Oklahoma, after a loss at Iowa State, remains No. 1 in the Top 25 (and one)

Yes, Oklahoma lost late Monday. But the Sooners, in my opinion, still have the nation’s best resume. And, because of that, Lon Kruger’s team remains No. 1 in the Top 25 (and one).

OU is 15-2 with five top-50 KenPom wins — including victories over Villanova, West Virginia and Iowa State. And the Sooners’ only losses are a 3OT loss at Kansas and a close loss at Iowa State, meaning their only losses are competitive losses at two of the hardest places to win in college basketball. Meantime, Kansas has comparable losses but fewer top-50 wins. North Carolina has worse losses and fewer top-50 wins. Villanova has comparable losses — although one of the losses is a 23-point loss to Oklahoma on a neutral-court — but fewer top-50 wins. And though there’s an interesting case to be made for Xavier, which, like Oklahoma, has five top-50 wins, the Musketeers still have a 31-point loss to Villanova that means they can’t match Oklahoma in the competitive-loss category.

So I’m sticking with Oklahoma at No. 1.

And the full CBS Sports Top 25 (and one) is below …

(The CBS Sports Top 25 (and one) updates every morning throughout the season. Click this link to view each team’s previous ranking, recent results, future schedule, etc.)

  1. Oklahoma (15-2)
  2. Kansas (15-2)
  3. North Carolina (16-2)
  4. Villanova (16-2)
  5. Xavier (16-1)
  6. West Virginia (15-2)
  7. Iowa (14-3)
  8. Maryland (16-2)
  9. SMU (17-0)
  10. Texas A&M (15-2)
  11. Michigan State (16-3)
  12. Virginia (13-4)
  13. Baylor (14-3)
  14. Iowa State (14-4)
  15. Providence (15-3)
  16. Miami (13-3)
  17. Butler (13-4)
  18. Purdue (16-3)
  19. Louisville (14-3)
  20. USC (15-3)
  21. Pittsburgh (15-2)
  22. Arizona (15-3)
  23. South Carolina (16-1)
  24. Indiana (15-3)
  25. Notre Dame (12-5)
  26. Wichita State (12-5)

Oklahoma's Buddy Hield had to work for his 27 points vs. Iowa State. (USATSI)
Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield had to work for his 27 points vs. Iowa State. (USATSI)

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