Sunday, January 13, 2019

NCAA Men's Top 30 Rankings 1/13/19: Rebels Fly High, New Faces Arrive

A very wild Saturday it was for College Basketball.  Ole Miss picked up its second big win this week and are now flying high after beating its in-state rival Mississippi State 81-77 on the road. Duke snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat thanks to Cam Reddish hitting a 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left to sink Florida State 80-78. North Texas dropped just their second game of the year to UTSA thanks to a last second basket.  This Top 30 rankings shows a whopping eight teams falling out of the rankings due to losses on Friday/Saturday. That means we get to see some new faces in these rankings, and hopefully some that can cement themselves week in and week out. Here is the Sunday Morning edition of Read Option Sports' Top 30 rankings!

1. (1) Duke (14-1)

In a game where it looked like they had finally met their match, the Duke freshmen waved their magic wands and conjured up a game winning 3-pointer courtesy of Cam Reddish. We were shown today that this team IS beatable, you just have to do it for 40 minutes, not 39 minutes and 58 seconds.

2. (2) Michigan (16-0)

3. (3) Virginia (15-0)

The Cavs continue their absolutely dominant streak by beating Clemson 63-43. Not many defenses can hold a team to 43 points.

4. (4) Tennessee (14-1)

Picked up a 78-67 victory over Florida to improve to 14-1.

5. (5) Texas Tech (15-1)

Pulled away from Texas late to win 68-62, this team continues to look sharp.

6. (6) Gonzaga (16-2)

Swatted away a pesky San Francisco team 96-83 who was arguably their biggest threat in conference play. Not the 40 point blowouts we've seen the last few games, but they get the job done nonetheless.

7. (7) Michigan State (14-2)

8. (9) Kansas (14-2)

This team has rebounded well from the Iowa State loss, they dominated Baylor for the first 12 minutes before allowing them to get back into the game, but they still picked up a solid road win today. I felt I low-balled them after their loss, so I'll make up for it by bumping them up.

9. (8) Virginia Tech (14-1)

10. (12) Nevada (16-1)

Followed up a blowout win over SJSU with a quality win over a good Fresno State team, they move up thanks to a couple of losses.

11. (13) Buffalo (15-1)

Took care of Miami-Ohio easily today, winning 88-64. Can't ask for much more than that in conference play.

12. (14) Kentucky (12-3)

Rallied in the second half to knock off Vanderbilt 56-47. Their defense needs to keep playing at this level.

13. (11) Florida State (13-3)

If only games lasted 39 minutes and 58 seconds. This team played so damn well today, and I almost didn't want to drop them at all. This team will be a contender into late March once again this year. Only them and Gonzaga have pushed Duke around like that all season, so they're doing something right. Heartbreaking loss, but they have a lot to feel good about going forward.

14. (15) Marquette (14-3)

Held off Seton Hall 70-66, I hope their fans are seeing some good Cardiologists.

15. (16) Auburn (12-3)

Took down Georgia 93-78. Kentucky is coming to town next weekend.

16. (18) Iowa (14-3)

Took care of business against a spiraling Ohio State team. They've been very solid over their past three games- all quality wins.

17. (17) Houston (16-1)

Pulled away from Wichita State late, a good rebound following their first loss.

18. (23) Ole Miss (13-2)

Two big wins over Auburn and Mississippi State over the last four days. They have another big test against LSU on Tuesday. 10 straight wins and counting now for one of the hotter teams the past month and a half.

19. (10) North Carolina (12-4)

Looked very unprepared against Louisville losing by 21 points. A very Jekyll-Hyde team lately.

20. (20) NC State (14-2)

Pulled away from a scrappy Pittsburgh team thanks to some big production from their bench. Looks like smooth sailing for a couple of weeks until Virginia comes to town.

21. (NR) Maryland (14-3)

Rocketing up thanks to a win over Indiana on Friday. Bruno Fernando looked impressive as the Terps pick up a quality win.

22. (29) Villanova (12-4)

Not often you see a team move up 7 spots that is idle, but that's what happens when you see a lot of losses from Top 30 teams.

23. (NR) Oklahoma (13-3)

I think I should get flack for not ranking them sooner. The Sooners knocked off a reeling TCU team to add to its solid resume.

24. (NR) Louisville (11-5)

Ranked, to not ranked, back to ranked. Louisville reappears thanks to a 21 point road win over North Carolina.

25. (19) Mississippi State (12-3)

They've dropped back-to-back games after a 12-1 start, but they caught Ole Miss at a bad time I think. Hopefully they can get back on track against Florida on Tuesday.

26. (NR) Kansas State (12-4)

Another team that picked up a quality win on Saturday by beating Iowa State 58-57 despite trailing 57-52 with 2:42 left in the game. Tough games against Oklahoma, TCU, and Texas Tech lie ahead.

27. (NR) Minnesota (13-3)

The Gophers make their debut after beating Rutgers 88-70. The Conference of opportunity helps their cause.

28. (NR) LSU (12-3)

Escaped Arkansas in overtime 94-88 to make their first appearance in the Top 30.

29. (NR) Arizona (13-4)

Sean Miller's team has been under the radar this season as they improve to 13-4 with a 22 point win over California.

30. (NR) Cincinnati (14-3)

The eighth and final team making their Top 30 debut this week after a 74-72 overtime win over UCONN. They hold a key win over Ole Miss.

IN: Maryland, Oklahoma, Louisville, Arizona, Kansas State, Minnesota, LSU, Cincinnati
OUT: North Texas, Indiana, Ohio State, TCU, St. John's, Wisconsin, Arizona State, Furman

Also Considered: Temple, UCF, Murray State, Nebraska, Purdue

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