Takeaways From Week 16 CBB Top 25 Rankings

Takeaways From Week 16 CBB Top 25 Rankings

by March 8, 2021 0 comments

The final rankings before Selection Sunday are out and there’s plenty of movement at the top!

Here are the full rankings this week:

  1. Gonzaga
  2. Baylor
  3. Illinois
  4. Michigan
  5. Iowa
  6. Alabama
  7. Houston
  8. Arkansas
  9. Ohio State
  10. West Virginia
  11. Kansas
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Texas
  14. Villanova
  15. Florida State
  16. Virginia
  17. Creighton
  18. Loyola Chicago
  19. San Diego State
  20. Texas Tech
  21. Purdue
  22. Virginia Tech
  23. Colorado
  24. USC
  25. Oklahoma

Sorry Michigan fans, Illinois deserved it

Michigan can try to persuade people into thinking that they belong ahead of Illinois because they have three fewer losses than them, but they clearly aren’t a better team right now.

Michigan not only lost to Illinois without their best player, Ayo Dosunmu, by 23 points but they also followed that up with a loss to an unranked Michigan State team to finish off the weekend. Illinois, meanwhile, obviously blew out the Wolverines in primetime and beat then #7 Ohio State this past weekend.

This isn’t the time for Michigan to be struggling, so Juwan Howard needs to get his team back to where they were a couple of weeks ago if they want to be a Final Four team.

Does Iowa have a shot at getting the final one seed?

The Hawkeyes sit at #5 in the rankings just behind Michigan and they can grab a one seed if they win the Big Ten tournament or if the Wolverines fall on their face.

As mentioned previously, Michigan didn’t have a good week but it was the opposite for Luka Garza and Iowa. They beat now #9 Ohio State and blew out Nebraska before beating then #25 Wisconsin on Sunday.

This team is playing well heading into the most important part of the year and they have a shot at beating Michigan and Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament this week.

The voters love Ohio State

The Buckeyes are a good team, don’t get me wrong. But if these rankings weigh recent games pretty heavily, then Ohio State should be lower than ninth. Dating back to February 21, they lost to Michigan and then to unranked Michigan State before getting blown out of the water by Iowa. Then, in their only game last week they lost to Illinois.

To be fair, those losses weren’t against horrible teams–they’ve had a rough schedule playing in a big-time conference. But at the same time, four consecutive losses still have to mean something.

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