Since my last power rankings, the college basketball landscape has changed quite a bit, which this top 20 will reflect. Power rankings this year seem more difficult than usual, as nearly every top tier team has a wide gulf between their offense and defense, and vice versa.
Because I’m doing this from a betting perspective, you should expect to see drastic differences from the garden-variety polls out there. You can interpret my rankings as the order of teams I would have favored on a neutral court. For example, I would have Michigan State listed as a favorite over every other team in the country as of today. Let’s dive in.
1. Michigan State: Sparty simply offers the most balance at the moment. MSU ranks ninth and fifth nationally in offensive and defensive efficiency, respectively. And it will likely coast into the Big Ten tournament on a 12-game winning streak. Simply put, the Spartans are an extremely talented team peaking at the right time. When Jaren Jackson stays out of foul trouble, they look like the best college basketball has to offer.