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ROTHSTEIN 45: WEEK 18

Jon Rothstein
Jon Rothstein@JonRothstein
ROTHSTEIN 45: WEEK 18

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1. Houston (+700 to Win National Championship)

The Skinny: Jamal Shead is a first-team All-American.

2. Purdue (+750)

The Skinny: Won at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title.

3. UConn (+500)

The Skinny: Outright Big East regular season champions for the first time since 1999. Current national title favorite (+500), per FanDuel Sportsbook's college basketball odds.

4. Tennessee (+1300)

The Skinny: Stacking Quad 1 wins.

5. Marquette (+2100)

The Skinny: Battled Creighton without Tyler Kolek and Oso Ighodaro. Listed at +350 odds to win the Big East Tournament.

6. North Carolina

The Skinny: Harrison Ingram has been a difference maker.

7. Arizona (+1300)

The Skinny: Will be a 1 or 2 seed in the West Region.

8. Iowa State (+2100)

The Skinny: Two Sweet 16 appearances in three years is very much in the cards.

9. Creighton (+3000)

The Skinny: Baylor Scheierman is pushing for Big East Player of the Year honors.

10. Duke (+2300)

The Skinny: Caleb Foster needs to get healthy. A 6.5-point road favorite Monday at NC State.

11. Illinois

The Skinny: Averaging 88 points since Terrence Shannon Jr. returned to the lineup.

12. Baylor

The Skinny: Will be a trendy Final Four pick. A 6.5-point home favorite versus Texas on Monday.

13. Kansas

The Skinny: Could enter the NCAA Tournament with 10 losses for the first time under Bill Self.

14. Auburn

The Skinny: Dominant at home.

15. South Carolina

The Skinny: 10-3 in games decided by six points or fewer.

16. Kentucky

The Skinny: The best watch in college basketball.

17. Alabama

The Skinny: Needs Latrell Wrightsell back.

18. Washington State

The Skinny: Having a dream season.

19. Utah State

The Skinny: Zeroing in on an outright Mountain West regular season title.

20. San Diego State

The Skinny: Jaedon LeDee is pushing for first-team All-American honors.

21. BYU

The Skinny: Richie Saunders is America's least appreciated Glue Guy.

22. Gonzaga

The Skinny: Cemented an NCAA Tournament berth on Saturday at Saint Mary's.

23. Saint Mary's

The Skinny: Outright WCC regular season champions.

24. Florida

The Skinny: Potent offensively.

25. South Florida

The Skinny: Amir Abdur-Rahim is the truth.

26. Florida Atlantic

The Skinny: Made for March. A +185 favorite to win the AAC Conference Tournament.

27. Nevada

The Skinny: Kenan Blackshear has missed the past few games due to injury.

28. Dayton

The Skinny: Coming back down to Earth.

29. Oklahoma

The Skinny: A nightmare Round of 32 opponent.

30. Clemson

The Skinny: The ACC's third-best team.

31. Boise State

The Skinny: St. John's transfer O'Mar Stanley has been a revelation.

32. Colorado State

The Skinny: Has lost several close games in the past few weeks.

33. Northwestern

The Skinny: Banged up.

34. Texas

The Skinny: Visits Baylor on Monday.

35. Texas Tech

The Skinny: The last four Red Raiders head coaches --- Grant McCasland, Mark Adams, Chris Beard, and Tubby Smith --- will have taken this team to the NCAA Tournament.

36. Nebraska

The Skinny: Winning all the games that it is supposed to win.

37. Wisconsin

The Skinny: What happened since mid-January?

38. TCU

The Skinny: Let a big lead slip away on Saturday at BYU.

39. Michigan State

The Skinny: Four straight seasons with 10 or more losses.

40. Mississippi State

The Skinny: Will be a nuisance for someone during March Madness.

41. Villanova

The Skinny: Justin Moore is 14-25 from three-point range in his last three games. Listed at +2000 odds to win the Big East Tournament.

42. Colorado

The Skinny: Talented enough to be a factor during the next few weeks.

43. Seton Hall

The Skinny: Will have a Quad 1 opportunity on Wednesday against Villanova.

44. St. John's

The Skinny: In position to be in position.

45. New Mexico

The Skinny: Things are getting tense.


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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.