Rant Sports Official College Basketball Final Top 25 Rankings

College Basketball Final Top 25 Rankings

Connecticut basketball
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013-14 college basketball season is officially in the books. The Connecticut Huskies went on an improbable run and are now national champions. Before we completely start looking forward to next season, let’s take a look at the final college basketball top 25 rankings.

25. Harvard Crimson (27-5)

Harvard basketball
James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

25. Harvard Crimson (27-5)

Harvard basketball
James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Harvard Crimson pulled off an upset in the round of 64 for the second year in a row. The Crimson definitely deserve to be ranked No. 25. They beat a very talented team in Cincinnati. Then, they only lost by seven points to Michigan State.

24. North Carolina Tar Heels (24-10)

North Carolina basketball
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

24. North Carolina Tar Heels (24-10)

North Carolina basketball
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina only lost by two points against Iowa State in the round of 32, but a loss is a loss. The Tar Heels finished the season by losing three of four.

23. Stanford Cardinal (23-13)

Stanford basketball
Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

23. Stanford Cardinal (23-13)

Stanford basketball
Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

The Stanford Cardinal made the Sweet 16 as a No. 10 seed. Plus, they beat one of the most talented teams in the tourney in Kansas. Not a bad season.

22. Tennessee Volunteers (24-13)

Tennessee basketball
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

22. Tennessee Volunteers (24-13)

Tennessee basketball
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

How about the SEC. The conference only got three teams into the dance and all three managed to make it to the Sweet 16 or further. The Volunteers started the 2014 NCAA tournament in a play-in game, which they won. So, they actually won three games in the dance.

21. Syracuse Orange (28-6)

Syracuse basketball
Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

21. Syracuse Orange (28-6)

Syracuse basketball
Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse was one of the best teams in college hoops up until Feb. 19. That was the day the Orange lost their first game of the season and everything went downhill from there. The team lost six out of their last nine games. That included Syracuse’s second game of the Big Dance.

20. Duke Blue Devils (26-9)

Duke basketball
Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

20. Duke Blue Devils (26-9)

Duke basketball
Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

I am sure not many people saw that one coming; Duke losing to Mercer that is. The Blue Devils had players like Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood, but apparently that did not matter.

19. Cincinnati Bearcats (27-7)

Cincinnati basketball
James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

19. Cincinnati Bearcats (27-7)

Cincinnati basketball
James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bearcats had a great season, but that great season did not carry over to the NCAA tournament. The Bearcats lost their very first game, but it was to an underrated Harvard team that has been no stranger to the dance over the last few years.

18. Creighton Bluejays (27-8)

Creighton basketball
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

18. Creighton Bluejays (27-8)

Creighton basketball
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Creighton averaged right around 80 points per game on the season, but it could only manage 55 against Baylor. I am sure that is not the way Doug McDermott wanted to go out, but it is what it is.

17. Baylor Bears (26-12)

Baylor basketball
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

17. Baylor Bears (26-12)

Baylor basketball
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Speaking of Baylor, the Bears made the Sweet 16 and that is awesome. After all, this was a team that lost five games in a row in the Big 12 at one point. Unfortunately, Baylor took on a better Wisconsin team and was no match.

16. Dayton Flyers (26-11)

Dayton basketball
Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

16. Dayton Flyers (26-11)

Dayton basketball
Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Dayton beat some very good teams to reach the Elite Eight -- Ohio State, Syracuse and Stanford. Unfortunately, it ran into a hot, experienced and talented Florida team.

15. Villanova Wildcats (29-5)

Villanova basketball
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

15. Villanova Wildcats (29-5)

Villanova basketball
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Villanova only made it to the round of 32, but it lost to the best team in the tournament. The Connecticut Huskies did go on to win a national championship.

14. UCLA Bruins (28-9)

UCLA basketball
Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

14. UCLA Bruins (28-9)

UCLA basketball
Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA was never considered one of the best teams in college hoops this season, but it still made the Sweet 16. Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams were underrated the entire season. So were the Bruins. Well, until the seeds were dished out for the tourney.

13. Kansas Jayhawks (25-10)

Kansas basketball
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

13. Kansas Jayhawks (25-10)

Kansas basketball
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas was not the same team without Joel Embiid. The Jayhawks were still a good team, but losing a future top five pick for the NCAA tournament is never easy to rebound from.

12. San Diego State Aztecs (31-5)

San Diego State basketball
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

12. San Diego State Aztecs (31-5)

San Diego State basketball
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego State may have earned a No. 4 seed, but it unfortunately had to play No. 1 seed Arizona in the Sweet 16. The Aztecs couldn’t quite figure the Wildcats out -- lost twice to them on the season.

Still, Xavier Thames was great and his 26 points per game in the dance proved that.

11. Iowa State Cyclones (28-8)

Iowa State basketball
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

11. Iowa State Cyclones (28-8)

Iowa State basketball
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State could have won a national championship this season. That is how talented the Cyclones were. Unfortunately, Georges Niang went down. Niang averaged 16.7 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game and 3.6 assists per game. That is impossible to recover from.

10. Louisville Cardinals (31-6)

Louisville basketball
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

10. Louisville Cardinals (31-6)

Louisville basketball
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The defending national champs -- well, not anymore technically -- came on strong towards the end of the season. However, Louisville played a Kentucky team that already beat it earlier in the season. This is the same Kentucky team that played in the national championship.

9. Virginia Cavaliers (30-7)

Virginia basketball
Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

9. Virginia Cavaliers (30-7)

Virginia basketball
Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The ACC was very disappointing this tournament. Sure, Virginia ran into the Michigan State Spartans, but the Cavaliers were a No. 1 seed. They lost that contest and could not make it out of the Sweet 16.

8. Michigan Wolverines (28-9)

Michigan basketball
Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

8. Michigan Wolverines (28-9)

Michigan basketball
Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan lost arguably its best player in Mitch McGary during the season. Still, it managed to win the Big Ten regular season title. And, the Wolverines made the Elite Eight. Now that is some amazing coaching by John Beilein.

7. Michigan State Spartans (29-9)

Michigan State basketball
Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

7. Michigan State Spartans (29-9)

Michigan State basketball
Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

As good as Michigan was, Michigan State was still the better team. It proved that by beating the Wolverines for the Big Ten tournament title. This was easily one of the best teams in the country. Connecticut was just better -- beat the Spartans in the dance.

6. Wichita State Shockers (35-1)

Wichita State basketball
Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

6. Wichita State Shockers (35-1)

Wichita State basketball
Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Wichita State had an early exit in the tournament, but it still won 35 games. The Shockers were not a fluke, people. They were just matched up with a very talented Kentucky team right off the bat.

5. Arizona Wildcats (33-5)

Arizona basketball
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

5. Arizona Wildcats (33-5)

Arizona basketball
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

If Brandon Ashley didn’t go down with an injury during the season, Arizona could have won the title. We will never know that for sure, though.

4. Wisconsin Badgers (30-8)

Wisconsin basketball
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

4. Wisconsin Badgers (30-8)

Wisconsin basketball
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

No one should be surprised that Wisconsin made the Final Four. The Badgers did start off the season by winning 16 games in a row.

One point was the difference for Wisconsin. Aaron Harrison made the shot of his life. That shot gave Kentucky a one-point victory. That shot put Kentucky into the national championship.

3. Florida Gators (36-3)

Florida basketball
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

3. Florida Gators (36-3)

Florida basketball
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Florida had one heck of a season and finally got past the Elite Eight after not doing so for three years in a row. The Gators only lost to two teams this season. Wisconsin and Connecticut were those two teams. Apparently, the Huskies had Florida figured out. They did beat arguably the best team in the tournament twice this year.

2. Kentucky Wildcats (29-11)

Kentucky basketball
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

2. Kentucky Wildcats (29-11)

Kentucky basketball
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky entered the season with the No. 1 ranking. The Wildcats didn’t play like they deserved the No. 1 ranking until the tournament started. That is really all that matters.

1. Connecticut Huskies (32-8)

Connecticut basketball
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

1. Connecticut Huskies (32-8)

Connecticut basketball
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

How about Shabazz Napier and the rest of the Connecticut Huskies.

Were they the most talented team in the tournament? No. Were they the best team entering the tournament? Not even close. That’s what makes the Big Dance so great, though. Literally any team can win and No. 7 seed Connecticut proved that.

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

Around the Web