College Basketball is Back Like it Never Left


Carson Carpenter, Co-Editor in Chief

The 2021-22 college basketball season picked up right where it left off in March, and it’s off to an electrifying start for the year. The first month of the season has already been filled with thrilling buzzer beater endings, intense games, and a crazy four number one seeds in just five weeks of the season.

Gonzaga started the season as the number one team in the nation, but losses to Duke and Alabama made their fall from the top a swift one as they dropped to the number five spot in the AP poll. Despite dropping two games early, Gonzaga remains the betting favorite to win the national championship.

With their win over Gonzaga, Duke assumed the one seed. This reign proved to be short lived however, as they were upset in a close-knit game with Ohio State.

After Gonzaga and Duke both dropped games, Purdue accomplished something never before done in school history; they earned the title of best team in the nation. This title proved too much for the Boilermakers to handle however, after losing their first game at the ranking on a half court game winner from Rutger’s Ron Harper Jr.

Purdue’s loss to Rutgers paved the way for Baylor to rise to the top of the college basketball world. They remain one of the only unbeaten teams left, joined by: Arizona, USC, Iowa State, LSU, Colorado State, and the University of San Francisco.

This is shaping up to be an exciting year for college basketball. So many teams are capable of winning it all, and no team has proved themselves as a dominant force in the sport this year. Could Baylor repeat as champion? Are teams like Gonzaga, Duke, and Purdue experiencing early season slip ups that they’ll get sorted out throughout the season? No one can say for sure, but for fans and general viewers alike, it will be a fun and exhilarating season full of ups, downs, and enjoyable basketball.