College basketball rankings: Losses by Villanova and Houston lead to shake-up in top five of new Top 25 And 1


This season has been filled with wild results — starting as early as the Friday after Thanksgiving, when San Francisco upset Virginia on a neutral court in Connecticut. But no single weekday has been wilder than Wednesday thanks to two top-five teams losing to unranked opponents in games that were mostly uncompetitive.

Final score: St. John’s 70, Villanova 59.

Final score: East Carolina 82, Houston 73.

So Villanova’s nine-game winning streak is no more. And Houston’s eight-game winning streak is no more. The byproduct of those developments is a shakeup in Thursday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings, where three Big Ten programs — Michigan, Ohio State and Illinois — now occupy 60% of the top five. Gonzaga and Baylor remain No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

Worth noting: Virginia Tech, Creighton and Florida all also lost to unranked opponents Wednesday. For Creighton, it was an 86-79 loss at home to Georgetown that qualified as the Bluejays’ third Quadrant 3 loss, which is incredible once you consider no other team in the top 90 of the NET has more than two Quadrant 3 losses. In other words, Creighton has done real damage to its resume by losing games it simply should not be losing at an abnormal rate. It’s a reminder that homecourt advantage, which is normally a great advantage at the CHI Health Center Omaha, just isn’t much of a thing during this season being played in the middle of a global pandemic. Creighton was 17-1 at home last season. The Bluejays are just 8-3 at home so far this season.

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Thursday’s Top 25 And 1 rankings

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