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College basketball rankings: West Virginia, Texas Tech hold spots in Top 25 And 1 after thrilling showdown

College basketball rankings: West Virginia, Texas Tech hold spots in Top 25 And 1 after thrilling showdown

January 26, 2021
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CBS Sports Graphic Texas Tech led West Virginia for most of the second half late Monday, and by as many as 12 points with less than seven minutes remaining. Mac McClung was dominating. His mother was in the stands raising the roof after every made shot. The Red Raiders […]

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Texas Tech led West Virginia for most of the second half late Monday, and by as many as 12 points with less than seven minutes remaining. Mac McClung was dominating. His mother was in the stands raising the roof after every made shot. The Red Raiders seemed on their way to a nice road victory. There's no doubt some people changed the channel -- or went to sleep -- under the impression that's what happened.

But that's not what happened.

Instead, incredibly, West Virginia started making literally every shot it took -- everything from Derek Culver layups to Miles McBride jumpers. The Mountaineers closed by sinking 10 straight field-goal attempts over the final 9:35, the last of which was a bucket from McBride with 5.9 seconds remaining that proved to be the game-winner to beat Texas Tech 87-86 inside WVU Coliseum.

"We finally made shots," said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, whose Mountaineers shot 57.7% from the field against a Texas Tech team that entered with an adjusted defensive efficiency rating that ranks in the top 15 nationally. "We were our own worst enemy for the first 32 minutes -- then the ball started going in for us. That's the crazy thing. Once it starts going in, it has a tendency to keep going in."

For Texas Tech, it was a missed opportunity. The Red Raiders got a career-high 30 points from McClung but could not get stops when they needed them. And then McClung missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer. So now Texas Tech is 11-5 overall and 4-4 in the Big 12. But it should be noted that all five losses are to teams ranked in the top 35 at KenPom, meaning the Red Raiders have yet to lose to a team unlikely to make the NCAA Tournament.

West Virginia remains No. 8 in Tuesday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. Texas Tech is still No. 12. They're two of the six Big 12 teams in the Top 25 And 1. The others are No. 2 Baylor, No. 5 Texas, No. 15 Kansas, and No. 24 Oklahoma.

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We didn’t have a blockbuster weekend, but there are a few scores and plot lines to dive into. The pod opens with Kansas and Duke’s three-game losing streaks. How many times, ever, have these two blue bloods had three-game losing streaks at the same time? Then the guys get into Coach K’s viral moment with a student reporter (16:10) and discuss why some of the reaction was overblown. The weekend whiparound starts around the 32-minute mark, and then the mailbag (42:00) is bookended with Norlander having a little rapid-fire Q&A with GP for his 48th birthday.

Tuesday's Top 25 And 1 rankings

Biggest Movers

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1 Gonzaga Gonzaga's perfect record includes double-digit victories over Iowa, Virginia and Kansas. The Zags have recorded a national-best six Quadrant 1 wins. --15-0
2 Baylor Baylor's perfect record is highlighted by victories over Kansas, Texas Tech and Illinois. The Bears have won 12 of their 14 games by double-digits. --14-0
3 Villanova Villanova is 2-0 with wins over Seton Hall and Providence since returning from a COVID-19 pause. The Wildcats will take an eight-game winning streak into Thursday's game at UConn. --10-1
4 Michigan Michigan is 8-1 in the first two quadrants with double-digit wins over Minnesota, Wisconsin and Purdue. The Wolverines' lone loss came at Minnesota. --13-1
5 Texas Texas' most impressive wins are road wins at Kansas and West Virginia. Both of the Longhorns' losses are considered Quadrant 1 defeats. --11-2
6 Houston Houston is 6-1 in the first two quadrants with double-digit victories over Texas Tech and SMU. The Cougars will take a six-game winning streak into Thursday's game with Tulane. --13-1
7 Iowa Iowa's five-game winning streak was snapped Thursday by Indiana. The loss dropped the Hawkeyes' record in the first two quadrants to 7-3. --12-3
8 W. Virginia West Virginia added a third Quadrant 1 win Monday via a final-minute victory over Texas Tech. All four of the Mountaineers' losses have come in the first quadrant. --11-4
9 Alabama Alabama's nine-game winning streak is highlighted by double-digit wins over Florida, Arkansas, LSU and Kentucky. The Crimson Tide is alone atop the SEC standings with a two-game lead in the loss column. --13-3
10 Virginia Virginia's seven-game winning streak is highlighted by double-digit wins over Syracuse and Clemson. The Cavaliers are alone atop the ACC standings with a one-game lead in the loss column over Florida State. --11-2
11 Ohio St. Ohio State's win at Wisconsin on Saturday was its fourth Quadrant 1 victory. The Buckeyes have zero losses outside of the first quadrant. --12-4
12 Texas Tech Texas Tech's resume is highlighted by a road win at Texas. Three of the Red Raiders' five losses are to teams ahead of them in the Top 25 And 1. --11-5
13 Missouri Missouri's win at Tennessee on Saturday was its fifth Quadrant 1 victory. The Tigers will take a three-game winning streak into Tuesday's game at Auburn. --10-2
14 Wisconsin Wisconsin's double-digit loss at home to Ohio State on Saturday dropped the Badgers to 6-3 in the Big Ten. They are 2-2 in Quadrant 1 opportunities. --12-4
15 Kansas Kansas fell to 6-5 in the first two quadrants after Saturday's loss at Oklahoma. The Jayhawks will take a three-game losing streak into Thursday's game with TCU. --10-5
16 Saint Louis Saint Louis' resume features wins over NC State and LSU. The Billikens have not played since Dec. 23 because of COVID-19 issues inside the program. --7-1
17 Florida St. Florida State is 2-1 in Quadrant 1 opportunities with wins over Louisville and Florida. The Seminoles will take a four-game winning streak into Wednesday's game with Miami. --9-2
18 Illinois Illinois owns four Quadrant 1 victories -- among them wins over Minnesota and Purdue. Four of the Illini's five losses qualify as Quadrant 1 defeats. --10-5
19 Creighton Creighton's win over UConn on Saturday snapped a two-game losing streak. The Bluejays' resume also includes victories over Xavier and Seton Hall. --11-4
20 Tennessee Tennessee is 2-3 in Quadrant 1 opportunities after Saturday's loss to Missouri. The Vols will take a two-game losing streak into Tuesday's game with Mississippi State. --10-3
21 Minnesota Minnesota is 4-4 in Quadrant 1 opportunities (with one loss outside of the first quadrant) after Saturday's loss to Maryland. The Golden Gophers are 1-3 in their past four games. --11-5
22 UCLA UCLA's seven-game winning streak was snapped Saturday at Stanford. The Bruins remain atop the Pac-12 standings with an 8-1 league record. --12-3
23 Louisville Louisville snapped a two-game losing streak Saturday with a victory over Duke. The Cardinals also own wins over Seton Hall, Virginia Tech and Kentucky. --10-3
24 Oklahoma Oklahoma's body of work is highlighted by wins over West Virginia and Kansas. The Sooners will take a three-game winning streak into Tuesday's game at Texas. --9-4
25 Boise St. Boise State has won 13 consecutive games since a season-opening loss to Houston. Eleven of those wins have come by double-digits. --13-1
26 Purdue Purdue's body of work includes three Quadrant 1 wins - among them victories over Ohio State and Indiana. Five of the Boilermakers' six losses are inside the first quadrant. --11-6

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Tuesday's college basketball schedule is a sneaky good one with six teams ranked in the AP Top 25 in action, including a pivotal Big 12 showdown between rivals No. 5 Texas and No. 24 Oklahoma, and a road trip to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to face No. 9 Alabama awaiting unranked Kentucky.

The headliner is the Red River rivalry as the Sooners, coming off an impressive win over Kansas, look to bag their biggest get of the season. They'll get a chance to do so against a shorthanded Texas team, too, as Texas will be without head coach Shaka Smart after he announced Monday he tested positive for COVID-19. It's also Texas' first game in 10 days after an extended hiatus because of COVID-19 issues within the programs of two opponents it was initially expected to play during that span.

Also on deck Tuesday is Duke-Georgia Tech as the Blue Devils look to avoid their longest losing streak since the 2006-2007 season, North Carolina-Pitt in The Pete and No. 18 Tennessee -- coming off its second consecutive loss -- looking to get back on track against Mississippi State at home.

Below are picks from our staff for all the big games both straight up and against the spread.

No. 24 Oklahoma at No. 5 Texas

Latest Odds: Texas Longhorns -4.5

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When: 7 p.m. | Where: Erwin Center in Austin, Texas
TV: ESPN2 | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)

This is less of a Texas fade and more of me calling my shot with an Oklahoma team that's been on fire. The Sooners handily defeated Kansas over the weekend to extend their winning streak to three and look like they're firing on all cylinders right now. Texas, on the other hand, hasn't played a game since Jan. 16 and is expected to be without coach Shaka Smart, who on Monday announced he has tested positive for COVID-19. With so much uncertainty with the Longhorns I'm riding OU in an upset pick. If you dare drop a little sprinkle on the moneyline for an underdog Tuesday, this is my favorite. Prediction: Oklahoma 71, Texas 70 -- Kyle Boone


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UT -4.5 Texas Texas Texas Texas Oklahoma
S/U Texas Texas Texas Oklahoma Texas

Kentucky at No. 9 Alabama

Latest Odds: Alabama Crimson Tide -7.5

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When: 7 p.m. | Where: Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky
TV: ESPN | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)

Even coming off a somewhat surprising double-digit win over LSU over the weekend, Kentucky by and large has, frankly, not been very good. And Alabama, frankly, has been bordering on great. The Tide are 8-0 on the season in SEC play and 5-3 on the year as a home favorite against the spread. I like them to cover the number here. Erase the Kentucky brand from your mind and look at its resume in comparison with Alabama on the year, and this should be a comfortable home win for Bama. Prediction: Alabama 80, Kentucky 70 -- Kyle Boone


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BAMA -8.5 Alabama Kentucky Alabama Alabama Kentucky
S/U Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama

Georgia Tech at Duke

Latest Odds: Duke Blue Devils -6

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When: 9 p.m. | Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina
TV: ESPN | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)

The betting market still has yet to catch up on one simple fact this season: Duke is not Duke-good. Hasn't been all year. It is 5-5 on the season and riding a three-game losing streak, and yet it is still a five-point favorite here. I don't get it. This is a chance to jump on it before the market corrects itself. The Blue Devils are 0-6 at home against the spread as a favorite this season and Georgia Tech makes it 0-7 with an outright win. Prediction: Georgia Tech 71, Duke 69 -- Kyle Boone


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DUKE -5.5 Georgia Tech Duke Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech
S/U Georgia Tech Duke Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech

North Carolina at Pitt

Latest Odds: North Carolina Tar Heels -3

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When: 7 p.m. | Where: Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh
TV: ACCN | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)

Since the turn of the New Year, North Carolina's been a different team. It has won five of its last six, with the lone loss being to one of the ACC's best in Florida State. And it has done so while knocking down the likes of NC State, Syracuse and Notre Dame all in tight contests. If this is another close one -- and the line suggests it indeed will be -- I like UNC prevailing here and covering in the process. Could easily see this coming down to the Tar Heels needing to make free throws late. Prediction: North Carolina 68, Pitt 64 -- Kyle Boone


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UNC -3 N. Carolina N. Carolina N. Carolina N. Carolina Pittsburgh
S/U N. Carolina N. Carolina N. Carolina N. Carolina Pittsburgh

Mississippi State at No. 18 Tennessee

Latest Odds: Tennessee Volunteers -9.5

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When: 7 p.m. | Where: Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee
TV: SEC Network | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)

I get it, I get it: Tennessee of late doesn't look like the same Tennessee team we saw open its season 10-1. But in Rick Barnes we must trust. The Vols' offense has been a shell of itself in consecutive losses to Florida and Mizzou, but this sets up for a big bounceback here in Knoxville for that unit. Mississippi State has the fourth-worst defense in adjusted efficiency metrics at KenPom. Things should start clicking again on that side. And, even if they don't, Tennessee's third-ranked defense is going to give the Bulldogs fits. It should be a nice combo setting up a UT cover. Prediction: Tennessee 75, Mississippi State 60 -- Kyle Boone


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UT -10 Tennessee Tennessee Miss. State
Miss. State
S/U Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee Tennessee

So who wins every college basketball game today? And which underdogs pull off stunning upsets? Visit SportsLine now to get picks for every game, all from the unbiased model that simulates every game 10,000 times, and find out.

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