College basketball rankings: Why Gonzaga deserves the No. 1 overall seed
Gonzaga is No. 1 in the Top 25 (and 1) and likely will stay there until Selection Sunday
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.
|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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