The Kentucky Wildcats, now the lone unbeaten in all of college basketball, are back to being the unanimous No. 1 team in the country following Virginia’s loss to Duke on Saturday.
However, there was a slight surprise right behind the Wildcats, as Gonzaga jumped Virginia into the No. 2 spot. I have a feeling that might be the topic of Gary Parrish’s Poll Attacks column later, but just a quick overview: Virginia has four top-50 wins in KenPom, three of which came on the road in highly hostile environments to teams currently ranked in the top-17 of this poll, and 10 top-100 wins. Gonzaga also has four top-50 wins, but none of them are as impressive as the Wahoos’ three wins against Maryland, Notre Dame and VCU, and only eight top-100 wins. It’s pretty clear which team has the superior resume at this point in time, regardless of recency bias.
Moving back into the poll this week are Ohio State and SMU, both of whom have been ranked at differing times this season. They replace Indiana and Miami (FL), both of whom lost this week to unranked opponents. These two seem like worthy additions to the poll.
The rest of the poll is listed below:
1. Kentucky (65 first-place votes)
10. Notre Dame
11. Iowa State
12. North Carolina
14. Northern Iowa
15. West Virginia
16. Wichita State
20. Ohio State
Newly ranked: Ohio State, SMU
No longer ranked: Indiana, Miami (FL)
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