We’ve reached December now, so these rankings are steadily becoming more relevant (Ok, maybe I’m pushing it, but humor me). Still, conference play has begun in the Big Ten and the landscape is starting to take shape to the point where we can start to determine the haves and the have-nots, particularly the haves.
The top three teams look pretty clear, with Duke and Gonzaga having been there from the start and Michigan playing as well as any team in the country. After that, Kansas and Virginia are looking rock solid as usual and Nevada looks like a serious problem (Do not sleep on the Wolf Pack!).
Anything beyond the top 12 teams is murky at best, so rather than give you a meaningless Top 25, let’s look at who would fill the all-important top four seed lines of the NCAA Tournament if it were to start today:
Gonzaga (7-0) Best win: vs. Duke, 89-87.
Duke (7-1) Best win: vs. Auburn, 78-72.
Michigan (8-0) Best win: at Villanova, 73-46.
Virginia (7-0) Best win: vs. Wisconsin, 53-46.
Kansas (6-0) Best win: vs. Michigan State, 92-87.
Nevada (8-0) Best win: at USC, 73-61.
Wisconsin (7-1) Best win: at Iowa, 72-66.
Auburn (6-1) Best win: vs. Arizona, 73-57.
Michigan State (6-2) Best win: vs. Texas, 78-68.
Texas Tech (7-0) Best win: vs. Nebraska, 70-52.
Tennessee (6-1) Best win: vs. Louisville, 92-81.
North Carolina (6-2) Best win: vs. UCLA, 94-78.
Ohio State (7-1) Best win: at Creighton, 69-60.
Virginia Tech (6-1) Best win: vs. Purdue, 89-83.
Nebraska (7-1) Best win: at Clemson, 68-66.
Buffalo (7-0) Best win: at West Virginia, 99-94 OT.