The Duel

ROTHSTEIN 45: March 7, 2022

Jon Rothstein

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Check out our rankings below:

1. Gonzaga: Returns to action on Monday night in Las Vegas.

2. Kentucky: Oscar Tshiebwe is the National Player of the Year. 

3. Arizona: The most aesthetically pleasing team in the sport. 

4. Auburn: Won an outright SEC regular season title. 

5. Baylor: Still has enough. 

6. Duke: Gave up 94 points in Saturday's home loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium. 

7. Villanova: Jordan Longino had 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench at Butler. 

8. Purdue: Feels like a three seed.

9. Kansas: 42-9 over the last four years when David McCormack scores in double figures. 

10. Providence: Jared Bynum is a name to watch over the next month. 

11. Wisconsin: Peacock today, feather duster tomorrow. 

12. Tennessee: 9-0 at home during SEC play. 

13. Texas Tech: Needs to get Kevin McCullar healthy. 

14. Arkansas: Can still earn as high as a four seed in the NCAA Tournament. 

15. UCLA: Jaime Jaquez is rounding back into form.

16. Illinois: The top seed in the Big Ten Tournament. 

17. Saint Mary's: Returns to action Monday night in the WCC Tournament. 

18. Murray State: 30-2.

19. USC: Could have a rubber match against UCLA in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals. 

20. Iowa: Kris Murray is a player. 

21. UConn: Adama Sanogo is a fringe All-American. 

22. Houston: Swept by Memphis.

23. Texas: Role allocation is still a work in progress.

24. Colorado State: Could reach the Sweet 16 with the right draw. 

25. Seton Hall: Kevin Willard has again found the right formula. 

26. Boise State: 0-2 against Colorado State. 

27. Alabama: Committed to small ball. 

28. LSU: Ended its five-game losing streak against Alabama.

29. Ohio State: Needs to get healthy. 

30. Michigan State: Bounced back nicely against Maryland.

31. Marquette: Justin Lewis returned to form against St. John's with 28 points. 

32. TCU: Could surprise in the NCAA Tournament. 

33. San Diego State: Won 35 straight games when leading with five minutes to go. 

34. Wyoming: 24 wins by Jeff Linder is an incredible accomplishment. 

35. Iowa State: Tyrese Hunter had 13 assists on Saturday against Baylor. 

36. Notre Dame: 19-5 in its last 24 games.

37. Miami: Jordan Miller went for 25 and 13 on Saturday against Syracuse.

38. Wake Forest: Aiming for its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2017. 

39. Creighton: Ryan Kalkbrenner is underrated. 

40. North Carolina: Made a statement against Duke. 

41. Rutgers: Won two games last week by a combined four points. 

42. Michigan: Phil Martelli is 3-2 as acting head coach. 

43. San Francisco: NCAA Tournament bound. 

44. Xavier: Took care of business against Georgetown. 

45. Memphis: Sweet 16 potential.

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.