College basketball rankings: UNC rises, Duke falls and Arizona is no longer ranked

Arizona lost again late Thursday -- this time at home to a UCLA team that spent last month losing to Stanford, Colorado, Oregon State and Oregon. In a 82-74 loss the Wildcats let Steve Alford's Bruins shoot 51.6 percent from the field and 45.8 percent from 3-point range. So now Arizona is ranked 111th nationally in defensive efficiency, according to KenPom.

That's a problem.

But the bigger problem is a resume featuring zero wins over teams currently ranked in the AP poll and four sub-50 KenPom losses. In other words, the Wildcats (19-6, 9-3 Pac-12) haven't really accomplished much. They're 2-2 vs. top-50 KenPom teams with, again, four sub-50 RPI losses. Compare that to the school I have ranked 26th in Friday morning's CBS Sports Top 25 (and one) -- i.e., Florida State, which is 6-4 vs. top-50 KenPom teams with just three sub-50 losses -- and you'll have an explanation for why Arizona is no longer in the Top 25 (and one).

Friday's updated Top  25 (and one) rankings

Biggest Movers
2 North Carolina
1 Duke
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1 Virginia The Cavaliers have won 15 straight games since losing at West Virginia. They own nine top-50 KenPom wins - among them victories over Duke, Clemson and North Carolina. --24-2
2 Villanova The Wildcats' resume features seven top-50 KenPom wins - among them victories over Xavier, Gonzaga and Tennessee. Their losses are to Butler and St. John's. --24-3
3 Purdue Ohio State snapped the Boilermakers' 19-game winning streak Wednesday. Purdue's resume still features eight top-50 KenPom wins and only one sub-15 loss. --24-5
4 Michigan State The Spartans' resume includes five top-50 KenPom wins and zero sub-35 losses. They'll take a seven-game winning streak into Saturday's game with Purdue. --26-3
5 Xavier The Musketeers have won seven straight games since losing at Villanova. Their resume includes eight top-50 KenPom wins and only one sub-50 loss. --24-4
6 Cincinnati The Bearcats will take a 15-game winning streak into Sunday's game at SMU. They're 11-0 in the AAC and at least three games ahead of everybody in the league standings. --23-4
7 Texas Tech The Red Raiders' resume includes seven top-50 KenPom wins and just one sub-40 loss. They'll take a five-game winning streak into Saturday's game at Kansas State. --22-5
8 Kansas The Jayhawks' resume includes eight top-50 KenPom wins and two sub-35 losses. They're 8-3 in the Big 12 heading into Saturday's game at Baylor. 122-6
9 Duke The Blue Devils' resume features six top-50 KenPom wins and three sub-50 losses. They own wins over three other schools ranked in the Top 25 (and one) -- most notably Michigan State. 122-5
10 Auburn Texas A&M snapped Auburn's five-game winning streak Wednesday. But the Tigers are still alone atop the SEC standings. --23-4
11 Saint Mary's The Gaels' 19-game winning streak includes victories at Gonzaga and BYU. Their lone losses came more than two months ago. --25-4
12 Gonzaga The Zags have won six straight games since losing to Saint Mary's. Their resume features three top-40 KenPom wins and only one sub-40 loss. --25-4
13 Clemson The Tigers' resume includes six top-50 KenPom wins and just two sub-50 losses. They're 13-0 at home and 3-1 in neutral-court games. --20-6
14 Tennessee The Vols' resume includes four top-50 KenPom wins and zero sub-50 losses. They'll take a six-game winning streak into Saturday's game at Alabama. --19-7
15 Ohio State The Buckeyes won at Purdue on Wednesday to record their fourth top-50 KenPom win. They've only lost twice in the past 10 weeks. --22-7
16 North Carolina The Tar Heels' resume includes five victories over schools also ranked in the Top 25 (and one). They'll take a two-game winning streak into Saturday's game at NC State. 221-7
17 West Virginia The Mountaineers' resume includes six top-50 KenPom wins and just one sub-30 loss. They've beaten Virginia once and Oklahoma twice. 119-8
18 Oklahoma The Sooners' resume features seven top-50 KenPom wins and just one sub-55 loss. OU's best wins are over Texas Tech, Kansas and Wichita State. 116-11
19 Wichita State The Shockers' resume includes three top-50 KenPom wins and only one sub-50 loss. They've won three of their past four games since losing at Houston. 121-5
20 Rhode Island The Rams have won 14 straight games since losing at Alabama. Two of their three losses are to teams also ranked in the Top 25 (and one). 121-4
21 Kentucky The Wildcats' resume features four top-50 KenPom wins -- among them a victory at West Virginia. They'll take a two-game losing streak into Saturday's game at Texas A&M. 118-9
22 Michigan Four of the Wolverines' seven losses are to schools ranked ahead of them in the Top 25 (and one). Michigan's resume is highlighted by a double-digit victory at Michigan State. 122-7
23 Butler The Bulldogs' resume features four top-50 KenPom wins and just one sub-50 loss. They are one of the two teams that's beaten top-ranked Villanova. 118-10
24 Miami (Fla.) The Hurricanes have won three straight games since losing at Florida State. Their resume included four top-50 KenPom wins and just one sub-40 loss. 119-8
25 Texas A&M The Aggies resume includes six top-50 KenPom wins. Three of their eight losses came when they were down at least two starters. 117-10
26 Florida State The Seminoles' resume includes six top-50 KenPom wins and three sub-50 losses. They own road wins at Florida, Louisville and Virginia Tech. 119-8

In: Florida State

Out: Arizona

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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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