The Saxon Top 25: February 1, 2021

Riley Saxon

By Riley Saxon

1. Gonzaga – Most exciting team in college bball.

2. Baylor – Made life tough for Auburn’s Sharife Cooper (6-17, 15 points).

3. Villanova – Class of the Big East focused on getting a 1 seed.

4. Michigan – Covid Pause and losses below keeps their rank the same. 

5. Houston – Moves into the top 5 after perfect week. 

6. Texas – Showdown with Baylor up next. 

7. Iowa – Loss doesn’t change our opinion of them much; big game vs Ohio St this week.

8. Ohio St – Strong last week with a chance to knock off Iowa this week. 

9. Creighton – Needs to play better if they want to beat Nova.

10. Oklahoma – Probably too high, but Incredible week, while short handed, + inconsistency of other teams gives them a boost.

11. Virginia – Rivalry games can be tough.

12. Alabama – Still the class of the SEC.  

13. Texas Tech – Bounces back from West Va with good road win. 

14. Tennessee – Strong showing vs Kansas; needs to keep it up.

15. West Virginia – Great Comeback Monday ruined by Saturday’s loss. 

16. Illinois – Illini showed their high ceiling against Iowa. 

17. Virginia Tech – Real shot to win the ACC after victory over Virginia. 

18. Wisconsin – We don’t like double digit losses at Penn St.

19. Missouri – Needed OT to beat TCU.

20. Florida St – Win streak ended by ugly loss to Ga Tech.

21. Kansas – Dropped 5 of their last 6; went 2-6 in January. In danger of joining other Blue Bloods Duke and Kentucky. 

22. UCLA – 16-2 in Pac 12 since Feb 7, 2020, with 2 losses by a combined 3 points. Margin of victory over that span feels that small as well.

23. Boise St – Not much shame in splitting with CSU this year. 

24. Drake – Nearly lost in OT to 5-10 Illinois St, but we’ll give some love for 16-0.

25. Florida – Big win at West Va propels them into the Top 25.


Dropped Out

(24) Oregon – Covid Pauses always vs UCLA… coincidence or something more?

(23) Minnesota – The Barn lost its magic + 3 of next 5 on the road. 

(19) Clemson – Beat Louisville, but looks like the wheels are going to come off soon.

(22) UConn – Trending down; Covid cancels big game vs Villanova.


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