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College basketball rankings: Oklahoma State knocks Oklahoma from Top 25 And 1 after impressive Bedlam sweep

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The top three prospects in the Class of 2019 — James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards and Isaiah Stewart — all rejected offers from traditional blue bloods coming out of high school to enroll elsewhere.

It did not go well.

Wiseman endured NCAA issues before quitting Memphis the week before Christmas. Edwards was on a 16-loss team at Georgia. Stewart was on a 17-loss team at Washington. If there had been a 2020 NCAA Tournament, none of them would’ve played in it. So, with those disappointments so fresh, it was reasonable to wonder if Cade Cunningham, the consensus top prospect in the Class of 2020, had made a similar misstep when he picked Oklahoma State over Kentucky. But it’s pretty clear, at this point, that the 6-foot-8 guard won’t regret his college choice because, man, things really couldn’t be going better for Cunningham and the Cowboys right now.

They beat Bedlam rival Oklahoma for the second time in three nights on Monday.

So that’s five straight wins for Oklahoma State, and believe it or not, the Cowboys now have eight Quadrant 1 victories, which is tied for first nationally with Michigan and Illinois. Yes, their body of work also includes a Quadrant 3 loss, which isn’t ideal. But even with that, Oklahoma State is currently projected to be a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, according to Jerry Palm’s latest bracket. The biggest reason for that is obviously Cunningham, who is averaging 19.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists in what will be his only year of college basketball.

Based on the strength of its win column, Oklahoma State jumped to No. 14 in Tuesday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. That move pushed Texas, Loyola Chicago and Creighton down one spot each, no fault of their own. Oklahoma State’s next scheduled game is Thursday at Baylor.

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Tuesday’s Top 25 And 1 rankings

In: Texas Tech
Out: Oklahoma