College basketball rankings: West Virginia is building momentum at the right time
The Mountaineers won their 3rd straight game and jump to No. 11 in Tuesday's Top 25 (and 1) rankings
There was a stretch this season when West Virginia dropped three straight games and five of six -- including home losses to Kansas and Kentucky, and a road loss at Iowa State. I don't know if anybody gave up on the Mountaineers, per se. But skeptics were certainly created.
They should be going away now, though.
Because West Virginia extended its winning streak to three games Monday with an 84-74 victory over Texas Tech that doubled as the Mountaineers' 11th top-50 KenPom win. Only Kansas has more. And when you consider that Bob Huggins' team has lost just twice to schools not expected to make the NCAA Tournament, you have to acknowledge West Virginia has a strong resume that should earn a terrific seed when the NCAA Tournament selection committee finalizes its bracket.
West Virginia moved from 17th to 11th in Tuesday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 (and one) -- which caused Wichita State, Clemson, Ohio State, Cincinnati and Tennessee to each drop one spot, no fault of their own. The Mountaineers close the regular season Saturday at Texas.
Tuesday's updated Top 25 (and one)
|1||Virginia||The Cavaliers own nine top-50 KenPom wins -- among them victories over Duke, North Carolina and Clemson. They've already secured the outright ACC regular-season title.||--||35-3|
|2||Michigan St.||The Spartans finished 16-2 in the Big Ten to win their first outright regular-season league title since 2009. Their resume features six top-50 KenPom wins - including victories over Purdue and North Carolina.||--||32-7|
|3||Villanova||The Wildcats' resume features seven top-50 KenPom wins -- including a regular-season sweep of Xavier. They are 3-3 in their past six games.||--||26-10|
|4||Xavier||The Musketeers' resume features 10 top-50 KenPom wins and just one sub-40 loss. They're 10-1 in their last 11 games, with that one loss coming to Villanova.||--||19-16|
|5||Kansas||The Jayhawks won their 13th game against a top-50 KenPom team on Monday and secured the outright Big 12 regular-season championship. Kansas has become the first school to ever win 14 straight league titles.||1||26-10|
|6||Duke||The Blue Devils' five-game winning streak was snapped Monday at Virginia Tech. Duke owns nine top-50 KenPom wins -- and has lost to a sub-40 opponent only twice.||1||32-6|
|7||Purdue||The Boilermakers finished their regular season with eight top-50 Kenpom wins and just two sub-50 losses. They'll take a three-game winning streak into the Big Ten Tournament.||--||26-10|
|8||N. Carolina||The Tar Heels' resume features 10 top-50 KenPom wins and only two sub-40 losses. They've won six straight games since losing at Clemson.||--||29-7|
|9||Gonzaga||The Zags beat BYU on Saturday to secure their 14th outright WCC regular-season championship in 19 seasons under Mark Few. Their resume features four top-45 KenPom wins -- among them victories over Ohio State and Creighton.||--||33-4|
|10||Auburn||The Tigers need to win one of their final two regular-season games -- or have Tennessee suffer another loss -- to secure at least a share of the SEC regular-season title. Auburn's resume features seven top-50 KenPom wins.||--||30-10|
|11||W. Virginia||The Mountaineers have won four of their past five games and compiled a total of 11 top-50 KenPom wins. Five of their eight losses are to teams also ranked in the Top 25 (and one).||6||15-21|
|12||Texas Tech||The Red Raiders own nine top-50 KenPom wins -- among them victories over Kansas and West Virginia. Their past 11 games include a seven-game winning streak and a four-game losing streak.||1||31-7|
|13||Wichita St.||The Shockers will take a six-game winning streak into Thursday's game at UCF. Their resume includes four top-55 KenPom wins and just two sub-40 losses.||1||22-15|
|14||Clemson||The Tigers own seven top-50 KenPom wins -- among them victories over North Carolina and Ohio State. Marcquise Reed is averaging a team-high 15.9 points.||1||20-14|
|15||Ohio St.||The Buckeyes' resume features four top-50 KenPom wins and zero sub-30 losses. They finished 15-3 in the Big Ten.||1||20-15|
|16||Cincinnati||The Bearcats are one win away from securing at least a share of the AAC regular-season title. They're 2-4 vs. top-50 KenPom teams, 23-0 against everybody else.||1||28-7|
|17||Tennessee||The Vols own six top-50 KenPom wins -- among them victories over Purdue and Kentucky. They're 11-5 in the SEC and guaranteed to finish no worse than tied for second in the league standings.||1||31-6|
|18||Michigan||The Wolverines' resume features six top-50 KenPom wins -- most notably a road victory over Michigan State. They'll take a five-game winning streak into the Big Ten Tournament.||--||30-7|
|19||Rhode Island||The Rams are 15-1 in the Atlantic 10 and have already secured the outright league title. It represents URI's first outright A-10 title in school history.||--||18-15|
|20||Nevada||The Wolf Pack's resume features seven top-70 KenPom wins and just three sub-25 losses. Their only home loss came when their leading scorer (Caleb Martin) was sidelined.||--||29-5|
|21||Kentucky||The Wildcats' resume features eight top-50 KenPom wins -- among them a road victory over West Virginia. They'll take a three-game winning streak into Wednesday's game with Ole Miss.||--||30-7|
|22||Arizona||The Wildcats' resume features five top-50 KenPom wins and five sub-50 losses. They're currently without their head coach (Sean Miller) and second-leading scorer (Allonzo Trier).||--||17-15|
|23||Butler||The Bulldogs' resume features wins over Villanova and Ohio State - and just two sub-45 KenPom losses. Butler will take a two-game winning streak into Wednesday's game at St. John's.||--||16-17|
|24||TCU||The Horned Frogs' resume features only one sub-50 KenPom loss -- an 81-78 loss at Vanderbilt. They'll take a three-game winning streak into Tuesday's game with Kansas State.||--||23-14|
|25||Florida||The Gators own nine top-50 KenPom wins -- among them victories over Gonzaga, Auburn, Cincinnati and Kentucky. Jalen Hudson is averaging a team-high 15.0 points and 4.1 rebounds.||--||20-16|
|26||Arkansas||The Razorbacks' resume features five top-50 KenPom wins and zero sub-65 losses. Arkansas is 5-1 in its past six games.||--||18-16|
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