College basketball rankings: Kansas vs. Kentucky could shake up the Top 25 (and 1)

There are Saturdays in every college basketball season when it's unclear and totally debatable which game is the best game on the schedule. But this Saturday is not one of those Saturdays. Because there's a clear top game this Saturday.

It's Kansas vs. Kentucky inside Rupp Arena in a matchup between the two schools most believe will eventually win the Big 12 and SEC, between two schools still in contention for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, between two schools ranked in the top 10 of the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one). And both teams are coming off of losses. So one of them will wake up Sunday on a two-game losing streak.

Kansas is No. 4 in the Top 25 (and one).

Kentucky is No. 6.

The complete Top 25 (and one) is below.

Biggest Movers
1 Gonzaga The Zags own three wins over teams also ranked in the Top 25 (and one) - specifically Arizona, Florida and Iowa State. They've won 13 straight games by double-digits. --32-5
2 Baylor The Bears have won 13 straight home games and are in possession of 10 top-55 KenPom victories. Their lone loss came at West Virginia. --19-15
3 Villanova The Wildcats' five-game winning streak was snapped Tuesday at Marquette. Villanova missed 28 of 34 3-point attempts in the loss. --36-4
4 Kansas The Jayhawks' 18-game winning streak was snapped Tuesday at West Virginia. Next up is Saturday's showdown with Kentucky at Rupp Arena. --31-8
5 Arizona The Wildcats have won 13 straight games since losing to Gonzaga. Allonzo Trier is averaging 14.5 points in two games since rejoining the team. --27-8
6 Kentucky The Wildcats took their first SEC loss Tuesday at Tennessee. Kentucky is now 3-3 vs. top-50 KenPom teams. --26-11
7 Butler The Bulldogs have won four straight since losing at Creighton. Their resume features nine top-55 KenPom victories. --21-14
8 Virginia The Cavaliers own road wins at Louisville, Notre Dame, Clemson and California. They'll take a five-game winning streak into Sunday's game at Villanova. --31-3
9 N. Carolina The Tar Heels have won seven consecutive games since losing at Georgia Tech and are alone atop the ACC standings. Justin Jackson is averaging 20.4 points in ACC contests. --26-11
10 Louisville The Cardinals beat Pitt by 55 points on Tuesday. They shot 58.2 percent against the Panthers and made 12 3-pointers. --22-14
11 W. Virginia The Mountaineers own victories over Baylor, Kansas and Virginia. Their four losses have come by a total of 11 points. --26-11
12 Oregon The Ducks recorded their third top-50 KenPom win Thursday at Utah. They'll take a 17-game winning streak into Saturday's test at Colorado. --23-13
13 Wisconsin The Badgers have won four straight since losing at Purdue. They're 6-1 in the Big Ten and tied atop the league standings with Maryland. --15-18
14 UCLA The Bruins missed 14 of 20 3-point attempts in Wednesday's loss at USC. They'll take a two-game losing streak into Wednesday's game at Washington State. --21-12
15 Cincinnati The Bearcats are on an 11-game winning streak thanks to Thursday's win over Xavier. They're 7-0 in the AAC heading into Saturday's game with USF. --31-5
16 Purdue Caleb Swanigan got 25 points and 17 rebounds in Tuesday's win at Michigan State. It was his 17th double-double of the season. --30-7
17 Notre Dame The Irish lost by 17 points on their home floor to Virginia on Tuesday. They're 1-2 in their past three games heading into Saturday's trip to Georgia Tech. --21-15
18 Florida St. The Seminoles were down 41-15 at the half Wednesday and ended up losing 78-56 at Georgia Tech. It was their second sub-75 KenPom loss of the season. --23-12
19 Duke The Blue Devils' resume features three top-50 KenPom wins and one sub-50 loss. KenPom now projects them to finish 9-9 in the ACC, where they are currently 3-4 after falling to NC State. --29-8
20 S. Carolina The Gamecocks are 13-1 in games in which Sindarius Thornwell has played. The lone loss is last weekend at Kentucky. --17-16
21 Saint Mary's Calvin Hermanson finished with 18 points in Thursday's blowout of San Francisco. The Gaels' seven WCC wins have all come by double-digits. --30-6
22 Xavier Five of the Musketeers' six losses have come to teams ranked ahead of them in the Top 25 (and one). The other loss was a 68-66 loss at Colorado in December. --29-6
23 Florida The Gators snapped their two-game losing streak Wednesday with a 106-71 victory at LSU. Four of Florida's five losses have come against schools also ranked in the Top 25 (and one). --21-13
24 Iowa St. The Cyclones have won two straight since losing to Kansas. Five of their six losses are to top-40 KenPom teams. --13-18
25 Maryland Melo Trimble got 17 points on eight shots in Tuesday's win over Rutgers. The Terps have won five straight since losing to Nebraska. --19-13
26 Kansas St. The Wildcats' resume features two top-30 KenPom wins and only one loss to a team currently unranked in the Top 25 (and one). KSU beat West Virginia last weekend. --25-12
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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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