CBB Top 25: Purdue Takes Top Spot After Chaotic Week

By Mark Fordham
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CBB Top 25: Purdue Takes Top Spot After Chaotic Week

Just when it looked like the Associated Press Top 25 wasn’t going to see too many changes in the coming weeks, Week 12 of the men’s college basketball season threw in a few. There was a change at the very top and a few in the top 10 as well. With weeks like this, it’s hard to narrow down to just five risers and fallers. Here are Week 12’s most significant risers and fallers that you should before making any college basketball picks on US betting apps in the coming days. 

Purdue Boilermakers 

Purdue climbed back to the top of the rankings this week after a 58-55 win over Maryland. While Houston and Kansas lost this week, there’s no doubt that Purdue are fully deserving of top spot as things stand. They’ve only lost once all season and beaten the likes of Gonzaga, Duke and Ohio State. 

Zach Edey has also been outstanding with 21.5 points at 91.4 percent from the field, 13.2 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. He’s a set-and-forget college basketball player props pick at the moment. With him in college basketball lineups, Purdue will go into most matches as the favorite during March Madness.

Houston Cougars 

Houston fell two places to third after a tight 56-55 home loss to the unranked Temple. The big worry was the shooting on the day, and it remains to be seen if this will be a long-term issue for the program. Marcus Sasser has led the team with 16.7 points and 2 steals per game, which is admirable, but the stats aren’t as good as some of the other star players in the circuit. 

Houston have relied on the team gelling as a whole this season, which is the ideal scenario for most teams, but it now looks like they might need that one superstar who can do something remarkable on his own when the pressure is on. 

They are still one of the best teams in the league and will be backed by many at college basketball betting sites to go far in March Madness. This was only their second loss of the season, but it was a reminder that they’ve still got some work to do. 

Kansas State Wildcats 

The Kansas State Wildcats had their finest hour of the season this week after defeating local rivals Kansas Jayhawks. The match went right down to the wire, with the Wildcats winning 83-82 in the end. The win has helped them climb eight places to fifth in the country. 

People looking at betting odds at USA sports betting sites should keep an eye on this sort of team. However, it’s important to appreciate their efforts all around. Keyontae Johnson, especially, has been superb all season. He has averaged 18.5 points at 54.8 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from three, and 7.4 rebounds per match. 

Kansas Jayhawks 

The Jayhawks had a week to forget and fell down seven places to ninth in the nation after losing to Kansas State Wildcats this week. This was their third loss of the season, but they’ve also had some big wins against the likes of Duke, Indiana and Iowa State. 

They’re a little hard to predict, which is why people thinking of wagering on them at basketball betting sites may want to fade them for the time being. Jalen Wilson deserves some credit for his performances, however. He has averaged 21.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. 

Arizona Wildcats 

Another Wildcats team makes the list on a positive note. They beat a strong UCLA side 58-52 to climb five places to sixth. They are a bit hot and cold presently, and they have already lost three matches but beating a strong team like the Bruins will remind everyone of the threat they carry. 

Azuolas Tubelis has been impressive all season with 19.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. If he can keep this going, the Wildcats will always stand a chance of going deep when March Madness arrives.

Gonzaga Bulldogs 

Gonzaga suffered their fourth defeat of the season against LMU 68-67 to fall eight places to 14th in the rankings. Gonzaga were on an 11-match winning run prior to the defeat after making a shaky start to the season. 

The run was led by the heroics of Drew Timme, who has averaged 22 points, with a field-goal percentage of 61.3, and 7.6 rebounds per game. It's clear Gonzaga have been far too reliant on Timme this season, which poses a serious issue for the Bulldogs as March Madness closes in. Anton Watson and Nolan Hickmann are two potential solutions for Gonzaga, but they will need some quick responses from the rest of the roster if they are to go deep into March Madness and live up to their preseason hype on betting apps.

This was one of the wildest weeks in the NCAA season, and fans will hope next week delivers the same. There was a lot of rising and falling at the top of the rankings after some steady weeks. Long may that continue. 

Mark spent over a decade as a sports reporter and editor with Goal.com and Bleacher Report. He is now a Content Editor at Bookmakers.com covering all manner of sports from the Premier League and cricket to the NBA and NFL.

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