Iowa State (and KU) leads the nation in wins vs. ranked opponents; Big 12 also thriving

Image

The Iowa State men’s basketball leads the NCAA in wins vs. ranked opponents this season.

 The Cyclones and Kansas both have 6. The third-most such triumphs belong to Texas (5). The only other school nationally with at least 4 victories over ranked teams is No. 1 Syracuse (4).

 Playing against Associated Press ranked schools this winter, ISU is 6-2 (with both losses to the Jayhawks), KU is 6-3 (losses at Florida, vs. San Diego State, at Texas), UT is 5-2 (losses vs. Michigan State, at Oklahoma State) and the ‘Cuse is 4-0.

 As a conference, the Big 12 has the best winning percentage against ranked competition at 46%. The Big Ten (.386), Pac-12 (.333), ACC (.300), American and Atlantic 10 (.250), Big East (.214), SEC (.179) and Mountain West (.143) follow. The Big 12′s 29 wins vs. rated schools this season are 7 more than its nearest competitor (Big Ten with 22).

 Here are the records for the schools in today’s Daily RPI Top 20 (per ESPN.com) vs. ranked teams:

  1. Kansas (6-3)
  2. Arizona (1-0)
  3. Villanova (2-1)
  4. Florida (2-2)
  5. Syracuse (4-0)
  6. Wichita State (0-0)
  7. 7.     Iowa State (6-2)
  8. Duke (2-3)
  9. Michigan State (3-1)
  10. Creighton (1-0)
  11. Wisconsin (3-1)
  12. UMass (1-0)
  13. Kentucky (1-3)
  14. Michigan (3-2)
  15. San Diego State (3-1)
  16. Ohio State (3-2)
  17. Cincinnati (2-0)
  18. St. Louis (0-2)
  19. UCLA (1-2)
  20. Virginia (1-3)