Jon Rothstein

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Check out our rankings below:

1. Purdue: Still has the best resume in college basketball.

2. Arizona:
Azuolas Tubelis is playing like a first-team All-American.

3. Alabama:
Nate Oats is now one of the highest paid coaches in college basketball following his recent extension.

4. Houston: Was flawless in the second half of Sunday’s win at Temple.

5. Tennessee:
Julian Phillips hasn’t reached double figures in the last four games.

6. Texas:
Rodney Terry is a National Coach of the Year candidate.

7. UCLA:
Got 19 points off the bench in Saturday’s win at Washington State.

8. Kansas:
Looked soft against Iowa State.

9. Kansas State:
Two of its next three games are on the road.

10. Iowa State:
A different team at Hilton Coliseum.

11. Virginia:
Still the team to beat in the ACC.

12. Marquette:
Has won 13 of its last 15 games.

13. Xavier:
2-0 without Zach Freemantle.

14. Baylor:
Built for the NCAA Tournament.

15. Gonzaga: Two games behind Saint Mary’s in the WCC standings.

16. Miami:
Five of its final seven games are at home.

Providence: Noah Locke is a wildcard to watch moving forward.

18. Saint Mary’s: Is Aidan Mahaney really just a freshman?

19. TCU:
Still needs to get healthy.

20. UConn: Tristen Newton is turning a corner.

21. NC State:
D.J. Burns is averaging 23.3 points and seven rebounds in his last three games.

22. Duke:
10-2 when Jeremy Roach scores in double figures.

23. Rutgers: Made Madison Square Garden look like its home floor on Saturday against Michigan State.

24. Creighton:
Only allowing 66.1 points with Ryan Kalkbrenner in the lineup.

25. Indiana:
Could be the Big Ten’s second-best threat to make a run in the NCAA Tournament after Purdue.

26. Pitt:
Shooting its highest three-point percentage (35.1) under Jeff Capel.

27. Clemson:
Has to finish strong.

28. North Carolina:
Pete Nance was just 1-10 from the field against Duke.

29. New Mexico:
The Mountain West team that is best built to advance in the NCAA Tournament.

30. Iowa:
Averaging 86.7 points in its last three games.

31. San Diego State: Nathan Mensah destroyed Boise State on Friday night.

32. Northwestern: 20 wins should be enough to reach the NCAA Tournament.

33. Illinois:
Matthew Mayer is averaging 18.8 points in his last four games.

34. Florida Atlantic:
Can still earn an at-large bid.

35. Charleston:
Will be sweating on Selection Sunday unless it at least makes the finals of the CAA Tournament.

36. Auburn:
The offense can at times be offensive.

37. Michigan State:
Was just 4-21 from three-point range in Saturday’s loss to Rutgers.

38. Maryland:
Kevin Willard has this program ahead of schedule.

39. USC:
Will be a dangerous team in March.

40. Arkansas:
Jalen Graham is developing into a reliable reserve.

41. Missouri:
Scored a season-low 52 points on Saturday against Mississippi State.

42. Kentucky: Has quietly won six of its last seven.

43. West Virginia:
Trending towards the NCAA Tournament.

44. Oklahoma State:
Kalib Boone is playing like an all-conference player.

45. Nevada:
Better than last year despite losing both Grant Sherfield and Desmond Cambridge to the transfer portal.

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.