ROTHSTEIN 45: WEEK 9

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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 Johnny 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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