Rothstein 45: Feb 7, 2022

Jon Rothstein

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1. Auburn: Barely survived against Georgia. 

2. Gonzaga: Chet Holmgren had a double-double — at halftime --- on Saturday against BYU. 

3. Duke: The highest ceiling in college basketball. 

4. Kentucky: Has not lost at full strength in 2022. 

5. Purdue: Host Illinois on Tuesday in West Lafayette.

6. Arizona: Azuolas Tubelis is a stud. 

7. Houston: I’m running out of adjectives for the coaching job that Kelvin Sampson has done this season.

8. Kansas: Made a statement on Saturday against Baylor.

9. Texas Tech: The defense never rests. 

10. Baylor: Saturday’s loss at Kansas was its worst defeat since 2019. 

11. Providence: Ed Cooley --- as of today --- should be the National Coach of the Year. 

12. Ohio State: Justin Ahrens made four three-point shots on Sunday against Maryland.

13. UCLA: Had a brutal weekend in the desert.

14. Illinois: Has a better record through 22 games than it did last season. 

15. Wisconsin: Johnny Davis is just 7-32 from the field in his last two games. 

16. Marquette: Justin Lewis is a Big East Player of the Year candidate.

17. Villanova: Eric Dixon went for 24 and 12 on Saturday against UConn. 

18. Tennessee: Has quietly won five straight conference games. 

19. Michigan State: Lost by 21 on Saturday at Rutgers. 

20. Texas: Brock Cunningham has emerged as a starter. 

21. USC: Showed progress in Saturday’s loss at Arizona.

22. Alabama: Shot 3-30 from three-point range in Saturday’s loss to Kentucky. 

23. UConn: At a crossroads. 

24. Iowa State: Has lost four of its last five conference games.

25. Saint Mary’s: The second-best team in the WCC. 

26. Oregon: 11-2 when Jacob Young scores in double figures. 

27. Wyoming: Graham Ike is a problem.

28. Boise State: Tyson Degenhart is one of America’s best kept secrets. 

29. Colorado State: John Tonje is starting to emerge. 

30. Loyola Chicago: Lucas Williamson was huge in Sunday’s win at Missouri State.

31. Seton Hall: Need to get Bryce Aiken back in the lineup. 

32. Xavier: A daunting stretch awaits. 

33. Indiana: Three of its next four games are on the road. 

34. Miami: On a two-game losing streak. 

35. Murray State: KJ Williams has three double doubles in his last five games. 

36. Arkansas: On an eight-game winning streak.

37. TCU: Saturday’s home loss to Kansas State was a setback.  

38. LSU: Needs to get its mojo back.

39. Creighton: Has beaten both UConn and Marquette on the road. 

40. Davidson: Still the class of the Atlantic 10. 

41. San Diego State: Missing a secondary scorer. 

42. Notre Dame: Paul Atkinson has become a force.

43. Wake Forest: Indiana State transfer Jake LaRavia is a gem.

44. Iowa: Keegan Murray went for 24 and 15 in Sunday's win over Minnesota.

45. Florida: Won its last two games by a total of six points.

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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