With Michigan State losing to North Carolina, who's the new number one team in college basketball?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Easy question before you head outside to finish the driveway (Pass the Celebrex. I did mine Friday night):
Now who's Number One in college basketball?
Michigan State went down in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. It's time to nominate a replacement part. Kentucky, the third-ranked team in the AP poll, could not close out a win against Baylor Friday night.
Ken Pomeroy's rankings say Louisville.
Except the Cardinals were parked at Number 122 in the Ratings Percentage Index I checked Friday evening. I double-checked Saturday morning. Still No. 122 because of a strength of schedule listed at 282. Credit Louisville's schedule for the 121-place gap between the two computer formulas.
Jeff Sagarin's Predictor rankings, the ones that he prefers, begin with Oklahoma State. Marcus Smart and friends have only stumbled once -- in a rematch game with Memphis.
And the RPI likes … UMass, coached by former John Calipari player and assistant coach Derek Kellogg. The Minutemen are unbeaten and have wins over Boston College, LSU, New Mexico and Clemson.
None of the three formulas went with Arizona, which figures to ascend to the top spot if the Wildcats defeat UNLV on Saturday. On Friday night, Arizona was 7th (Pomeroy), 4th (Sagarin predictor) and 10th (RPI). On Saturday, the Wildcats were 6th, 4th and 11th.
That forced me to the only sensible compromise. I combined the results from Pomeroy, Sagarin and the RPI and came up with these blended ratings (Yes, U of L is missing because of its awful RPI):
1. Ohio State
3. Oklahoma State
8. North Carolina
11. Wichita State
12. Iowa State
14. Michigan State
20. San Diego State
22. Kentucky (The Wildcats slipped from 6 to 10 in Pomeroy and 8 to 10 in Sagarin predictor. But they gained one spot -- to 61st -- in RPI.)