College Basketball Teams with the Best Resumes with a Month Left

Nick LantzCorrespondent IIFebruary 4, 2013

College Basketball Teams with the Best Resumes with a Month Left

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    Just one month from now begins March Madness for College Basketball, and there are already a number of teams with first class resumes. This season has brought some exciting finishes, stunning upsets and surprising teams.

    There is still a long road before the NCAA Tournament, but already there are some teams that almost have themselves locked in for the big dance.

    Many factors play in to how a squad's resume is built, with some drawing more importance. In most cases, a team's RPI, Strength of Schedule (SOS) and quality of wins are determining factors.

    Let's check out eight teams with some of the strongest resumes in the 2012-13 season.

    *All stats as of February 3

Miami Hurricanes

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    Record: 17-3 (8-0 ACC)

    ESPN RPI Rank: No. 2

    SOS Rank: No. 1

    Record against RPI top 25: 3-1

    Quality Wins: Duke, Michigan State, at NC State, La Salle, at UNC

    Notable loss: at Florida Gulf Coast

    The Miami Hurricanes are one of the biggest surprises in college hoops this season. Perhaps the most shocking upset up to this point is the Hurricanes' 90-63 thrashing of the Duke Blue Devils, where they simply dominated one of the best teams in the nation.

    Miami (FL) is first in the ACC and has yet to lose in conference play. They are currently on a nine-game winning streak after their recent road win over North Carolina State. The Hurricanes have played the toughest schedule according to ESPN thus far and also have lost just one game to RPI top 50 teams.

    Big games remaining: Feb. 9 vs. North Carolina, Mar. 2 at Duke

Duke Blue Devils

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    Record: 19-2 (6-2 ACC)

    ESPN RPI Rank: No. 1

    SOS Rank: No. 2

    Record against RPI top 25: 3-2

    Quality Wins: Minnesota*, Louisville*, Ohio State

    * denotes neutral site game

    The Duke Blue Devils have put together a strong season already with some very impressive victories. It has not been easy without senior Ryan Kelly, but Duke has major wins over non-conference opponents Minnesota, Louisville and Ohio State.

    Not surprisingly, Duke has been difficult to beat at home—they are undefeated at Cameron Indoor Stadium. On the contrary, the Blue Devils are just 2-2 in true road games, with losses coming at Miami (FL) and at NC State. They have the best RPI rating according to ESPN, as well as the No. 2 most difficult schedule.

    Big games remaining: Feb. 7 vs. NC State, Feb. 13 vs. North Carolina, Mar. 2 vs. Miami (FL), Mar. 9 at North Carolina

Kansas Jayhawks

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    Record: 19-2 (7-1 Big 12)

    ESPN RPI Rank: No. 6

    SOS Rank: No. 7

    Record against RPI top 25: 5-1

    Quality Wins: at Ohio State, Belmont, Oklahoma, at Kansas State

    Before Saturday's 80-85 loss to Oklahoma State, the Kansas Jayhawks had not lost a game since November 13, a narrow loss to Michigan State. Kansas has more RPI top 25 victories (five) than any other team in the country.

    They got a huge 74-66 road win over Ohio State and have been relatively taking care of business in the Big 12. KU has been exciting to watch this season and is another team that usually wins at home. Oklahoma State ended the Jayhawks' 33-game home winning streak, which was the second-longest streak in the NCAA before the loss.

    Big games remaining: Feb. 9 at Oklahoma, Feb. 11 vs. Kansas State, Feb. 20 at Oklahoma State

Arizona Wildcats

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    Record: 19-2 (7-2 Pac-12)

    ESPN RPI Rank: No. 3

    SOS Rank: No. 5

    Record against RPI top 25: 3-0

    Quality Wins: Miami (FL)*, Florida, San Diego State*

    * denotes neutral site game

    The realliance of coach Sean Miller and Mark Lyons has done wonders for the Arizona Wildcats. Both came to Arizona from Xavier; Miller back in 2009 and Lyons this past offseason. The Wildcats have been impressive, beating all three of their RPI top 25 opponents so far.

    Arizona has also beaten two teams in the top five in RPI rating, Miami (FL) and Florida. The Wildcats have played a tough schedule and have made the most of it. The rest of the season actually gets easier for Arizona, as their toughest games are behind them now.

    Biggest games remaining: Feb. 14 at Colorado, Mar. 2 at UCLA

Indiana Hoosiers

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    Record: 20-2 (8-1 Big Ten)

    ESPN RPI Rank: No. 8

    SOS Rank: No. 20

    Record against RPI top 25: 3-1

    Quality Wins: Michigan, Minnesota, Michigan State, Georgetown*

    * denotes neutral site game

    Tom Crean has the Indiana Hoosiers back to being one of the nation's best teams. They recently pulled off their biggest win of the season, an 81-73 victory over Michigan, who was the AP No. 1 team in the country at the time. The Hoosiers have a collection of major resume-boosting wins already in 2013.

    Indiana has won home games over both Minnesota and Michigan State and beat Georgetown on a neutral floor. The Hoosiers have a very dangerous team with Cody Zeller, Christian Watford and Victor Oladipo. The road gets no easier for IU, however, as the Big Ten has a number of tough teams.

    Big games remaining: Feb. 10 at Ohio State, Feb. 19 at Michigan State, Feb. 26 at Minnesota, Mar. 5 vs. Ohio State, Mar. 10 at Michigan

New Mexico Lobos

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    Record: 19-3 (6-1 Mountain West)

    ESPN RPI Rank: No. 5

    SOS Rank: No. 4

    Record against RPI top 25: 4-0

    Quality Wins: Colorado State, UNLV, at Cincinnati, UConn*

    * denotes neutral site game

    The New Mexico Lobos are yet another very surprising team, coming from the Mountain West conference. New Mexico is 4-0 over RPI top 25 opponents and is sitting at No. 5 in ESPN's RPI rating. The Lobos have taken advantage of playing high quality opponents so far.

    They were able to pick up two wins over Big East foes Cincinnati and Connecticut. Also, New Mexico has gotten off to a hot start in conference play, knocking off both Colorado State and UNLV at home. Shockingly, the Lobos are No. 4 in strength of schedule.

    Big games remaining: Feb. 9 at UNLV, Feb 23 at Colorado State, Feb. 27 vs. San Diego State

Florida Gators

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    Record: 18-2 (8-0 SEC)

    ESPN RPI Rank: No. 4

    SOS Rank: No. 11

    Record against RPI top 25: 1-2

    Quality Wins: Marquette, Missouri

    The Florida Gators have recently been one of the nation's hottest teams. They are currently riding a 10-game winning streak nearly midway through conference play. The Gators have been dominating SEC opponents, including their most recent 78-64 romp of Ole Miss.

    Both of Florida's losses have come against RPI top 25 foes, Arizona and Kansas State. The Gators will want to perform against top opponents more like they did in their dominating 82-49 win over Marquette. Florida has a very impressive resume so far and has the opportunity to run through the SEC.

    Big games remaining: Feb. 12 vs. Kentucky, Feb. 19 at Missouri, Mar. 9 at Kentucky

Michigan Wolverines

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    Record: 19-2 (7-2 Big Ten)

    ESPN RPI Rank: No. 7

    SOS Rank: No. 29

    Record against RPI top 25: 3-2

    Quality Wins: at Minnesota, NC State, Kansas State*

    * denotes neutral site game

    John Beilein has put the Michigan Wolverines basketball program back on the map over the past few seasons. This season may be the best squad Beilein has put together yet. The Wolverines have three RPI top 25 victories already this season and have plenty of opportunities to strengthen an already impressive resume.

    Michigan did not lose a game until almost halfway through January, before coming up short in a 53-56 loss against Ohio State in Columbus. The Wolverines strength of schedule will most likely increase as the team finishes the regular season with some difficult matchups.

    Big games remaining: Feb. 5 vs. Ohio State, Feb. 9 at Wisconsin, Feb. 12 at Michigan State, Mar. 2 vs. Michigan State, Mar. 10 vs. Indiana