The Saxon Top 25: January 25, 2021

The Saxon Top 25

(The Saxon Top 25 appears every Monday at JoeTorosian.com)

By Riley Saxon

1.) Gonzaga – Best team until proven otherwise

2.) Baylor – there’s a clear-cut top 2 

3.) Villanova – Will get back into form after Covid Pause

4.) Michigan – Final Four contender in Juwan Howard’s second year 

5.) Texas – Shaka Smart’s best chance at a return to the Final Four

6.) Iowa – Defense holds them back, but it usually doesn’t matter 

7.) Houston – will they lose a conference game?

8.) Virginia – down ACC year gives defending champs a chance at a high seed

9.) Wisconsin – oldest, most experienced team 

10.) Creighton – follows 2 tough losses with Top 25 win over UConn 

11.) Ohio St. – Big win over Wisconsin after buzzer beater loss to Purdue

12.) Kansas – lost 3 in a row 

13.) Texas Tech – Hung tough with Baylor

14.) Alabama – Real chance to win SEC

15.) Missouri – victories over Illinois, Oregon and Tennessee 

16.) Tennessee – rough week getting manhandled at Florida then losing at home to Mizzou.

17.) West Virginia – Huge matchup vs Tx Tech today

18.) Illinois – Potential, potential, potential 

19.) Clemson – Covid Pause ruined momentum

20.) Virginia Tech – could not solve Syracuse zone

21.) Boise St. – taken over the Mountain west

22.) UConn – tough loss to Creighton, but hung tough

23.) Minnesota – finally lost at home

24.) Oregon – Return from Covid Break off on the wrong foot with loss to rival Beavers

25.) UCLA – As Tyger Campbell goes, so go the Bruins

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