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College Basketball Power Rankings

Posted: Jan 29, 2023Last updated: Jan 30, 2023

As football nears its conclusion, the college basketball season only amplifies. And in the world of CBB Power Rankings, things are fluid, to say the least.

Since the last time we connected, teams have both fallen and risen. UConn, by way of example, has endured a flurry of defeats after a strong opening. Alabama, meanwhile, is now a strong contender for the top team in the entire sport.

We account for all the movement and more in our latest Power Rankings.

Please note that all CBB odds and lines are current as of Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 9 a.m. ET, and courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.

CBB Power Rankings

50. Creighton (11-8) Unranked

49. Wake Forest (14-6) Unranked

48. Oral Roberts (17-4) Unranked

47. Penn State (13-7) ⬇️ 2

46. Utah State (16-4) ⬆️ 3

45. Boise State (17-5) Unranked

44. Arizona State (15-5) ⬇️ 6

43. USC (14-6) ⬇️ 1

42. Michigan State (13-7) ⬆️ 1

41. Missouri (15-5) ⬇️ 11

40. Memphis (15-5) ⬇️ 16

39. Arkansas (14-6) ⬇️ 30

38. Texas A&M (13-6) Unranked

37. Wisconsin (12-6) ⬇️ 19

36. NC State (16-5) ⬆️ 12

35. Illinois (14-6) ⬆️ 4

34. Kent State (16-4) Unranked

33. Northwestern (13-5) ⬆️ 3

32. New Mexico (18-3) ⬇️ 4

31. Nevada (16-5) Unranked

30. Kentucky (14-6) ⬇️ 16

29. North Carolina (15-6) ⬆️ 6

28. Duke (14-6) ⬇️ 9

27. San Diego State (15-4) ⬆️ 2

26. Clemson (17-4) Unranked

25. Rutgers (14-6) ⬆️ 22

24. Providence (15-5) ⬆️ 21

23. Indiana (13-6) ⬇️ 8

22. Saint Mary’s (18-4) Unranked

21. Florida Atlantic (19-1) Unranked

20. Charleston (21-1) ⬆️ 13

19. UConn (16-5) ⬇️ 17

18. Miami (16-4) ⬇️ 6

17. Gonzaga (17-4) ↔️

16. Marquette (16-5) ⬆️ 26

15. Xavier (16-4) ⬆️ 19

14. Kansas (16-4) ⬇️ 7

13. Auburn (16-3) ⬆️ 4

12. Iowa State (15-4) ⬆️ 11

11. TCU (16-4) ⬆️ 5

10. Baylor (15-5) ↔️

The Bears round out the top 10, staying put in terms of ranking.

After dropping three straight games, Baylor has ripped off five consecutive wins while playing in a conference loaded with contenders. The combination of Keyonte George and Adam Flagler will stack up against just about everyone.

9. Texas (17-3) ⬇️ 1

Amid a turbulent season, Texas has put together a solid resume.

The coming weeks, however, should be an enormous test. After playing Oklahoma State, Texas will play at Tennessee, Baylor, at Kansas State, and at Kansas. In terms of stretches across the season, it doesn’t get much tougher than that.

8. Virginia (15-3) ⬆️ 5

In many ways, Virginia feels a tad forgotten in the top 10. The Cavaliers, however, have just three losses, and one of those defeats came to Houston.

With ample marquee games remaining in the ACC, Virginia could be a threat to win the conference and beyond if it can muster up enough offense.

7. UCLA (17-3) ⬆️ 4

Up until the loss to Arizona, UCLA was cookin’.

As is, the Bruins have won 14 of the last 15 games. They’ll now enter a stretch of winnable conference games with all eyes on earning a No. 1 seed. Senior Jaime Jaquez Jr. has meant a great deal to this program, and he’ll attempt to close out a storied career strong.

6. Arizona (17-3) ⬇️ 2

  • National Championship Odds: +1000

Although the Wildcats dipped slightly, a tight win over UCLA last week was a huge résumé boost.

A double-digit loss to Washington State remains one of the season’s more perplexing results, although at the moment, it feels more like an outlier than anything else.

5. Kansas State (17-3) ⬆️ 16

One of the biggest surges in these updated rankings, Kansas State has won 11 of its past 12 games. That includes wins over Texas, Baylor, and others.

Senior Keyontae Johnson is having a massive year, as is guard Markquis Nowell. While we still have a ways to go, the time to take this team seriously is now.

4. Tennessee (16-3) ⬆️ 2

Outside of a loss to Kentucky, Tennessee has been on the roll the last few weeks. The Vols will now begin a crucial stretch that includes games against Georgia, Texas, and Auburn.

With five players currently averaging double digits in scoring, the team has remarkable balance.

3. Houston (18-2) ↔️

  • National Championship Odds: +600

The Cougars are coming off a one-point loss to Temple, which certainly puts a ding in the overall resume.

Still, it hasn’t stopped the oddsmakers from being bullish on Houston’s chances to win it all. Assuming Kelvin Sampson can rally his team from the loss, they should start to roll again.

2. Alabama (17-2) ⬆️ 3

  • National Championship Odds: +1000

Winners of eight straight, Alabama is on fire. The Crimson Tide seem to have found a rhythm, and they are dominating the SEC. You could make a strong argument they are the top team, and another strong week could propel them upward.

1. Purdue (19-1) ↔️

The Boilermakers hang onto the No. 1 spot, although there is strong competition closing fast.

As long as center Zach Edey continues to perform like he has, however, this team will be a problem through conference play and beyond.

Author

Adam Kramer

Adam Kramer is an NFL, college football, and gambling analyst for The Game Day. While college football has long been his calling, he’s also covered sports such as boxing, horse racing, and baseball at The Game Day and in other places. He’s also written for Bleacher Report, VSiN, and various other outlets over the past decade-plus.

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