ROTHSTEIN 45: WEEK 17
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Check out our rankings below:
1. Houston: 10-0 in true road games.
2. Alabama: The Brandon Miller situation has now become the primary storyline associated with this team.
3. Kansas: 34-6 under Bill Self against Big 12 opponents at Allen Fieldhouse in games that have been decided by five points or fewer or in overtime.
4. UCLA: Pac-12 regular season champs for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
5. Purdue: Have lost four of its last six games.
6. Marquette: Clinched a share of the Big East regular season title.
7. Texas: Will close the regular season at TCU and then at home against Kansas.
8. Arizona: Saturday’s loss to Arizona State was beyond heartbreaking.
9. Gonzaga: 10-2 when Malachi Smith scores in double figures.
10. Kansas State: Markquis Nowell is averaging 18 points and nine assists in his last two games.
11. Baylor: Got 29 points off the bench in Saturday’s win over Texas.
12. Miami: Blew a 25-point second half lead against Florida State.
13. Indiana: A dark horse Final Four team.
14. UConn: Has regained its early season form.
15. Virginia: Averaging just 56 points in its last three games.
16. Tennessee: Mercurial.
17. Xavier: Jerome Hunter is averaging 10.9 points and 6.9 rebounds since Zach Freemantle left the lineup.
18. Providence: Ed Croswell is playing the best basketball of his career.
19. Saint Mary’s: Hoping for a rubber match with Gonzaga in the WCC Tournament.
20. TCU: Buy stock in Jakobe Coles.
21. San Diego State: Lamont Butler’s buzzer beater against New Mexico was epic.
22. Creighton: Was just 5-26 from three-point range in Saturday’s loss at Villanova.
23. Pitt: Jeff Capel should be the ACC Coach of the Year.
24. Duke: Could this program possibly be underrated in March?
25. Maryland: Jahmir Young is playing like one of the best guards in the country.
26. Kentucky: Oscar Tshiebwe is regaining the form that he displayed last season.
27. Iowa State: Have lost five of its last six games.
28. Northwestern: Lost two straight games.
29. NC State: Will close the regular season out on Tuesday at Duke.
30. Texas A&M: Wade Taylor IV is separating himself as the best guard in the SEC.
31. Illinois: As Terrance Shannon Jr. goes, so do the Illini.
32. Iowa: Trailed Michigan State by 11 with 65 seconds remaining on Saturday and won in overtime.
33. Rutgers: Showed major guts in Sunday’s win at Penn State.
34. Michigan State: A dangerous game looms this week at Nebraska.
35. Nevada: Steve Alford is on the verge of taking five different Division 1 programs to the NCAA Tournament.
36. Florida Atlantic: Has won its last two games by an average of 34.5 points.
37. Mississippi State: Was just 3-21 from three-point range on Saturday against Texas A&M and still won.
38. Oklahoma State: Monday's game against Baylor feels like a must win.
39. Arkansas: Nick Smith Jr. is averaging 25 points in his last two games.
40. Memphis: DeAndre Williams has taken his game to another level.
41. Missouri: Already has its most wins since the 2013-14 season.
42. USC: 8-1 with everyone in the lineup.
43. Boise State: Playing with fire after its loss against San Jose State.
44. West Virginia: Close the regular season at Iowa State and then in Morgantown against Kansas State.
45. North Carolina: Picked up a Quad 1 win against Virginia.
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.