College Basketball Rankings: Colorado State Is Very Close
Rams are one spot out
It is only a matter of time
The first week of December has come to an end and there has been quite a shift in the world of college basketball.
On Monday, the newest Associated Press Top 25 rankings were released, and, for some reason, Colorado State was once again absent.
— Colorado State Men’s Basketball (@CSUMBasketball) December 4, 2021
The Mountain West Conference’s biggest hope of cracking these rankings is the Rams, and why they are excluded has a lot of people scratching their heads.
Here are the newest AP Top 25 rankings:
- Iowa State
- Michigan State
- Ohio State
- Seton Hall
Others Receiving Votes: Colorado State (90), Xavier (78), Illinois (71), North Carolin (55), St. Bonaventure (37), Oklahoma (29), Memphis (14), Iowa (12), Michigan (11), San Francisco (10), Loyola Chicago (4), Indiana (3), Texas Tech (2)
Once again, the Rams are missing, and who knows why this is. Colorado State is 9-0 with double-digit victories over St. Mary’s and Creighton. They sit 16th in the nation in points scored and 14th in PPG.
More impressively, Colorado State is 1st in the country in field goal percentage, fifth in free throw percentage, and third in three-point shooting.
The Rams’ impressive statistics keep going: 24th in assists, 14th in turnovers, fourth in turnover-assist ratio, and 103rd in blocked shots.
Yes, this Rams team is the real deal, and their exclusion from these rankings doesn’t make sense anymore.
LSU got in at #25 over the Rams, and the Tigers’ best victory was against 8-1 Wake Forest. Besides that, LSU’s resume isn’t impressive, and the SEC bias continues to strike the world of college basketball.
Seton Hall’s victory over Michigan is probably the only reason the Pirates are here, and the Wolverines have proceeded to drop far out of the rankings.
But, the Rams ranking is on the horizon. Over the next two weeks, they face Mississippi State, Tulsa, and #9 Alabama in a huge stretch before Mountain West Conference play.
It’s coming, don’t worry, and it should have come already. Utah State and San Diego State didn’t register any votes this week – which isn’t too surprising. The Aggies are still trying to amend their opening night loss to UC Davis, and the Aztecs have dropped three games thus far– albeit, to Michigan, USC, and BYU.
Nonetheless, the Mountain West Conference’s only hope, for now, is the Rams, and it is just appalling that they aren’t still.