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Top 10 College Basketball Team Rankings 2023

Ranking the Top 10 NCAA College Basketball Teams for the 2022-2023 Season as the North Houston Cougars lead the way

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By Fan Rankings | October 26, 2022 - 09:39 PM

The college basketball season is off and running as we roll into mid-December 2022. As teams around the college basketball landscape slowly start approaching double digit games played, the opportunity to determine which teams are the best men’s college basketball teams continues to present itself.

As you start to look at the ten teams landing on the Top 10 College Basketball Rankings December 2022 rankings, each of these teams have looked dominant to start the season while knocking off other AP Top 25 Men’s Basketball teams.

 

At the front of the pack sits a red-hot Houston Cougars team that has yet to be really tested over their first nine games of the 2022-23 NCAA Men’s Basketball Schedule.

As the Cougars hold on to the top spot the Auburn Tigers, UConn Huskies, Virginia Cavaliers and Purdue Boilermakers all join them on the Top 10 Men’s Basketball rankings after starting the season undefeated while moving to the top of their respective conferences.

In addition, the SEC conference has shown off their talent to start the season posting three teams inside of the Top 10 College Basketball Rankings December 2022 rankings list. Final Four College Basketball Betting Odds are from FanDuel.



Honorable Mention

Maryland Terps

Final Four College Basketball Betting Odds: +2000

Conference: Big Ten
Previous Ranking: Unranked

Landing just outside of the Top 10 College Basketball Rankings December 2022 rankings list is the Maryland Terps.

Had this been a few days earlier the Terps would have probably found their way into the rankings after winning eight straight games to start the season.

However, the team picked up their first loss of the season against a very difficult conference opponent in the Wisconsin Badgers.

Through their first nine games of the season the Terps have four different players averaging double figures including transfer Jahmir Young who is averaging 15.3 points per game to go along with 4.7 rebounds and three assists per game.


Upcoming Matchups: #7 Tennessee Volunteers (12/11/22), #18 UCLA Bruins (12/14/22)




Indiana Hoosiers

Final Four College Basketball Betting Odds: +600

Conference: Big Ten
Previous Ranking: Unranked

A second Big Ten school to just miss the Top 10 Men’s Basketball Rankings list is the Indiana Hoosiers who are also coming off an 8-1 start to the season.

While the expectations are set high for the Hoosiers during the 2022-23 NCAA Basketball season, question marks still present themselves despite the eight wins.

Nonetheless the Hoosiers have showcased their ability to beat top ranked opponents including knocking off the 18th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels 77-65. On the year the Hoosiers are 1-1 against AP Top 25 Ranked opponents.

 

Upcoming Matchups: #10 Arizona Wildcats (12/10/2022), #6 Kansas Jayhawks (12/17/2022)




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10. Arizona Wildcats

Final Four College Basketball Betting Odds: +430

Conference: Pac-12
Previous Ranking: Unranked

Coming in at number 10 on the Top 10 College Basketball Rankings December 2022 is an Arizona Wildcats team that has gotten off to a 7-1 start including 1-1 within the Pac-12 conference.

After starting the season with four straight wins, the Wildcats faced back-to-back difficult matchups against the Creighton Blue Jays and San Diego State Aztecs who were both ranked within the AP Top 25 rankings at the time of their meetings.

Azuolas Tubelis and Oumar Ballo are carrying the load combining to average 39.2 points per game to go along with 17.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and nearly three blocked shots per game.

Upcoming Matchups: #14 Indiana Hoosiers (12/10/2022), Texas A&M-CC Islanders (12/13/2022)




9. Auburn Tigers

Final Four College Basketball Betting Odds: +2000

Conference: SEC
Previous Ranking: Unranked

One of the few remaining unbeaten teams within the Men’s Top 25 ranked teams is the Auburn Tigers who currently sit at the top of the SEC conference.

The team currently has three different players averaging at least 10 points a game, while 10 different players are averaging at least 14 minutes per game to go along with at least 3.5 points. 

Despite the 8-0 start the Tigers don’t sit near the top of the Top 10 College Basketball Rankings December 2022 rankings list due to their lack of wins against top ranked basketball programs. Nonetheless, the Tigers play on the court earns them a spot as they continue to build respect within college basketball.

Upcoming Matchups: Memphis Tigers (12/10/22), Georgia State Panthers (12/14/22)




8. Alabama Crimson Tide

Final Four College Basketball Betting Odds: +500

Conference: SEC
Previous Ranking: Unranked

As you start to look at the SEC Conference for the ongoing 2022-23 NCAA Basketball season, the conference stands out with a ton of powerhouse teams.

So much power you start to think you’re looking at the AP Top 10 NCAA Football teams. That said, the Alabama Crimson Tide land at number eight on the rankings list after starting the season winning seven of their first eight games.

The team’s only loss to start the season came at the hands of the UConn Huskies who have yet to lose as the calendar month approaches mid-December.

In that year the Crimson Tide knocked off the Michigan State Spartans when they were ranked 12th and the North Carolina Tar Heels when they were ranked first in the country.

The Tide have a difficult schedule ahead with three matchups against teams ranked in the AP Top 25 before the end of 2022.

 

Upcoming Matchups: #1 Houston Cougars (12/10/22), Memphis Tigers (12/13/22)




7. Kansas Jayhawks

Final Four College Basketball Betting Odds: +450

Conference: Big 12
Previous Ranking: #3

The big question entering the 2022-23 NCAA Basketball schedule is whether the Kansas Jayhawks can win their second straight NCAA Championship?

So far, the Jayhawks have responded solidly to start the season picking up a key 69-64 win over a very solid Duke Blue Devils team who was ranked 7th in the Nation.

Leading the charge for the Jayhawks to start the season has been junior guard and potential NBA Lottery Draft Pick Jalen Wilson. Wilson is currently averaging 21.9 points per game to go along with 9.3 rebounds.

Upcoming Matchups: @ Missouri Tigers (12/10/22), #14 Indiana Hoosiers (12/17/22)




6. Texas Longhorns

Final Four College Basketball Betting Odds: +230

Conference: Big 12
Previous Ranking: Unranked

The Texas Longhorns were just an overtime away from starting the 2022-23 NCAA Basketball season 7-0. Despite a disappointing overtime loss to the 17th ranked Illinois Fighting Illini, the Longhorns are as good as advertised with a ton of talent.

This talent has been on full display to start the season picking up two wins against Top 25 ranked opponents including a 93-74 blowout of the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

The Longhorns are a well-rounded team that can compete with the Kansas Jayhawks for the Big 12 Championship this season.

Upcoming Matchups: AR-Pine Bluff  Golden Lions (12/10/22), Rice Owls (12/12/22)




5. Tennessee Volunteers

Final Four College Basketball Betting Odds: +500

Conference: SEC
Previous Ranking: #10

Rounding out the Top 10 College Basketball Rankings December 2022 rankings list is the Tennessee Volunteers. The Volunteers are just one of three SEC teams to land on the rankings list after starting the season winning eight of their first nine contests.

One of those impressive wins came against the reigning National Champions the Kansas Jayhawks. As the Volunteers look for recognition along the way a difficult road sits ahead with AP Top 25 showdowns against the Maryland Terps and Arizona Wildcats over their next two matchups.

Upcoming Matchups: #13 Maryland Terps (12/11/22), @ #10 Arizona Wildcats (12/17/22)




4. UConn Huskies

Final Four College Basketball Betting Odds: +230

Conference: Big East
Previous Ranking: Unranked

Possible one of the biggest surprises around the college basketball landscape this season has been the dominance of the 4th ranked UConn Huskies.

The Huskies have reached the 10-win mark while avoiding a loss along the way. Over that stretch the team knocked off a very good Alabama Crimson Tide team that was ranked 18th in the country while also knocking off three power conference schools along the way.

Leading the team’s charge is Adama Sanogo who is leading the team in scoring with 18.5 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game.

Upcoming Matchups: Long Island University Sharks (12/10/22), @ Butler Bulldogs (12/17/22)

 

3. Purdue Boilermakers

Final Four College Basketball Betting Odds: +380

Conference: Big Ten
Previous Ranking: Unranked

One team making strides for the top spot among the Top 10 NCAA Basketball team rankings list is the Purdue Boilermakers.

The Boilermakers who currently lead the Big Ten after rolling off nine straight wins to start the season will begin conference play the weekend of December 10th, 2022 and should allow them to showcase their talent.

That said, the Big Ten conference leader is 2-0 against ranked teams this season with one of those wins coming against the Gonzaga Bulldogs who were ranked 6th in the country before knocking off the 8th ranked Duke Blue Devils in their next game.

Junior center Zach Edey has been the driving force for the Boilermakers ranking 4th in the country in scoring averaging 23.2 points per game while averaging 13.3 rebounds per contests.

Upcoming Matchups: @ Nebraska Cornhuskers (12/10/22), Davidson Wildcats (12/17/22)




2. Virginia Cavaliers

Final Four College Basketball Betting Odds: +450

Conference: ACC
Previous Ranking: Unranked

The Virginia Cavaliers continue to show the nation they are the team to beat in the ACC to start the season after starting the season picking up eight straight wins including key wins over two AP Top 25 Ranked teams.

Those two teams were the 5th ranked Baylor Bears and 19th ranked Illinois Fighting Illini while also picking up a key win over a very talented Michigan Wolverines team.

While the Cavaliers lack an elite all-around player, the team has a strong supporting cast that includes four players averaging at least 10 points per game, two players averaging over four assists per game, and three players averaging at least four rebounds.

Upcoming Matchups: Houston Cougars (12/17/2022), @ Miami Hurricanes (12/20/22)




1. Houston Cougars

Final Four College Basketball Betting Odds: +185

Conference: AAC
Previous Ranking: #5

Heading into the season the hype was all around the Houston Cougars and the team has not disappointed rolling off nine wins to land at number one on the AP Top 25 Men’s Basketball rankings as well as the Top 10 College Basketball Rankings December 2022 rankings list.

While the strength of their schedule may raise questions, the talent on the floor shouldn’t as they have dominated opponents this season winning seven of their nine games by at least 10 points and six games by at least 30 points.

Like many of the other teams that are dominating, the Cougars have a very deep roster with eight different players playing in all nine games while averaging at least 11 minutes in those contests.

Upcoming Matchups: #8 Alabama Crimson Tide (12/10/22), NC A&T Aggies (12/13/2022)



How would you rank these college basketball players for the 2022-2023 season? Rank below to be added in the NCAA Power Rankings

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