The 10 best men&039s basketball teams right now, ranked by Andy Katz |

    On the latest episode of the march madness 365 podcast (#mm365), march madness correspondent andy katz is joined by gary parrish and matt norlander of cbs sports, as well as bryson williams of texas tech.

    In his weekly “Katz Ranks” segment, Katz ranked his top 10 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee teams in the top 16 revealed Saturday, Feb. 19, according to the teams that are playing the best basketball right now.

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    here are katz’s top 10 teams from the top 16 reveal, based on how they’re playing right now.

    1. gonzaga

    “The Zags are the best team in the country right now,” Katz said. “They’re the number one seed overall right now.”

    until February. On January 21, Gonzaga has won 16 straight to improve to 23-2 and 12-0 in the WCC as the Bulldogs have already clinched the conference regular season title.

    2. arizona

    “the wildcats beat oregon at home,” katz said. “They’re playing tremendous. They’re a (projected) seed, it’s going to be hard to get them out of that position.”

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    arizona, led by former gonzaga assistant and first-year head coach tommy lloyd, has won eight straight and is 14-1 in pac-12 play, with its only conference blemish being a road loss to ucla.

    3. Kentucky

    “without sahvir wheeler and tyty washington, they took alabama down,” katz said of the ‘cats. “That’s without their starting backcourt. Alabama is strong in the backcourt.”

    until February. 21, Kentucky sits one game behind Auburn in the secondary standings. All five of the Wildcats’ losses have come on the road, including four on the road, and their last three losses have been games in which at least one of their starting shooting guards was limited by injury.

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    4. Kansas

    “pretty good road win in west virginia,” katz said, “not an easy place to play.”

    With that win over West Virginia, Kansas improved to 11-2 in the Big 12, holding a two-game lead in the loss column over Baylor and Texas Tech.

    5. purdue

    “I still think they’re the best team in the Big 10 and that’s saying something,” Katz said.

    purdue, which has the no. 1 in offensive efficiency in the country, according to, he has a half-game lead over Illinois and Wisconsin in the Big Ten rankings after a recent three-game winning streak.

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    6. texas tech

    “Texas Tech could end up on that two lines, easily,” Katz said.

    with the no. 2 in defensive efficiency in the country, according to, Texas Tech’s game on that end of the floor hasn’t suffered under first-year coach Mark Adams. Through February on January 21, the Red Raiders are third in the Big 12 with a conference record of 10-4.

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    7. brown

    “You can lose that one seed,” Katz said. “so the top 16 (revealed) comes out and then shortly after they lost to florida on the last possession. all of their losses, only three, have been late or in overtime.”

    After a 22-1 start to the season, including a 19-game winning streak, Auburn has lost two of its last four games, though both came on the road, with an overtime loss at LSU and a point defeat in florida The Tigers’ last two regular season games on the road are in Tennessee and Mississippi State.

    8. duke

    duke has won four straight since losing at home to virginia, and the blue devils have a one-game lead over notre dame.

    9. villanova

    villanova has won five in a row, her second best winning streak of the season. Two of the Wildcats’ last three games are on the road, at Uconn and Butler, with a home date with Providence in between.

    10. illinois

    illinois has lost two of its last four games, although both were away from home and one of those games was against another team on this list, purdue. Three of Illinois’ last four regular season games are at home as it chases Purdue for the Big Ten title.

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