College basketball rankings: Kentucky may need to beat Virginia Tech to stay in top 10
The Wildcats, No. 6 in Friday's updated Top 25 (and one), play their first tough team in a month Saturday
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)
|1||Villanova||The Wildcats own wins over Gonzaga, Tennessee and Temple. Eight of their 11 wins have come by double-digits.||--||18-1|
|2||Arizona State||The Sun Devils' perfect record features four top-50 KenPom wins. ASU beat Kansas and Xavier both by double-digits.||--||15-4|
|3||Michigan State||The Spartans have won eight straight games since losing to Duke in Chicago. They have victories over North Carolina and Notre Dame.||--||17-3|
|4||North Carolina||The Tar Heels' lone loss is a neutral-court loss to Michigan State. UNC already owns five top-100 KenPom victories.||--||16-4|
|5||Wichita State||The Shockers' lone loss is a single-point loss to Notre Dame. They've beaten Baylor, Marquette and Oklahoma State.||--||15-4|
|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.||--||14-5|
|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.||--||14-4|
|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.||--||13-6|
|9||West 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.||--||16-3|
|10||Virginia||The Cavaliers' lone loss is a single-digit loss at West Virginia. Virginia has the nation's best defensive-efficiency rating.||--||18-1|
|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.||--||17-2|
|12||Florida State||The Seminoles' perfect record is highlighted by a double-digit win at Florida. FSU's next game is Saturday against Oklahoma State.||--||14-5|
|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.||--||14-5|
|14||Xavier||The Musketeers have won four straight since losing to Arizona State. Two of those wins were over Baylor and Cincinnati.||--||18-3|
|15||Gonzaga||The Zags' two losses are to Villanova and Florida. Gonzaga beat the Washington team that beat Kansas by 27 points.||--||17-4|
|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.||--||13-5|
|17||Purdue||The Boilermakers have won six straight since losing to Western Kentucky. Purdue owns wins over Arizona, Louisville and Maryland.||--||19-2|
|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.||--||16-3|
|19||Notre Dame||Notre Dame has gone 2-2 since beating Wichita State in Maui. The losses are to Michigan State and Ball State.||--||13-7|
|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.||--||16-4|
|21||Baylor||The Bears' two losses are to Wichita State and Xavier. Their best win is a neutral-court win over Creighton.||--||12-7|
|22||Creighton||The Bluejays' two losses are to Gonzaga and Baylor. They led both of those games at the half.||--||15-5|
|23||Seton Hall||The Pirates' lone loss is a single-point loss to Rhode Island. They own wins over Texas Tech and Louisville.||--||15-5|
|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.||--||15-4|
|25||Florida||The Gators snapped their three-game losing streak with a win over Cincinnati. They also own a win over Gonzaga.||--||14-5|
|26||Cincinnati||The Bearcats' two losses are to Xavier and Florida. Their best win is a double-digit victory over Mississippi State.||--||17-2|
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