Wisconsin continues amazing comeback, cracks Top 25 (and one)

CBS Sports Daily Top 25 (and one) Rankings Rank Teams Comments 1 Kansas
Overall: 26-4
Conference: 14-3
Previous: 1 The Jayhawks have won 10 straight games and now have a resume featuring 10 victories over schools also ranked in the Top 25 (and one). They’ve already secured the Big 12 championship for the 12th straight season. 2 Villanova
Overall: 26-4
Conference: 15-2
Previous: 2 The Wildcats secured a third straight outright Big East title with Tuesday night’s win over DePaul. Their resume features six top-­50 RPI wins and only one loss outside of the top 10. 3 Virginia
Overall: 23-6
Conference: 12-5
Previous: 3 The Cavaliers still have a chance to win at least a share of their third consecutive ACC title. Their resume features six top-25 RPI wins and four losses outside of the top 25. 4 Michigan State
Overall: 25-5
Conference: 12-5
Previous: 4 The Spartans have won nine of their last 10 games and are on track to be the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Only one of their five losses is to an opponent with a sub-35 RPI. 5 Oklahoma
Overall: 23-6
Conference: 11-6
Previous: 5 The Sooners have eight top-25 RPI wins even though they’re only 4-4 in their last eight games. Five of their six losses have come in true road games. 6 West Virginia
Overall: 23-7
Conference: 12-5
Previous: 6 The Mountaineers have won three straight games since losing at home to Oklahoma. Their resume features seven top-50 RPI wins and just one loss to a currently unranked school. 7 Xavier
Overall: 25-4
Conference: 13-4
Previous: 7 The Musketeers’ loss at Seton Hall on Sunday was their third loss to a currently unranked school. The other such losses came to Creighton and Georgetown. 8 Oregon
Overall: 24-6
Conference: 13-4
Previous: 8 The Ducks have nine top-50 RPI wins and only three losses outside of the top 30. They’ll secure an outright Pac-12 championship if they win Saturday at USC. 9 Utah
Overall: 23-7
Conference: 12-5
Previous: 9 The Utes’ resume features seven top-40 RPI wins and only one loss outside of the top 40. They’ve beaten Duke, California, Arizona and Texas Tech. 10 North Carolina
Overall: 24-6
Conference: 13-4
Previous: 10 The Tar Heels have won three of their last four games since losing to Duke. Their resume features three top-50 RPI wins and just one loss outside of the top 30. 11 Miami (Fla.)
Overall: 24-5
Conference: 13-4
Previous: 11 The Hurricanes have won eight of their past nine games with the lone loss in that stretch coming at North Carolina. They can secure at least a share of the ACC title with a win Saturday at Virginia Tech. 12 Duke
Overall: 22-8
Conference: 11-6
Previous: 12 The Blue Devils have four top-25 RPI wins and four losses outside of the top 20. Their best wins are wins over Virginia, North Carolina, Louisville and Indiana. 13 Louisville
Overall: 23-7
Conference: 12-5
Previous: 13 The Cardinals must beat Virginia on Saturday to give themselves a shot to win at least a share of the ACC title. That will be their final game thanks to a self-imposed postseason ban. 14 Baylor
Overall: 21-9
Conference: 10-7
Previous: 14 The Bears are the nation’s only team with zero sub-25 RPI losses. They own victories over Iowa State, Texas, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt. 15 Iowa State
Overall: 21-9
Conference: 10-7
Previous: 15 The Cyclones are 4-5 in their past nine games. Their resume features six top-50 RPI wins and only one loss to a school currently unranked in the Top 25 (and one). 16 Indiana
Overall: 24-6
Conference: 14-3
Previous: 16 The Hoosiers have secured the outright Big Ten title for the second time in the past four years. Their resume features one top-25 RPI win and three losses outside of the top 100. 17 Purdue
Overall: 23-7
Conference: 11-6
Previous: 17 The Boilermakers have won three of their past four games since losing at Michigan. The only loss in that stretch is a loss at Indiana. 18 Maryland
Overall: 23-6
Conference: 11-5
Previous: 18 The Terrapins have dropped three of their past four games, two of which were to currently unranked schools. They’ve lost 19 straight road games against ranked opponents. 19 California
Overall: 21-8
Conference: 11-5
Previous: 19 The Golden Bears have won seven straight since losing at Colorado. They have seven top-50 RPI wins and just three losses outside of the top 40. 20 Kentucky
Overall: 22-8
Conference: 12-5
Previous: 20 The Wildcats will enter the final weekend of the regular season tied with Texas A&M atop the SEC standings. Their resume features four top-50 RPI wins and five sub-50 losses — among them losses to Tennessee and Auburn. 21 Arizona
Overall: 22-7
Conference: 10-6
Previous: 21 The Wildcats’ loss at Utah on Saturday kept them stuck with just two top-60 RPI wins. They have zero victories over teams that are currently ranked. 22 Iowa
Overall: 20-9
Conference: 11-6
Previous: 22 The Hawkeyes have dropped five of their past six games and fallen from first to fifth in the Big Ten standings. Their resume features four top-25 RPI wins and just two losses outside of the top 35. 23 Texas
Overall: 19-11
Conference: 10-7
Previous: 23 The Longhorns just beat Oklahoma by 13 points and lost to Kansas by 30 points in a three-day span. Only four of their 11 losses are to schools currently unranked in the Top 25 (and one). 24 Texas A&M
Overall: 23-7
Conference: 12-5
Previous: 25 The Aggies have won five straight since losing at LSU. Their resume features four top-25 RPI wins and only one sub-100 loss. 25 SMU
Overall: 24-4
Conference: 12-4
Previous: 26 The Mustangs have won three straight since losing at Connecticut. They’re tied with Temple atop the American Athletic Conference standings. 26 Wisconsin
Overall: 20-10
Conference: 12-5
Previous: NR The Badgers have won 11 of their last 12 games with the lone loss in that stretch coming at Michigan State. Four of Wisconsin’s five losses that came to currently unranked schools happened before Dec. 15, i.e., before Greg Gard replaced Bo Ryan on an interim basis.

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