College Basketball Rankings: Why Washington is 19-4 after beating Arizona but still isn't in the Top 25 And 1
Mike Hopkins' Huskies have won 12 consecutive games, but are still just outside the Top 25 And 1
I get asked by somebody nearly everyday on Twitter why Washington remains unranked in the Top 25 And 1 despite being on a long winning streak that's now produced a 19-4 record. And, I admit, it's a fair question.
Here's my answer: A lack of quality of wins.
To be clear, it's not Washington's fault. A school can only play the games on its schedule -- and the majority of games on Washington's schedule are against Pac-12 programs that stink. The Pac-12 really might be a one-bid league on Selection Sunday. And do you realize that if Washington were in Friday morning's updated Top 25 And 1, the Huskies would be the only school included without a single win over a top-50 KenPom team? It's true. And that, more or less, is why the Huskies are not in Friday morning's Top 25 And 1 even after Thursday night's impressive 67-60 victory at Arizona.
But, all that said, Washington is right there -- meaning if the Huskies win at Arizona State on Saturday, and a spot opens for them in some form, Mike Hopkins' team will be included in Sunday morning's Top 25 And 1. That's a promise from me to Washington fans. Pinky-swear and all that.
Friday's Top 25 And 1
|1||Tennessee||The Vols' 21-1 record features four wins over top-50 KenPom teams - most notably neutral-court victories over Gonzaga and Louisville. UT will take a 17-game winning streak into Saturday's game with Florida.||--||31-6|
|2||Virginia||The Cavaliers are 10-1 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with the lone loss coming at Duke. Virginia will have a chance to avenge that loss when it hosts the Blue Devils on Saturday.||--||35-3|
|3||Gonzaga||The Zags have won 13 straight since losing back-to-back games to Tennessee and North Carolina. Gonzaga's resume features nine wins over top-100 KenPom teams -- most notably a neutral-court victory over Duke.||--||33-4|
|4||Duke||The Blue Devils are 12-2 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with zero sub-45 losses. Duke will take a six-game winning streak into Saturday's rematch with Virginia.||--||32-6|
|5||Michigan||Michigan is 13-2 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with zero sub-25 losses. The Wolverines own double-digit wins over North Carolina, Villanova and Purdue.||--||30-7|
|6||Kentucky||The Wildcats' nine-game winning streak features victories over Kansas, Mississippi State, Auburn and Florida. Kentucky is 7-3 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with zero sub-65 losses.||--||30-7|
|7||N. Carolina||The Tar Heels are 10-1 in their past 11 games with wins over Virginia Tech and Louisville. UNC is 13-4 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with zero sub-30 losses.||--||29-7|
|8||Nevada||Nevada's resume features seven wins over top-100 KenPom teams with the lone loss coming at New Mexico. The Wolf Pack will take an eight-game winning streak into Saturday's rematch with the Lobos.||--||29-5|
|9||Louisville||The Cardinals bounced back from a home loss to North Carolina on Saturday by beating Virginia Tech on the road on Monday. Louisville is 10-6 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with four of the six losses coming to schools also ranked in the Top 25 And 1.||--||20-14|
|10||Houston||The Cougars have won seven straight games since losing at Temple. Houston is 9-1 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with zero sub-75 losses.||--||33-4|
|11||Michigan St.||The Spartans have lost consecutive games to Purdue, Indiana and Illinois after starting 9-0 in the Big Ten. Michigan State is 12-5 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with one sub-45 loss.||--||32-7|
|12||Marquette||The Golden Eagles' eight-game winning streak was snapped by St. John's on Tuesday. Marquette is 9-4 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with zero sub-50 losses.||--||24-10|
|13||Kansas||The Jayhawks dropped to 5-5 since Udoka Azubuike was lost for the season after Tuesday's loss at Kansas State. KU is 13-5 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with the lone sub-100 loss coming at West Virginia.||--||26-10|
|14||Texas Tech||The Red Raiders held West Virginia to just nine field goals in Monday's 31-point win over the Mountaineers. Texas Tech is 8-5 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with zero sub-50 losses.||--||31-7|
|15||Va. Tech||The Hokies' loss to Louisville on Monday was their first loss at home this season. Virginia Tech is 8-4 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with only one loss to a school currently ranked outside of the top 15 of the Top 25 And 1.||--||26-9|
|16||Iowa||Iowa improved to 11-5 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with Thursday's win at Indiana. Four of the Hawkeyes' five losses are to schools also ranked in the Top 25 And 1.||--||23-12|
|17||Wisconsin||The Badgers will take a six-game winning streak into Saturday's game at Michigan. Wisconsin is 11-5 vs. top-100 Kenpom teams with an additional sub-100 loss that came at Western Kentucky.||--||23-11|
|18||Maryland||The Terrapins are 10-6 vs. top-100 KenPom teams heading into Tuesday's game with Purdue. Four of Maryland's six losses are to schools also ranked in the Top 25 And 1.||--||23-11|
|19||Villanova||The Wildcats have won 11 straight games since losing at Kansas. Villanova is 11-3 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with one additional sub-100 loss that came at Penn.||--||26-10|
|20||Iowa St.||The Cyclones are 6-1 in their past seven games with the lone loss in that stretch coming at Kansas. Iowa State is 9-5 vs. top-100 KenPom teams heading into Saturday's game with TCU.||--||23-12|
|21||Purdue||The Boilermakers are 10-1 in their past 11 games with wins over Michigan State, Iowa and Wisconsin. Five of Purdue's six losses are to top-35 KenPom teams.||--||26-10|
|22||Kansas St.||The Wildcats are 7-1 in their past eight games with wins over Kansas, Texas Tech and Iowa State. KSU has only lost three times in games in which Dean Wade has played.||--||25-9|
|23||Florida St.||The Seminoles are 9-4 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with one sub-100 loss. Florida State will take a four-game winning streak into Saturday's game with Louisville.||--||29-8|
|24||LSU||The Tigers moved to 9-4 vs. top-100 KenPom teams after Wednesday's win at Mississippi State. LSU's next two games are against Auburn and Kentucky.||--||28-7|
|25||Buffalo||The Bulls are 2-2 in their past four games with losses to Northern Illinois and Bowling Green. Buffalo is 5-3 vs. top-125 KenPom teams with the biggest wins coming over Syracuse and San Francisco.||--||32-4|
|26||Cincinnati||The Bearcats will take an eight-game winning streak into Sunday's game at Houston. Cincinnati is 7-2 vs. top-100 KenPom teams with one additional sub-200 loss that came at East Carolina.||--||28-7|
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