ROTHSTEIN 45: Week 1

Jon Rothstein

This week’s Rothstein 45 is now live!

Check out our rankings below:

1. North Carolina: Four starters are back, headlined by Armando Bacot.

2. Gonzaga: Point guard play is a major question.

3. Creighton: The best team in school history? 

4. Houston: Finally healthy. 

5. Kentucky: Final Four or bust.

6. UCLA: Tyger Campbell is primed for a monster season.

7. Duke: The Jon Scheyer era officially begins. 

8. Baylor: The perimeter is elite.

9. Kansas: Who plays center?

10. TCU: Jamie Dixon’s best team since Pitt in 2010-11.

11. Tennessee: Could rise from this spot quickly.

12. Texas: The talent is there, but will it mesh?

13. Indiana: The consensus favorite in the Big Ten.

14. Villanova: 30 out of 31 regular season games are against power conference or Big 5 competition.

15. San Diego State: Seven seniors are in the Aztecs’ rotation.

16. Arkansas: Talented, but inexperienced.

17. Auburn: Could go 11 deep.

18. Oregon: Jermaine Couisnard’s knee injury is significant.

19. Purdue: Zach Edey should average 20 and 10 — at least.

20. Xavier: Sean Miller returns to the place where he had great success from 2004-09.

21. Texas A&M: The best team that Buzz Williams has had since he’s been in College Station.

22. Arizona: What can Tommy Lloyd do for an encore?

23. Virginia: Five starters are back.

24. UConn: Jordan Hawkins is on the verge of exploding.

25. Florida State: Battling depth issues.

26. Michigan: Business as usual.

27. USC: Will play much smaller than past years.

28. Western Kentucky: Boise State transfer Emmanuel Akot was a huge addition.

29. Miami: Guard U. 

30. Seton Hall: Clemson transfer Al-Amir Dawes is a gem. 

31. Wyoming: Graham Ike’s injury is a major setback.

32. Saint Louis: Javonte Perkins is back after last year’s ACL injury.

33. Dayton: High expectations, but this isn’t the Flyers from the 2019-20 season.

34. Ohio State: A mystery team.

35. Michigan State: Could face nine straight power conference opponents from Nov. 11th to Dec. 7th. 

36. Alabama: Atlantic Sun favorite Liberty visits Tuscaloosa on Friday.

37. Texas Tech: Texas transfer Jaylon Tyson will have an immediate impact.

38. Illinois: The lineup is more versatile, but will it be better?

39. Oklahoma State: Moussa Cisse could be the best big man in the Big 12.

40. Notre Dame: Six players are pursuing a Master’s degree.

41. St. John’s: No NCAA Tournament wins since 2000. 

42. Florida: Year One of the Todd Golden era.

43. Virginia Tech: A third straight NCAA Tournament berth feels within reason.

44. Providence: Kentucky transfer Bryce Hopkins will make an immediate impact.

45. UAB: Don’t blink — you’ll miss LSU transfer Eric Gaines.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and a contributor to the CBS Broadcast Network since 2016. He joined FanDuel in 2022 as a Content Creator. Rothstein is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks.