What are the Highest Ranking College Basketball Teams in the United States?

The game of Basketball is one of the biggest, and most beloved sports worldwide, having hundreds of thousands of fans all around the world. With a sport that popular, it isn’t any surprise that prospective players train their hardest to get into the game since an early age. College Basketball is one of the most popular College Sports, following Football, which is of course the most popular.

In the United States, college sports are a massively popular pastime, with tens of thousands of Americans tuning in to watch the college basketball season. The sport is also hugely popular among bettors with land based betting shops seeing a huge increase in patronage when the college basketball season starts.

Another popular medium for betting, which has gained traction recently, are the online betting sites, many of which see a hefty amount of bets placed on college games. The new bet sites found on helpbet.com have reported a large number of people who are interested in betting on college sports, especially basketball.

On December 16, 2021, both the AP top 25, as well as the Coaches Poll of top 25 College Basketball teams was officially updated. We will, in this article, take a look at the top 3 teams according to both polls, and discuss them a bit.

1st Ranked: Baylor Bears

The Baylor Bears are representative of Waco, Texas’ Baylor University. Their basketball team has been ranked at number one in both polls for the past 4 weeks. The team has not lost a single match since last season, and their current score is 37-2. The Bears were a sort of dark horse in the pre-season, as no one took them quite seriously, but their most recent showings definitely show that they are a force to be reckoned with.

2nd Ranked: The Duke Blue Devils

Hailing from North Carolina’s Duke University, the Blue Devils are ranked 2nd best in the latest polls by both the Coaches Poll, and the official AP poll. Their latest match as of the writing of this article was against South Carolina State’s Bulldogs, which they won with a score of 103 – 62. The star of the game was AJ Griffin, who scored 19 points, blitzing past South Carolina State, and winning the game.

3rd Ranked by the AP Top 25: Purdue Boilermakers

West Lafayette, Indiana’s Purdue University’s Purdue Boilermakers are ranked 3rd in the AP Top 25 College Basketball Teams list. This ranking is the first one where the Coaches Poll and the AP Top 25 rankings disagree, as the Coaches Poll have the UCLA Bruins ranked as the 3rd best. The Boilermakers are definitely one of the best in college basketball, as they have won more Big Ten Championships than any other school, with 37 conference banners.

3rd Ranked by the Coaches Poll: The UCLA Bruins

The UCLA Bruins from the University of California in Los Angeles are ranked 3rd in the Coaches Poll of Top 25 College Basketball Teams. The team definitely deserves the spot, as they have won several of the most important championships in Men’s College Basketball, including 11 NCAA championships. They also hold the record for most consecutive games won in college basketball, with 88 consecutive games from 1971 to 1974.