NCAAB

ROTHSTEIN 45: WEEK 17

Jon Rothstein
Jon Rothstein@JonRothstein
ROTHSTEIN 45: WEEK 17

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1. Houston (+750 to Win National Championship)

The Skinny: Joining the Big 12 hasn't slowed down the Cougars, who own the second-shortest odds to make the Final Four (+160), per FanDuel Sportsbook's college basketball odds.

2. Purdue (+700)

The Skinny: Zach Edey went for 35 and 15 on Sunday against Michigan.

3. UConn (+550)

The Skinny: Got back on track against Villanova.

4. Tennessee (+1300)

The Skinny: Has four Quad 1 opportunities in its final four regular season games. Current SEC favorite with +105 odds to win the SEC regular season.

5. Marquette (+2000)

The Skinny: Kam Jones is exploding like a volcano.

6. North Carolina (+2000)

The Skinny: Cormac Ryan is starting to emerge. A 13.5-point home favorite on Monday versus Miami.

7. Arizona (+1300)

The Skinny: Caleb Love has 55 points across his last two games. 'Cats are sporting -140 odds to be a 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

8. Iowa State (+2200)

The Skinny: Still undefeated at Hilton Coliseum.

9. Kansas (+3500)

The Skinny: Kevin McCullar's long-term health is officially a concern.

10. Creighton (+3000)

The Skinny: Baylor Scheierman = All-American.

11. Duke

The Skinny: Jared McCain has made 15 three-point shots across his last four games.

12. Illinois

The Skinny: Has allowed 80 or more points in five of its last six games.

13. Baylor

The Skinny: In the middle of a brutal stretch, starting with tonight at TCU.

14. Auburn

The Skinny: 13-2 when Chad Baker-Mazara scores in double figures.

15. Alabama

The Skinny: Saturday's defensive performance against Kentucky was alarming.

16. South Carolina

The Skinny: Had 17 assists on 26 made field goals in Saturday's win at Ole Miss.

17. Washington State

The Skinny: One of the great stories in college basketball.

18. Kentucky

The Skinny: Justin Edwards' emergence could take this team to another level.

19. Utah State

The Skinny: Danny Sprinkle = Mountain West Coach of the Year.

20. Dayton

The Skinny: DaRon Holmes II needs more help.

21. Saint Mary's

The Skinny: Aiming for its second outright WCC regular season title under Randy Bennett.

22. San Diego State

The Skinny: Made mince meat out of Fresno State.

23. Florida

The Skinny: Walter Clayton is averaging 21.4 points in his last five games.

24. BYU

The Skinny: Still has to visit Allen Fieldhouse and Hilton Coliseum.

25. Texas Tech

The Skinny: Was 8-28 from three-point range in Saturday's loss at UCF.

26. Clemson

The Skinny: Joe Girard and Chase Hunter combined for 40 of the Tigers' 74 points against Florida State over the weekend.

27. South Florida

The Skinny: Amir Abdur-Rahim is moving mountains.

28. Wisconsin

The Skinny: Mercurial.

29. Florida Atlantic

The Skinny: Anxious for March Madness.

30. TCU

The Skinny: JaKobe Coles has hit double figures in six of his last seven games.

31. Oklahoma

The Skinny: Trying to get healthy.

32. Northwestern

The Skinny: Inching closer to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in program history.

33. Boise State

The Skinny: Tyson Degenhart has scored 22 or more points in four of his last six games.

34. Nevada

The Skinny: Nick Davidson is a burgeoning star.

35. Nebraska

The Skinny: Inching towards its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2014.

36. Colorado State

The Skinny: Looking like a single digit seed in March Madness for the second time in three seasons.

37. Virginia

The Skinny: Averaging only 44.7 points in its last three games.

38. New Mexico

The Skinny: The loss to Air Force was abominable.

39. Texas

The Skinny: Got punched in the mouth at Kansas.

40. Gonzaga

The Skinny: Will have a Quad 1 opportunity later this week against San Francisco.

41. Providence

The Skinny: Jayden Pierre has quietly made a major jump.

42. Seton Hall

The Skinny: Shaheen Holloway is right there with Dan Hurley for Big East Coach of the Year.

43. Mississippi State

The Skinny: Kentucky comes to town on Tuesday.

44. Michigan State

The Skinny: Lost back-to-back home games to Iowa and Ohio State.

45. Wake Forest

The Skinny: Inched closer to the NCAA Tournament with Saturday's win over Duke.


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Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and a contributor to the CBS Broadcast Network since 2016. He joined FanDuel in 2022 as a Content Creator. Rothstein is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks.