ROTHSTEIN 45: WEEK 9

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This week’s Rothstein 45 is now live!

Check out our rankings below:

1. Purdue: Hosts Rutgers tonight in West Lafayette. 

2. Kansas: Dajuan Harris has 39 assists in his last five games.

3. UConn:
Andre Jackson is the top intangible player in college basketball. 

4. Houston: Ja’Vier Francis has made a jump. 

5. Texas: 5-0 under Rodney Terry. 

6. Arizona: Has held five straight opponents to 70 points or fewer. 

7. Gonzaga: Drew Timme is putting up “video game like” numbers. 

8. Alabama: Buy stock in Nick Pringle. 

9. Tennessee: The Vols' top five scorers have all taken between 93 and 122 shots.

10. Virginia:
Had 14 steals in Saturday’s win at Georgia Tech. 

11. UCLA: Held Washington to 49 points on its home floor.

12. Miami:
More guards than Shawshank.

13. Xavier:
20 assists on 28 made field goals against UConn.

14. Baylor:
0-2 in true road games.

15. Arkansas:
Wednesday’s game against Missouri is appointment TV. 

16. TCU: Mike Miles is playing like an All-American.

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

18. Indiana: Returns to action on Thursday against Iowa.

19. Duke:
Jaylen Blakes has scored 17 in back-to-back games.

20. Missouri:
Kobe Brown is the next Mfiondu Kabengele.

21. New Mexico:
Josiah Allick had 15 and 15 on Saturday against Wyoming.

22. Kentucky:
Two of its next four games are against Alabama and Tennessee. 

23. Auburn: The ceiling depends on Johni Broome.

24. Mississippi State:
Hasn’t scored more than 70 in its last five games.

25. Iowa State: Three of its next five games are on the road. 

26. Marquette: Six different players have led this team in scoring. 

27. Charleston: Still in the at-large conversation. 

28. Ohio State: Pounded Northwestern into submission.

29. Kansas State:
Markquis Nowell is playing the best basketball of his career.

30. North Carolina: Has a similar vibe to UCLA last season.

31. West Virginia:
Tre Mitchell had a double-double — 16 points and 13 rebounds — in Saturday’s loss at Kansas State.

32. Memphis: Gave up 96 in Sunday’s loss against Tulane.

33. Illinois:
Matthew Mayer has attempted 33 three-point shots in his last five games.

34. Michigan State:
A different team with a healthy Malik Hall. 

35. San Diego State: Matt Bradley averaged 25 points in a pair of wins last week. 

36. Creighton: Baylor Scheierman is averaging 9.6 rebounds. 

37. Penn State: Andrew Funk has made 10 three-point shots in his last two games.

38. Arizona State:
3-27 from three-point range in Saturday’s loss to Arizona.

39. Maryland: Took a snow day on Sunday against Michigan.

40. LSU:
Moved the needle against Arkansas. 

41. Rutgers: 7-2 when Cam Spencer scores in double figures.

42. Texas Tech:
Can make a statement with back-to-back home games against Kansas and Oklahoma.

43. Virginia Tech:
Needs to get Hunter Cattoor back healthy. 

44. Saint Mary’s: 14th in the NET as of Sunday.

45. Providence: Devin Carter is a problem. 

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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