We’re in the really exciting part of the season. Teams have learned more about themselves after 5 weeks of campaigning, non-conference games still highlighting the leaderboards, and conference games coming up entirely across the country.
With that, here’s a new Top 15 poll and some more lessons college basketball.
first. UConn (11-0)
The Huskies are one of only seven undefeated teams left in the country and they are the only unbeaten team to have won all of their matches by double digits. Connecticut has no hole and no shame about wealth, with the big boys duo of Adama Sanogo and Donovan Clingan in the front yard. by André Jackson Sportiness and versatility are off the charts, and his contributions go beyond the stats. With a sophomore in Jordan Hawkins Leading a much-improved outer ring shooter, Dan Hurley has the best basketball team in the nation today. visit UConn Butler on saturday at 7pm ET on FS1.
Is UConn the best team in college basketball?
Mark Titus and Tate Frazier discuss UConn’s impressive undefeated win over Florida.
2. Purdue (10-0)
The team’s side survived the tough atmosphere in Lincoln on Saturday, beating an improved team Nebraska team, 65-62. In the last three games, the freshman guard Fletcher Loyer combined for 52 points, 13 assists and just one rotation. No doubt about it Zach Edey will also be national player of the year at this time.
3. arizona (8-1)
Wildcats decided Saturday night’s match against India in Las Vegas, commanding Hoosiers 89-75. Tommy Lloyd is arguably the best striker duo in the country with Azuolas Tubelis and Oumar . balland on saturday, Pelle Larsson shows how much he can raise this team’s ceiling with 16 points.
4. Alabama (8-1)
Crimson Tide took one of the best wins you’ll see all season, knockdown Houston Departure Saturday 71-65. What makes it even more impressive? Alabama led 15 with more than 17 minutes left. freshman Noah Clowney sensational, won 16 points and 11 bounces.
5. Virginia (8-0)
The Cavaliers have passed James Madison 55-50 last Tuesday because clark Tony Bennett’s team willpower, racked up 18 points and seven assists to win. The Hoos has four players averaging between 10 and 11.6 points per game. Their schedule increases on Saturday with a home game against Houston.
6. Houston (9-1)
No, we’re not jumping out of the Cougars’ team for our first loss of the season. The problem with this team right now is Marcus Sasser not on the offensive tempo and Kelvin Sampson’s team combined 12 to 44 from outside the arc in the past three games. Cougars defend so well, they need to hit more shots. Sometimes it’s just that simple.
Alabama beat Houston
Noah Clowney’s late save turned out to be the deciding factor in Alabama’s win over Houston.
7. Tennessee (9-1)
Defensive travels, and Volunteers are a prime example of that. They locked maryland knocked out Sunday in Brooklyn, winning a brave 56-53 against the Terrapins. Rick Barnes’ team defended as well as any team in the country, and by Olivier Nkamhoua physicality cannot be exaggerated.
8. Kansas (9-1)
The defending national champions have fact-checked to Missouri on Saturday, blowing away Tiger Force in Border War 95-67. Jalen Wilson are performing as an All-American First Team and racked up 24 points and 10 bounces in victory. The Jayhawks host Indiana on Saturday in what promises to be a big game at Allen Fieldhouse.
9. Duke (10-2)
How the Blue Devils rule Iowa at Madison Square Garden last week was impressive, and it feels like Jon Scheyer has the highest-ceilinged team in the country because of the freshman class. Blue Devil has a length with Kyle Filipowski and Dereck Lively II. They have an alpha in Jeremy Roach. If dariq whiteheads continue to the wing position, look out. He has totaled 23 points and 5 assists in his last two matches.
ten. Texas (7-1)
It should be noted that the only time the Longhorns don’t play at the Mood Center, they can’t close the door and fall Illinois. Texas’ backcourt of Marcus Carr and tire hunter take a lot of shots and sometimes they can play into the hole themselves. In the loss to Illinois, the duo combined for a 7 to 25 win on the field. With Chris Beard arrested Monday morning and charged with third-degree assault against him, that’s a big deal for the Longhorns.
11. Arkansas (9-1)
While losing Trevon Brazile until a season-ending ACL injury left the Razorbacks out, Eric Musselman had one of the best teams in the country. Council of Ricky IV went from AAC Sixth Man of the Year at State of Wichita for one of Hogs’ most important players. In Saturday’s victory Oklahoma State, junior played for 40 minutes and scored 26 points. While the superstar freshman Nick Smith, jordan Walsh and the company steals many headlines, Council has provided such a strong presence through the portal.
twelfth. baylor (7-2)
Keyonte George was one of the best freshmen in college basketball. In a win over Tarleton State last week, the 6-foot-4 five-star keeper scored 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Bears. Scott Drew’s team ranks fifth in the nation for KenPom’s adjusted offensive effectiveness. Interestingly, on the defensive side, Baylor is 47th. Will the Bears get any closer to their DNA at the bottom of that floor?
13. Gonzaga (7-3)
The Bulldogs have won three of their last four, and one loss was a one-point loss in a neutral position to their team above them, Baylor. Julian Straw acting as a dynamic wing pick for Mark Few offense could also come into play Drew Timme. The 6-foot-7 junior scored double the number in four straight games and picked up 18 points and 12 rebounds in Friday’s win. Washington D.C.
14. UCLA (8-2)
Team Bruins won 5 games in a row and junior guard is 6 feet 5 . tall Jaylen Clark took a significant leap forward for Mick Cronin’s team. Scoring 24 points in Saturday’s win over Denver, Clark rose from 6.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game to 15.1 points and £6.1 per game. We learn more about UCLA this week. The Bruins family visited Maryland on Wednesday at (9pm ET on FS1), before receiving Kentucky on Saturdays at Madison Square Garden.
15. Indiana (8-2)
It’s hard to pick a team in this 15th spot, with the Hoosiers, Illinois and Maryland combined. However, IU was the pick because the Hoosiers shouldn’t be criticized for losing to Arizona in Las Vegas. Hoosiers can back up our claim that they are still the second best team in Big Ten? They visit Kansas on Saturday for a big game. It was a tall order, but a match they could win because the Jayhawks’ frontline had some problems.
Race Thompson won 3 against Arizona
Indiana forward Race Thompson made a crucial 3 against Arizona on Saturday, though it won’t be enough to take down the Wildcats.
Five other observations surrounding college basketball
1. What about Chris Jans and 9-0 Mississippi State? The Bulldogs just stayed out of our Top 15 poll, and they’re one of the biggest surprises in college basketball. high-end forward Tolu Smith is a name to watch, averaging 17 points and 9 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. They are an elite defensive team.
2. Don’t sleep on Shaka Smart and Marquette. Golden Eagles clinched another quality non-conference win Sunday, keep beating Notre Dame 79-64 in South Bend. second guard Kam Jones is one of the most underrated backcourt players in the country. On Sunday he has 25 points and no spin for 35 minutes.
3. Memphis is a dangerous team, and Penny Hardaway’s group has a main guard to control the ship Kendric Davis. In the top 15 of Saturday won first golden brownthe SMU transfer was 27 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Can the Tigers make a statement in Alabama on Tuesday night? Opportunity knocks.
4. Penn State hasn’t competed in the NCAA Tournament since 2011, but the Nittany Lions have the experience, balanced attack, and level of connection that could help Micah Shrewsberry weather this season’s drought. Saturday’s 15-point win at Illinois was impressive because Andrew Funk and Myles is scared 11 points total. Jalen Pickett is the engine of the team. Get this: he’s averaging 16.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game this season.
5. College basketball Saturday is going to be hectic. There are FIVE versus ranked games scheduled in the sport (AP Top 25).
Noon ET: No. 14 Indiana and No. 8 Kansas
1 p.m. ET: No. 5 Houston and No. 2 Virginia
1 p.m. ET: Number 4 Alabama vs No. 15 Gonzaga (Birmingham)
5:15 p.m. ET: #16 UCLA vs #13 Kentucky (New York)
10:30 p.m. ET: No. 6 Tennessee and No. 9 Arizona
John Fanta is a national college basketball broadcaster and writer for FOX Sports. He covers the sport in a variety of capacities, from calling games on FS1 to being a main presenter on the BIG EAST Digital Network to providing commentary on The Field of 68 Media Network . Follow him on Twitter @John_Fanta.
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