College basketball rankings: Why Gonzaga deserves the No. 1 overall seed

Gonzaga enters this week 28-0 (with 25 double-digit victories) and in possession of a resume featuring four top-25 RPI wins - among them wins over schools that are currently in first place in the Pac-12 standings (Arizona) and SEC standings (Florida). Barring a surprise, the Zags will be undefeated on Selection Sunday. That will be good enough for the No. 1 seed in the West Regional of the NCAA Tournament - and it should be good enough for the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

How the selection committee looked at Gonzaga’s resume two weekends ago and concluded the Zags should be the fourth No. 1 is incomprehensible. But, I think, they’ll right their previous wrong on Selection Sunday.

Gonzaga remains No. 1 in the Top 25 (and one).

The complete Top 25 (and one) is below.

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1 Gonzaga The Zags own four top-25 RPI wins and seven top-50 RPI wins. They've won 25 of their 28 games by double-digits - including each of the past 20. --33-4
2 Villanova The Wildcats have clinched at least a share of their fourth straight Big East title. Their resume features nine top-50 RPI victories. --26-10
3 Kansas The Jayhawks now have a three-game lead in the Big 12 standings with just four regular-season games remaining. They're about to win their 13th straight league title. --26-10
4 Baylor The Bears are 8-3 vs. top-50 RPI teams. Two of those three losses came to Kansas. --20-14
5 Oregon The Ducks have won three straight games since losing at UCLA. They're 6-2 against top-50 RPI teams. --25-13
6 Arizona The Wildcats have won 19 of their past 20 games. The lone loss in that stretch is a loss at Oregon. --17-15
7 Louisville The Cardinals have nine top-60 RPI wins and zero losses to currently unranked teams. Their best wins are victories over Duke, Kentucky and Purdue. --20-14
8 Duke The Blue Devils have won seven straight games since losing to NC State. They're 18-2 with Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski on the sideline. --32-6
9 UCLA The Bruins avenged an earlier loss to USC by beating the Trojans 102-70 late Saturday. They'll take a five-game winning streak into Thursday's game with Arizona State. --17-16
10 N. Carolina The Tar Heels are 11-2 in the ACC and alone atop the league standings. They're 9-3 vs. top-50 RPI teams with two sub-50 losses. --29-7
11 W. Virginia The Mountaineers needed double-overtime to beat Texas Tech on Saturday. They're 5-2 against top-50 RPI teams. --15-21
12 Kentucky The Wildcats have won four straight games since losing at Florida. They're 6-5 vs. top-50 RPI teams. --30-7
13 Purdue Caleb Swanigan finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds in Saturday's win over Michigan State. The sophomore has 23 double-doubles in 27 games. --26-10
14 Florida The Gators will take an eight-game winning streak into Tuesday's game with South Carolina. They're 12-2 in the SEC and tied with Kentucky atop the league standings. --20-16
15 Notre Dame The Irish will take a four-game winning streak into their rematch with Georgia Tech. They're shooting 81.6 percent from the free throw line, which ranks first nationally. --14-19
16 Wisconsin The Badgers snapped their two-game losing streak Sunday with a win over Maryland. They're tied with Purdue atop the Big Ten standings. --23-11
17 Cincinnati The Bearcats have won 24 straight home games. They've only lost once in the past 10 weeks. --28-7
18 Florida St. The Seminoles' resume now includes four sub-50 losses. They'll take a two-game losing streak into Monday's game with Boston College. --29-8
19 Virginia The Cavaliers have lost three straight games and five of their past seven. But they still have the nation's most efficient defense, according to KenPom. --35-3
20 Butler The Bulldogs shot 56.9 percent from the field in Sunday's win over DePaul. Butler is 7-2 vs. top-50 RPI teams with four sub-50 losses. --16-17
21 Saint Mary's The Gaels have only lost twice in the past two months. Both of those losses were to top-ranked Gonzaga. --22-12
22 USC The Trojans only have two sub-20 RPI losses on their resume. They own victories over UCLA and SMU. --16-17
23 SMU The Mustangs have only lost once since Nov. 30. That lone loss is a 66-64 loss at Cincinnati. --15-17
24 Maryland Melo Trimble's 27 points Sunday were not enough to help Maryland avoid a loss at Wisconsin. The Terrapins are 3-1 vs. top-50 RPI teams with three sub-50 losses. --23-11
25 Creighton The Bluejays made nine 3-pointers in Sunday's win over Georgetown. They're 4-4 without Maurice Watson. --20-15
26 Iowa St. The Cyclones will take a three-game winning streak into Monday's game at Texas Tech. They're tied for second in the Big 12 standings. --23-12
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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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