Sun. Jan 29th, 2023

The faculty basketball panorama will see a shakeup on Monday. The highest two groups within the sport suffered losses over the weekend, which means the highest of the AP Ballot will look totally different.

As we sit at the moment, right here is the highest 10.

1. Houston2. Kansas3. Purdue4. Alabama5. UCLA6. Gonzaga7. Texas8. Xavier9. Tennessee10. Virginia

Houston, Kansas, UCLA, Gonzaga, Texas, and Xavier have misplaced for the reason that final AP Ballot. It appears more and more seemingly that the Volunteers will leapfrog a few of these groups, particularly after two consecutive SEC wins.

Tennessee bested Mississippi State and LSU over the previous week. They continued to search out new methods to win, which voters have traditionally positioned excessive significance on.

Guards Santiago Vescovi and Tyreke Key missed the Mississippi State sport, so Tennessee attacked the basket and deserted their perimeter sport for minutes at a time.

LSU did a greater job crowding the lane and contesting pictures near the basket, to not point out the Volunteers had been with out beginning middle Uros Plavsic. Subsequently, they pivoted again to their perimeter sport, getting important contributions from Josiah Jordan-James and Zakai Zeigler.

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Jordan-James particularly has discovered his groove prior to now week. He tallied 22 factors and 7 rebounds towards the Tigers, hitting 4 threes and getting three steals. Tennessee turned to him in dire moments, particularly to begin the second half.

The Volunteers ought to count on to creep nearer towards the highest 5. They reached the No. 5 spot earlier within the 12 months earlier than dropping to the Kentucky Wildcats. The group has a loaded week forward, as they host Georgia (13-6) earlier than squaring off towards Texas within the Massive 12/SEC Problem.

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