BLOG: I have UCLA back atop my Top 25

Published: 1/16/2017 11:37:36 AM

1.  UCLA - I think UCLA has the best win – on the road over Kentucky at Rupp convincingly – and as good a loss – buzzer beater at Oregon where nobody wins – as anybody. You could make a good case for any of UCLA, Villanova, Kansas and I suppose Gonzaga to be No. 1, but I think UCLA is the best of them.

2.  Villanova - If you think the Wildcats should be No. 1, you’re not wrong. They’ve been terrific and losing at Butler is hardly a black mark. I just think UCLA is a little better. Feel 

3.  Kansas – Kansas hasn’t lost since November and will probably be No. 1 when the poll comes out. 

4.  Kentucky 

5.  Gonzaga – Zags fans should be worried about how ready Gonzaga will be when NCAA tournament time arrives. St. Mary’s is the only real challenge in WCC play and the Zags breezed past the Gaels.

6. Oregon – Since they’ve been fully healthy nobody has beaten the Ducks.

7. West Virginia –Not many people are talking about the Mountaineers as a Final Four team. They should be.

8. Baylor – The pressure of being undefeated and No. 1 is gone. It’ll be interesting to see what the second act of the Bears’ season looks like.

9. Creighton - 

10. North Carolina – After beating FSU, Carolina looks ready to make a push

11. Florida State 

12. Butler 

13. Arizona – The Wildcats have flown under the radar for weeks. Facing UCLA Saturday is a chance to raise their esteem.

14. Wisconsin 

15. Florida 

16. Notre Dame 

17. Virginia 

18. Louisville 

19. Duke – At some point, everyone assumes, the Blue Devils are going to come together, but right now, they’re injured, confused and lacking Coach K to steady the boat.

20. Xavier 

21. Cincinnati 

22. South Carolina – In a weakish SEC, the Gamecocks look poised to string together a lot of wins.

23. Purdue 

24. TCU 

25. Maryland – I debated St. Mary’s here as losing at Gonzaga shouldn’t bounce anybody. But St. Mary’s’ best wins are over Nevada and Dayton, which are fine but hardly eye-opening.

 




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