- Changes are from my last Monday Top 25
- These are my 25 BEST teams RIGHT NOW, not the best resume for the season. If you are looking for that check out my bracketology.
#1 – Virginia (26-2) — No Change
UVa is a clear number one, the ‘Cavs are tops in KenPom and in the AP Poll. Virginia owns nine top-50 KenPom wins, including wins over every team in the ACC that they’ve played.
#2 – Duke (24-5) — Up 2
Duke’s resume for the year might not my #2 worthy, but I don’t know if any team is playing as well as the Blue Devils right now. Duke has won five in a row, including wins @ Clemson and vs Virginia Tech and Louisville.
#3 – Michigan State (28-3) — No Change
Michigan State is probably #2 if you make your top 25 strictly on resume. The Spartans clinched the regular season championship and #1 Seed in the Big Ten. See if I picked MSU to win that tournament.
#4 – Villanova (25-4) — Down 2
‘Nova still ranks 2nd in KenPom even after losing on Saturday @ Creighton. The Wildcats are certainly one of the best teams in the country, but they’ve lost three games in the past three weeks, compared to only one in the entire season up to that point.
#5 – North Carolina (22-7) — Up 2
North Carolina is another one of those teams that might not have the resume of a top-five team, but they are certainly playing like one right now. The Tar Heels have won six in a row, including wins against Duke, Notre Dame, and NC State.
#6 – Kansas (23-6) — Up 5
Kansas clinched the Big 12 Regular Season title for what feels like the 1,000th time in a row on Saturday. The Jayhawks went into Lubbock and upset the Texas Tech Red Raiders, earning their 12th victory over a KenPom top-50 team
#7 – Purdue (26-5) — Down 1
Purdue will enter the Big Ten Tournament as the three seed, but have lost each of their last three KenPom “A Level” games.
#8 – Xavier (25-4) — Up 1
Xavier has a top four resume, but the metrics can’t justify me moving them up there yet. The Musketeers rank 13th in KenPom.
#9 – Gonzaga (27-4) — Up 1
Gonzaga chugs along and keeps winning and winning. They’ll be a massive favorite in the WCC Tournament this week.
#10 – Michigan (24-7) — Up 8
Michigan is yet another example of a team that is playing better than their resume right now. The Wolverines have won five in a row, including victories over Ohio State and Penn State.
#11 – Cincinnati (25-4) — Down 3
Cincinnati struggled with Tulsa for a little while on Sunday, and even though they ended up winning, the Bearcats haven’t beaten a top-50 team since January, and I can’t rank them in the top ten.
#12 – Auburn (24-5) — Up 1
Auburn split games with Alabama and Florida this week, but the chaos ahead of them means they actually move up a spot.
#13 – West Virginia (21-8) — Up 1
I’m a lot higher on West Virginia than most. The Mountaineers are the only team that Virginia has played and not beaten, and they’ve won five of their last seven, including @ Baylor and @ Oklahoma.
#14 – Texas Tech (22-7) — Down 9
Texas Tech went 0-2 this week, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they dropped another one tonight @ West Virginia.
#15 – Ohio State (24-7) — No Change
Ohio State is the two seed in the Big Ten Tournament, and while it took double-overtime to get it done, the Buckeyes escaped Bloomington with a win on Friday.
#16 – Wichita State (23-5) — Down 4
Wichita State played Tulane and SMU this week, and struggled with both of them. Struggling against a team ranked #163 at home has to be as bad as losing to an average power conference team, and I have to punish Wichita for that.
#17 – Kentucky (20-9) — Up 8
Kentucky has had a great last ten days, rebounding from their four-game skid with wins vs Alabama, @ Arkansas, and vs Missouri.
#18 – Tennessee (21-7) — Up 3
Speaking of SEC teams, the Vols move up a few spots for beating Florida on Wednesday.
#19 – TCU (20-9) — NEW
Welcome back Horned Frogs! We haven’t seen you in a while. Ignore the number in the loss column, at least partly, as TCU has played the #11 schedule in the country.
#20 – Clemson (21-7) — Down 3
Clemson has lost three of four, the only win coming at home, by single digits, against a team ranked #119. The Tigers need to turn it around before the ACC Tournament.
#21 – Butler (19-10) — NEW
I’ve been a big Butler fan all year. The Bulldogs rank 21st in KenPom, and beat Creighton by 23 on Tuesday, just days before the Bluejays upset Villanova.
#22 – Houston (22-6) — Down 6
The Houston bandwagon slowed down this week as the Cougars lost to KenPom #142 Memphis on Thursday. Just days later though, they blew out an awful East Carolina team 109-58 (and were up 62-13 at the half).
#23 – Arizona (22-7) — Down 4
I’ve been low on Arizona all year, and the FBI investigation and Sean Miller’s subsequent leave of absence isn’t helping. My preseason national title winners’ season has taken a turn for the worse.
#24 – Rhode Island (23-4) — No Change
Rhode Island still hasn’t cracked the KenPom top 25 yet, perhaps due to their #100 strength of schedule, but URI will get a big chance on Friday when they play @ Davidson.
#25 – Nevada (25-5) — NEW
Nevada beat Rhode Island earlier this year, but that was at home, by single digits, over three months ago, and Nevada’s losses are much worse, and more plentiful.
Others Considered: #26 NC State, #27 Seton Hall, #28 Florida
Dropped Out: #20 Alabama, #22 Baylor, #23 Penn State