A few weeks ago, we talked about the 10 best college basketball teams in the country.
Today, we’re talking about the best college hoops teams in 2017-18.
That’s right, we’ve gone back and looked at every team in the nation and ranked them based on their performance.
It’s not easy, and the rankings don’t always tell the whole story.
But this year, with the rise of college hoops being played in a global market, this is the best time to get an idea of the quality of the competition in the sport.
Baylor Bears Baylor (6-0, 5-0 Big 12) | Baylor has won nine of their last 10 games, including all of last season.
The Bears were undefeated against Big 12 opponents last season and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament after beating No. 10 seed Oklahoma in the Sweet 16.
Baylor went 24-1 at home and averaged 94.4 points per game, good for third in the league.
The team finished No. 5 in KenPom’s efficiency ratings.
In 2018-2019, Baylor had four freshmen averaging more than 10 points per contest.
That number has been steadily climbing since then, and sophomore forward Markel Brown has emerged as a star in the past year or so.
Brown has been the best scorer in the Big 12, averaging 19.8 points per 36 minutes.
The 6-foot-8 Brown is a great athlete, too.
He has quick feet, quick hands, a solid handle and has great timing to get the ball to his teammates.
He’s an excellent passer, averaging a career-high 6.4 assists per game.
He can also shoot.
Brown is averaging 6.5 assists per 40 minutes this season.
He could end up being a top-10 pick in June’s NBA draft.
Louisville Cardinals Louisville (6.4, 1-0 ACC) | Louisville had a chance to take home the national championship last season after defeating No. 3 seed Virginia.
But the Cardinals were swept by Duke, 73-65.
Louisville finished No.”s 8th in Kenpom’s Efficiency Ratings, and they were the only team in college basketball to have a higher scoring average.
Louisville had six players in double figures, including four in double-figures, including Brown, who averaged 22.3 points per 35 minutes.
Brown averaged 15.8 rebounds per game and is the most valuable player in the program, averaging 1.6 steals per game this season, which is good for second on the team.
Wisconsin Badgers Wisconsin (6) | Wisconsin’s best player, Aaron Harrison, was a consensus All-American in 2018-2018 and the Big Ten Player of the Year.
He averaged 17.8 assists per 36 in his junior season, and his offensive game is one of the most potent in college hoops.
Harrison was also a consensus top-20 recruit and ranked as high as No. 1 overall in the ESPN 200.
Harrison has the size and strength to guard multiple positions and has a chance at being a starter for the Badgers in the NBA.
Harrison’s skillset is more than enough to help the Badger team to another Big Ten title.
Harrison is averaging 18.3 rebounds per 36 and has helped Wisconsin advance to the Sweet 17.
North Carolina Tar Heels (6, 1) | North Carolina has lost three straight games after winning four straight games.
Tar Heel fans are understandably frustrated with the team, but they should take comfort in the fact that the Tar Hees are one of just three teams in college football that has not lost more than five games.
North Carolinians have not lost in over three years.
The Tar Heeds are 13-2 overall and 11-0 in the ACC.
This team has shown that it can be successful at the college level.
The first-team All-ACC selection is sophomore guard DeAndre Kane, who is averaging 13.2 points per 30 minutes.
Kane was the only player on North Carolina’s team who finished in the top 10 of ESPN’s efficiency rankings last season, per KenPomer.
The guard is a natural scorer who also has a good feel for the game.
Kane also had a solid sophomore season, averaging 10.2 rebounds per 40.
He also has great vision and a good handle.
Kane is a terrific defender, too, and can guard the point, wings and small forwards.
North Charlotte is also looking to make a run at the ACC Tournament.
Kentucky Wildcats (7) | Kentucky’s first-round pick, Joel Embiid, has become a force on both ends of the court for the Wildcats this season and will have a shot at a spot on the NBA roster come June.
The 19-year-old freshman has averaged 18.6 points per 40 in the last two games and is leading the Wildcats in scoring, rebounding and assists.
Embiids offensive game has improved this season after he averaged 12.9 points per outing in his