ROTHSTEIN 45: Week 6

Jon Rothstein
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This week’s Rothstein 45 is now live!

Check out our rankings below:

1. Purdue:
Fletcher Loyer has reached double figures in five straight games.

2. Virginia: Next two games are against Houston and Miami.

3. UConn:
Dan Hurley is the early favorite for National Coach of the Year.

4. Alabama:
Won at Houston and only got eight points from Brandon Miller.

5. Houston:
Adversity has hit.

6. Texas:
Brock Cunningham’s role is expanding.

7. Tennessee: Had a “Jekyll and Hyde” performance in Sunday’s win over Maryland.

8. Arizona:
Azuolas Tubelis and Oumar Ballo is the best power forward/center combo in America.

9. Arkansas:
Nick Smith Jr. is averaging 21.5 points in his last two games.

10. Kansas:
Will a post threat ever emerge?

11. Duke: Dariq Whitehead hit double figures for the first time on Saturday against Maryland- Eastern Shore.

12. Baylor: No one is averaging more than 5.1 rebounds.

13. Indiana: Missing Jalen Hood-Schifino.

14. Maryland:
Showed incredible fight in Sunday’s loss to Tennessee.

15. Gonzaga:
Julian Strawther is just 9-29 from the field in the Bulldogs’ three losses.

16. Kentucky: Oscar Tshiebwe has 68 rebounds in his last five games.

17. Illinois: Took a snow day on Saturday against Penn State.

18. UCLA: Will face Maryland and Kentucky this week.

19. TCU: You will want no part of this team in March.

20. Mississippi State: The Bulldogs are a bunch of bullies.

21. Wisconsin: 5-2 in games decided by five points or fewer.

22. Miami: Isaiah Wong is averaging 29 points in his last two games.

23. Ohio State: Zed Key is quietly having a breakout season.

24. Marquette: Kam Jones has emerged as a star.

25. Michigan State: 22-8 over the past three seasons when Joey Hauser scores in double figures.

26. Charleston:
Will face CAA favorite Towson on Dec. 31st.

27. Virginia Tech: Getting major mileage out of Grant Basile.

28. Iowa: Playing without two starters in Ahron Ulis and Kris Murray.

29. Iowa State: Burn the tape from last Thursday against Iowa.

30. Xavier: Solely Boum is one of the nation’s top transfers.

31. UNLV: 10-0 for the first time since the 1990-91 season.

32. Memphis: 5-1 against power conference teams.

33. Auburn: Lacking a star.

34. Creighton: Have lost four straight.

35. North Carolina: Ended its four-game losing streak against Georgia Tech.

36. West Virginia: Should enter Big 12 play at 10-2.

37. New Mexico: 9-0.

38. Saint Mary’s: Six of its first 11 opponents have scored 60 or fewer.

39. San Diego State: Going to have its work cut out in the Mountain West.

40. Arizona State: Can move the needle on Monday night against Creighton.

41. Texas Tech: Fardaws Aimaq (foot) is set to be re-evaluated this week.

42. Michigan:
Dug McDaniel is the truth.

43. Utah: The Utes’ top five scorers are all shooting 36 percent or better from three-point range.

44. Penn State: A dark horse NCAA Tournament team.

45. Utah State: Buy stock in Steven Ashworth.

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.

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