College Basketball Rankings: Texas Tech drops in Top 25 And 1 after losing at home to unranked Iowa State

Kansas entered Wednesday shorthanded and already in possession of a loss in the Big 12. Meantime, Texas Tech was rolling and undefeated in the league. So those conversations that popup seemingly every January were starting to popup again -- specifically conversations about whether this will be the season the Jayhawks actually fail to win at least a share of the Big 12 regular-season title for the first time in 15 years.

And then Texas Tech lost Wednesday night.

At home.

To unranked Iowa State.

And, just like that, Kansas is once again tied for first (with Texas Tech) in the Big 12 standings and currently projected by KenPom to win the league outright with a 13-5 conference record. In other words, things are back to normal. And, either way, what a win for Iowa State. The Cyclones went on the road and improved to 13-4 overall, 3-2 in the Big 12. They've now beaten Kansas and Texas Tech -- but lost to Baylor and Arizona. So the resume is a little all over the place. But, undeniably, Steve Prohm's Cyclones are good. They are, for what it's worth, the "first team out" of Thursday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1. 

Thursday's Top 25 And 1

Biggest Movers
1 Virginia Tech
4 Oklahoma
1 Tennessee The Vols' body of work features a single-digit victory over Gonzaga and 14 double-digit wins over everybody from Louisville to Florida. The lone loss on the resume came in overtime to Kansas. --31-6
2 Virginia The Cavaliers' 16-0 record features 12 double-digit wins -- among them Tuesday's 22-point victory over Virginia Tech. Only two teams have cracked the 60-point barrier against Virginia. --35-3
3 Michigan Michigan's perfect start includes double-digit wins over North Carolina, Indiana, Villanova and Purdue. Only two teams have stayed within single-digits of the Wolverines. --30-7
4 Gonzaga The Zags have won seven straight games since losing at North Carolina. Their resume includes five victories over top-50 KenPom teams -- most notably a neutral-court win over Duke in the Maui Invitational. --33-4
5 Kansas The Jayhawks' body of work features eight wins over top-50 KenPom teams - among them victories over Tennessee, Michigan State and Marquette. Lagerald Vick scored a game-high 21 points in Monday's win over Texas. --26-10
6 Michigan St. The Spartans have won nine straight games since losing in overtime at Louisville. Michigan State's resume features eight wins over top-75 KenPom teams - among them victories over Purdue, Ohio State, Florida, Texas and Iowa. --32-7
7 Duke The Blue Devils lost at home to Syracuse on Monday after Tre Jones suffered an AC joint separation. The freshman point guard is officially listed as "out indefinitely." --32-6
8 Va. Tech The Hokies' nine-game winning streak was snapped Tuesday at Virginia. Virginia Tech's resume is highlighted by victories over Purdue and Washington. 126-9
9 Texas Tech The Red Raiders' five-game winning streak was snapped at home Wednesday by Iowa State. Texas Tech is 5-2 against top-50 KenPom opponents 131-7
10 Nevada Cody Martin sank a 3-pointer in the final seconds Tuesday to lift Nevada to a win at Boise State. The Wolf Pack have won three straight games since losing at New Mexico. --29-5
11 Auburn The Tigers' resume features six wins over top-100 KenPom teams - among them victories over Washington and Arizona - and zero sub-40 losses. Next up is Saturday's home game with Kentucky. 130-10
12 N. Carolina The Tar Heels have one of the sport's weirdest resumes. They've beaten Gonzaga at home and NC State on the road, but lost to Texas on a neutral court and been blown out at home by Louisville. 129-7
13 Maryland The Terrapins' six-game winning streak includes victories over Nebraska, Indiana and Wisconsin. Next up is Friday's game at Ohio State. 123-11
14 Marquette The Golden Eagles won at Georgetown Tuesday despite Markus Howard only playing three minutes. The All-American candidate left the game with back discomfort. 124-10
15 Oklahoma The Sooners own wins over TCU, Florida and Wofford - but are just 2-3 in their past five games. Oklahoma's next two games are on the road against Texas and Oklahoma State. 420-14
16 Buffalo The Bulls' body of work features four wins over top-75 KenPom teams -- among them wins at Syracuse and West Virginia -- and a lone loss at Marquette. Buffalo will take a five-game winning streak into Friday's game against Eastern Michigan. --32-4
17 Nebraska Isaac Copeland finished with 14 points in Monday's win at Indiana. The Huskers' resume features four wins over top-50 KenPom teams and zero sub-55 losses. --19-17
18 Houston The Cougars' body of work features eight wins over top-100 KenPom teams - among them a victory over LSU. The lone loss is a single-digit loss on the road at Temple. --33-4
19 Ole Miss The Rebels' 10-game winning streak was snapped Tuesday at home by LSU. Ole Miss is 4-3 against top-100 KenPom teams in its first season under Kermit Davis. --20-13
20 Kentucky The Wildcats' resume features four wins over top-100 KenPom teams -- most notably victories over North Carolina and Louisville. UK's losses are to Duke, Seton Hall and Alabama. --30-7
21 Miss. State The Bulldogs' resume features five wins over top-50 KenPom teams -- among them Tuesday's win over Florida that snapped a two-game losing streak. Three of Mississippi State's next four games are on the road. --23-11
22 NC State The Wolfpack took a bad loss Tuesday -- specifically a 71-67 loss to a Wake Forest team that entered with a 7-8 record. NC State is 1-2 in its past three games. --24-12
23 Villanova Villanova's five-game winning streak has allowed Jay Wright's team to start 4-0 in the Big East for the first time since 2016. The Wildcats are the only Big East school still without a league loss. --26-10
24 Louisville The Cardinals' resume featuers four wins over top-55 KenPom teams - most notably victories over Michigan State and North Carolina. Three of Louisville's losses are to schools also ranked in the Top 25 And 1. --20-14
25 Purdue Purdue's body of work features six wins over top-100 KenPom teams -- among them victories over Maryland, Iowa and Wisconsin. Three of the Boilermakers' six losses are to teams also ranked in the Top 25 And 1. --26-10
26 Iowa The Hawkeyes' resume features four wins over top-50 KenPom teams - most notably victories over Nebraska, Iowa State and Ohio State - and zero sub-20 losses. Iowa will take a four-game winning streak into Sunday's game with Illinois. --23-12
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