College Basketball Rankings: Why Tennessee, the reigning SEC champion, is No. 1 in the Top 25 And 1

There are, as I explained Sunday, six schools that can reasonably be ranked No. 1 right now -- specifically Duke, Kansas, Michigan, Nevada, Tennessee and Virginia. But I've decided to place the Vols at the top of the Top 25 And 1 partly because they're the nation's only team that checks all four of these boxes:

  • Has a win over a school in the top 10 of the Top 25 And 1.
  • Has zero losses to teams ranked outside of the top 10.
  • Has zero losses in regulation.
  • Has nothing but double-digit victories over unranked opponents.

Tennessee doesn't play again until Saturday -- and no school in the current Top 25 And 1 plays again until Friday because of Christmas. So there will be no movement in these rankings until at least the weekend, which is when Kentucky visits Louisville in what will be the Wildcats' first true road game. Really looking forward to that one. In the meantime, happy holidays. 

Top 25 And 1 rankings

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1 Tennessee Grant Williams finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds in Saturday's win over Wake Forest. The Vols' resume features a win over Gonzaga and a lone loss coming in overtime to Kansas. --31-6
2 Duke The Blue Devils' resume features wins over Texas Tech, Auburn, Indiana and Kentucky. RJ Barrett is averaging 23.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in 31.1 minutes per game. --32-6
3 Nevada Six of Nevada's 12 wins have come away from home -- among them road victories at Loyola-Chicago and USC. Their best win is a neutral-court win over the Arizona State team that subsequently beat Kansas. --29-5
4 Virginia The Cavaliers' perfect record features wins over Wisconsin and Maryland. Their final non-league contest is a New Year's Eve game with Marshall. --35-3
5 Michigan Ignas Brazdeikis finished with 19 points and five rebounds in Saturday's win over Air Force. Michigan's perfect record features wins over North Carolina, Villanova, Purdue and Northwestern. --30-7
6 Kansas The Jayhawks own victories over three other schools in the Top 25 And 1 -- specifically Tennessee, Michigan State and Marquette. Their 10-game winning streak was snapped Saturday at Arizona State. --26-10
7 Gonzaga Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke combined for 46 points in Friday's win over Denver. The Zags are the only team to beat Duke this season. --33-4
8 Michigan St. Cassius Winston finished with 26 points in Friday's win over Oakland. The Spartans have won five straight games since losing at Louisville in overtime. --32-7
9 Texas Tech The Red Raiders' lone loss is a neutral-court loss to Duke. They appear to be the biggest threat to Kansas' streak of Big 12 regular-season titles. --31-7
10 Florida St. Terance Mann finished with 17 points and seven rebounds in Saturday's win over Saint Louis. FSU has won six straight games since losing to Villanova. --29-8
11 Va. Tech The Hokies' lone loss is a one-point loss at Penn State. They'll open the ACC portion of their schedule with home games against Notre Dame and Boston College. --26-9
12 Ohio St. Kaleb Wesson finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds in Saturday's win over UCLA. The Buckeyes will take a five-game winning streak into Saturday's game with High Point. --20-15
13 Wisconsin Ethan Happ finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists in Saturday's win over Grambling. The Badgers' resume features wins over NC State, Iowa and Oklahoma. --23-11
14 NC State Eric Lockett came off the bench and got 15 points and eight rebounds in Saturday's win over South Carolina Upstate. NC State has won five straight games since losing at Wisconsin. --24-12
15 Auburn The Tigers' two losses are single-digit losses to Duke and NC State. Jared Harper is averaging 15.4 points and 6.6 assists in 33.8 minutes per game. --30-10
16 Arizona St. The Sun Devils have beaten three top-50 KenPom opponents -- namely Kansas, Mississippi State and Utah State. Their losses are to Nevada on a neutral-court and on the road at Vanderbilt. --23-11
17 Miss. State The Bulldogs' lone loss is a single-digit loss on a neutral-court to Arizona State. They'll take an eight-game winning streak in Saturday's game with BYU. --23-11
18 Kentucky The Wildcats secured their first quality win of the season Saturday by beating North Carolina in Chicago. Next up is Saturday's showdown with Louisville that'll double as UK's first road game. --30-7
19 N. Carolina UNC's resume features a win over Gonzaga and losses to Michigan, Kentucky and Texas. Cameron Johnson is averaging 16.6 points and 5.1 rebounds in 27.1 minutes per game. --29-7
20 Iowa Joe Wieskamp got 24 points on just 10 field-goal attempts in Saturday's win over Savannah State. The Hawkeyes' two losses are to Michigan State and Wisconsin. --23-12
21 Houston The Cougars' perfect record features wins over three top-50 KenPom teams -- specifically Oregon, LSU and Utah State. Corey Davis had 16 points in Sunday's win over Coppin State. --33-4
22 Oklahoma The Sooners won at Northwestern on Friday despite missing 16 of the 21 3-pointers they attempted. Oklahoma's lone loss is a loss to Wisconsin. --20-14
23 Cincinnati Nysier Brooks finished with a career-high 17 points and eight rebounds in Saturday's win over South Carolina State. The Bearcats' two losses are to Ohio State and Mississippi State. --28-7
24 Nebraska James Palmer Jr. scored 23 points in Saturday's win over Cal State Fullerton. The Huskers have won 18 straight home games. --19-17
25 Indiana The Hoosiers own five wins over top-50 KenPom teams -- most notably victories over Marquette, Butler and Louisville. Romeo Langford has scored at least 12 points in all 13 games. --19-16
26 Marquette The Golden Eagles made 18 of the 29 3-pointers they took in Friday's win over Buffalo. Markus Howard finished with 45 points on 25 field-goal attempts. --24-10
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