College basketball rankings: UNC rises, Duke falls and Arizona is no longer ranked
Arizona slips out of Top 25 (and 1) after its loss to UCLA
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
|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.||--||31-3|
|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.||--||36-4|
|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.||--||30-7|
|4||Michigan St.||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.||--||30-5|
|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.||--||29-6|
|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.||--||31-5|
|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.||--||27-10|
|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.||1||31-8|
|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.||1||29-8|
|10||Auburn||Texas A&M snapped Auburn's five-game winning streak Wednesday. But the Tigers are still alone atop the SEC standings.||--||26-8|
|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.||--||30-6|
|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.||--||32-5|
|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.||--||25-10|
|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.||--||26-9|
|15||Ohio St.||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.||--||25-9|
|16||N. 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.||2||26-11|
|17||W. Virginia||The Mountaineers' resume includes six top-50 KenPom wins and just one sub-30 loss. They've beaten Virginia once and Oklahoma twice.||1||26-11|
|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.||1||18-14|
|19||Wichita St.||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.||1||25-8|
|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).||1||26-8|
|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.||1||26-11|
|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.||1||33-8|
|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.||1||21-14|
|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.||1||22-10|
|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.||1||22-13|
|26||Florida St.||The Seminoles' resume includes six top-50 KenPom wins and three sub-50 losses. They own road wins at Florida, Louisville and Virginia Tech.||1||23-12|
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