Rothstein 45: Feb. 14, 2022

Jon Rothstein

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ROTHSTEIN 45 - 2/14/2022

1. Gonzaga: Historically good offensively.

2. Kentucky: Don’t take Oscar Tshiebwe for granted.

3. Arizona: On track to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

4. Auburn: Walker Kessler has 35 blocks in his last five games.

5. Baylor: Still winning despite a bevy of injuries. 

6. Providence: 9-0 in games decided by five points or less. 

7. Duke: Has lost twice this season at Cameron Indoor Stadium. 

8. Purdue: Something is off. 

9. Kansas: Ochai Agbaji only averaged 11 points in two games last week.

10. Texas Tech: Incredibly balanced.

11. Villanova: Tuesday’s game at Providence will be must see TV.

12. Tennessee: Host Kentucky on Tuesday night in Knoxville.

13. Illinois: RJ Melendez is emerging.

14. Ohio State: The forgotten team in the Big Ten.

15. Wisconsin: Johnny Davis was held in check against Rutgers.

16. USC: Chevez Goodwin is underrated.

17. UCLA: Has lost five straight to USC.

18. Alabama: Noah Gurley has moved into the starting lineup.  

19. Houston: Starting to come down to Earth. 

20. Arkansas: Jaylin Williams is an All-SEC player. 

21. Texas: Only had one player score in double figures on Saturday against Baylor. 

22. Marquette: Lost two straight on the road. 

23. Michigan State: A sleeper for the NCAA Tournament.

24. Wyoming: Jeff Linder should be the Mountain West Coach of the Year. 

25. Murray State: Won 14 straight. 

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

27. Saint Mary’s: Battled Gonzaga in Spokane. 

28. Boise State: The best team that Leon Rice has ever coached.

29. Xavier: Jack Nunge’s story is inspirational.  

30. UConn: Andre Jackson has intriguing long-term potential.

31. Notre Dame: Mike Brey looks like the ACC Coach of the Year. 

32. Miami: Has a big game next Saturday against Virginia. 

33. Seton Hall: Pray that you don’t see this team in March.

34. Loyola Chicago: The class of the Missouri Valley. 

35. Iowa State: The trajectory is downward.

36. Iowa: Buy stock in Payton Sandfort.

37. LSU: 16-3 with Xavier Pinson in the lineup. 

38. Oregon: Saturday’s loss against Cal could be a factor on Selection Sunday. 

39. San Diego State: Can’t afford to stub its toe.

40. TCU: The schedule down the stretch is arduous. 

41. Indiana: Just 9-37 from three-point range in back-to-back losses. 

42. Oklahoma: Tuesday’s game against Texas is critical. 

43. Rutgers: Caleb McConnell is the best perimeter defender in college basketball. 

44. Michigan: Made a statement against Purdue. 

45. Memphis: Officially in the at-large conversation.

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.

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