The 10 best men’s basketball teams right now, ranked by Andy Katz
On the latest episode of the March Madness 365 (#MM365) podcast, March Madness correspondent Andy Katz was joined by CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander, and Texas Tech’s Bryson Williams.
In his weekly “Katz Ranks” segment, Katz ranked his top 10 teams in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee Top 16 on Saturday, Feb. 19, based on which teams play the best basketball. right now.
Here are Katz’s top 10 top 16 teams revealed, based on how they’re currently playing.
“The Zags are the best team in the country right now,” Katz said. “They’re the No. 1 seed right now.”
Through Feb. 21, Gonzaga has won 16 straight to improve to 23-2 and 12-0 in the WCC as the Bulldogs have already clinched the conference regular season title.
“The Wildcats beat Oregon at home,” Katz said. “They’re playing a huge amount. They’re a (projected) top seed, it’s going to be tough to knock them off that perch.”
Arizona, led by former Gonzaga assistant and freshman head coach Tommy Lloyd, has won eight straight and sits 14-1 in Pac-12 play, its only conference blemish being a loss to the road against UCLA.
“Without Sahvir Wheeler and TyTy Washington, they knocked out Alabama,” Katz said of the ‘Cats. “That’s without their starting backcourt. Alabama is strong in the backcourt.”
Through Feb. 21, Kentucky is one game behind Auburn in the SEC standings. The Wildcats’ five losses have come on the road, four of them on the road, and their last three losses have been games in which at least one of their starting guards has been limited by injury.
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“Really good road win in West Virginia,” Katz said, “not an easy place to play.”
With this win over West Virginia, Kansas moved to 11-2 in the Big 12 as they have a two-game lead in the loss column against Baylor and Texas Tech.
“I still think they’re the best team in the Big Ten and that’s saying something,” Katz said.
Purdue, which boasts the No. 1 offensive efficiency in the nation, by kenpom.comholds a half-game lead over Illinois and Wisconsin in the Big Ten standings after a recent three-game winning streak.
6. Texas Technology
“Texas Tech could end up on that line two, easily“, said Katz.
With the nation’s #2 defensive efficiency, by kenpom.com, Texas Tech’s play at that end of the field hasn’t suffered under freshman coach Mark Adams. Through Feb. 21, the Red Raiders sit in third place in the Big 12 with a 10-4 conference record.
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“They can lose that seed,” Katz said. “So the top 16 (revelation) comes out and shortly after they lost to Florida on the last possession. All of their losses – only three – were late or in overtime.”
After a 22-1 start to the season, including a 19-game winning streak, Auburn has lost two of its last four games, even though they were both on the road, with an overtime loss at LSU and a loss from a point in Florida. . The Tigers’ final two regular-season road games were at Tennessee and Mississippi State.
Duke has won four in a row since losing at home to Virginia, and the Blue Devils have a one-game lead over Notre Dame.
Villanova has won five in a row, his second-best winning streak of the season. Two of the Wildcats’ last three games are on the road — at UConn and Butler — with a home date with Providence in between.
Illinois has lost two of its last four games, although both were on the road and one of those games was against another team on this list, Purdue. Three of Illinois’ final four regular season games have been at home as it chases Purdue for the Big Ten title.