missing a starter. Duke's resume features two wins over Virginia -- plus victories over Kentucky, Texas Tech and Louisville. --29-5
3 Virginia The Cavaliers are 14-2 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities with both losses coming to Duke. Virginia will take a four-game winning streak into Wednesday's game with Georgia Tech. --29-3
4 Michigan The Wolverines are 15-3 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities with zero losses to sub-50 KenPom teams. Michigan will take a two-game winning streak into Sunday's game with Michigan State. 128-6
5 Kentucky The Wildcats are 14-4 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities, with nine of those wins qualifying as Quadrant 1 victories. Kentucky is 13-1 in its past 14 games with the lone loss in that stretch coming to LSU. 127-6
6 N. Carolina The Tar Heels are 12-5 in Quadrant1/Quadrant 2 opportunities, with victories over Gonzaga and Duke. North Carolina is 10-1 in its past 11 games with the lone loss in that stretch coming to Virginia. 127-6
7 Tennessee The Vols are 10-3 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities, with victories over Gonzaga and Louisville. Tennessee is 1-2 in its past three games, but still has zero losses to sub-25 KenPom teams. 329-5
8 Michigan St. The Spartans are 13-5 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities, with wins over Purdue, Maryland, Iowa and Wisconsin. Michigan State will take a four-game winning streak into Sunday's game at Michigan. --29-6
9 Houston The Cougars are 14-1 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities, with wins over LSU and Cincinnati. Houston will take an 11-game winning streak into Wednesday's game at East Carolina. --31-3
10 Marquette The Golden Eagles are 13-4 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities, with wins over Wisconsin, Louisville, Kansas State, Villanova and Buffalo. Marquette will take a four-game winning streak into Wednesday's game at Villanova. --24-10
11 Texas Tech The Red Raiders are 12-5 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities, with wins over Kansas and Kansas State. Texas Tech will take a five-game winning streak into Wednesday's game with Oklahoma State. 126-6
12 LSU The Tigers are 14-4 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities, with wins over Kentucky and Tennessee. LSU is tied with Kentucky and Tennessee atop the SEC standings. 427-6
13 Purdue The Boilermakers are 14-6 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities, with wins over Michigan State, Maryland and Iowa. Purdue will take a three-game winning streak into Wednesday's game with Illinois. --23-9
14 Maryland The Terrapins are 12-7 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities, with wins over Purdue, Iowa and Wisconsin. Maryland is 4-1 in its past five games with the lone loss in that stretch coming at Michigan. --23-10
15 Nevada The Wolf Pack are 8-1 in Quadrant 2 opportunities, but still in search of a first Quadrant 1 win. Nevada's first chance to get a Quadrant 1 win will come next month at Utah State. --29-4
16 Kansas The Jayhawks are 13-7 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities, with wins over Tennessee, Michigan State, Marquette and Texas Tech. Kansas lost by 29 points Saturday at Texas Tech. 526-9
17 Iowa The Hawkeyes are 11-6 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities, with wins over Michigan and Iowa State. Iowa is 5-1 in its past six games with the lone loss in that stretch coming to Maryland. --22-11
18 Wisconsin The Badgers are 11-8 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities, with wins over Michigan, Maryland and Iowa. Wisconsin is 8-2 in its past 10 games, with the lone losses in that stretch coming to Michigan and Michigan State. --23-10
19 Va. Tech The Hokies are 9-6 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities, with wins over Purdue and Washington. Virginia Tech is 3-1 in its past four games with the lone loss in that stretch coming to Virginia. 124-8
20 Kansas St. The Wildcats are 10-6 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities, with wins over Texas Tech and Kansas. Kansas State is 6-1 in its past seven games. 225-8
21 Florida St. The Seminoles dropped to 10-6 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities after Saturday's loss at North Carolina. Florida State has only lost twice this season to schools not ranked in the Top 25 And 1. --28-7
22 Louisville The Cardinals dropped to 8-10 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities after Saturday's double-digit loss at home to Virginia. Seven of Louisville's 10 losses are to schools ranked ahead of the Cards in the Top 25 And 1. 320-14
23 Villanova The Wildcats are 12-7 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities, but just three of those wins are Quadrant 1 victories. Villanova is 1-3 in its past four games. 125-9
24 Buffalo The Bulls are 6-2 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities, with one additional loss coming in a Quadrant 3 game at Northern Illinois. Buffalo will take a five-game winning streak into Tuesday's game with Akron. 131-3
25 Cincinnati The Bearcats are 7-3 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities, with one additional loss coming in a Quadrant 4 game at East Carolina. Cincinnati is 10-1 in its past 11 games, with the lone loss in that stretch coming at Houston. 128-6
26 Wofford The Terriers are 7-4 in Quadrant 1/Quadrant 2 opportunities, with zero losses to sub-40 KenPom teams. Wofford will take a 15-game winning streak into Thursday's game at Chattanooga. NR29-4
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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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