College Basketball Power Rankings: Can Anyone Catch Gonzaga?

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 12: Johnny Juzang #3 of UCLA Bruins as he drives to the basket during the game at Galen Center on February 12, 2022, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea / Getty Images)

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are still at the top of this week’s college basketball rankings, but which team can help them cash in on March?

Unlike last season, where it felt like Gonzaga and Baylor were destined to win the national championship, college basketball has a much more level playing field this season. Bulldogs remain at the top of the pile, just as they were last week’s college basketball rankingsand is the top seed in NCAA Top 16 Seeds Revealed on Saturday but selection committee president Tom Burnett pointed out that the margin between Gonzaga and the next two teams in the top lane is razor thin.

Could Burnett’s words be an indication that someone is likely to knock Zags out in March? We’ll see on that front, but let’s check out this week’s college basketball rankings for a set of strong teams capable of taking down Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament.

Note: All AP rankings listed are from Week 15’s Top 25 poll.

College Basketball Ranking Week 16: Honorable Mention

UCLA, Tennessee, Providence, Murray State, Wisconsin

Tennessee and Providence were in the Top 10 last week but were relegated after a split. These two teams remain dangerous and build confidence in the short term, making them intriguing teams to check out when the round rolls around in a few weeks.

UCLA was the first team out of the Top 10 after sweeping the week but needed to find a way to get revenge on Oregon (as well as take care of the lowly Oregon State) in order to restore confidence in themselves following the failure of their Arizona trip. Murray State maintained its place here with a 16-game winning streak while Wisconsin returned with notable titles after a 2-0 week that ended with some drama in the handshake with Michigan. College Basketball Power Rankings: Can Anyone Catch Gonzaga?

John Verrall

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