As the holiday season approaches, college basketball fans eagerly await the next USA TODAY Sports coaches poll. While there was minimal shakeup near the top of the current poll, that is likely to change in the coming weeks.
One of the biggest factors influencing the rankings will be the upcoming holiday tournaments, including a particularly star-studded tournament in Hawaii. The loaded field in this tournament, featuring half of the top 10 teams, will reshuffle things and create some exciting matchups.
Some of the key players to watch in these tournaments include Kansas’ Devonte’ Graham and Purdue’s Carsen Edwards. These two guards have been instrumental in their respective teams’ success so far this season and will likely play crucial roles in any tournament they participate in.
Other notable players to keep an eye on include Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke, Tennessee’s Grant Williams, and Arizona’s Dylan Smith. Each of these players has had standout performances so far this season and could make a big impact on their team’s success during these upcoming tournaments.
Overall, it will be interesting to see how these teams fare during the holiday tournaments and how it affects their rankings moving forward into conference play and beyond.