College basketball rankings: Why Virginia deserves to be the No. 1 team in the nation
The NCAA selection committee agrees with the Top 25 (and 1) that the Cavaliers are the top team
It was nice to see the Virginia as the No. 1 overall seed, at this moment, if only because it suggested my decision to leave the Cavaliers No. 1 in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one) after Saturday's loss to Virginia Tech was wise and accurate.on Sunday identify
Like I wrote Sunday morning, even with Saturday's loss on the resume, Virginia still has the nation's best body of work. Because Tony Bennett's team has nine top-50 KenPom wins -- among them four top-50 road wins. And their losses -- a single-digit loss at West Virginia, and an OT loss to Virginia Tech -- are better than the losses on the resume of any other reasonable candidate for the top spot. That's why Virginia is, and should be, No. 1. And Villanova has to be No. 2. And then a decent debate can begin about where any rankings should go from there.
Monday's Top 25 (and one)
|1||Virginia||The Cavaliers' resume features nine top-50 KenPom wins -- among them victories over Duke, North Carolina, Clemson and Rhode Island. They own a two-game lead in the ACC standings.||--||31-3|
|2||Villanova||The Wildcats' resume features eight top-50 KenPom wins - among them victories over Xavier, Gonzaga, Tennessee and Butler. Villanova is tied in the loss column with Xavier atop the Big East standings.||--||36-4|
|3||Michigan St.||The Spartans' resume features six top-50 KenPom wins and zero sub-30 losses. They'll take an eight-game winning streak into Tuesday's game at Minnesota.||--||30-5|
|4||Xavier||The Musketeers' resume features nine top-50 KenPom wins and one sub-70 loss. They've won eight straight games since losing at Villanova.||--||29-6|
|5||Purdue||The Boilermakers' resume features eight top-50 KenPom wins and one sub-60 loss. They've lost two straight games since starting 12-0 in the Big Ten.||--||30-7|
|6||Cincinnati||The Bearcats will take a 16-game winning streak into Thursday's game at Houston. They're 12-0 in the AAC and at least three games ahead of everybody in the league standings.||--||31-5|
|7||Texas Tech||The Red Raiders' resume features six top-50 KenPom wins and just one sub-45 loss. They own a one-game lead over Kansas in the Big 12 standings.||--||27-10|
|8||Duke||The Blue Devils' resume features six top-50 KenPom wins and just three sub-10 losses. Their best win is a victory over Michigan State.||--||29-8|
|9||Auburn||The Tigers' resume features four top-50 KenPom wins and only one sub-45 loss. They own a two-game lead over Tennessee and Florida in the SEC standings.||--||26-8|
|10||Gonzaga||The Zags' resume features four top-50 KenPom wins and just one sub-30 loss. They'll take a seven-game winning streak into Thursday's game with Loyola Marymount.||--||32-5|
|11||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|
|12||Ohio St.||The Buckeyes' resume features four top-50 KenPom wins and zero sub-50 losses. They're 13-1 in the Big Ten and alone atop the league standings.||--||25-9|
|13||Kansas||The Jayhawks' resume features eight top-50 KenPom wins and two sub-35 losses. Three of their six losses have come inside Allen Fieldhouse.||--||31-8|
|14||N. Carolina||The Tar Heels' resume features seven top-50 KenPom wins and two sub-50 losses. They've won three straight games since losing at Clemson.||--||26-11|
|15||Saint Mary's||Gonzaga snapped Saint Mary's 19-game winning streak late Saturday. The Gaels' own four top-65 KenPom wins.||--||30-6|
|16||Tennessee||The Vols' resume includes four top-50 KenPom wins and zero sub-45 losses. Their six-game winning streak was snapped Saturday at Alabama.||--||26-9|
|17||Wichita St.||The Shockers' resume includes three top-50 KenPom wins and only one sub-55 loss. They've won four of their five games since losing at Houston.||--||25-8|
|18||Rhode Island||The Rams have won 15 straight games since losing at Alabama. They have a four-game lead in the Atlantic 10 standings.||--||26-8|
|19||Texas A&M||The Aggies' resume includes seven top-50 KenPom wins. Three of their eight losses came when they were down at least two starters.||--||22-13|
|20||W. Virginia||The Mountaineers' resume includes six top-50 KenPom wins and just two sub-35 losses. They've beaten Virginia once and Oklahoma twice - but lost six of their past nine games.||--||26-11|
|21||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.||--||33-8|
|22||Oklahoma||The Sooners' resume features seven top-50 KenPom wins and three sub-50 losses. OU is 6-6 in the Big 12 and tied for fourth in the league standings.||--||18-14|
|23||Butler||The Bulldogs' resume features four top-50 KenPom wins and just one sub-45 loss. They are one of only two teams that have beaten Villanova.||--||21-14|
|24||Arizona||The Wildcats' resume features four top-50 KenPom wins and four sub-50 losses. They're 10-3 in the Pac-12 and at least two games ahead of everybody in the league standings.||--||27-8|
|25||Kentucky||The Wildcats' resume features four top-50 KenPom wins -- among them a victory at West Virginia. They'll take a three-game losing streak into Wednesday's game at Auburn.||--||26-11|
|26||TCU||The Horned Frogs' resume features four top-50 KenPom wins and two sub-50 losses. They own road wins at Baylor and Oklahoma State.||--||21-12|
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