NCAAM Top-25 1.17.22

1. Auburn (7): The Tigers are playing the best basketball in the country and won at Alabama and Ole Miss this past week.

2. Gonzaga (2): The Zags got leapfrogged by virtue of Auburn beating Alabama and the Tide knocking off the Zags in Seattle last month. Still, the Zags are rolling in the WCC so far.

3. Arizona (5): The Wildcats are now the team to beat in the Pac-12.

4. Illinois (14): The Illini enter Monday’s game against Purdue as the only remaining undefeated team in the Big Ten.

5. Villanova (8): The Wildcats are steamrolling teams in the Big East.

6. Wisconsin (10): The Badgers have found their rhythm and are consistently finding ways to win.

7. Purdue (11): The Boilermakers get a shot to get back in the Big Ten race against Illinois Monday.

8. Kentucky (17): The Wildcats demolished Tennessee. It was as thorough a beat down as any team has performed in conference.

9. Duke (12): The Blue Devils had a convincing win at Wake Forest in Coach K’s absence.

10. Baylor (1): The Bears could have dropped further after losing home games to Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. This is their mulligan.

11. Michigan State (4): The Spartans were playing with fire of late and got burned in the final minute by Northwestern. This should serve as a Big Ten wakeup.

12. UCLA (3): The Bruins lost at home to Oregon and didn’t look the part of being a Pac-12 favorite. They need to avoid digging themselves into a hole.

13. Houston (13): The Cougars, sans their top two guards, continue to win in the American.

14. Kansas (9): The Jayhawks are still one of the top teams in the country but they haven’t played like that of late. They will be ultimately in the top 10.

15. Ohio State (15): The Buckeyes are finally getting healthy and past their COVID issues.

16. USC (6): The Trojans were one of the last remaining unbeaten teams but then got clipped by Stanford and at home to Oregon.

17. Loyola-Chicago (25): The Ramblers are no longer a fluke. This team/program is for real.

18. Providence (24): The Friars are on a lengthy pause. Yes, they lost at Marquette prior to the shutdown, but this team should come back strong.

19. Texas Tech (22): The Red Raiders had a letdown after two monster wins, including at Baylor.

20. Indiana (23): The Hoosiers knocked off Ohio State and I remain faithful that this team will be a solid NCAA tournament team.

21. Iowa State (21): The Cyclones are holding their ground in the Big 12 and gave Kansas quite a scare.

22. Texas (33): The Longhorns fell to Iowa State but are a top-five Big 12 squad.

23. North Carolina (30): When the season ends I still believe the Tar Heels will be the second-best team in the ACC.

24. Oregon (NR): The Ducks swept UCLA and USC on the road. Fans or no fans it doesn’t matter. The Ducks are going in the right direction at 4-2 in the Pac-12.

25. LSU (16): The Tigers lost at home to Arkansas but did beat Florida.