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College Hoops: Winter is Coming

This season, the top spot in college basketball is only a little more secure than any position of authority in Westeros. The year’s best college basketball betting tip might be “best against number one.”

Either that or, “save your money.”

Indiana will lose the top spot – for the second time this season – after a defensive breakdown gave Illinois a last-second layup – and a win – on Friday. With seconds remaining in the game, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo coughed up the ball but recovered in time to slap D.J. Richardson’s shot out of bounds. On the ensuing inbounds play, Illinois’ Tyler Griffey received a beautiful pass from Brandon Paul and hit an uncontested game-winning layup.

That might have put the Michigan Wolverines in the top spot, but they were unable to get past Wisconsin and lost in overtime on Sunday.

So who is the best team in college basketball right now? The Miami Hurricanes would seem to have as valid a claim for the number one spot in the polls as anyone… though it’s awfully hard to get past the fact that they lost to Florida Gulf Coast earlier this season. That’s probably the main reason that Indiana retains the top spot in this week’s poll.

The Hoosiers have the top spot and were number one on 26 of 65 ballots. The Duke Blue Devils – who were absolutely pasted by the Hurricanes by a score of 90-63 on January 23 – are second, with 20 first-place votes. Miami (17 first-place votes) is third and Michigan fourth.

The last two first-place votes went to Gonzaga; the Zags are fifth in this week’s poll.