College basketball rankings: Louisville, No. 1 in Top 25 And 1, hosts No. 5 Michigan in Tuesday's best game
Juwan Howard's Wolverines went from unranked to nationally relevant in the span of a week
The annual Big Ten-ACC Challenge was always supposed to have a game featuring two top-five teams. But the idea that Tuesday night's top-five matchup is Michigan at Louisville, as opposed to Duke at Michigan State, is something I don't believe anybody saw coming as recently as eight afternoons ago.
Let's back up.
Eight afternoons ago, Duke was No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll while Louisville was No. 2, Michigan State was No. 3 and Michigan wasn't ranked at all. So, yeah, Duke-Michigan State was set to be something special -- and Michigan-Louisville looked like a perfectly reasonable undercard featuring the two teams that played in the championship game of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
But then things got CRAZY.
Michigan State lost to a Virginia Tech team last Monday night that was picked 14th in the ACC. Then, last Tuesday night, , as a 28-point favorite, to a Stephen F. Austin team that was ranked 264th at KenPom. Then, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Michigan beat (in order) Iowa State, North Carolina and Gonzaga to win the Battle 4 Atlantis. And then, on Friday night, Louisville handled Western Kentucky, no problem, to remain undefeated. So now Michigan-Louisville is the top-five matchup.
The undercard is now the main event.
Louisville is No. 1 in Tuesday's CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. Michigan is No. 5. And that Duke-Michigan State game is now something way less than what it could've/should've been.
Tuesday's Top 25 And 1
|1||Louisville||Jordan Nwora scored 25 points in Friday's 71-54 victory over Western Kentucky. The Cardinals' 7-0 record features six double-digit wins.||--||9-1|
|2||Kansas||Udoka Azubuike scored 29 points and blocked four shots in Wednesday's 90-84 overtime win over Dayton. The Jayhawks have won six straight since their season-opening loss to Duke.||--||8-1|
|3||Maryland||Anthony Cowan finished with 22 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in Sunday's 84-63 win over Marquette. The Terrapins held Markus Howard to just six points on 1-of-12 shooting.||--||10-1|
|4||Virginia||The Cavaliers only allowed Maine to make eight field goals in Wednesday's 46-26 win over the Black Bears. Mamadi Diakite led Virginia with 15 points and seven rebounds.||--||8-1|
|5||Michigan||The Wolverines' perfect record features wins over Gonzaga and North Carolina. Next up for Michigan is a trip to Louisville to play Chris Mack's Cardinals.||--||8-1|
|6||Ohio St.||Andre Wesson made four 3-pointers and finished with 21 points in Friday's 90-57 victory over Morgan State. The Buckeyes' perfect record features wins over Villanova and Cincinnati.||--||9-0|
|7||N. Carolina||Armando Bacot finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks in Friday's 78-74 win over Oregon. UNC's lone loss is a single-digit loss to Michigan.||--||6-3|
|8||Gonzaga||The Zags only got 11 points from their bench in Friday's 82-64 loss to Michigan. Gonzaga allowed the Wolverines to shoot 54.0% from the field.||--||10-1|
|9||Dayton||The Flyers lost 90-84 in overtime to Kansas on Wednesday despite making 16 3-pointers. Dayton has the highest effective field goal percentage in the nation.||--||7-1|
|10||Kentucky||Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery combined for 32 points and 17 rebounds in Friday's 69-58 victory over UAB. The Wildcats played for the first time without Nate Sestina, who is expected to miss four weeks with a wrist injury.||--||7-1|
|11||Duke||Matthew Hurt scored a career-high 20 points in Friday's 83-70 win over Winthrop. Fellow freshman Vernon Carey added 17 points and 10 rebounds.||--||9-1|
|12||Michigan St.||Cassius Winston finished with 20 points and four assists in Wednesday's 75-62 victory over UCLA. Michigan State outscored the Bruins 18-2 in transition points.||--||6-3|
|13||Oregon||The Ducks shot 35.7% from the field in Friday's 78-74 loss to North Carolina. Oregon finished fourth in the Battle 4 Atlantis with a 1-2 record.||--||7-2|
|14||Seton Hall||Myles Powell scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half of Friday's 84-76 win over Iowa State. The Pirates' two losses are to Michigan State and Oregon.||--||6-3|
|15||Memphis||Boogie Ellis had 17 first-half points and finished with 21 in Thursday's 83-78 win over NC State. The Tigers won despite the absence of two starters - James Wiseman and Lester Quinones.||--||8-1|
|16||Auburn||Samir Doughty scored 22 points in Tuesday's 79-65 win over Richmond. Austin Wiley added 18 points and was named MVP of the Legends Classic.||--||8-0|
|17||Arizona||Chase Jeter scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Sunday's 73-66 win over Wake Forest. Arizona is 9-0 for the first time since the 2014-15 season.||--||9-1|
|18||Florida St.||Devin Vassell finished with 13 points and six rebounds in Saturday's 63-60 overtime victory over Purdue. Florida State will take a seven-game winning streak into Tuesday's game at Indiana.||--||8-2|
|19||Tennessee||Lamonte Turner sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer in Saturday's 72-69 victory over VCU. UT's one loss is a single-digit loss to Florida State.||--||7-1|
|20||Washington||Jaden McDaniels and Isaiah Stewart combined for 36 points and 20 rebounds in Monday's 75-55 win over South Dakota. The Huskies' lone loss is a neutral-court loss to Tennessee.||--||7-2|
|21||Baylor||Jared Butler scored 10 points in the final six minutes and finished with 22 in Sunday's 87-78 victory over Villanova. The Bears were 11-of-19 from 3-point range. in the win.||--||8-1|
|22||Villanova||Justin Moore came off the bench and scored 25 points in Sunday's 83-72 win over La Salle. The Wildcats won by double-digits despite turning the ball over 12 times in the second half.||--||7-2|
|23||Colorado||Tyler Bey scored 11 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in Saturday's 59-45 victory over Sacramento State. The Buffaloes won despite finishing with 17 turnovers and just 10 assists.||--||7-2|
|24||Butler||Kamar Baldwin finished with 22 points and five rebounds in Tuesday's 68-67 win over Stanford. Butler's undefeated record features wins over three top-75 KenPom teams.||--||9-1|
|25||Oklahoma St.||Yor Anei finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in Friday's 78-37 victory over Ole Miss. The Cowboys' perfect record features three wins over top-100 KenPom teams.||--||7-2|
|26||W. Virginia||Derek Culver came off the bench and scored a career-high 25 points in Sunday's 86-81 win over Rhode Island. The Mountaineers are 7-0 for the first time since the 2015-16 season.||--||7-1|
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