We are now safely within the college basketball season, and things are beginning to take shape. As we enter feast week, things are still pretty unpredictable, but some contenders and pretenders have been identified early. The new AP Top 25 Poll will be released on Monday, and here are some changes that you can expect and some opportunities that you may be able to take advantage of. It should be noted that the rankings shown below are last week’s top 25. Here is the preview for your NCAAB betting.
College Basketball Top 25 Season 2022-2023
First Five: North Carolina, Gonzaga, Houston, Kentucky and Baylor
There should be a heavy shake-up in this top five after a pretty crazy week. Gonzaga, Baylor, and Kentucky all fell to very good teams, so they shouldn’t fall too hard and far. The Bulldogs took one on the chin in Austin against a Texas team that drilled 13 triples, while Kentucky lost their best player to a questionable fifth foul call. Baylor lost to Virginia on a neutral floor, and the Wahoos just continue to impress, defeating Illinois on Sunday as well. All three should remain in the top 10.
You can also expect North Carolina to relinquish the top spot in the poll to Houston. The Cougars haven’t played anyone of note yet, but they have looked far more dominant than the Tar Heels, who simply don’t have a bench at the moment. Look
The Second Five: Kansas, Duke, UCLA, Arkansas and Creighton
Look for Kansas to move up to the top five after defeating Duke at the Champions Classic early last week. Creighton and Arkansas will both leapfrog Duke and UCLA, who each took their first loss on the season. Look for Creighton to land a big victory on Monday when they take on Texas Tech to kick off the Maui Invitational.
Duke and UCLA are both likely to fall outside of the top ten. The Bruins could be out in the high teens after falling twice this week.
The Low Teens: Texas, Indiana, Auburn, Arizona and Texas Christian
Look for Texas to move into the top eight after punishing Gonzaga in Austin. Texas Christian should fall a little bit after falling to Northwestern State last Monday. It wouldn’t be shocking to see Virginia leap over all of these teams in Monday’s rankings.
The High Teens: Virginia, San Diego State, Alabama, Illinois and Michigan
Virginia will be the biggest mover in this week’s AP Poll after defeating both Baylor and Illinois this week. The Tide should stay relatively static, while Michigan will likely fall out of the rankings after getting trounced by Arizona State. Look for Michigan to drop the hammer against Ohio (playing now) and Jackson State at home over the next two games.
The Last Five: Dayton, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and UConn
You can also expect Dayton to fall out of the top 25 this week. While the loss to UNLV is not a horrible one, you have to make room for teams like Michigan State, Purdue, Maryland, and possibly Saint Louis. Speaking of the Billikens, take a good long look at their matchup with Auburn on November 27th. Saint Louis hasn’t quite figured it out yet this season despite victories over Providence and Memphis.