So, this has been one heck of a week of college hoops, hasn’t it? We all still here? Still emotionally stable? Still invested in our respective squads?
We had a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in January. We had overtime and triple overtime and quadruple overtime. We had upsets. We had career-best performances and season-best performances. We had it all. And as you’d expect, it’s caused a bit of a shakeup in our latest round of rankings.
Kansas has jumped up to claim the top spot this week while the middle ground is more than just a little bit shaky.
Read on to check out the latest round of Heavy’s Top 30 teams in the country. Let’s all start mentally preparing for conference games. It’s only going to get more fun.
Record: 12-3; Last Week: 27
The Flyers had been rolling for several games before they ran into La Salle on Saturday afternoon. The Flyers dropped a 61-57 decision in the matchup as La Salle managed to slow the game down to practically a snail’s pace. Odds are pretty good Dayton won’t see many teams who want to play like that in the future, but the slow pace certainly showed something about the Flyers.
Next Game: Tuesday, January 12 vs. Davidson, 8 p.m. ET
Record: 12-5; Last Week: 30
The Bearcats have been consistently inconsistent so far this season and that didn’t really change this week. Cincinnati fell 59-57 at SMU – still undefeated – but bounced back with a 54-51 victory at South Florida on Sunday afternoon. It’s a good split, if there can be such a thing as a good split.
Next Game: Wednesday, January 13 vs. Houston, 7 p.m. ET
Record: 14-3; Last Week: Not Ranked
Hey, look, it’s a brand-new team! The Trojans have won nine of their past 10 after Saturday’s four-OT upset victory over Arizona. They’ve also got wins over Arizona State and Wichita State so far this season. Could Saturday night’s win be a turn in the right direction for a USC squad that is still, technically, in its rebuilding era under Andy Enfield? Maybe.
Next Game: Wednesday, January 13 at UCLA, 11 p.m. ET
Record: 12-4; Last Week: 25
Another week, another vaguely confusing performance by the Runnin’ Utes. Utah held on for a slim 56-54 victory over Colorado on Friday , snapping a two-game losing streak from the week before. Jakob Poeltl, and his 17 points and nine rebounds a game, continue to be the spark for this team. The Utes are going to go as he goes.
Next Game: Thursday, January 14 vs. Oregon, 10 p.m. ET
Record: 13-3; Last Week: 28
The Zags have won seven straight and come into this week fresh off an 85-74 victory over Portland. It’s a solid performance after the OT victory over San Francisco and another step in the right direction for an offense that’s finally starting to find its footing. Gonzaga is putting points on the board and in the sport of basketball, that’s a pretty good thing.
Next Game: Thursday, January 14 vs. BYU, 9 p.m. ET
Read on for the next group of squads, No. 25 – 21: