Across the nation, a trend of upperclassmen led programs continue to find themselves inside the top ten. The Maryland Terrapins have relied on trio of upperclassmen en route to a 6-0 record and the No. 2 ranking in the country. Of course, the Michigan State Spartans look toward Denzel Valentine, a senior and player of the year candidate, to set the tone. Behind them, the Kansas Jayhawks have Perry Ellis, the Iowa State Cyclones have Georges Niang, and the Oklahoma Sooners have Buddy Hield...all senior and player of the year hopefuls.
When it's all said and done, any of the aforementioned teams could land in the Final Four if not win the National Championship. However, that's a long way off. For now, college coaches can relish the idea that players are choosing an education before making the jump to the NBA. Well, at least a few top prospects are choosing to do so.
Without any further ado, here are the rankings.
|3||Michigan State (2)||7-0||1510||3|
|Also Receiving Votes: Connecticut (4-2) 153; Utah (5-1) 72; Butler (4-1) 62; George Washington (6-1) 45; Indiana (4-2) 26; Northern Iowa (4-1) 25; Notre Dame (4-2) 22; California (4-2) 19; Pittsburgh (4-0) 11; Dayton (5-1) 8; San Diego State (4-3) 5; South Carolina (6-0) 5; Georgetown (2-3) 4; Texas-El Paso (6-0) 3; Northwestern (5-1) 2; LSU (3-2) 2; Iowa (4-2) 2; Arkansas-Little Rock (5-0) 2; Colorado State (5-1) 1; Davidson (4-0) 1; Louisiana Tech (5-0) 1; Monmouth (4-2) 1; Northeastern (5-1) 1|