College basketball rankings: Kentucky may need to beat Virginia Tech to stay in top 10

Kentucky has played nine games this season but only one time against a power-conference opponent. And the Wildcats lost that game 65-61 to Kansas in Chicago. So it's still hard to gauge exactly what John Calipari has in Lexington.

Is UK a legitimate top-10 team right now?

Or is this still very much a work-in-progress?

It's possible the answer to both of those questions is … yes. And that's among the reasons I'm looking forward to watching UK test itself against a top-125 KenPom opponent for the first since in more than a month when the Wildcats meet Virginia Tech on Saturday inside Rupp Arena. Buzz Williams' Hokies are 9-1 and ranked 29th at KenPom. If Kentucky beats them, Kentucky will remain in the top 10 of the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one). But a loss would drop the Wildcats to 0-2 against top-50 KenPom teams and probably result in a significant fall in the rankings.

Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

Friday's updated Top 25 (and one)

Biggest Movers
Rk
Teams
 
Chg
Rcrd
1 Villanova The Wildcats own wins over Gonzaga, Tennessee and Temple. Eight of their 11 wins have come by double-digits. --36-4
2 Arizona St. The Sun Devils' perfect record features four top-50 KenPom wins. ASU beat Kansas and Xavier both by double-digits. --20-12
3 Michigan St. The Spartans have won eight straight games since losing to Duke in Chicago. They have victories over North Carolina and Notre Dame. --30-5
4 N. Carolina The Tar Heels' lone loss is a neutral-court loss to Michigan State. UNC already owns five top-100 KenPom victories. --26-11
5 Wichita St. The Shockers' lone loss is a single-point loss to Notre Dame. They've beaten Baylor, Marquette and Oklahoma State. --25-8
6 Kentucky The Wildcats' only loss is a single-digit loss to Kansas. They'll take a six-game winning streak into Saturday's game with Virginia Tech. --26-11
7 Miami (Fla.) The Hurricanes have won seven of their eight games by double-digits. Dewan Huell is averaging 13.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in 21.9 minutes per game. --22-10
8 Texas A&M The Aggies' lone loss is a single-digit loss to Arizona. They have four top-55 KenPom victories - among them a 23-point win over West Virginia. --22-13
9 W. Virginia The Mountaineers have won nine straight games since their season-opening loss to Texas A&M. Their best win is a win over Virginia. --26-11
10 Virginia The Cavaliers' lone loss is a single-digit loss at West Virginia. Virginia has the nation's best defensive-efficiency rating. --31-3
11 Duke The Blue Devils own three wins over teams also in the Top 25 (and one). Their lone loss is a road loss at Boston College. --29-8
12 Florida St. The Seminoles' perfect record is highlighted by a double-digit win at Florida. FSU's next game is Saturday against Oklahoma State. --23-12
13 TCU The Horned Frogs have won 15 straight games dating back to last season. Kenrich Williams is averaging 14.2 points and 10.1 rebounds in 33.6 minutes per game. --21-12
14 Xavier The Musketeers have won four straight since losing to Arizona State. Two of those wins were over Baylor and Cincinnati. --29-6
15 Gonzaga The Zags' two losses are to Villanova and Florida. Gonzaga beat the Washington team that beat Kansas by 27 points. --32-5
16 Tennessee UT's only loss is a single-digit loss to Villanova. The Vols have beaten Purdue and three other top-100 KenPom teams. --26-9
17 Purdue The Boilermakers have won six straight since losing to Western Kentucky. Purdue owns wins over Arizona, Louisville and Maryland. --30-7
18 Kansas The Jayhawks have lost back-to-back games for the first time since December 2013. The first loss was to Washington, the second to Arizona State. --31-8
19 Notre Dame Notre Dame has gone 2-2 since beating Wichita State in Maui. The losses are to Michigan State and Ball State. --21-15
20 Arizona The Wildcats have won four straight since losing three straight at the Battle 4 Atlantis. Their last two wins are over Texas A&M and Alabama. --27-8
21 Baylor The Bears' two losses are to Wichita State and Xavier. Their best win is a neutral-court win over Creighton. --19-15
22 Creighton The Bluejays' two losses are to Gonzaga and Baylor. They led both of those games at the half. --21-12
23 Seton Hall The Pirates' lone loss is a single-point loss to Rhode Island. They own wins over Texas Tech and Louisville. --22-12
24 Texas Tech The Red Raiders' lone loss is a loss to Seton Hall. Texas Tech owns a double-digit win over the Boston College team that beat Duke. --27-10
25 Florida The Gators snapped their three-game losing streak with a win over Cincinnati. They also own a win over Gonzaga. --21-13
26 Cincinnati The Bearcats' two losses are to Xavier and Florida. Their best win is a double-digit victory over Mississippi State. --31-5
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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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