ROTHSTEIN 45: Feb. 28, 2022

Jon Rothstein

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ROTHSTEIN 45 - 2/28/2022

1. Gonzaga:
Chet Holmgren and Drew Timme combined for just 12 points in Saturday's loss at Saint Mary's.

2. Duke:
The final stretch of Coach K's career is upon us.

3. Kentucky:
Oscar Tshiebwe is emerging as the favorite for National Player of the Year.

4. Arizona:
Saturday's loss at Colorado may be a blessing in disguise.

5. Auburn:
Wendell Green is just 4-20 from three-point range in his last three games.

6. Purdue:
Defense remains a major concern.

7. Baylor:
Wounded, but still extremely capable.

8. Providence:
Ed Cooley should be the National Coach of the Year.

9. Kansas:
Remy Martin returned to the lineup in Saturday's loss at Baylor.

10. Texas Tech:
Still formidable despite a road loss at TCU.

11. Wisconsin:
Controls its own destiny in the Big Ten.

12. Houston:
This weekend's regular season finale at Memphis is massive.

13. Villanova:
Slightly off-the-radar.

14. Tennessee:
One of the deepest perimeters in the sport.

15. Arkansas:
Jaylin Williams is one of the best big men in the country.

16. USC:
The most regular season wins in school history.

17. UCLA:
Needs to get healthy.

18. Illinois: Will be a trendy Final Four pick.

19. Saint Mary's:
Made a statement by beating Gonzaga.

20. UConn:
Jordan Hawkins is an X-Factor.

21. Ohio State:
Has lost two of three.

22. Texas:
Close the season with Baylor and Kansas.

23. Murray State:

24. Alabama:
Charles Bediako is emerging.

25. Iowa:
Kris Murray is more than just Keegan Murray's brother.

26. Marquette:
Will be undervalued entering the Big East Tournament.

27. Colorado State:
Anything less than one NCAA Tournament win will be viewed as a disappointment.

28. Boise State:
Extremely balanced.

29. Wyoming:
Graham Ike had 23 and 15 in Saturday's win over Nevada.

30. Michigan State:
When Gabe Brown goes, so do the Spartans.

31. Iowa State:

32. Notre Dame: The second-best team in the ACC.

33. Seton Hall:
Tray Jackson was 6-6 from the field in Saturday's win over Xavier.

34. TCU:
Headed to the NCAA Tournament for the second time under Jamie Dixon.

35. LSU:
Has won at least 18 games in five consecutive seasons.

36. Miami:
Close the regular season with back-to-back road games at Boston College and Syracuse.

37. Wake Forest:
Steve Forbes is a candidate for ACC Coach of the Year.

38. Creighton:
Ryan Nembhard's season-ending wrist injury is devastating.

39. Xavier:
Having a rough February.

40. Michigan:
Needs to finish strong.

41. Rutgers:
Cliff Omoruyi is a walking double-double.

42. San Diego State:
Chad Baker-Mazara is a critical piece.

43. San Francisco:
In position to be in position.

44. Indiana:
Close the regular season this weekend at Purdue.

45. SMU:
Out-rebounded by 24 on Sunday at Houston.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and a contributor to the CBS Broadcast Network since 2016. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks. Rothstein is also an in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio.