College basketball rankings: Road game vs. Kansas in Big 12 race Texas Tech faces a tough test

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No schools in the CBS Sports Top 25 and 1 play Super Bowl Sunday, so Monday morning’s updated daily college basketball rankings remain in order. That means Purdue remains No. 1 for the 32nd straight day on the strength of a job posting a national-best 15-2 record through the first two quarters, highlighted by eight Q1 wins and zero losses outside of Q1.

That’s the best resume in the game.

However, the Boilermakers don’t play again until Thursday.

So can we spend this space on Kansas?

The Jayhawks are No. 7 in the Top 25 and 1 heading into Monday’s game at Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are unranked but still a slight favorite in the betting markets, which shows how KU’s computer numbers don’t match its resume.

Kansas is 10-4 with six Q1 wins in the first two quarters and only two losses outside of Q1. That’s solid and why I have the Jayhawks ranked where I have them ranked. But it’s worth noting that Kansas is only 12th in the NET and 14th on KenPom.com, likely due to some subpar efficiency numbers — especially an offense that ranks 32nd nationally and a defense that ranks 14th nationally, according to KenPom.com. .

That’s why KU is a 3-point underdog at Texas Tech — plus the uncertainty surrounding leading scorer Kevin McCuller, who missed Saturday’s win against Baylor with what was described as a bone bruise. Either way, the Jayhawks enter the loss column in the Big 12 standings with Texas Tech one game behind Houston and Iowa State in this game, and will be two games back in the loss column with just six games left if they don’t pull off an upset. Red Raiders. It will obviously aim to win its 18th Big 12 regular-season title in 21 years under Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame coach Bill Self, especially the No. 3 (Houston), with road games against No. 3 teams. 9 (Baylor) and no. 18 (Oklahoma) in the top 25 and 1 still on tap.

So the stakes will be high late Monday night inside what should be an electric United Supermarket Arena. Tip is scheduled for 9 ET. You can watch it on ESPN.

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