B-Frank’s Top Ten: Where Does Kentucky Land?
We had a big week in College Basketball with a lot of the top teams playing each other this past week. Kentucky obviously picked up a big win absolutely dominating Tennessee at home. Duke continues to roll, Gonzaga is winning and winning and winning, and Michigan State, despite injuries has gotten back in the win column. Check out how the top ten shapes up below.
10. Michigan State Spartans
Sparty is back in the Top Ten after beating Wisconsin at the Kohl Center and Ohio State at home on Sunday. No Langford and then Nick Ward went out with an injury Sunday that we now know is a fracture in his hand that will keep him out indefinitely.
Despite that, Sparty is finding ways to win. Yes, it’s only been one half without Nick Ward and it’ll change their offense a bit, but this just means more Goins and Winston.
9. Michigan Wolverines
The loss at Penn State was bad. No way around it. They did well to make up for it by beating Maryland at home. Charles Matthews has been hot of late and Jon Teske is this team’s MVP, do not @ me. And while he wasn’t necessarily excellent on Saturday, he hit his shots when he needed to. The most impressive piece of the Maryland win was holding Smith and Fernando to just 20 points combined.
8. Marquette Golden Eagles
Markus Howard continues to do Markus Howard things scoring 36 points on 12 of 21 shooting at DePaul. The supporting cast is the key for Marquette and I think they’re very good. Between the Housers, Theo John, and Sacar Anim, that’s a versatile team already.
7. Houston Cougars
I love this Houston team and am probably one of the highest people in America on them. Kelvin Sampson’s team plays elite level defense and has a duo that is one of the best in the country with Armoni Brooks and Corey Davis Jr. If this team can avoid a loss to a team not named Cincinnati or Temple, they should easily get a 3 seed.
6. Nevada Wolfpack
Nevada is deep and that depth is starting to show itself. They had 5 players in double figures this weekend against Wyoming. Everyone knows how good the Martin brothers and Jordan Caroline are, but how about Trey Porter? Or Tre’Shawn Thurman? Tons of weapons available for Eric Musselman.
5. Tennessee Volunteers
I don’t like dropping Tennessee this far because they were #1 previously and lost to a top 5 team, but there was really nowhere else to put them. They got manhandled by Kentucky and it was the first game where Grant Williams and company really looked uncomfortable. I’m not worried about Tennessee because I think they’re still a top team but a physical team got out muscled big time.
4. Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky would probably be looking at the #2 spot if they were able to hold on against LSU, but they couldn’t and then took that all out on Tennessee. PJ Washington continues to shine and if Reid Travis continues to play defense the way he is, this team is awfully dangerous.
3. Virginia Cavaliers
The Hoos have bounced back from the loss to Duke and are playing good basketball. Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy are still one of the best duos in America and DeAndre Hunter is the best player on this team. If Diakite continues to develop over this season, Virginia can win a National Title.
2. Gonzaga Bulldogs
No Killian Tillie, no problem. The Zags continue to roll out west and they make it look so easy. Brandon Clarke is one of the best bigs in the entire country and gets far too little attention. Part of it is Hachimura being great, but also that people tend to forget about Gonzaga during conference play. This is a complete team and if Tillie can come back and provide even decent minutes, they’ll be super tough to beat.
1. Duke Blue Devils
Duke is the clear choice for the top spot. They’ve played incredibly well on both ends of the floor. Zion is a monster, RJ is becoming more and more efficient offensively, and Cam Reddish is developing into a complete player in every sense of the word. Oh, not to mention Tre Jones is one of the best on ball defenders and passers in College Basketball.