College basketball rankings: Don't look now but Houston is 8-0 and No. 21 in the Top 25 And 1

Kelvin Sampson lost three of the top five scorers from last season's team at Houston that won 27 times and advanced to the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament before losing at the buzzer to Michigan, which, of course, went on to play for the national title. Those three departures -- among them leading scorer Rob Gray -- were supposed to cause the Cougars to slip a bit. And they still might. But they haven't yet.

Houston is 8-0.

The Cougars have beaten the Oregon team that's beaten Syracuse, the BYU team that's beaten Utah State, and the Oklahoma State team that's beaten the LSU team Houston will play Wednesday night inside the Fertitta Center. Houston is ranked 21st in Wednesday morning's updated Top 25 And 1. For what it's worth, the Cougars are projected by KenPom to be a favorite in each of their next 14 contests.

Wednesday's Top 25 And 1

Biggest Movers
1 Kansas Dedric Lawson scored KU's final 14 points in Saturday's win over New Mexico State. The Memphis transfer is averaging a team-high 19.1 points and 10.6 rebounds in 32.5 minutes per game. --26-10
2 Tennessee Admiral Schofield finished with 30 points and six rebounds in Sunday's win over Gonzaga. The Vols' lone loss is a neutral-court loss in overtime to Kansas. --31-6
3 Gonzaga The Zags' resume features wins over Duke, Arizona, Creighton and Washington. Their lone loss is a neutral-court loss to Tennessee. --33-4
4 Duke RJ Barrett finished with 30 points, seven rebounds and six assists in Saturday's win over Yale. He's the first Duke freshman in history to ever have at least 30 points, five rebounds and five assists in a game. --32-6
5 Nevada Nevada is off to its best start since it became a Division I program in 1969. Caleb Martin is averaging a team-high 18.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in 33.1 minutes per game. --29-5
6 Virginia The Cavaliers only allowed VCU to shoot 29.5 percent from the field in Sunday's win over the Rams. Kyle Guy led Virginia with 15 points and six rebounds. --35-3
7 Michigan Jordan Poole scored a career-high 26 points in Saturday's win over South Carolina. The Wolverines' resume features four wins over top-75 KenPom teams. --30-7
8 Auburn The Tigers' lone loss is a single-digit loss on a neutral court to Duke. Auburn's eight wins have come by an average of 28.4 points. --30-10
9 Michigan St. The Spartans missed 11 of their 15 3-point attempts Saturday but still got a win at Florida. Michigan State has won eight of its past nine games since that season-opening loss to Kansas. --32-7
10 N. Carolina The Tar Heels handled UNC-Wilmington easily on Wednesday despite Coby White missing the game with a sore ankle. Nassir Little finished with 14 points and five rebounds off the bench. --29-7
11 Texas Tech The Red Raiders are 8-0 for the first time since the 2009-2010 season. Jarrett Culver is averaging a team-high 18.3 points, a team-high 5.5 rebounds and a team-high 4.5 assists. --31-7
12 Florida St. The Seminoles' resume features three wins over top-55 KenPom teams. Terance Mann is averaging a team-high 12.1 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds in 31.2 minutes per game. --29-8
13 Va. Tech Nickeil Alexander-Walker has scored in double-figures in all nine contests this season. He's averaging 17.7 points in 32.6 minutes per game. --26-9
14 Ohio St. Keyshawn Woods got 18 points off the bench in Wednesday's win over Illinois in Chicago. The Buckeyes are 2-0 in the Big Ten for the second consecutive season. --20-15
15 Wisconsin The Badgers' resume features four wins over top-60 KenPom teams - among them victories over Iowa and Oklahoma. Ethan Happ is leading Wisconsin in points (19.3), rebounds (10.8) and assists (4.9). --23-11
16 Maryland The Terrapins' only losses are single-digit losses to Virginia at home and Purdue on the road. Bruno Fernando is averaging 13.7 points and 9.4 rebounds in 26.9 minutes per game. --23-11
17 Arizona St. The Sun Devils' lone loss is a neutral-court loss by single-digits to Nevada. Arizona State's next two games are road games at Georgia and at Vanderbilt. --23-11
18 Miss. State The Bulldogs' lone loss is a neutral-court loss to Arizona State. Quinndary Weatherspoon is averaging a team-high 16.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in 31.8 minutes per game. --23-11
19 Iowa Tyler Cook finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds in Thursday's win over Iowa State. The Hawkeyes' two losses are both to teams ranked above them -- specifically Michigan State and Wisconsin. --23-12
20 Buffalo The Bulls are off to their best start since the 1930-31 season. Four of their next five games will be true-road games - among them contests at Syracuse and at Marquette. --32-4
21 Houston The Cougars' resume features wins at BYU and at Oklahoma State. Houston will take a 21-game winning streak at home into Wednesday's game with LSU. --33-4
22 Oklahoma The Sooners allowed Wichita State to only shoot 24.2 percent from the field in Saturday's 32-point win over the Shockers. Oklahoma's lone loss is a neutral-court loss to Wisconsin. --20-14
23 Cincinnati The Bearcats' lone loss is a season-opening defeat to an Ohio State team ranked ahead of them in the Top 25 And 1. Next up is Saturday's game at Mississippi State. --28-7
24 Nebraska The Huskers' resume features three wins over top-60 KenPom teams. They own a 23-point win over the Seton Hall team that beat Kentucky at Madison Square Garden. --19-17
25 Indiana The Hoosiers' resume features four wins over top-50 KenPom teams. Romeo Langford is averaging a team-high 18.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 33.1 minutes per game. --19-16
26 Marquette The Golden Eagles own wins over Wisconsin, Kansas State and Louisville. Both of their losses are to schools ranked ahead of them in the Top 25 And 1 - specifically Kansas and Indiana. --24-10
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