College basketball rankings: Cincinnati, Ohio State and Purdue fall in shake-up
Those Thursday upsets mean a major shuffle in Friday's Top 25 (and 1) updated rankings
A surprisingly wild Thursday night led to four top-15 teams losing road games -- specifically Purdue, Cincinnati, Ohio State and Saint Mary's. So they all dropped in Friday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 (and one). And SMC dropped completely out.
The Gaels, frankly, are one of college basketball's most difficult teams to assess because they play so few games against quality opponents. And their resume now features three sub-75 KenPom losses after falling 70-63 late Thursday to a San Francisco team that is A) ranked 144th at KenPom, and B) just 7-8 in the West Coast Conference. In other words, Saint Mary's doesn't have many good wins -- the Gaels only have two top-50 KenPom wins -- to help offset some really bad losses. So I replaced them with a team that has one more top-50 KenPom win and one less sub-75 loss.
That team is Houston.
The Cougars are on a four-game winning streak thanks to Thursday's 67-62 victory over Cincinnati that doubled as their second win over a team also ranked in the Top 25 (and one). They're 10-3 in the AAC and 25th in the updated Top 25 (and one) -- meaning there are now three AAC schools in these rankings.
Friday's updated Top 25 (and one)
|1||Virginia||The Cavaliers' resume features 10 top-50 KenPom wins -- among them victories over Duke, North Carolina, Clemson and Rhode Island. They own a three-game lead in the loss column of the ACC standings.||--||35-3|
|2||Michigan St.||The Spartans' resume features six top-50 KenPom wins and zero sub-30 losses. They'll take a nine-game winning streak into Saturday's game at Northwestern.||--||32-7|
|3||Xavier||The Musketeers' resume features eight top-50 KenPom wins and just one sub-35 loss. They'll take a nine-game winning streak -- and one-game lead in the Big East standings -- into Saturday's game with Villanova.||--||19-16|
|4||Villanova||The Wildcats' resume features six top-50 KenPom wins - among them victories over Xavier, Gonzaga, Tennessee and Butler. Villanova is 1-2 in its past three games with multiple losses to sub-60 KenPom teams.||2||26-10|
|5||Texas Tech||The Red Raiders' resume features seven top-50 KenPom wins and just one sub-45 loss. They own a one-game lead over Kansas in the Big 12 standings.||2||31-7|
|6||Duke||The Blue Devils' resume features seven top-50 KenPom wins and just three sub-10 losses. They'll take a two-game winning streak into Sunday's game at Clemson.||2||32-6|
|7||Auburn||The Tigers' resume features five top-50 KenPom wins and only one sub-40 loss. They own a two-game lead over Tennessee in the SEC standings.||2||30-10|
|8||Purdue||The Boilermakers' resume features seven top-50 KenPom wins and one sub-60 loss. They've lost three straight games since starting 12-0 in the Big Ten.||4||26-10|
|9||Cincinnati||The Bearcats had their 16-game winning streak snapped Thursday at Houston. They're 12-1 in the AAC and in possession of a two-game lead in the league standings.||4||28-7|
|10||Gonzaga||The Zags' resume features four top-50 KenPom wins and just one sub-35 loss. They'll take an eight-game winning streak into Saturday's game with Pepperdine.||--||33-4|
|11||Clemson||The Tigers' resume includes six top-50 KenPom wins and just two sub-25 losses. All five of their losses are to possible NCAA Tournament teams.||--||20-14|
|12||Kansas||The Jayhawks' resume features eight top-50 KenPom wins and just two sub-35 losses. Three of their six losses have come inside Allen Fieldhouse.||1||26-10|
|13||N. Carolina||The Tar Heels' resume features eight top-50 KenPom wins and only two sub-40 losses. They've won four straight games since losing at Clemson.||1||29-7|
|14||Ohio St.||The Buckeyes' resume features four top-50 KenPom wins and zero sub-50 losses. They're 13-2 in the Big Ten and tied with Michigan State atop the league standings.||2||20-15|
|15||Tennessee||The Vols' resume includes four top-50 KenPom wins and zero sub-45 losses. They've won seven of their past eight games.||1||31-6|
|16||Wichita St.||The Shockers' resume includes three top-55 KenPom wins and only one sub-55 loss. They've won five of their six games since losing at Houston.||1||22-15|
|17||Rhode Island||The Rams have won 16 straight games since losing at Alabama. They own a four-game lead in the Atlantic 10 standings with only five games to play.||1||18-15|
|18||W. Virginia||The Mountaineers' resume includes seven top-50 KenPom wins and just two sub-35 losses. They've beaten Virginia once and Oklahoma twice - and won three of their past four games.||1||15-21|
|19||Michigan||Four of the Wolverines' seven losses are to schools ranked ahead of them in the Top 25 (and one). Michigan's resume is highlighted by four top-50 KenPom wins - among them a double-digit victory at Michigan State.||1||30-7|
|20||Arizona||The Wildcats' resume features five top-50 KenPom wins and four sub-50 losses. They're 11-3 in the Pac-12 and in possession of a two-game lead in the league standings.||1||17-15|
|21||Oklahoma||The Sooners' resume features seven top-50 KenPom wins and three sub-50 losses. Only one of their nine losses came at home.||1||20-14|
|22||Texas A&M||The Aggies' resume includes seven top-50 KenPom wins and only two sub-45 losses. They've won four of their past five games.||1||14-18|
|23||Nevada||The Wolf Pack's resume features six top-75 KenPom wins and just three sub-30 losses. Their only home loss came when their leading scorer (Caleb Martin) was sidelined.||1||29-5|
|24||Florida St.||The Seminoles' resume features seven top-50 KenPom wins and just three sub-50 losses. They own road wins over Louisville, Virginia Tech and Florida.||1||29-8|
|25||Houston||The Cougars' resume features three top-50 KenPom wins and two sub-65 losses. Two of their wins are over teams also ranked in the Top 25 (and one).||NR||33-4|
|26||Arizona St.||The Sun Devils' resume features five top-50 KenPom wins and four sub-55 losses. They own away-from-home victories over Xavier, Kansas and Kansas State.||--||23-11|
Out: Saint Mary's
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