On Monday, the Associated Press released their new college basketball rankings. Many sports betters value the rankings as a guide to who they should bet on. Here is a synopsis of the top five, along with some notable dropouts.
Tennessee’s last game came as part of the SEC-Big 12 challenge, a challenge in which the SEC won the big games. The Volunteers controlled the game from start to finish, with point guard Lamonte Turner putting up 23 points and forward Grant Williams adding 19. Their next game comes against Texas A&M, a game in which they will be clear favorites.
Duke’s last game was an 83-61 win over Notre Dame. Much like Tennessee, they took over the game from the beginning and never relented. Zion Williamson put up an impressive 26 points, with RJ Barrett scoring 17. Duke should be big favorites over 15-5 St. Johns, who face off against Creighton on Wednesday.
Virginia also beat up on Notre Dame earlier this week. They took them down 82-55. De’Andre Hunter led the team with 19 points, with four others adding double-digit scoring numbers.
Gonzaga is simply unstoppable once they start conference play. Their last game was a ridiculously easy win over Santa Clara that saw the Bulldogs outscore the competition by 36 points in the first quarter in route to a 98-39 victory. Things are too easy for Gonzaga now and should easily defeat BYU on the 31st, although it may be the toughest conference game of the season for them.
Michigan is 19-1 on the year, with their only loss coming against Wisconsin last Friday. They have been rolling all season, but in the Big Ten, no team is safe this season, just ask Maryland.
Some notable slides in the rankings are Nevada, who fell to 8th, and Maryland, who fell from 13th to 21st after losses to Michigan State and Illinois. Kansas also dropped from 9th to 11th, marking a rare non-top-ten number for them.
For those who value the Associated Press’s opinion, they have chosen to keep the same top-six teams, but there is certainly room for debate beneath them.