Rothstein 45: Feb. 21, 2022

Jon Rothstein

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ROTHSTEIN 45 - 2/21/2022

1. Gonzaga: On track to be the top seed in the NCAA Tournament.

2. Arizona: Pelle Larsson is an X-Factor.

3. Purdue: Jaden Ivey is ready to explode.

4. Duke: The highest ceiling in college basketball.

5. Auburn: Wendell Green is a work in progress at crunch time.

6. Kentucky: Put up 90 on Saturday against Alabama without Sahvir Wheeler and TyTy Washington.

7. Kansas: Ochai Agbaji has regained his efficiency.

8. Texas Tech: Mark Adams is a mastermind defensively.

9. Villanova: We've seen this movie before.

10. Providence: Sunday's win at Butler felt like divine intervention.

11. Baylor: Need to get healthy.

12. Wisconsin: Sunday's scuffle against Michigan was a black eye for the sport.

13. UCLA: Jaylen Clark is emerging.

14. Illinois: Andre Curbelo has only participated in 14 of the team's 85 practices.

15. Tennessee: Sneaky good.

16. USC: Andy Enfield is headed towards another NCAA Tournament appearance.

17. Houston: Officially running out of adjectives for the coaching job that Kelvin Sampson has done.

18. Arkansas: Jaylin Williams is the best big man in the SEC that you haven't heard enough about.

19. Ohio State: Host Indiana on Monday.

20. UConn: Should move all of its home games on campus.

21. Texas: Could see Texas Tech again at the Big 12 Tournament.

22. Murray State: Won 16 straight.

23. Alabama: Mercurial.

24. Saint Mary's: Logan Johnson is an elite defender.

25. Wyoming: Hunter Maldonado and Graham Ike are America's most underrated 1-2 punch.

26. Marquette: Sunday's loss at Creighton was a heartbreaker.

27. Colorado State: Host Wyoming on Wednesday.

28. Boise State: Need to get Emmanuel Akot healthy.

29. Michigan State: Has lost four of five.

30. Iowa State: Izaiah Brockington is one of the best transfers in the country.

31. Iowa: Moved the needle on Saturday at Ohio State.

32. Notre Dame: Three of its final four games are at home.

33. Miami: Older than most who collect Social Security.

34. Wake Forest: Steve Forbes is in position to be ACC Coach of the Year.

35. Xavier: Need to start rebuilding momentum.

36. Creighton: Greg McDermott has done yeoman's work with this group.

37. LSU: Will travel to Kentucky this week.

38. Seton Hall: Preparing to move on without Bryce Aiken.

39. Rutgers: Cliff Omoruyi is a stud.

40. Loyola Chicago: Playing with fire.

41. San Diego State: Has held its last two opponents to 56 points or less.

42. TCU: Will face Kansas twice in its final six games.

43. Indiana: On a four-game losing streak.

44. Michigan: Phil Martelli is about to step into the spotlight.

45. San Francisco: NCAA Tournament or bust.

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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