Thursday, January 20, 2022

College basketball power rankings: Baylor is No. 1, Iowa State up to No. 3 before their huge game Saturday

Even coming off a light week of games, there’s still a lot of movement, as Alabama hops back in and Auburn jumps even higher.

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No amount of postponements or cancellations can stop the Hey Nineteen machine from churning out a fresh batch of rankings each Thursday. Welcome to the penultimate day of 2021, where we’ve got a lot of movement in the power rankings below.

Sure, there are many teams listed that haven’t played in a week or two (or more), but we make the best of the results provided to us. There’s a lot of positive signs heading into the weekend, where approximately 90 conference games are scheduled as of this story’s publishing. Christmas, naturally, reduced our inventory from the previous week as well. Here’s how the top of the sport looks heading into league play and 2022. 

Hey Nineteen Power Rankings

Reminder: My rankings are not solely about whom I think is “best.” (Our Top 25 And 1 already does that daily.) The Hey Nineteen is a weekly encapsulation of the 19 hottest, most successful and/or most interesting teams in college basketball, combining team quality with win quality but also leaving no shame for recency bias and rewarding significant winning streaks.

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