College basketball rankings: Kansas is No. 1 in Top 25 And 1 because its resume is better than Gonzaga's
Bill Self's Jayhawks have more quality victories than the Zags
That's why I have KU above the Zags.
Kansas, which was No. 1 in the preseason AP poll, currently owns neutral-court wins over the teams ranked No. 9 (Michigan State), No. 13 (Tennessee) and No. 29 (Marquette) at KenPom whereas Gonzaga's second-best win is over the team ranked No. 31 (Creighton) -- and its third-best win is over the team ranked 47th (Arizona). Yes, I realize Gonzaga's win over Creighton came on the road. And that's super-impressive. But I still think the Jayhawks have the better resume. So if you're wondering why I have them No. 1 in Monday morning's updated Top 25 And 1, I just gave you the reason. And, no, I don't care that Kansas went to overtime this weekend with a Stanford team that's now 4-4 because I also didn't care two weeks ago when Gonzaga was in a single-digit game in the final 20 seconds with an Illinois team that's now 2-6.
Simply put, in basketball, those things sometimes happen.
For my purposes, wins are wins.
|1||Kansas||Dedric Lawson finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds in Saturday's OT win over Stanford. The Jayhawks own victories over Tennessee, Michigan State and Marquette.||--||8-0|
|2||Gonzaga||Gonzaga's resume features three wins over top-50 KenPom teams. Mark Few's team is 8-0 for the second time in a three-year span.||--||9-1|
|3||Duke||RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson combined for 66 points in Saturday's win over Stetson. The Blue Devils' lone loss is a two-point loss to Gonzaga on a neutral court.||--||9-1|
|4||Tennessee||The Vols' lone loss is a neutral-court loss to Kansas in overtime. Grant Williams is averaging a team-high 20.4 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists for the reigning SEC champs.||--||7-1|
|5||Nevada||Nevada's win at USC on Saturday provides the Wolf Pack with two double-digit road victories over top-75 KenPom teams. Caleb Martin is averaging a team-high 19.9 points and shooting 38.8 percent from 3-point range.||--||10-0|
|6||Virginia||The Cavaliers are 7-0 for the third consecutive season. De'Andre Hunter is averaging a team-high 16.6 points and 6.1 rebounds.||--||9-0|
|7||Michigan||The Wolverines made 13 of 26 3-point attempts in Saturday's blowout of Purdue. Jordan Poole took five, made five and finished with a game-high 21 points.||--||10-0|
|8||Kentucky||The Wildcats trailed at the break Saturday before rallying to beat UNC Greensboro. Reid Travis finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds.||--||7-2|
|9||Auburn||Anfernee McLemore and Bryce Brown combined for 38 points in Wednesday's win over Saint Peter's. The Tigers' lone loss is a single-digit loss to Duke.||--||8-1|
|10||Michigan St.||Cassius Winston finished with 22 points and six assists in Friday's win over Rutgers. The Spartans are 1-0 in the Big Ten heading into Monday's game with Iowa.||--||8-2|
|11||N. Carolina||The Tar Heels are 1-2 in their past three games. Two of their next three games are against Gonzaga and Kentucky.||--||7-2|
|12||Texas Tech||The Red Raiders rallied Saturday to overcome a double-digit deficit and beat Memphis. Chris Beard is now 31-2 all-time at Texas Tech against sub-75 KenPom teams.||--||9-0|
|13||Florida St.||The Seminoles own three wins over teams currently ranked in the top 50 at KenPom. They've done this without last season's leading scorer, Phil Cofer, who remains sidelined with a foot injury.||--||8-1|
|14||Va. Tech||The Hokies shot 57.1 percent from the field in Saturday's win over Central Connecticut State. Ahmed Hill had a game-high 24 points.||--||8-1|
|15||Kansas St.||The Wildcats missed 16 of 22 3-point attempts in Saturday's loss at Marquette. Their next three games are against sub-100 KenPom teams.||--||6-2|
|16||Maryland||Bruno Fernando finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds in Saturday's win over Penn State. Maryland's lone loss is a single-digit loss to Virginia.||--||9-2|
|17||Wisconsin||The Badgers' lone loss is a neutral-court loss by single digits to Virginia. Ethan Happ is averaging 17.4 points, 11.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.||--||9-2|
|18||Ohio St.||OSU shot 41.2 percent from 3-point range in Sunday's win over Minnesota. Kaleb Wesson scored 15 points and is now averaging 14.5 points and 6.1 rebounds.||--||8-1|
|19||Purdue||The Boilermakers' three losses have all come to teams ranked ahead of them in the Top 25 And 1 - specifically Michigan, Florida State and Virginia Tech. Carsen Edwards is averaging 24.4 points.||--||6-4|
|20||Creighton||The Bluejays led Gonzaga through 29 minutes Saturday before ultimately losing by double-digits. Creighton made 14 3-pointers in the loss.||--||6-3|
|21||Iowa||The Hawkeyes missed 18 of 24 3-point attempts in Friday's loss to Wisconsin. Next up is Monday's game at Michigan State.||--||7-2|
|22||Nebraska||The Huskers' lone loss is a neutral-court loss to Texas Tech. This week's games are against Minnesota and Creighton.||--||8-2|
|23||Arizona St.||The Sun Devils have won 20 consecutive non-league games. They'll play Nevada on Friday at Staples Center in Los Angeles.||--||7-1|
|24||Miss. State||The Bulldogs overcame a double-digit deficit Friday to win at Dayton. Their lone loss is a neutral-court loss by single-digits to Arizona State.||--||8-1|
|25||Texas||The Longhorns missed 22 of 27 3-point attempts in Friday's loss to Radford. Texas will take a two-game losing streak into Wednesday's game with VCU.||--||6-3|
|26||Buffalo||Nick Perkins finished with 22 points and five rebounds off the bench in Saturday's win over San Francisco. The Bulls are 7-0 for the first time since the 1930-31 season.||--||9-0|
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