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BOZICH | Kentucky still #1 in most college basketball computer rankings

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The final computer power rankings have been posted from the 2015 college basketball season. They clash with the results that were posted at the Final Four in Lucas Oil Stadium last Saturday and Monday.

Duke won the national title, but the Blue Devils did not finish on top in any of the four computer rankings that I checked. That would be Ken Pomeroy, Jeff Sagarin, Ratings Percentage Index and ESPN's BPI.

Despite a semifinal loss to Wisconsin Saturday, Kentucky remained on top of Pomeroy, Sagarin and BPI. The Badgers sit atop the final RPI numbers.

Duke ranked second in RPI and Sagarin, fourth in Pomeroy and sixth in BPI. But first in net-cutting in Indianapolis.

Rather than dwell on the transfer and NBA early entry decisions, I calculated a final Top 25 that I built on the consensus of the four computer rankings.

1. Kentucky – It's no consolation, but Sagarin's power ratings insist that John Calipari's team is three points better than Mike Krzyzewski's NCAA champs. UK is first in Pomeroy, Sagarin and BPI and third in RPI.

2. Wisconsin – I'm convinced that the Badgers needed one more day to regroup and recharge after beating Kentucky Saturday. They were gas, gas, gassed in the final 10 minutes against the Blue Devils.

3. Duke – Coach K isn't going to match John Wooden's record of 10 NCAA titles, but you shouldn't be surprised if he adds a sixth or a seventh.

4. Arizona – Sean Miller has assumed the title of Best Coach Yet to Make a Final Four until further notice.

5. Villanova – You've probably forgotten that the Wildcats were a number one seed that lost to North Carolina State. I haven't.

6. Virginia – The Cavaliers were always scrambling after Justin Anderson was injured against Louisville.

7. Gonzaga – This time the Zags were knocked out of the tournament by the national champions so no snarky Gonzaga comments from me.

8. Utah – The Utes can make the same claim as Gonzaga. They lost to Duke. Hooray for Western basketball.

9. Notre Dame – I'd rank the Fighting Irish higher simply because their passing, shooting and movement were a joy to watch.

10. Kansas – The only word to describe this season for the Jayhawks is bust. With Cliff Alexander Exhibit A.

11. North Carolina – The Tar Heels were not a bust on the same level of Kansas, but they were still a disappointment.

12. Wichita State – The Shockers lost to Notre Dame, but defeated Alabama and other suitors to keep coach Gregg Marshall. That's a bigger win.

13. Oklahoma – The Sooners were the highest-seeded team to show up at the East Regional in Syracuse and could not advance.

14. Iowa State – That was an ugly NCAA Tournament exit against UAB. Very ugly.

15. Louisville – The Cardinals outperformed their ranking and their NCAA seeding by making the Elite Eight. The Cards are ranked 13th by Sagarin, 15 in BPI, 16th in Pomeroy and 20th in RPI.

16. Northern Iowa. The Panthers did not look like a Top 16 team against Louisville.

17. Michigan State – Another hat tip to Tom Izzo for shaking and stirring this group into the Final Four. The Spartans were one big man and one shooter away from greatness.

18. Baylor – Say this about the Bears: They made Ron Hunter of Georgia State a national story.

19. Southern Methodist – The Mustangs lost to UCLA on a goal-tending that wasn't goal-tending. I felt for you, Larry Brown.

20. Ohio State – I can't imagine Louisville native D'Angelo Russell will return for his sophomore season in Columbus.

21. Butler – The Bulldogs lost 11 games, including three of their final five. A bit high for me.

22. Georgetown – Another team from the Big East, which had a blah NCAA Tournament.

23. West Virginia – The Mountaineers had a nice season until one of their players ran his mouth before the Kentucky game. What was that kid's name?

24. Arkansas – Finally, another team from the Southeastern Conference, which has helped itself during the off season with the addition of Rick Barnes, Avery Johnson and Ben Howland to the coaching roster.

25. Xavier – The Musketeers made the Sweet Sixteen without Sweet Sixteen talent.

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