College basketball power rankings: UCLA up to No. 2, Alabama into the top 5; Texas and Marquette join the party

1 Record: 15-1 Last week: 1. The Jayhawks maintain on to the top spot after getting back from a second straight second-half, double-digit house deficit, solely to flip that loss into a win thanks to an 18-4 closing run vs. Okla. Allen Fieldhouse has a singular voodoo dwelling inside its partitions. Kansas’ 79-75 win Tuesday night time bought it to 4-0 in Big 12 play for the first time since 2017. The Jayhawks prolonged their house dominance over Oklahoma to 22 straight victories. What’s extra, KU has gained at the least 15 of its first 16 video games for the seventh time below Bill Self. 2 Record: 14-2 Last week: 3. Adem Bona is getting higher by the week, which is why UCLA warrants No. 2 love — and the next rating right here than another place you will discover. Bona, a freshman massive, averaged 11.0 factors, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in UCLA’s final three. UCLA hosts Utah on Thursday. The Utes are a fringe NCAA Tournament workforce at the season’s halfway level and making an attempt to snap a five-game dropping skid to the Bruins. As famous in Wednesday’s Court ReportUCLA is the solely workforce in the Big Six conferences to dwell up to its preseason hype. 3 Record: 17-1 Last week: 4. Jarace Walker missed Houston’s win Wednesday over South Florida, however the former five-star prospect and tantalizing 6-foot-8 massive for the Cougars scored 44 factors in Houston’s earlier two video games: wins towards SMU and at Cincinnati. He was the CBS Sports/USBWA Freshman of the Week, and though he is on the outdoors of the top 5 newbies nationally for nowWalker is a clear-cut top 10 frosh in school hoops with the potential to transfer up with a quickness. 4 Record: 14-2 Last week: 6. The Crimson Tide have by no means earned a No. 1 seed of their historical past, however that might finish in a few months. After successful 84-69 at Arkansas on Wednesday night time, Nate Oats’ workforce has claimed perhaps the finest pair of highway wins (Houston being the different) in the nation. The one drawback: The refs in Bud Walton Arena final night time had been overmatched and marred a top-15 matchup. 5 Record: 14-2 Last week: 5. It’s going to be attention-grabbing to see how Tennessee defends the 3-point line on the again half of this season, as a result of though the Vols are a fantastic defensive collective, what’s occurring proper now could be alien. Tennessee is holding opponents to 20.9% 3-point accuracy, which might be, by far, an NCAA document. (Norfolk State allowed 25.3% in 2004-05.) That quantity goes to creep up, the query is: Does any workforce ever crack 35% 3-point taking pictures in a recreation towards UT this season? 6 Record: 15-1 | Last week 7. The Boilermakers — the lead merchandise of Wednesday’s Court Report — are actually projected to win the Big Ten by three video games, which does not appear unreasonable given how a lot of a toss-up the remainder of the league is. Seriously, go test the standings. Who is a agency Nos. 2-4? It’s a jumble proper now, and Purdue is way above that fray. 7 Record: 15-1 Last week: 11. The Wildcats made AP ballot historical past this week. Never earlier than had a workforce gone this deep into the season (after New Year’s Day) unranked, solely to make its season debut in the AP Top 25 and be as excessive as eleventh, the place Okay-State sits now. There are a number of nationwide coach of the yr candidates as we hit mid-January, however everyone seems to be second to Jerome Tang at the second. 8 Record: 14-3 Last week: 12. You might need missed it, however Gonzaga (13) is behind Saint Mary’s at for the first time since December 2017. Not solely that, however the 14-4 Gaels are ranked all the means up at ninth in that metric. Practically no person’s paying consideration to the Gaels. These rivals will not conflict till early February. Gonzaga walks into the rowdy Marriott Center on Thursday for its recreation at BYU. 9 Record: 13-2 Last week: 13. The Cyclones have gained six in a row and are 4-0 in the Big 12. It’s the first time since 2000 that ISU’s began this nicely in the convention ledger. It’s set up a big-time recreation this weekend with a visit to Kansas. Because the Big 12 has a streaming-included a part of its rights bundle with the Big 12, right here is your warning that Clones-Jayhawks will solely be an ESPN+ viewing choice this weekend. 10 Record: 14-2 Last week: 2. The Wildcats’ 13-point house loss to sub-.500 Washington State final weekend quantities to, I believe, the strangest results of the season. No cause in any way for a completely wholesome Arizona workforce to drop a recreation by double digits at house to a squad that will not be in the NIT. Tommy Lloyd’s workforce performs the Oregon colleges on the highway this weekend. Arizona will attempt to keep away from having back-to-back sub-70-point video games for under the second time in Lloyd’s tenure. 11 Record: 14-3 Last week: 14 What now we have right here is the best-case situation conceivable for Xavier followers in Year 1 with Sean Miller. X gained 90-87 Wednesday in a thriller over Creighton, and in doing so saved tempo with Providence as one among the two undefeated groups in convention play atop the Big East standings. Winners of 10 straight, the Muskies have not misplaced since November. This is the longest successful streak for Xavier since 2017-18, the yr of the program’s sole No. 1 seed Next is a superb house tilt Sunday towards 14-4 Marquette. 12 Record: 17-1 Last week: 16. The Cougars cannot cease successful. On Wednesday, the largest mid-major recreation of the week got here down to the final shot, with Charleston holding on 71-69. The predictive metrics nonetheless aren’t bought, nevertheless. The Cougars woke up this morning 79th at Sagarin, 79th at KenPom and 56th at when eradicating all preseason bias from these rankings. More than something, this workforce has realized how to win shut, a ability to make certain. 13 Record: 14-3 Last week: 18 The Friars rightfully proceed to scootch up, contemplating they have not misplaced since November. The nine-game streak might halt on Saturday; a roadie towards determined Creighton awaits. Jared Bynum, who was anticipated to be the key man for PC this season, missed the St. John’s win with an stomach harm and his standing for the weekend is undetermined. Will be robust to get a highway victory with out him. 14 Record: 14-2 Last week: NR. The Longhorns had been my final workforce out of the Hey Nineteen every week in the past. Following a bounce-back 10-point highway win over Oklahoma State and an 18-point house comeback towards TCU, the Longhorns are simply returning to the party. It was a troublesome few days for Horned Frogs followers; TCU’s loss Wednesday in Austin marked the forty sixth time the program’s misplaced on the highway towards a top-10 workforce. It has by no means gained in that situation. 15 Record: 14-4 Last week: NR. Shaka Smart has altered one thing vital in Marquette’s offense. CJ Moore of The Athletic lately had an in depth investigation into the way it’s been finished, and I like to recommend you test it out (it’s paywalled, nevertheless). After MU’s 82-76 fend-off of UConn on Wednesday night time, the Golden Eagles improved to third in factors per possession nationally, the finest (by far) of Smart’s 14 years as a head coach. 16 Record: 14-2 Last week: 15. The Hurricanes had no situation dispatching Boston College on Wednesday night time, hitting 12 of its 18 3-point makes an attempt, marking the first time since Feb. 27, 2016, that The U shot at the least 66% from past the arc. I’m now of the thoughts that Virginia (the first workforce out of this week’s power rankings) will end first and Miami will end second in the ACC. 17 Record: 15-3 Last week: 10. It’s robust for many groups to maintain on to their Hey Nineteen parking ticket after dropping three of 4, however a technique round that’s to A) be ranked in the top three earlier than dropping three of 4, and B) have your three losses all come on the highway towards the three finest groups in your convention. That’s precisely what occurred to UConn, with a house win over Creighton blended in. The schedule lightens up for the Huskies for the remainder of January. I anticipate one loss, max, of their subsequent six video games. 18 Record: 13-3 Last week: NR. The strongest three-pack of losses amongst any workforce with solely three losses is SDSU. Arizona, Arkansas and Saint Mary’s are all top-20 groups, and the Aztecs took it on the chin to that trio in impartial environments. It’s been greater than a month since this group misplaced, however right here comes two-loss New Mexico to city on Saturday. The winner of that recreation most likely will get the proper to be again on this spot subsequent week. 19 Record: 15-1 Last week: NR. One of the finest mid-majors on the market, the Owls saved their successful streak alive by holding on 77-73 in time beyond regulation Wednesday night time in Miami to beat FIU. FAU’s 14 straight victories are second in the sport to Charleston’s 16. What’s extra, this for-real workforce ranks top-45 at KenPom, top-35 at Torvik and top-15 in the NET. What a season that is changing into in school hoops. FAU is in my power rankings. What?!

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