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January 23, 2020

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For January 23, 2020

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UNC Asheville

Radford

-4.4

Ohio St.

Minnesota

7.7

Hofstra

Delaware

6.7

Stetson

NJIT

-0.1

Kennesaw St.

North Alabama

-6.1

William & Mary

James Madison

10.2

Cleveland St.

Green Bay

-3.1

Detroit

IUPUI

7.0

Winthrop

USC Upstate

16.3

Northeastern

Drexel

7.4

Oakland

Illinois Chicago

5.7

Youngstown St

Milwaukee

3.6

Murray St.

Belmont

-1.1

High Point

Gardner-Webb

-6.5

Old Dominion

Florida Intl.

3.0

Central Connecticut

Sacred Heart

-13.4

Merrimack

Fairleigh Dickinson

7.4

Long Island

St. Francis (PA)

0.6

St. Francis (NY)

Robert Morris

-3.2

North Florida

Liberty

-4.9

Charlotte

Florida Atlantic

4.9

Bryant

Wagner

8.7

Hampton

Campbell

-2.3

Elon

Towson

-5.8

Lipscomb

Jacksonville

2.2

Charleston Southern

Presbyterian

5.9

Middle Tennessee

Louisiana Tech

-12.0

North Texas

UTSA

10.1

Rice

UTEP

-2.0

Arkansas St.

South Alabama

0.2

Omaha

Western Illinois

11.6

South Dakota

Purdue Fort Wayne

7.1

Utah

Washington

-3.4

North Dakota

Denver

9.3

UAB

Southern Miss

8.7

Indiana

Michigan St.

-3.4

Austin Peay

Tennessee St.

7.5

Missouri St.

Valparaiso

3.4

SIU-Edwardsville

SEMO

0.8

Tennessee Tech

Morehead St.

-3.2

Eastern Illinois

UT-Martin

8.9

Jacksonville St.

Eastern Kentucky

8.8

Grand Canyon

Seattle

1.6

Idaho St.

Montana

-1.8

Weber St.

Montana St.

0.2

Houston

UConn

9.1

Colorado

Washington St.

12.8

Loyola Marymount

Portland

5.6

Santa Clara

Pepperdine

3.8

Cal St. Bakersfield

Utah Valley

6.2

 

Interesting Analytics

Every year at this time, the PiRates begin looking at some of the advanced analytics that we have used to gauge potential NCAA Tournament success.

Our R+T Rating ™, is our personal creation that attempts to predict how many more opportunities to score a team might have in a game as compared to an average team.  It relies on rebounding margin and turnover margin with an added emphasis on steals and protecting the ball from being stolen by the other team.  It attempts to estimate the potential extra points available to the team due to the “hustle stats.”

In the past, when a team has an R+T of 15.0 or better, that team has the ability to score on enough extra opportunities to go on a big spurt and put another team away.  When UCLA was the dominant basketball team during John Wooden’s runs, their R+T stats were always at the top of the nation.  When they had the 1964 small lineup that went 30-0, the 2-2-1 zone press created turnover after turnover by the opponent with a lot of steals.  These extra opportunities prevented the other team from scoring, but they also led to easy fast break points, and the Bruins had incredible scoring spurts in every game, the most famous being the incredible 16-0 run in just over two minutes before halftime that put NCAA Championship Game with Duke out of reach.

The Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul Jabbar) and Bill Walton years saw the Bruins totally dominating on the glass while still getting a nice number of steals and forcing turnovers.  These UCLA teams frequently had 20 extra scoring opportunities a game, and with Jabbar and Walton both hitting better than 60% from the field, the Bruins were unstoppable.

Long after UCLA won those 10 titles, the ability to get extra scoring opportunities has remained consistently and vitally important in NCAA Tournament games.  To get to the Big Dance, teams must display an ability to play very tough defense, and teams with good offenses and little else become pretenders when every opponent they face will play much better defense than the average opponent in the regular season.  Thus, the ability to create extra scoring opportunities and the ability to prevent extra scoring opportunities take precedence over just being able to shoot the ball more accurately than the opponent.

Obviously, we do not throw the baby out with the bath water.  Shooting is still quite important.  After all, the object of the game is to put the ball in the basket more than the other team.  If a team gets 10 more chances to put the ball in the basket, but they shoot like our Captain trying to putt at Pebble Beach, 30 more chances might not be enough to overcome the inaccurate marksmanship.  Obviously, shooting ability and ability to prevent made shots remain important.

Then, there is the third key factor.  If State only plays Southeast Northwest Community College and similar teams, they will inevitably end up with impressive stats.  If Tech plays Kansas, Duke, Maryland, Oregon, and Kentucky out of conference, it is going to be difficult, make that impossible, to end up with stats as impressive at State.  Thus strength of schedule must play as important a roll as the other two stats.  Think of schedule strength in the same vein as class in thoroughbred horse racing, where a winner of a claiming race is not going to compete well against the fifth place winner from a Grade 1 Classic race, even if in the last two races, their times for 1 1/8 miles were about the same.

Let’s put all three key stats together and look at a sampling of teams that are producing quality numbers across the board.

 

Team

R+T

TS%

SOS

Baylor

19.1

5.8

55.1

Butler

15.2

8.8

57.2

UC-Irvine

20.2

5.6

50.4

Duke

21.5

8.4

55.7

Gonzaga

27.7

10.1

49.0

Houston

25.5

4.2

54.4

Illinois

22.2

6.2

55.4

Indiana

20.6

3.2

54.7

Kansas

18.5

10.9

62.7

Kentucky

16.2

8.3

52.2

Liberty

15.9

12.6

43.4

Louisiana State

16.9

6.6

54.4

Maryland

16.7

5.2

58.4

Michigan State

21.6

10.2

57.7

New Mexico State

18.3

4.3

49.3

Oral Roberts

16.3

2.1

53.6

Rutgers

19.7

6.2

55.7

San Diego State

18.4

9.9

49.6

Southern Utah

15.7

8

48.2

Stephen F. Austin

22.5

2.9

42.7

Utah State

20.8

6.5

52.3

West Virginia

21.7

5.9

58.8

What you see above are the R+T ratings for 22 teams in column 1.  The formula for R+T is:  (R * 2) + (S * .5) + (6 – Opp S) + T, where R is rebounding margin per game, S is steals per game, Opp S is opponents’ steals per game, and T is turnover margin (Opponents Turnovers minus Teams’  Turnovers divided by games played).

Another excellent formula that estimates extra scoring chances per game is the formula by the brilliant Jordan Sperber, creator of Hoop Vision.  Jordan’s formula is: (Team’s OEff)-((100.9/49.0)*(Team’s eFG%)),  where OEff is offensive efficiency, the number 100.9 represents the average Division 1 team’s offensive efficiency, the number 49.0 represents the average Division 1 team’s effective FG%, and eFG% is effective FG%.  The result represents the extra chances to utilize effective FG%, and like everything else Jordan does, it is a great tool.  By the way, Jordan has worked for my number one rated Mid-Major coach of last year (Eric Musselman), and my number one rated Mid-Major coach of this year (Chris Jans).  His analytics have helped both coaches strategize the way they coach.  Check out Jordan’s website at: https://hoopvision.substack.com

In column 2 above, you see TS%.  This stands for true shooting percentage, which in this case actually stands for the difference in the team’s offensive TS% and the defensive TS%.  To calculate TS%, the formula is: (100 * points scored) /  (2 * [FG Attempts + {.475 * FT Attempts}]) 

The final column represents strength of schedule.  50 is considered an average schedule strength.  55 is considered a strong schedule strength.  60 is considered a tough schedule strength.  Below 45 is considered too weak to consider a team a legitimate contender in the Big Dance.

Gonzaga has the top R+T rating in the nation at the present time.  Their TS% difference is in the top 10, so the Bulldogs should be considered a key contender to run the table in the NCAA Tournament this year, correct?  No, that is not correct.  Gonzaga’s strength of schedule (SOS) is too low.  At 49.0, the other two stats must be discounted.  Gonzaga’s remaining schedule will not give the Bulldogs enough increase in SOS to take their R+T and TS% stats seriously.  This does not mean they will lose to a 16-seed in the first game.  What it means is that when they get to the Sweet 16 and face an opponent with a better SOS and strong R+T and TS%, they will be ripe for the upset.

Baylor, Butler, Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan State, Rutgers, and West Virginia have the best resumes today.  They have excellent R+T, TS%, and SOS numbers.  It should be no surprise that the Big 12 and Big Ten are the two best conferences so far this season.  

Kentucky and LSU fall just short of the elites in this test.  Neither team has the important 55 or better SOS mark, although both teams could eventually get over that key number.

Among the mid-major teams to keep an eye on, there are four teams in the West that could be sleepers for the Sweet 16 if they make the dance.  UC-Irvine, New Mexico State, Southern Utah, and Utah State all have strong R+T and TS% numbers with SOS that isn’t totally weak.  Contrast that to Liberty and Stephen F. Austin, two teams where the schedule strength doesn’t cut it.

Then, there are two teams high in the rankings from the lower tier of major conferences.  Houston and San Diego State have excellent numbers, but their schedule strengths make them both on the outside looking in when compared to the power conference teams.  Frequently, teams like these two can make a run to the second weekend of the tournament, and once or twice a decade, they will sneak into the Final Four.  However, when it comes to cut the nets and hear “One Shining Moment,” the happy team is one that comes from one of the top 5 power conferences.

As of today, the top 5 power conferences are: The Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Atlantic Coast, and Southeastern Conferences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 22, 2020

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For January 22, 2020

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Xavier

Georgetown

2.6

Auburn

South Carolina

10.9

Louisville

Georgia Tech

13.6

Dayton

St. Bonaventure

16.9

Michigan

Penn St.

4.0

Mississippi St.

Arkansas

1.4

Richmond

La Salle

11.7

Rhode Island

Duquesne

4.3

Fordham

George Washington

0.3

Stony Brook

Binghamton

17.9

Hartford

UMBC

4.6

Albany

UMass Lowell

4.7

Notre Dame

Syracuse

3.2

Temple

Cincinnati

0.1

Marist

Manhattan

-4.2

Loyola (MD)

American

0.4

Lafayette

Army

9.7

Boston U

Navy

5.8

Evansville

Drake

-6.1

Chattanooga

Citadel

10.2

Mercer

Western Carolina

-2.0

Furman

Samford

16.3

Maine

Vermont

-15.9

Davidson

Saint Louis

3.3

George Mason

Massachusetts

5.9

Marshall

Western Kentucky

-0.2

Wofford

VMI

11.8

Holy Cross

Lehigh

-3.5

Northwestern St.

Stephen F. Austin

-10.5

Little Rock

Troy

10.0

Incarnate Word

Lamar

-7.1

Nicholls St.

Houston Baptist

16.4

Loyola (Chi)

Indiana St.

5.1

Texas A&M-CC

New Orleans

4.6

SMU

East Carolina

15.3

Bradley

Illinois St.

11.2

SE Louisiana

McNeese St.

-3.5

South Dakota St.

North Dakota St.

3.6

Virginia Tech

North Carolina

5.4

Seton Hall

Providence

11.4

Sam Houston St.

Abilene Christian

5.3

Tulsa

Memphis

-4.5

DePaul

Creighton

0.5

Pittsburgh

Boston College

10.9

Iowa

Rutgers

5.6

Vanderbilt

Alabama

-8.3

Southern Illinois

Northern Iowa

-6.6

Colorado St.

Fresno St.

4.4

California Baptist

Chicago St.

25.3

UC Davis

Cal St. Fullerton

5.1

Long Beach St.

UC Irvine

-9.6

UCSB

Cal St. Northridge

9.9

Nevada

UNLV

5.1

 

 

 

 

 

January 21, 2020

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For January 21, 2020

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College Basketball Teams Playing Tuesday

 

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Villanova

Butler

1.1

Kansas

Kansas St.

17.5

Kentucky

Georgia

10.0

South Florida

Wichita St.

-5.0

Northwestern

Maryland

-8.6

Purdue

Illinois

5.0

Kent St.

Northern Illinois

8.5

Ohio

Toledo

-3.6

Bowling Green

Eastern Michigan

7.2

Buffalo

Western Michigan

9.1

LSU

Florida

2.9

Miami (O)

Akron

-6.6

TCU

Texas Tech

-3.1

Clemson

Wake Forest

6.2

Iowa St.

Oklahoma St.

4.7

Duke

Miami

19.2

Wisconsin

Nebraska

12.9

Missouri

Texas A&M

10.2

Marquette

St. John’s

8.5

Saint Joseph’s

VCU

-12.2

Tennessee

Ole Miss

7.7

New Mexico

San Jose St.

14.7

San Diego St.

Wyoming

26.2

Utah St.

Air Force

12.6

 

 

 

January 20, 2020

PiRate Ratings Bracketology For January 20, 2020

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Date

1/20/2020

Seed

Team

Team

Team

Team

Team

Team

1

Baylor

Gonzaga

San Diego St.

Kansas

2

Duke

Florida St.

Michigan St.

Louisville

3

Seton Hall

Butler

Dayton

Oregon

4

West Virginia

Villanova

Maryland

Auburn

5

Kentucky

Colorado

Iowa

Arizona

6

Wichita St.

Creighton

Michigan

Ohio St.

7

Rutgers

Memphis

Penn St.

LSU

8

Wisconsin

Stanford

Arkansas

Marquette

9

Illinois

Indiana

Texas Tech

Houston

10

Florida

Oklahoma

BYU

Saint Mary’s

11

Virginia Tech

North Carolina St.

Northern Iowa

Purdue

USC

12

Liberty

East Tennessee

Akron

DePaul

VCU

13

Stephen F Austin

Yale

New Mexico St.

Western Kentucky

14

Little Rock

William & Mary

Wright St.

Vermont

15

Colgate

UC-Irvine

Montana

Murray St.

16

North Dakota St.

Winthrop

Monmouth

Norfolk St.

Prairie View

St. Francis (PA)

 

First Four Out

Minnesota

Georgetown

Virginia

Saint Louis

 

Next Four Out

Georgia

St. John’s

Washington

Richmond

 

 

 

 

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For January 20, 2020

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Division 1 Basketball Games on Monday

 

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Howard

Yale

-24.1

Fairleigh Dickinson

Central Connecticut

12.7

St. Francis (PA)

Merrimack

8.5

Old Dominion

Charlotte

3.3

Florida A&M

UNC Central

1.4

Wagner

Long Island

-3.3

Mississippi Valley St.

Southern

-9.8

Robert Morris

Sacred Heart

1.7

USC Upstate

High Point

8.0

West Virginia

Texas

11.3

Radford

Winthrop

2.7

Colgate

Bucknell

8.7

Virginia

North Carolina St.

2.8

Presbyterian

Campbell

-3.7

Gardner-Webb

Hampton

9.2

Mount St. Mary’s

St. Francis (NY)

5.3

Longwood

UNC Asheville

-0.8

South Carolina St.

UM Eastern Shore

11.5

Morgan St.

North Carolina A&T

2.4

North Texas

Rice

12.4

Grambling

Texas Southern

-0.3

Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Alcorn St.

-4.2

Jackson St.

Prairie View

-5.0

Baylor

Oklahoma

10.5

Portland St.

Weber St.

6.6

 

 

Monday’s PiRate Ratings

 

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Team

PiRate

Conference

1

Duke

121.2

Atlantic Coast

2

Kansas

121.1

Big 12

3

Gonzaga

119.4

West Coast

4

Michigan St.

118.5

Big Ten

5

Baylor

117.3

Big 12

6

Louisville

116.7

Atlantic Coast

7

Arizona

116.5

Pac-12

8

Dayton

116.5

Atlantic 10

9

Seton Hall

115.9

Big East

10

Maryland

115.8

Big Ten

11

West Virginia

115.8

Big 12

12

Ohio St.

115.5

Big Ten

13

San Diego St.

115.0

Mountain West

14

Florida St.

114.9

Atlantic Coast

15

Butler

114.9

Big East

16

Iowa

114.6

Big Ten

17

Texas Tech

113.7

Big 12

18

Oregon

113.7

Pac-12

19

Kentucky

113.6

Southeastern

20

Michigan

113.3

Big Ten

21

Purdue

113.2

Big Ten

22

Auburn

113.0

Southeastern

23

Florida

113.0

Southeastern

24

Arkansas

112.8

Southeastern

25

Penn St.

112.8

Big Ten

26

Marquette

112.6

Big East

27

BYU

112.6

West Coast

28

Rutgers

112.5

Big Ten

29

Colorado

112.5

Pac-12

30

Villanova

112.5

Big East

31

Houston

112.5

American Athletic

32

LSU

112.4

Southeastern

33

Memphis

112.3

American Athletic

34

Wisconsin

112.3

Big Ten

35

Illinois

111.7

Big Ten

36

Alabama

111.6

Southeastern

37

Indiana

111.6

Big Ten

38

Minnesota

111.5

Big Ten

39

Creighton

111.4

Big East

40

Wichita St.

111.1

Big East

41

Stanford

110.9

Pac-12

42

Saint Mary’s

110.8

West Coast

43

Mississippi St.

110.7

Southeastern

44

VCU

110.6

Atlantic 10

45

North Carolina St.

110.5

Atlantic Coast

46

Washington

110.5

Pac-12

47

Oklahoma

110.3

Big 12

48

Cincinnati

110.0

American Athletic

49

Georgetown

109.9

Big East

50

Virginia

109.8

Atlantic Coast

51

Syracuse

109.2

Atlantic Coast

52

Xavier

109.0

Big East

53

Tennessee

108.9

Southeastern

54

Utah St.

108.9

Mountain West

55

Virginia Tech

108.9

Atlantic Coast

56

Notre Dame

108.9

Atlantic Coast

57

East Tennessee St.

108.8

Southern

58

Northern Iowa

108.8

Missouri Valley

59

Iowa St.

108.7

Big 12

60

Texas

108.5

Big 12

61

USC

108.5

Pac-12

62

Yale

108.5

Ivy

63

DePaul

108.4

Big East

64

Missouri

108.0

Southeastern

65

Providence

108.0

Big East

66

Richmond

107.8

Atlantic 10

67

Rhode Island

107.7

Atlantic 10

68

Oregon St.

107.7

Pac-12

69

UNC Greensboro

107.7

Southern

70

Arizona St.

107.7

Pac-12

71

St. John’s

107.6

Big East

72

TCU

107.6

Big 12

73

Liberty

107.5

Atlantic Sun

74

Clemson

107.5

Atlantic Coast

75

Oklahoma St.

107.5

Big 12

76

Louisiana Tech

107.4

Conference USA

77

Pittsburgh

107.3

Atlantic Coast

78

Vermont

107.3

American East

79

Akron

107.2

Mid-American

80

Georgia

107.1

Southeastern

81

Connecticut

107.0

American Athletic

82

North Carolina

107.0

Atlantic Coast

83

SMU

107.0

American Athletic

84

Belmont

107.0

Ohio Valley

85

Duquesne

106.9

Atlantic 10

86

Georgia Tech

106.6

Atlantic Coast

87

Temple

106.6

American Athletic

88

Furman

106.4

Southern

89

Kansas St.

106.1

Big 12

90

South Carolina

105.6

Southeastern

91

Saint Louis

105.5

Atlantic 10

92

Miami (Fla.)

105.5

Atlantic Coast

93

New Mexico St.

105.5

Western Athletic

94

North Texas

105.4

Conference USA

95

Davidson

105.3

Atlantic 10

96

Loyola (Chi.)

105.2

Missouri Valley

97

Bradley

105.0

Missouri Valley

98

San Francisco

105.0

West Coast

99

Harvard

104.9

Ivy

100

Tulsa

104.8

American Athletic

101

Georgia St.

104.8

Sun Belt

102

Ball St.

104.8

Mid-American

103

Nevada

104.7

Mountain West

104

Mississippi

104.7

Southeastern

105

Wake Forest

104.3

Atlantic Coast

106

Western Kentucky

104.3

Conference USA

107

Kent St.

104.3

Mid-American

108

Boise St.

104.3

Mountain West

109

Northwestern

104.2

Big Ten

110

Toledo

104.1

Mid-American

111

Colorado St.

104.0

Mountain West

112

Central Florida

103.9

American Athletic

113

UC Irvine

103.8

Big West

114

Utah

103.7

Pac-12

115

Northern Kentucky

103.7

Horizon

116

Wright St.

103.4

Horizon

117

Washington St.

103.3

Pac-12

118

UT Arlington

103.3

Southland

119

New Mexico

103.2

Mountain West

120

South Florida

103.1

American Athletic

121

St. Bonaventure

103.1

Atlantic 10

122

Indiana St.

103.1

Missouri Valley

123

Oral Roberts

103.0

Summit

124

UCLA

103.0

Pac-12

125

Texas St.

102.9

Sun Belt

126

Nebraska

102.9

Big Ten

127

Northern Colorado

102.9

Big Sky

128

Stephen F. Austin

102.8

Southland

129

Stony Brook

102.6

American East

130

UNLV

102.6

Mountain West

131

Fresno St.

102.6

Mountain West

132

Murray St.

102.4

Ohio Valley

133

Colgate

102.1

Patriot

134

Charleston

102.0

Colonial Athletic

135

Winthrop

102.0

Big South

136

Wofford

101.9

Southern

137

South Dakota St.

101.8

Summit

138

Radford

101.7

Big South

139

Buffalo

101.6

Mid-American

140

Hofstra

101.6

Colonial Athletic

141

Northeastern

101.5

Colonial Athletic

142

Georgia Southern

101.5

Sun Belt

143

Little Rock

101.5

Sun Belt

144

Santa Clara

101.4

West Coast

145

Southern Utah

101.4

Big Sky

146

Texas A&M

101.3

Southeastern

147

North Dakota St.

101.2

Summit

148

Penn

101.0

Ivy

149

Pacific

100.8

West Coast

150

Missouri St.

100.8

Missouri Valley

151

William & Mary

100.8

Colonial Athletic

152

UTEP

100.7

Conference USA

153

Pepperdine

100.7

West Coast

154

Marshall

100.6

Conference USA

155

George Mason

100.6

Atlantic 10

156

UC Santa Barbara

100.5

Big West

157

Drake

100.5

Missouri Valley

158

Western Carolina

100.4

Southern

159

Vanderbilt

100.3

Southeastern

160

Valparaiso

100.3

Missouri Valley

161

Tulane

100.3

American Athletic

162

Florida Int’l.

100.2

Conference USA

163

Coastal Carolina

100.2

Sun Belt

164

Bowling Green

100.2

Mid-American

165

Boston College

99.9

Atlantic Coast

166

Eastern Washington

99.9

Big Sky

167

Sam Houston St.

99.8

Southland

168

Towson

99.8

Colonial Athletic

169

Air Force

99.8

Mountain West

170

Austin Peay

99.8

Ohio Valley

171

Charlotte

99.8

Conference USA

172

California Baptist

99.7

Western Athletic

173

Montana

99.6

Big Sky

174

Chattanooga

99.6

Southern

175

Hawaii

99.6

Big West

176

Old Dominion

99.6

Conference USA

177

North Florida

99.6

Atlantic Sun

178

UAB

99.6

Conference USA

179

La Salle

99.6

Atlantic 10

180

St. Francis (PA)

99.5

Northeast

181

South Alabama

99.4

Sun Belt

182

UTSA

99.2

Conference USA

183

Southern Illinois

99.2

Missouri Valley

184

Boston U

99.2

Patriot

185

Central Michigan

99.1

Mid-American

186

California

99.1

Pac-12

187

Northern Illinois

98.8

Mid-American

188

South Dakota

98.3

Summit

189

Princeton

98.3

Ivy

190

Rider

98.3

Metro Atlantic

191

Lafayette

98.3

Patriot

192

Nicholls St.

98.2

Southland

193

Appalachian St.

98.1

Sun Belt

194

Delaware

98.0

Colonial Athletic

195

Florida Atlantic

97.9

Conference USA

196

Massachusetts

97.7

Atlantic 10

197

Dartmouth

97.7

Ivy

198

Sacramento St.

97.7

Big Sky

199

San Diego

97.7

West Coast

200

Miami (O)

97.6

Mid-American

201

Omaha

97.6

Summit

202

Abilene Christian

97.5

Southland

203

Ohio

97.5

Mid-American

204

George Washington

97.4

Atlantic 10

205

Sacred Heart

97.3

Northeast

206

Oakland

97.3

Horizon

207

Seattle

97.3

Western Athletic

208

Drexel

97.2

Colonial Athletic

209

Portland St.

97.2

Big Sky

210

Brown

97.1

Ivy

211

Northern Arizona

97.1

Big Sky

212

Loyola Marymount

97.1

West Coast

213

Prairie View A&M

97.1

Southwestern Athl.

214

Monmouth

97.0

Metro Atlantic

215

Siena

96.9

Metro Atlantic

216

Illinois St.

96.8

Missouri Valley

217

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.7

Western Athletic

218

Eastern Illinois

96.7

Ohio Valley

219

Arkansas St.

96.5

Sun Belt

220

Bucknell

96.4

Patriot

221

Green Bay

96.4

Horizon

222

North Dakota

96.4

Summit

223

Navy

96.4

Patriot

224

Canisius

96.2

Metro Atlantic

225

American

96.2

Patriot

226

Long Island

96.2

Northeast

227

UC Riverside

96.2

Big West

228

Albany

96.1

American East

229

Eastern Michigan

96.0

Mid-American

230

Bryant

96.0

Northeast

231

Robert Morris

96.0

Northeast

232

Rice

96.0

Conference USA

233

Montana St.

95.9

Big Sky

234

Grand Canyon

95.8

Western Athletic

235

UC Davis

95.8

Big West

236

Jacksonville St.

95.7

Ohio Valley

237

Youngstown St.

95.7

Horizon

238

Gardner-Webb

95.6

Big South

239

Western Michigan

95.5

Mid-American

240

Saint Joseph’s

95.4

Atlantic 10

241

Tennessee St.

95.4

Ohio Valley

242

Saint Peter’s

95.4

Metro Atlantic

243

Missouri-KC

95.4

Western Athletic

244

Mercer

95.4

Southern

245

Columbia

95.3

Ivy

246

Quinnipiac

95.3

Metro Atlantic

247

Fairfield

95.2

Metro Atlantic

248

Manhattan

95.2

Metro Atlantic

249

East Carolina

95.2

American Athletic

250

Milwaukee

95.1

Horizon

251

McNeese St.

95.1

Southland

252

Campbell

95.1

Big South

253

Jacksonville

94.9

Atlantic Sun

254

Illinois Chicago

94.7

Horizon

255

Texas Southern

94.7

Southwestern Athl.

256

Troy

94.5

Sun Belt

257

Iona

94.5

Metro Atlantic

258

UT Rio Grande Valley

94.4

Western Athletic

259

Louisiana Monroe

94.4

Sun Belt

260

Evansville

94.4

Missouri Valley

261

Purdue Fort Wayne

94.4

Summit

262

UMass Lowell

94.4

American East

263

Portland

94.3

West Coast

264

Lipscomb

94.2

Atlantic Sun

265

Fordham

94.2

Atlantic 10

266

Merrimack

94.0

Northeast

267

Louisiana

93.9

Sun Belt

268

NJIT

93.8

Atlantic Sun

269

Norfolk St.

93.8

Mideastern Athletic

270

Cal St. Fullerton

93.7

Big West

271

Lehigh

93.7

Patriot

272

Lamar

93.7

Southland

273

Southern Miss.

93.7

Conference USA

274

James Madison

93.7

Colonial Athletic

275

Weber St.

93.6

Big Sky

276

Samford

93.6

Southern

277

Cal St. Northridge

93.6

Big West

278

Loyola (MD)

93.6

Patriot

279

Detroit

93.5

Horizon

280

Mount St. Mary’s

93.5

Northeast

281

UNC Asheville

93.5

Big South

282

Utah Valley

93.3

Western Athletic

283

VMI

93.1

Southern

284

New Hampshire

93.1

American East

285

Morehead St.

93.0

Ohio Valley

286

Hartford

93.0

American East

287

North Alabama

92.9

Atlantic Sun

288

Cornell

92.6

Ivy

289

Middle Tennessee

92.5

Conference USA

290

Citadel

92.4

Southern

291

Wyoming

92.3

Mountain West

292

Niagara

92.1

Metro Atlantic

293

Idaho St.

92.1

Big Sky

294

North Carolina Central

92.1

Mideastern Athletic

295

Texas A&M CC

92.1

Southland

296

Bethune Cookman

92.0

Mideastern Athletic

297

San Jose St.

92.0

Mountain West

298

Alcorn St.

91.7

Southwestern Athl.

299

Charleston Southern

91.6

Big South

300

Army

91.6

Patriot

301

UM Baltimore Co.

91.4

American East

302

Grambling

91.4

Southwestern Athl.

303

North Carolina A&T

91.4

Mideastern Athletic

304

Idaho

91.3

Big Sky

305

St. Francis (NY)

91.2

Northeast

306

Long Beach St.

91.2

Big West

307

Elon

90.9

Colonial Athletic

308

UT-Martin

90.9

Ohio Valley

309

Florida Gulf Coast

90.8

Atlantic Sun

310

Morgan St.

90.8

Mideastern Athletic

311

Stetson

90.7

Atlantic Sun

312

Cal Poly

90.7

Big West

313

Central Arkansas

90.6

Southland

314

UNC Wilmington

90.6

Colonial Athletic

315

Fairleigh Dickinson

90.6

Northeast

316

New Orleans

90.5

Southland

317

Florida A&M

90.5

Mideastern Athletic

318

Southern

90.4

Southwestern Athl.

319

Cleveland St.

90.4

Horizon

320

Denver

90.0

Summit

321

Eastern Kentucky

90.0

Ohio Valley

322

USC Upstate

90.0

Big South

323

Wagner

89.9

Northeast

324

Longwood

89.7

Big South

325

IUPUI

89.6

Horizon

326

Hampton

89.4

Big South

327

Northwestern St.

89.3

Southland

328

South Carolina St.

89.2

Mideastern Athletic

329

Jackson St.

89.1

Southwestern Athl.

330

SE Missouri

89.1

Ohio Valley

331

Western Illinois

89.0

Summit

332

Coppin St.

88.7

Mideastern Athletic

333

SE Louisiana

88.6

Southland

334

Maine

88.4

American East

335

Presbyterian

88.4

Big South

336

Marist

88.0

Metro Atlantic

337

Binghamton

87.7

American East

338

Holy Cross

87.2

Patriot

339

SIU Edwardsville

86.9

Ohio Valley

340

Tennessee Tech

86.9

Ohio Valley

341

Alabama A&M

86.9

Southwestern Athl.

342

Alabama St.

86.6

Southwestern Athl.

343

High Point

85.0

Big South

344

Houston Baptist

84.8

Southland

345

Arkansas Pine Bluff

84.5

Southwestern Athl.

346

Kennesaw St.

83.7

Atlantic Sun

347

Incarnate Word

83.6

Southland

348

Howard

81.4

Mideastern Athletic

349

Central Connecticut

80.9

Northeast

350

MD Eastern Shore

80.7

Mideastern Athletic

351

Delaware St.

80.6

Mideastern Athletic

352

Mississippi Valley St.

77.6

Southwestern Athl.

353

Chicago St.

77.4

Western Athletic

 

Alphabetical

 

#

Team

PiRate

Conf.

1

Abilene Christian

97.5

Southland

2

Air Force

99.8

Mountain West

3

Akron

107.2

Mid-American

4

Alabama

111.6

Southeastern

5

Alabama A&M

86.9

Southwestern Athl.

6

Alabama St.

86.6

Southwestern Athl.

7

Albany

96.1

American East

8

Alcorn St.

91.7

Southwestern Athl.

9

American

96.2

Patriot

10

Appalachian St.

98.1

Sun Belt

11

Arizona

116.5

Pac-12

12

Arizona St.

107.7

Pac-12

13

Arkansas

112.8

Southeastern

14

Arkansas Pine Bluff

84.5

Southwestern Athl.

15

Arkansas St.

96.5

Sun Belt

16

Army

91.6

Patriot

17

Auburn

113.0

Southeastern

18

Austin Peay

99.8

Ohio Valley

19

Ball St.

104.8

Mid-American

20

Baylor

117.3

Big 12

21

Belmont

107.0

Ohio Valley

22

Bethune Cookman

92.0

Mideastern Athletic

23

Binghamton

87.7

American East

24

Boise St.

104.3

Mountain West

25

Boston College

99.9

Atlantic Coast

26

Boston U

99.2

Patriot

27

Bowling Green

100.2

Mid-American

28

Bradley

105.0

Missouri Valley

29

Brown

97.1

Ivy

30

Bryant

96.0

Northeast

31

Bucknell

96.4

Patriot

32

Buffalo

101.6

Mid-American

33

Butler

114.9

Big East

34

BYU

112.6

West Coast

35

Cal Poly

90.7

Big West

36

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.7

Western Athletic

37

Cal St. Fullerton

93.7

Big West

38

Cal St. Northridge

93.6

Big West

39

California

99.1

Pac-12

40

California Baptist

99.7

Western Athletic

41

Campbell

95.1

Big South

42

Canisius

96.2

Metro Atlantic

43

Central Arkansas

90.6

Southland

44

Central Connecticut

80.9

Northeast

45

Central Florida

103.9

American Athletic

46

Central Michigan

99.1

Mid-American

47

Charleston

102.0

Colonial Athletic

48

Charleston Southern

91.6

Big South

49

Charlotte

99.8

Conference USA

50

Chattanooga

99.6

Southern

51

Chicago St.

77.4

Western Athletic

52

Cincinnati

110.0

American Athletic

53

Citadel

92.4

Southern

54

Clemson

107.5

Atlantic Coast

55

Cleveland St.

90.4

Horizon

56

Coastal Carolina

100.2

Sun Belt

57

Colgate

102.1

Patriot

58

Colorado

112.5

Pac-12

59

Colorado St.

104.0

Mountain West

60

Columbia

95.3

Ivy

61

Connecticut

107.0

American Athletic

62

Coppin St.

88.7

Mideastern Athletic

63

Cornell

92.6

Ivy

64

Creighton

111.4

Big East

65

Dartmouth

97.7

Ivy

66

Davidson

105.3

Atlantic 10

67

Dayton

116.5

Atlantic 10

68

Delaware

98.0

Colonial Athletic

69

Delaware St.

80.6

Mideastern Athletic

70

Denver

90.0

Summit

71

DePaul

108.4

Big East

72

Detroit

93.5

Horizon

73

Drake

100.5

Missouri Valley

74

Drexel

97.2

Colonial Athletic

75

Duke

121.2

Atlantic Coast

76

Duquesne

106.9

Atlantic 10

77

East Carolina

95.2

American Athletic

78

East Tennessee St.

108.8

Southern

79

Eastern Illinois

96.7

Ohio Valley

80

Eastern Kentucky

90.0

Ohio Valley

81

Eastern Michigan

96.0

Mid-American

82

Eastern Washington

99.9

Big Sky

83

Elon

90.9

Colonial Athletic

84

Evansville

94.4

Missouri Valley

85

Fairfield

95.2

Metro Atlantic

86

Fairleigh Dickinson

90.6

Northeast

87

Florida

113.0

Southeastern

88

Florida A&M

90.5

Mideastern Athletic

89

Florida Atlantic

97.9

Conference USA

90

Florida Gulf Coast

90.8

Atlantic Sun

91

Florida Int’l.

100.2

Conference USA

92

Florida St.

114.9

Atlantic Coast

93

Fordham

94.2

Atlantic 10

94

Fresno St.

102.6

Mountain West

95

Furman

106.4

Southern

96

Gardner-Webb

95.6

Big South

97

George Mason

100.6

Atlantic 10

98

George Washington

97.4

Atlantic 10

99

Georgetown

109.9

Big East

100

Georgia

107.1

Southeastern

101

Georgia Southern

101.5

Sun Belt

102

Georgia St.

104.8

Sun Belt

103

Georgia Tech

106.6

Atlantic Coast

104

Gonzaga

119.4

West Coast

105

Grambling

91.4

Southwestern Athl.

106

Grand Canyon

95.8

Western Athletic

107

Green Bay

96.4

Horizon

108

Hampton

89.4

Big South

109

Hartford

93.0

American East

110

Harvard

104.9

Ivy

111

Hawaii

99.6

Big West

112

High Point

85.0

Big South

113

Hofstra

101.6

Colonial Athletic

114

Holy Cross

87.2

Patriot

115

Houston

112.5

American Athletic

116

Houston Baptist

84.8

Southland

117

Howard

81.4

Mideastern Athletic

118

Idaho

91.3

Big Sky

119

Idaho St.

92.1

Big Sky

120

Illinois

111.7

Big Ten

121

Illinois Chicago

94.7

Horizon

122

Illinois St.

96.8

Missouri Valley

123

Incarnate Word

83.6

Southland

124

Indiana

111.6

Big Ten

125

Indiana St.

103.1

Missouri Valley

126

Iona

94.5

Metro Atlantic

127

Iowa

114.6

Big Ten

128

Iowa St.

108.7

Big 12

129

IUPUI

89.6

Horizon

130

Jackson St.

89.1

Southwestern Athl.

131

Jacksonville

94.9

Atlantic Sun

132

Jacksonville St.

95.7

Ohio Valley

133

James Madison

93.7

Colonial Athletic

134

Kansas

121.1

Big 12

135

Kansas St.

106.1

Big 12

136

Kennesaw St.

83.7

Atlantic Sun

137

Kent St.

104.3

Mid-American

138

Kentucky

113.6

Southeastern

139

La Salle

99.6

Atlantic 10

140

Lafayette

98.3

Patriot

141

Lamar

93.7

Southland

142

Lehigh

93.7

Patriot

143

Liberty

107.5

Atlantic Sun

144

Lipscomb

94.2

Atlantic Sun

145

Little Rock

101.5

Sun Belt

146

Long Beach St.

91.2

Big West

147

Long Island

96.2

Northeast

148

Longwood

89.7

Big South

149

Louisiana

93.9

Sun Belt

150

Louisiana Monroe

94.4

Sun Belt

151

Louisiana Tech

107.4

Conference USA

152

Louisville

116.7

Atlantic Coast

153

Loyola (Chi.)

105.2

Missouri Valley

154

Loyola Marymount

97.1

West Coast

155

Loyola (MD)

93.6

Patriot

156

LSU

112.4

Southeastern

157

Maine

88.4

American East

158

Manhattan

95.2

Metro Atlantic

159

Marist

88.0

Metro Atlantic

160

Marquette

112.6

Big East

161

Marshall

100.6

Conference USA

162

Maryland

115.8

Big Ten

163

Massachusetts

97.7

Atlantic 10

164

McNeese St.

95.1

Southland

165

MD Eastern Shore

80.7

Mideastern Athletic

166

Memphis

112.3

American Athletic

167

Mercer

95.4

Southern

168

Merrimack

94.0

Northeast

169

Miami (Fla.)

105.5

Atlantic Coast

170

Miami (O)

97.6

Mid-American

171

Michigan

113.3

Big Ten

172

Michigan St.

118.5

Big Ten

173

Middle Tennessee

92.5

Conference USA

174

Milwaukee

95.1

Horizon

175

Minnesota

111.5

Big Ten

176

Mississippi

104.7

Southeastern

177

Mississippi St.

110.7

Southeastern

178

Mississippi Valley St.

77.6

Southwestern Athl.

179

Missouri

108.0

Southeastern

180

Missouri-KC

95.4

Western Athletic

181

Missouri St.

100.8

Missouri Valley

182

Monmouth

97.0

Metro Atlantic

183

Montana

99.6

Big Sky

184

Montana St.

95.9

Big Sky

185

Morehead St.

93.0

Ohio Valley

186

Morgan St.

90.8

Mideastern Athletic

187

Mount St. Mary’s

93.5

Northeast

188

Murray St.

102.4

Ohio Valley

189

Navy

96.4

Patriot

190

Nebraska

102.9

Big Ten

191

Nevada

104.7

Mountain West

192

New Hampshire

93.1

American East

193

New Mexico

103.2

Mountain West

194

New Mexico St.

105.5

Western Athletic

195

New Orleans

90.5

Southland

196

Niagara

92.1

Metro Atlantic

197

Nicholls St.

98.2

Southland

198

NJIT

93.8

Atlantic Sun

199

Norfolk St.

93.8

Mideastern Athletic

200

North Alabama

92.9

Atlantic Sun

201

North Carolina

107.0

Atlantic Coast

202

North Carolina A&T

91.4

Mideastern Athletic

203

North Carolina Central

92.1

Mideastern Athletic

204

North Carolina St.

110.5

Atlantic Coast

205

North Dakota

96.4

Summit

206

North Dakota St.

101.2

Summit

207

North Florida

99.6

Atlantic Sun

208

North Texas

105.4

Conference USA

209

Northeastern

101.5

Colonial Athletic

210

Northern Arizona

97.1

Big Sky

211

Northern Colorado

102.9

Big Sky

212

Northern Illinois

98.8

Mid-American

213

Northern Iowa

108.8

Missouri Valley

214

Northern Kentucky

103.7

Horizon

215

Northwestern

104.2

Big Ten

216

Northwestern St.

89.3

Southland

217

Notre Dame

108.9

Atlantic Coast

218

Oakland

97.3

Horizon

219

Ohio

97.5

Mid-American

220

Ohio St.

115.5

Big Ten

221

Oklahoma

110.3

Big 12

222

Oklahoma St.

107.5

Big 12

223

Old Dominion

99.6

Conference USA

224

Omaha

97.6

Summit

225

Oral Roberts

103.0

Summit

226

Oregon

113.7

Pac-12

227

Oregon St.

107.7

Pac-12

228

Pacific

100.8

West Coast

229

Penn

101.0

Ivy

230

Penn St.

112.8

Big Ten

231

Pepperdine

100.7

West Coast

232

Pittsburgh

107.3

Atlantic Coast

233

Portland

94.3

West Coast

234

Portland St.

97.2

Big Sky

235

Prairie View A&M

97.1

Southwestern Athl.

236

Presbyterian

88.4

Big South

237

Princeton

98.3

Ivy

238

Providence

108.0

Big East

239

Purdue

113.2

Big Ten

240

Purdue Fort Wayne

94.4

Summit

241

Quinnipiac

95.3

Metro Atlantic

242

Radford

101.7

Big South

243

Rhode Island

107.7

Atlantic 10

244

Rice

96.0

Conference USA

245

Richmond

107.8

Atlantic 10

246

Rider

98.3

Metro Atlantic

247

Robert Morris

96.0

Northeast

248

Rutgers

112.5

Big Ten

249

Sacramento St.

97.7

Big Sky

250

Sacred Heart

97.3

Northeast

251

Saint Joseph’s

95.4

Atlantic 10

252

Saint Louis

105.5

Atlantic 10

253

Saint Mary’s

110.8

West Coast

254

Saint Peter’s

95.4

Metro Atlantic

255

Sam Houston St.

99.8

Southland

256

Samford

93.6

Southern

257

San Diego

97.7

West Coast

258

San Diego St.

115.0

Mountain West

259

San Francisco

105.0

West Coast

260

San Jose St.

92.0

Mountain West

261

Santa Clara

101.4

West Coast

262

SE Louisiana

88.6

Southland

263

SE Missouri

89.1

Ohio Valley

264

Seattle

97.3

Western Athletic

265

Seton Hall

115.9

Big East

266

Siena

96.9

Metro Atlantic

267

SIU Edwardsville

86.9

Ohio Valley

268

SMU

107.0

American Athletic

269

South Alabama

99.4

Sun Belt

270

South Carolina

105.6

Southeastern

271

South Carolina St.

89.2

Mideastern Athletic

272

South Dakota

98.3

Summit

273

South Dakota St.

101.8

Summit

274

South Florida

103.1

American Athletic

275

Southern

90.4

Southwestern Athl.

276

Southern Illinois

99.2

Missouri Valley

277

Southern Miss.

93.7

Conference USA

278

Southern Utah

101.4

Big Sky

279

St. Bonaventure

103.1

Atlantic 10

280

St. Francis (NY)

91.2

Northeast

281

St. Francis (PA)

99.5

Northeast

282

St. John’s

107.6

Big East

283

Stanford

110.9

Pac-12

284

Stephen F. Austin

102.8

Southland

285

Stetson

90.7

Atlantic Sun

286

Stony Brook

102.6

American East

287

Syracuse

109.2

Atlantic Coast

288

TCU

107.6

Big 12

289

Temple

106.6

American Athletic

290

Tennessee

108.9

Southeastern

291

Tennessee St.

95.4

Ohio Valley

292

Tennessee Tech

86.9

Ohio Valley

293

Texas

108.5

Big 12

294

Texas A&M

101.3

Southeastern

295

Texas A&M CC

92.1

Southland

296

Texas Southern

94.7

Southwestern Athl.

297

Texas St.

102.9

Sun Belt

298

Texas Tech

113.7

Big 12

299

Toledo

104.1

Mid-American

300

Towson

99.8

Colonial Athletic

301

Troy

94.5

Sun Belt

302

Tulane

100.3

American Athletic

303

Tulsa

104.8

American Athletic

304

UAB

99.6

Conference USA

305

UC Davis

95.8

Big West

306

UC Irvine

103.8

Big West

307

UC Riverside

96.2

Big West

308

UC Santa Barbara

100.5

Big West

309

UCLA

103.0

Pac-12

310

UM Baltimore Co.

91.4

American East

311

UMass Lowell

94.4

American East

312

UNC Asheville

93.5

Big South

313

UNC Greensboro

107.7

Southern

314

UNC Wilmington

90.6

Colonial Athletic

315

UNLV

102.6

Mountain West

316

USC

108.5

Pac-12

317

USC Upstate

90.0

Big South

318

UT Arlington

103.3

Southland

319

UT Rio Grande Valley

94.4

Western Athletic

320

UT-Martin

90.9

Ohio Valley

321

Utah

103.7

Pac-12

322

Utah St.

108.9

Mountain West

323

Utah Valley

93.3

Western Athletic

324

UTEP

100.7

Conference USA

325

UTSA

99.2

Conference USA

326

Valparaiso

100.3

Missouri Valley

327

Vanderbilt

100.3

Southeastern

328

VCU

110.6

Atlantic 10

329

Vermont

107.3

American East

330

Villanova

112.5

Big East

331

Virginia

109.8

Atlantic Coast

332

Virginia Tech

108.9

Atlantic Coast

333

VMI

93.1

Southern

334

Wagner

89.9

Northeast

335

Wake Forest

104.3

Atlantic Coast

336

Washington

110.5

Pac-12

337

Washington St.

103.3

Pac-12

338

Weber St.

93.6

Big Sky

339

West Virginia

115.8

Big 12

340

Western Carolina

100.4

Southern

341

Western Illinois

89.0

Summit

342

Western Kentucky

104.3

Conference USA

343

Western Michigan

95.5

Mid-American

344

Wichita St.

111.1

Big East

345

William & Mary

100.8

Colonial Athletic

346

Winthrop

102.0

Big South

347

Wisconsin

112.3

Big Ten

348

Wofford

101.9

Southern

349

Wright St.

103.4

Horizon

350

Wyoming

92.3

Mountain West

351

Xavier

109.0

Big East

352

Yale

108.5

Ivy

353

Youngstown St.

95.7

Horizon

 

 

PiRate Ratings By Conference

 

#

American Athletic

PiRate

1

Houston

112.5

2

Memphis

112.3

3

Cincinnati

110.0

4

Connecticut

107.0

5

SMU

107.0

6

Temple

106.6

7

Tulsa

104.8

8

Central Florida

103.9

9

South Florida

103.1

10

Tulane

100.3

11

East Carolina

95.2

Avg

American Athletic

105.7

 

 

#

American East

PiRate

1

Vermont

107.3

2

Stony Brook

102.6

3

Albany

96.1

4

UMass Lowell

94.4

5

New Hampshire

93.1

6

Hartford

93.0

7

UM Baltimore Co.

91.4

8

Maine

88.4

9

Binghamton

87.7

Avg

American East

94.9

 

 

#

Atlantic 10

PiRate

1

Dayton

116.5

2

VCU

110.6

3

Richmond

107.8

4

Rhode Island

107.7

5

Duquesne

106.9

6

Saint Louis

105.5

7

Davidson

105.3

8

St. Bonaventure

103.1

9

George Mason

100.6

10

La Salle

99.6

11

Massachusetts

97.7

12

George Washington

97.4

13

Saint Joseph’s

95.4

14

Fordham

94.2

Avg.

Atlantic 10

103.5

 

 

#

Atlantic Coast

PiRate

1

Duke

121.2

2

Louisville

116.7

3

Florida St.

114.9

4

North Carolina St.

110.5

5

Virginia

109.8

6

Syracuse

109.2

7

Virginia Tech

108.9

8

Notre Dame

108.9

9

Clemson

107.5

10

Pittsburgh

107.3

11

North Carolina

107.0

12

Georgia Tech

106.6

13

Miami (Fla.)

105.5

14

Wake Forest

104.3

15

Boston College

99.9

Avg

Atlantic Coast

109.2

 

 

#

Atlantic Sun

PiRate

1

Liberty

107.5

2

North Florida

99.6

3

Jacksonville

94.9

4

Lipscomb

94.2

5

NJIT

93.8

6

North Alabama

92.9

7

Florida Gulf Coast

90.8

8

Stetson

90.7

9

Kennesaw St.

83.7

Avg

Atlantic Sun

94.2

 

 

#

Big 12

PiRate

1

Kansas

121.1

2

Baylor

117.3

3

West Virginia

115.8

4

Texas Tech

113.7

5

Oklahoma

110.3

6

Iowa St.

108.7

7

Texas

108.5

8

TCU

107.6

9

Oklahoma St.

107.5

10

Kansas St.

106.1

Avg

Big 12

111.7

 

 

#

Big East

PiRate

1

Seton Hall

115.9

2

Butler

114.9

3

Marquette

112.6

4

Villanova

112.5

5

Creighton

111.4

6

Wichita St.

111.1

7

Georgetown

109.9

8

Xavier

109.0

9

DePaul

108.4

10

Providence

108.0

11

St. John’s

107.6

Avg

Big East

111.0

 

 

#

Big Sky

PiRate

1

Northern Colorado

102.9

2

Southern Utah

101.4

3

Eastern Washington

99.9

4

Montana

99.6

5

Sacramento St.

97.7

6

Portland St.

97.2

7

Northern Arizona

97.1

8

Montana St.

95.9

9

Weber St.

93.6

10

Idaho St.

92.1

11

Idaho

91.3

#

Big Sky

97.1

 

 

#

Big South

PiRate

1

Winthrop

102.0

2

Radford

101.7

3

Gardner-Webb

95.6

4

Campbell

95.1

5

UNC Asheville

93.5

6

Charleston Southern

91.6

7

USC Upstate

90.0

8

Longwood

89.7

9

Hampton

89.4

10

Presbyterian

88.4

11

High Point

85.0

Avg

Big South

92.9

 

 

#

Big Ten

PiRate

1

Michigan St.

118.5

2

Maryland

115.8

3

Ohio St.

115.5

4

Iowa

114.6

5

Michigan

113.3

6

Purdue

113.2

7

Penn St.

112.8

8

Rutgers

112.5

9

Wisconsin

112.3

10

Illinois

111.7

11

Indiana

111.6

12

Minnesota

111.5

13

Northwestern

104.2

14

Nebraska

102.9

Avg

Big Ten

112.2

 

 

#

Big West

PiRate

1

UC Irvine

103.8

2

UC Santa Barbara

100.5

3

Hawaii

99.6

4

UC Riverside

96.2

5

UC Davis

95.8

6

Cal St. Fullerton

93.7

7

Cal St. Northridge

93.6

8

Long Beach St.

91.2

9

Cal Poly

90.7

Avg

Big West

96.1

 

 

#

Colonial Athletic

PiRate

1

Charleston

102.0

2

Hofstra

101.6

3

Northeastern

101.5

4

William & Mary

100.8

5

Towson

99.8

6

Delaware

98.0

7

Drexel

97.2

8

James Madison

93.7

9

Elon

90.9

10

UNC Wilmington

90.6

Avg

Colonial Athletic

97.6

 

 

#

Conference USA

PiRate

1

Louisiana Tech

107.4

2

North Texas

105.4

3

Western Kentucky

104.3

4

UTEP

100.7

5

Marshall

100.6

6

Florida Int’l.

100.2

7

Charlotte

99.8

8

Old Dominion

99.6

9

UAB

99.6

10

UTSA

99.2

11

Florida Atlantic

97.9

12

Rice

96.0

13

Southern Miss.

93.7

14

Middle Tennessee

92.5

Avg

Conference USA

99.8

 

 

#

Horizon

PiRate

1

Northern Kentucky

103.7

2

Wright St.

103.4

3

Oakland

97.3

4

Green Bay

96.4

5

Youngstown St.

95.7

6

Milwaukee

95.1

7

Illinois Chicago

94.7

8

Detroit

93.5

9

Cleveland St.

90.4

10

IUPUI

89.6

Avg

Horizon

96.0

 

 

#

Ivy

PiRate

1

Yale

108.5

2

Harvard

104.9

3

Penn

101.0

4

Princeton

98.3

5

Dartmouth

97.7

6

Brown

97.1

7

Columbia

95.3

8

Cornell

92.6

Avg

Ivy

99.4

 

 

#

Metro Atlantic

PiRate

1

Rider

98.3

2

Monmouth

97.0

3

Siena

96.9

4

Canisius

96.2

5

Saint Peter’s

95.4

6

Quinnipiac

95.3

7

Fairfield

95.2

8

Manhattan

95.2

9

Iona

94.5

10

Niagara

92.1

11

Marist

88.0

Avg

Metro Atlantic

94.9

 

 

#

Mid-American

PiRate

1

Akron

107.2

2

Ball St.

104.8

3

Kent St.

104.3

4

Toledo

104.1

5

Buffalo

101.6

6

Bowling Green

100.2

7

Central Michigan

99.1

8

Northern Illinois

98.8

9

Miami (O)

97.6

10

Ohio

97.5

11

Eastern Michigan

96.0

12

Western Michigan

95.5

Avg

Mid-American

100.6

 

 

#

Mideastern Athletic

PiRate

1

Norfolk St.

93.8

2

North Carolina Central

92.1

3

Bethune Cookman

92.0

4

North Carolina A&T

91.4

5

Morgan St.

90.8

6

Florida A&M

90.5

7

South Carolina St.

89.2

8

Coppin St.

88.7

9

Howard

81.4

10

MD Eastern Shore

80.7

11

Delaware St.

80.6

Avg

Mideastern Athletic

88.3

 

 

#

Missouri Valley

PiRate

1

Northern Iowa

108.8

2

Loyola (Chi.)

105.2

3

Bradley

105.0

4

Indiana St.

103.1

5

Missouri St.

100.8

6

Drake

100.5

7

Valparaiso

100.3

8

Southern Illinois

99.2

9

Illinois St.

96.8

10

Evansville

94.4

Avg

Missouri Valley

101.4

 

 

#

Mountain West

PiRate

1

San Diego St.

115.0

2

Utah St.

108.9

3

Nevada

104.7

4

Boise St.

104.3

5

Colorado St.

104.0

6

New Mexico

103.2

7

UNLV

102.6

8

Fresno St.

102.6

9

Air Force

99.8

10

Wyoming

92.3

11

San Jose St.

92.0

Avg

Mountain West

102.7

 

 

#

Northeast

PiRate

1

St. Francis (PA)

99.5

2

Sacred Heart

97.3

3

Long Island

96.2

4

Bryant

96.0

5

Robert Morris

96.0

6

Merrimack

94.0

7

Mount St. Mary’s

93.5

8

St. Francis (NY)

91.2

9

Fairleigh Dickinson

90.6

10

Wagner

89.9

11

Central Connecticut

80.9

Avg

Northeast

93.2

 

 

#

Ohio Valley

PiRate

1

Belmont

107.0

2

Murray St.

102.4

3

Austin Peay

99.8

4

Eastern Illinois

96.7

5

Jacksonville St.

95.7

6

Tennessee St.

95.4

7

Morehead St.

93.0

8

UT-Martin

90.9

9

Eastern Kentucky

90.0

10

SE Missouri

89.1

11

SIU Edwardsville

86.9

12

Tennessee Tech

86.9

Avg

Ohio Valley

94.5

 

 

#

Pac-12

PiRate

1

Arizona

116.5

2

Oregon

113.7

3

Colorado

112.5

4

Stanford

110.9

5

Washington

110.5

6

USC

108.5

7

Oregon St.

107.7

8

Arizona St.

107.7

9

Utah

103.7

10

Washington St.

103.3

11

UCLA

103.0

12

California

99.1

Avg

Pac-12

108.1

 

 

#

Patriot

PiRate

1

Colgate

102.1

2

Boston U

99.2

3

Lafayette

98.3

4

Bucknell

96.4

5

Navy

96.4

6

American

96.2

7

Lehigh

93.7

8

Loyola (MD)

93.6

9

Army

91.6

10

Holy Cross

87.2

Avg

Patriot

95.5

 

 

#

Southeastern

PiRate

1

Kentucky

113.6

2

Auburn

113.0

3

Florida

113.0

4

Arkansas

112.8

5

LSU

112.4

6

Alabama

111.6

7

Mississippi St.

110.7

8

Tennessee

108.9

9

Missouri

108.0

10

Georgia

107.1

11

South Carolina

105.6

12

Mississippi

104.7

13

Texas A&M

101.3

14

Vanderbilt

100.3

Avg

Southeastern

108.8

 

 

#

Southern

PiRate

1

East Tennessee St.

108.8

2

UNC Greensboro

107.7

3

Furman

106.4

4

Wofford

101.9

5

Western Carolina

100.4

6

Chattanooga

99.6

7

Mercer

95.4

8

Samford

93.6

9

VMI

93.1

10

Citadel

92.4

Avg

Southern

99.9

 

 

#

Southland

PiRate

1

UT Arlington

103.3

2

Stephen F. Austin

102.8

3

Sam Houston St.

99.8

4

Nicholls St.

98.2

5

Abilene Christian

97.5

6

McNeese St.

95.1

7

Lamar

93.7

8

Texas A&M CC

92.1

9

Central Arkansas

90.6

10

New Orleans

90.5

11

Northwestern St.

89.3

12

SE Louisiana

88.6

13

Houston Baptist

84.8

14

Incarnate Word

83.6

Avg

Southland

93.6

 

 

#

Southwestern Athletic

PiRate

1

Prairie View A&M

97.1

2

Texas Southern

94.7

3

Alcorn St.

91.7

4

Grambling

91.4

5

Southern

90.4

6

Jackson St.

89.1

7

Alabama A&M

86.9

8

Alabama St.

86.6

9

Arkansas Pine Bluff

84.5

10

Mississippi Valley St.

77.6

Avg

Southwestern Athletic

89.0

 

 

#

Summit

PiRate

1

Oral Roberts

103.0

2

South Dakota St.

101.8

3

North Dakota St.

101.2

4

South Dakota

98.3

5

Omaha

97.6

6

North Dakota

96.4

7

Purdue Fort Wayne

94.4

8

Denver

90.0

9

Western Illinois

89.0

Avg

Summit

96.9

 

 

#

Sun Belt

PiRate

1

Georgia St.

104.8

2

Texas St.

102.9

3

Georgia Southern

101.5

4

Little Rock

101.5

5

Coastal Carolina

100.2

6

South Alabama

99.4

7

Appalachian St.

98.1

8

Arkansas St.

96.5

9

Troy

94.5

10

Louisiana Monroe

94.4

11

Louisiana

93.9

Avg

Sun Belt

98.9

 

 

#

West Coast

PiRate

1

Gonzaga

119.4

2

BYU

112.6

3

Saint Mary’s

110.8

4

San Francisco

105.0

5

Santa Clara

101.4

6

Pacific

100.8

7

Pepperdine

100.7

8

San Diego

97.7

9

Loyola Marymount

97.1

10

Portland

94.3

Avg

West Coast

104.0

 

 

#

Western Athletic

PiRate

1

New Mexico St.

105.5

2

California Baptist

99.7

3

Seattle

97.3

4

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.7

5

Grand Canyon

95.8

6

Missouri-KC

95.4

7

UT Rio Grande Valley

94.4

8

Utah Valley

93.3

9

Chicago St.

77.4

Avg

Western Athletic

95.1

 

 

Conference Ratings

#

Conference

PiRate

1

Big Ten

112.2

2

Big 12

111.7

3

Big East

111.0

4

Atlantic Coast

109.2

5

Southeastern

108.8

6

Pac-12

108.1

7

American Athletic

105.7

8

West Coast

104.0

9

Atlantic 10

103.5

10

Mountain West

102.7

11

Missouri Valley

101.4

12

Mid-American

100.6

13

Southern

99.9

14

Conference USA

99.8

15

Ivy

99.4

16

Sun Belt

98.9

17

Colonial Athletic

97.6

18

Big Sky

97.1

19

Summit

96.9

20

Big West

96.1

21

Horizon

96.0

22

Patriot

95.5

23

Western Athletic

95.1

24

Metro Atlantic

94.9

25

American East

94.9

26

Ohio Valley

94.5

27

Atlantic Sun

94.2

28

Southland

93.6

29

Northeast

93.2

30

Big South

92.9

31

Southwestern Athletic

89.0

32

Mideastern Athletic

88.3

 

Two Mid-Major Games Worth Watching Tonight

 

You won’t see these two games being hyped by the national media tonight, but if you want to see two excellent games between Mid-Major teams that could be in the NCAA Tournament, you will be entertained by these two contests:

At 7 PM Eastern Time, Winthrop (5-0/11-7) visits rival Radford (5-0/10-7) in a battle for first place in the Big South Conference.

Also at 7 PM Eastern Time, Bucknell (4-2/8-11) visits Colgate (5-1/14-5) in a battle for supremacy in the Patriot League.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Canisius

Rider

-0.8

Chicago State

Cal St. Bakersfield

-15.8

Cincinnati

East Carolina

16.9

Fordham

Davidson

-7.4

Illinois State

Loyola (Chi.)

-4.9

Maine

Binghamton

1.8

Marist

Iona

-4.5

Niagara

Siena

-2.2

North Dakota State

North Dakota

7.4

Rutgers

Minnesota

3.9

South Dakota

South Dakota State

-1.3

Southern Illinois

Drake

0.1

UCLA

California

6.5

UMKC

Grand Canyon

3.3

Wake Forest

Boston College

6.7

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Abilene Christian

SE Louisiana

12.1

Air Force

Colorado St.

1.2

Akron

Toledo

6.9

Alabama

Missouri

5.7

Alabama A&M

Alabama St.

3.4

American

Holy Cross

12.2

Appalachian St.

Little Rock

2.0

Arizona

Colorado

6.1

Arizona St.

Utah

6.1

Arkansas

Kentucky

3.5

Arkansas Pine Bluff

Southern

-1.1

Army

Loyola (MD)

1.2

Ball St.

Miami (O)

9.4

Belmont

Morehead St.

15.6

Bethune Cookman

UNC Central

6.2

Boise St.

Utah St.

-1.1

Bowling Green

Northern Illinois

4.0

Bradley

Northern Iowa

1.3

Bryant

Long Island

4.6

Bucknell

Lehigh

4.8

Cal St. Northridge

UC Davis

1.6

Campbell

Longwood

8.3

Central Florida

South Florida

4.4

Central Michigan

Buffalo

3.3

Charleston

Hofstra

3.5

Coastal Carolina

Arkansas St.

8.1

Colgate

Boston U

5.6

Columbia

Cornell

5.0

Coppin St.

North Carolina A&T

0.5

Creighton

Providence

6.7

Delaware

Elon

10.6

Denver

Omaha

-5.6

DePaul

Butler

-5.2

Drexel

William & Mary

-2.4

Duke

Louisville

9.2

Eastern Illinois

Tennessee Tech

12.2

Eastern Michigan

Ohio

1.3

Evansville

Missouri St.

-2.3

Florida

Auburn

1.9

Florida Atlantic

UAB

1.7

Florida Int’l.

Middle Tennessee

9.3

Gardner-Webb

USC Upstate

8.2

George Mason

Richmond

-3.3

Georgetown

Marquette

1.1

Georgia Tech

Virginia

-0.2

Gonzaga

BYU

9.1

Grambling

Prairie View

-1.6

Green Bay

Detroit

6.6

Harvard

Dartmouth

10.3

Hawaii

UCSB

3.0

High Point

Charleston Southern

-1.8

Houston Baptist

Sam Houston St.

-9.4

Illinois

Northwestern

11.1

IUPUI

Illinois Chicago

-1.1

Jackson St.

Texas Southern

-1.0

Jacksonville

Stetson

7.9

Kansas St.

West Virginia

-7.6

Liberty

Lipscomb

17.2

Long Beach St.

Cal St. Fullerton

0.8

Louisiana

Texas St.

-5.6

Louisiana Monroe

UT-Arlington

-3.9

Louisiana Tech

North Texas

5.5

Manhattan

Monmouth

2.6

Marshall

Old Dominion

4.6

Maryland

Purdue

5.1

Massachusetts

George Washington

5.7

Miami (Fla.)

Florida St.

-5.6

Milwaukee

Oakland

0.7

Mississippi St.

Georgia

6.0

Mississippi Valley

Alcorn St.

-8.3

Montana

Idaho

11.2

Montana St.

Eastern Washington

0.5

Morgan St.

Howard

11.7

Mount St. Mary’s

Central Connecticut

13.4

Navy

Lafayette

1.0

Nebraska

Indiana

-5.0

New Hampshire

UM Baltimore Co.

4.8

New Orleans

McNeese St.

-0.2

Nicholls St.

Central Arkansas

11.0

NJIT

Kennesaw St.

12.5

Norfolk St.

UM Eastern Shore

15.8

North Alabama

Florida Gulf Coast

5.7

North Carolina St.

Clemson

6.4

Northern Colorado

Northern Arizona

10.6

Northern Kentucky

Cleveland St.

15.5

Oklahoma

TCU

4.4

Oklahoma St.

Baylor

-5.3

Ole Miss

LSU

-4.5

Penn

Saint Joseph’s

7.3

Penn St.

Ohio St.

-0.9

Pepperdine

Saint Mary’s

-6.5

Pittsburgh

North Carolina

2.9

Portland

San Diego

0.7

Portland St.

Idaho St.

7.9

Presbyterian

Radford

-9.5

Purdue Ft. Wayne

Oral Robers

-3.1

Quinnipiac

Saint Peter’s

5.8

Rhode Island

LaSalle

11.1

Robert Morris

Merrimack

5.8

Samford

Mercer

2.7

San Diego St.

Nevada

13.0

San Francisco

Loyola Marymount

11.2

Santa Clara

Pacific

3.3

Seattle

New Mexico St.

-4.5

SEMO

Murray St.

-11.1

SIU Edwardsville

Jacksonville St.

-5.0

SMU

Temple

2.3

South Alabama

Georgia Southern

0.4

South Carolna St.

Florida A&M

0.7

Southern Miss.

Rice

-1.0

Southern Utah

Sacramento St.

4.5

St. Francis (PA)

Sacred Heart

5.0

St. John’s

Seton Hall

-4.9

Stephen F. Austin

Incarnate Word

20.8

Stony Brook

Albany

9.0

Tennessee St.

Eastern Kentucky

8.5

Texas

Kansas

-7.8

Texas A&M

South Carolina

0.7

Texas A&M CC

Lamar

0.7

Texas Tech

Iowa St.

7.0

Towson

James Madison

9.0

Troy

Georgia St.

-8.4

Tulane

Tulsa

-0.1

UC Irvine

UC Riverside

9.9

UMKC

Grand Canyon

3.3

UNC Asheville

Hampton

8.2

UNC Wilmington

Northeastern

-8.6

UNCG

Chattanooga

10.1

UNLV

New Mexico

1.5

USC

Stanford

1.8

UT-Martin

Austin Peay

-4.8

Utah Valley

UT Rio Grande Valley

1.7

UTSA

UTEP

0.6

Valparaiso

Indiana St.

0.4

Vanderbilt

Tennessee

-5.4

VCU

Saint Bonaventure

9.0

Vermont

Hartford

18.2

Villanova

Connecticut

9.1

Virginia Tech

Syracuse

3.9

VMI

Citadel

3.0

Wagner

St. Francis (NY)

2.1

Washington

Oregon

-0.4

Washington St.

Oregon St.

-2.1

Western Carolina

East Tennessee St.

-3.8

Western Kentucky

Charlotte

6.4

Western Michigan

Kent St.

-6.5

Wichita St.

Houston

3.1

Wright St.

Youngstown St.

10.4

Wyoming

Fresno St.

-5.8

 

 

 

January 17, 2020

20 Basketball Coaches Ready For Prime Time–2020 Edition

Last year, we listed 20 basketball coaches that were either assistants at top power conference programs or head coaches at mid-major programs. We rated them from 20 to 1, isolating on the 20 candidates that received an A grade or better from our captain.

We had certain data that we used to isolate on the 20 candidates. If you want to read that publication from a year ago, follow the link below:

https://piratings.wordpress.com/2019/01/20/20-basketball-coaches-ready-for-prime-time/

From our list of 20, eight of the coaches have new jobs this year, and five have moved from Mid-Major to Power Conference head coaches.

Then Stony Brook head coach Jeff Boals moved up to Ohio U, while former Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander replaced Rick Byrd at Belmont. While it is a lateral move, it allowed Alexander to return to his alma mater without having to move out of his house, as he lives equidistant from both schools and within walking distance. With the heavy traffic congestion on Belmont Boulevard, his commute on foot might be quicker than trying to get out of his driveway and onto Belmont Boulevard.

Luke Yaklich left Michigan when John Beilein took the Cleveland Cavaliers job. Yaklich was hired at Texas to install the same defense he used to make the Wolverines one of the best teams in the nation.

The other five candidates that moved from mid-major to power conference this year were all part of our top 10 and considered A+ or A++ candidates:
#8 Kyle Smith moved from San Francisco to Washington State.

#6 John Brannen moved from Northern Kentucky to Cincinnati

#4 Fred Hoiberg moved from being fired by the Chicago Bulls to Nebraska

#3 Nate Oats moved from Buffalo to Alabama

#1 Eric Musselman moved from Nevada to Arkansas.

We called Musselman not just the best Mid-Major coach last year, we tabbed him the best coach in all of college basketball. We went so far as to call him the best head coach in college basketball since Dean Smith retired over 20 years ago. Why were we so high on Muss? It was simple. Looking at the analytical data, it was clear that Musselmen was able to turn his players into more efficient collegians. With a large sample size of players that played for another college head coach and for Musselman, something like 95% of the players had higher efficiency rates playing for him compared to the other coaches.

Musselman has continued to excel in this data in his first year at Arkansas, where he inherited a team that lost its one star and has made the Razorbacks a top 25 team and near lock to make the NCAA Tournament, after the Razorbacks were picked to finish 11th in the SEC preseason poll. Musselman could be in line for SEC Coach of the Year, and if Arkansas continues to play at this level, Muss could be a contender for National Coach of the Year. Arkansas has an incredible recruiting class and the addition of a game-changing transfer next year, so the Razorbacks might be a top 10 team and Final Four contender in 2021.

This year, we remove the eight candidates that took new jobs last year, which opens up eight new spots for this season. Additionally, we have removed one candidate from last year’s list, as he was surpassed by other candidates. Once again, we will show you our 20 top candidates that rate as an A, A+, or A++ on our grading scale. If your favorite didn’t show up, it doesn’t mean we dislike him as a potential star at a power conference school. We considered 47 candidates, and 16 of the candidates not selected graded out at A-.

What are the criteria we used this year? It’s slightly different from last year, as we allowed a couple of older candidates to make the list this year. Here’s the criteria we used.

1. The candidate must have a proven record as a successful recruiter. A success in the lowest conferences is quite different from succeeding at Kentucky or Kansas. We compare the candidates’ recruiting success against their peers in the same conferences. The coach at Mid-Major U might have a couple of 2-stars, and a transfer that was the 7th man at a losing power conference school. It might rate around #140 overall, but it might rate #1 in the conference in question. This counts as a major plus and is considerably better than being the #45 overall recruiting class but only 7th best in the conference in question.

Recruiting is the number one talent a successful college coach must possess. There are teams that are so talented that any decision made by the head coach and assistants is going to be successful as an inevitable result. There are teams with Einsteinian teaching ability and the ability to diagnose game action like Gary Kasparov diagnoses a chess board. If these genius coaches have sub-standard talent, they can make the greatest coaching decisions of all time and still lose 20 games. If you take the top 12 recruits and make them play without a coach against a team with the top 5 coaches but a roster full of 2-star players, the 5-star coachless team will beat the two stars 99 times out of 100.

2. The candidate should have a reputation for being able to put his talent together and maximize overall team efficiency. While talent is the most important key, there are a high percentage of games played where the difference in talent between the combatants is negligible. When this happens, game preparation and in-game adjustments are necessary, as well as a little luck, but luck tends to consistently aid the teams that are better prepared.

3. The coach has a track record of taking teams and making them better over successive seasons. When we see a coach come to a school that has lost 100 games the previous five years, and then he increases the wins from 7 to 10 to 14 to 19 to 23 in his first four years, or when we see a coach take over a program that was on the cusp of the Big Dance with records like 18-14 and 19-13, and then said coach proceeds to win multiple conference championships and multiple NCAA appearances, this can usually be sustained at the power conference level.

Throughout the course of college basketball history, the legendary coaches were either assistants at top programs or head coaches with successful track records at mid-major schools (or small schools in the distant past). For example, these all-time greats began at smaller schools and moved on to bigger schools.

John Wooden came from Indiana State to UCLA.
Bob Knight came from Army to Indiana
Mike Krzyzewski came from Army to Duke
Jim Calhoun came from Northeastern to Connecticut
Rick Pitino came from Boston U to Providence (with a brief sojourn with the Knicks)
Bob Huggins came from Akron to Cincinnati
Eddie Sutton came from Creighton to Arkansas
Lefty Driesell came from Davidson to Maryland
Lute Olsen came from Long Beach State to Iowa

This list could extend into over 100 great coaches.

The other entry to greatness in the major college coaching world has been top assistants with other great programs, such as:

Dean Smith off the Kansas and Air Force staffs to North Carolina
Jim Boeheim off the Syracuse staff to become Syracuse coach
Roy Williams off the North Carolina staff to Kansas
Denny Crum off the UCLA staff to Louisville
Tom Izzo off the Michigan State staff to become Michigan State coach

With this in mind, our top 20 list for 2020 includes nine coaches that earned A’s, seven that earned A+’s, and four that earned A++’s. And without further adieu, here is the list.

 

20. Brian Wardle–Bradley University
Age: 40

A Tom Crean disciple, Wardle took over the Green Bay program and improved the Phoenix in wins from 14 to 15 to 18 to 24 to 24 in his five years as head coach. At Bradley, he’s replicated the improvement going from 5 to 13 to 20 to 20 wins, including a big MVC Tournament championship last year, where the Braves led Michigan State in the second half of their NCAA Tournament game. Bradley is off to a 4-1/13-5 season this year with a strong defense and even stronger rebounding rate.

Score: 90.2

19. Mark Pope–Brigham Young University
Age: 47

Pope has an incredible coaching pedigree, with connections to two of the all-time great coaching trees from the Bluegrass State. Pope played for Lynn Nance at Washington before moving on to play for Rick Pitino at Kentucky. Nance comes from the Adolph Rupp coaching tree through Joe B. Hall.

The Pitino coaching tree has been quite successful, and Pope learned well from his college coaches. At Utah Valley, he made the program the second best in the WAC and took UVU to three consecutive CBI Tournaments, winning 48 games in his final two years there.

In his first year at BYU, Pope has the Cougars in line for an at-large NCAA Tournament bid with a 2-1/13-5 record that includes wins over Virginia Tech, UCLA, Houston, and Utah State with losses to Kansas, Utah, and Saint Mary’s. BYU faces Gonzaga tomorrow, and an upset on the road would solidify Pope’s chances to take BYU to the Big Dance this year.

Whether he would bolt Provo after just one season is debatable, but whether he can lead a Power 5 team to riches is not.

Score: 90.4

18. Jon Scheyer–Duke University Assistant
Age: 32

Not much has changed from our 2019 comments on Scheyer. He is one of two assistant coaches to make this list, because he is one of the top three assistants in college basketball. Scheyer combines top-flight recruiting ability along with the Duke system. He has more years in the Duke system than just about anybody other than Coach K himself, and he is ready to take over a program. He’s just 32, and more than likely, he will have to begin a few rungs down from the big-time. A short sojourn in the Colonial Athletic Association, Southern Conference, or Big South might be all he needs to end up at a big-time program, maybe even Duke when Coach K decides to do something else or nothing else. He still rates an A Grade on this list.

Score: 90.9

 

 

17. Anthony Grant–Dayton University
Age: 53

Some of you reading this may believe Grant doesn’t belong on this list, after he failed to turn Alabama into a major power. Grant won three conference championships in three years at Virginia Commonwealth after serving on Billy Donovan’s Florida coaching staffs when the Gators won back-to-back national titles. He was hired at Alabama to turn around a program that had languished in mediocrity under Mark Gottfried. In the prior three seasons under Gottfried, Alabama won less than 40% of their conference games.

Grant took over the job, and he won an SEC Western Division title and took Alabama to an NCAA Tournament bid. He won 53% of his SEC games, quite an improvement over Gottfried, but it wasn’t enough to keep his job at ‘Bama.
Since he left, Alabama has won just 47.4% of their SEC games.

To date, Grant’s Dayton team is 4-0 in the A-10 this year after going 13-5 last year. DU has a +20 Scoring margin in conference play this year, and their two losses came to Kansas in OT and Colorado. Dayton has wins over Virginia Tecj, Saint Mary’s, and Georgia.

Score: 91.3

16. Bob Richey–Furman University
Age: 36

Richey is a branch off two major coaching trees. On one side of the trunk, he has ties to Gene Keady through Kevin Stallings through Jeff Jackson. On the other side, he has ties to Dean Smith through Eddie Fogler through Barclay Radebaugh. Just like you can predict to some extent how a thoroughbred horse will perform through its pedigree, basketball coaching through mentorship can tell you a lot about a coach. Furman excels in intelligent offensive patterns with an ability to get to the foul line and make more foul shots than the other team attempts.

Furman is the co-leader in the SoCon today at 5-1 in the league and 15-4 overall. The Paladins have a nice combination of inside players, outside players, and a player or two that can do both. Furman lost in overtime at Auburn. They are talented enough to contend for a Sweet 16 berth this year, and they could even earn an at-large bid if they finish strong but lose in the conference tournament.

Score: 91.5

15. Wes Miller–UNC Greensboro
Age: 36

Miller stays in this list, but his grade has dropped a bit this year. He’s still a strong candidate to move up to a power conference school, but his reputation may have peaked last year. UNCG has come back to the pack a little this year, but we don’t count the Spartans out of a tough Southern Conference race.

Miller played for Roy Williams at North Carolina, and one of his three years as an assistant was under former Tar Heel Scott Cherry.

Miller did not really earn his position as head coach at UNCG. He became the acting head coach when Mike Dement was forced to resign in mid-season. Miller was only going to have the job until the end of the season. When he took over, UNCG was 0-3 in the conference and 2-8 overall. Under Miller, the team was totally different, and as they began to win in conference play, it became apparent that Miller might get the job. Win, Miller did, and when UNCG won seven games in a row, the Spartans went from last place to first place in the Southern Conference’s North Division.
Miller did not turn the program around overnight once he was named full time coach. Three rebuilding years finally led to the first real success in 2016, as UNCG went 10-8 in the league for a fifth place tie. The last three seasons have produced excellent results. The Spartans finished in a first place tie in 2017 with a 14-4 conference mark and then won the league outright last year at 15-3. Additionally, the Spartans won the Socon Tournament last year to advance to their first NCAA Tournament bid in 17 years. A furious second half comeback brought the Spartans within a whisker of upsetting Gonzaga in the Big Dance.

Last year, Miller led UNCG to a 29-7 record and the Championship Game of the SoCon Tourney. The Spartans are 4-2 in the league and 14-5 overall this season with a win over Georgetown and a close loss to Kansas. Miller’s unique pressing defense is still quite potent, as UNCG is number two in the nation in both turnovers forced and steals.

Miller is just 36 years old, and he has time to return to an A++ grade. With North Carolina struggling this year, and Coach Williams hinting that he is doing a terrible job, the time could be ripe for Miller to return to his alma mater and replace his college coach.

Grade: 91.7

 

 

14. Earl Grant–Charleston
Age: 43

Seven years as an assistant to Gregg Marshall at both Winthrop and Wichita State are enough to make Grant a hot commodity. Add a few years under Brad Brownell at Clemson, and it makes Grant’s pedigree excellent. Throw in his recruiting results, and you have a potential superstar in the making before he ever became a head coach.

Now, let’s look at Grant’s results as a head coach. Grant took over a program that had been 14-18 the year before, and his first season was a rough one, as the Cougars had a tough adjustment to an all-out assault man-to-man defense. Charleston finished just 9-24. In year two, the players began to gel in the system, and Charleston improved to 17-14. Their two-point loss in the CAA Tournament Semifinals to eventual champion UNC-Wilmington was a heart-breaker, as they blew a double-digit lead in the second half to the tournament favorite.

In 2017, Charleston gave UNCW a run for their money in both the conference and tournament races. A 25-10 record included a trip to the NIT. In 2018, Charleston broke through with both a conference and tournament championship. In the NCAA Tournament, they took Auburn to the final seconds before Auburn could secure the four-point victory, holding the Tigers to less than 36% shooting.

Last year, Charleston finished 24-9 with wins over Virginia Commonwealth and Memphis. Grant is one of the top recruiters in the nation, and he’s beginning to stockpile quality talent in Charleston. His Cougars are 5-2 in the Colonial Athletic Conference and 11-8 overall this year including a win over Providence. Recruiting ability moves Grant ahead of others on this list.

Grade: 92.0

13. Mike Rhoades–Virginia Commonwealth University
Age: 47

Rhoades has done something rarely done in modern basketball. He won at Rice. Prior to Rhoades, the Owls had won three CUSA games in two seasons with just nine overall wins. Rhoades won 12 games both of his first two years at Rice, and then his final Owls’ team won 23 games. The previous 23- win season was 1954. Since he left Houston, Rice went from 23-12 to 7-24.

Rhoades comes from the Shaka Smart coaching tree, and his teams play a harassing defense, forcing turnovers and bad shots from the field. The Rams are 12-5 overall this year, 2-2 in the Atlantic 10. The Rams were ranked in the top 25 for a couple weeks earlier this year, having beaten LSU. Among the Rams’ five losses this year are to big time teams Purdue, Tennessee, Wichita State, and Dayton.
It is only a matter of time before Rhoades becomes the next VCU coach to move up to a bigger program.

Grade: 92.4

12. Joe Pasternack–UC Santa Barbara
Age: 42

Pasternack proved his worth as an excellent tactician and game-preparation success, when he was the head coach at the University of New Orleans, when the Privateers were de-emphasizing their program following Hurricane Katrina. With players jumping off the ship continually to go to schools that were guaranteed to field a team the following year, Pasternack still produced competitive teams.

Following his tenure in the Crescent City, Pasternack was an assistant to Sean Miller at Arizona, the years in which the Wildcats won three Pac-12 Championships in four years. Before going to UNO, Pasternack was on Ben Braun’s staff at Cal, when the Bears went to multiple NCAA Tournaments.

As head coach at UCSB, Pasternack inherited a team that had finished 6-22 the year before. The change in the squad was incredible. In the previous year, UCSB finished at the bottom of the nation in field goal percentage at less than 38% and in three-point percentage at 29%. Pasternack’s team increased their field goal percentage and three-point percentage by almost 10%, and the Gauchos improved from 6-22 to 23-9.

After a 22-10 season last year, UCSB is 12-5 so far this season, and they are still one of the top two teams in the Big West. UCSB is still winning by playing very efficient offense. If the defense can improve just a little in the next eight weeks, the Gauchos could easily win the lone Big West bid to the Big Dance.

Grade: 92.8

11. Travis DeCuire–The University of Montana
Age: 49

Starting with DeCuire, we move up to A+ coaches. DeCuire made our list last year, and he moves up a little in 2020. The State of Montana is not full of Division 1 basketball prospects. It isn’t easy to entice talented players from outside the Treasure State to spend their college years in a city where the temperature rarely tops the freezing mark in winter with three to four feet of snow.

Yet, DeCuire has been successful getting somewhat overlooked recruits from California to join the handful of in-state recruits to keep the Grizzlies at the top of the Big Sky Conference. DeCuire’s teams are complete packages. In their classification as a low major, Montana excels in every aspect of the game–shooting, defending the shot, rebounding on both ends of the floor, and forcing more turnover than they commit.

This year’s Montana team currently leads the Big Sky at 5-1 in the league. The Grizzlies have an excellent backcourt, and not only is it talented, it is experienced. It would be a major upset if anybody keeps Montana out of the Big Dance. They were 26-9 last year and gave Michigan maybe five or six minutes of trouble in the NCAA Tournament. With more experienced guards, they could be dangerous in the 2nd round this year.

DeCuire has an excellent pedigree. He was an assistant underMike Montgomery at UC-Berkeley, when Cal enjoyed its best run of years since Pete Newell led the Bears to the Title.

Grade: 93.3

10. Russ Turner–UC-Irvine
Age: 49

Turner would have had an A++ grade and possibly be number one overall this year had his mouth not wounded him greatly last March. He made statements about an Oregon player that were determined to be out of bounds by many people. His statements were no worse than other coaches referring to players that have Oedipus relations, but because they incited a powerfully political opposition, Turner became a non-entity in the coaching world. Thus, it could be a few more years before a big name school seriously considers him. Or, it could take some major program that is not used to losing a lot of games to hire him and ignore the overly political objections, mostly from people that would not take money to attend college basketball games.

Turner has a very impressive coaching tree resume. He has assisted Dave Odom, Mike Montgomery, and the legendary Don Nelson (who comes from the Red Auerbach tree). Turner has excellent NBA contacts from his time with the Golden State Warriors, and he has shown in a short time in Irvine that he can organize and run a successful college program, one that can win in the NCAA Tournament, as UCI defeated Kansas State in the second round last year.

UCI had never been to the NCAA Tournament until Turner became head coach. The program had wallowed in mediocrity for eight years. After two seasons of putting the wheels in motion, the Anteaters began winning consistently and have won for eight consecutive years.

Turners’ teams play tough defense and patient but smart offense. Turner gets more out of his talent than an average coach and his in-game adjustments frequently lead to the Anteaters winning toss-up games.

Grade: 93.7

9. Scott Nagy–Wright State University
Age: 53

We almost included Nagy on this list last year, but as 52 years of age, we moved him into the Honorable Mention group that just barely missed the cut.

Nagy built from scratch the program at South Dakota St. taking SDSU from D2 to D1 independent to the premier program in the Summit League. In his fourth year at Wright St., he’s made the program the top in the Horizon League. At 6-1/16-4 this year, the Raiders outscore their conference foes by 10 points per game.

Nagy comes from the Lou Henson coaching tree, which at the current time also boasts SDSU’s coach Brian Dutcher. His teams play tough defense and usually features offenses that patiently set up the team’s best shooters to get open shots.
In a manner similar to last year’s #1 coaching candidate, Nagy is brilliant in finding players in the transfer portal and has the potential to move into elite company next year.

Grade: 93.9

8. Travis Ford–Saint Louis University
Age: 50

This selection might be a bit controversial just like with Anthony Grant, but we believe Ford belongs in the A+ group.

Ford played under two legendary college coaches in Rick Pitino and Norm Stewart. After he failed as a professional player, he got a head coaching job at the age of 28 at Campbellville College going 28-3 and 23-11 in his last two years there.

He went to Eastern Kentucky and slowly built the program up by improving his conference record for four consecutive seasons, getting the Colonels to the Big Dance.

He then advanced to UMass and went 24-9 and 25-11 in his second and third year with an A-10 conference title and followed that up with a long stint at Oklahoma State, taking over for Sean Sutton after Sutton had three consecutive losing seasons in the Big 12.

In Stillwater, Oklahoma State went to 5 NCAA Tournaments in 8 years. Oklahoma State has won 37.9% of their Big 12 games since they fired Ford, and they lost 20 game last year. They are 0-4 in the Big 12 so far this year.

Meanwhile, at SLU, Ford has had the school’s best recruiting success since Eddie Hickey coached the Billikens in the 1950s, and he’s improved the Billikens every season from 12 to 17 to 23 wins with an NCAA Tournament bid last year. SLU is 14-3 this year, with the 3 losses to ranked Seton Hall and Auburn plus 15-2 Duquesne.

Grade: 94.0

7. Matt McMahon–Murray State University
Age: 41

Last year, we joked that we might have had to reconsider McMahon’s resume, because in the past McMahon had spent most of his years as an assistant to Buzz Peterson, who did not have a stellar coaching career.

His years as an assistant to Steve Prohm, who has proven himself to be one of the top 20 head coaches in college basketball, made McMahon’s pedigree excellent.
As a head coach at Murray State, McMahon has proven that he is ready to take over a big time program. When you can recruit a Ja Morant to a small Ohio Valley Conference school, the best player in that league since Fly Williams played at Austin Peay more than 45 years ago.

After winning the OVC regular season and conference tournament championships last year, Murray State knocked off Marquette in the second round of the NCAA Tournament before bowing out against Florida State in the Round of 32.
Without Morant, it was expected that the Racers would fall back in the pack this year in the conference race, but McMahon has guided his team to a 5-0 league mark so far and eight wins in their last nine games.

Now that John Brannen has moved from Northern Kentucky to Cincinnati, it leaves McMahon as the best coach in the Commonwealth not at Louisville or Kentucky.

Grade: 94.4

6. Kyle Fuller–Stephen F. Austin University
Age: 51

Fuller missed this list last year, because he needed more career games played to really qualify based on his merits. Keller comes from the Bill Self, Eddie Sutton, and Billy Kennedy coaching trees, placing him also in the Hank Iba, Dean Smith (through Larry Brown through Self), and Rick Barnes (through Frank Haith through Kennedy) trees.

Yet, Keller seems to be more of a renegade as coach of Stephen F. Austin, relying more on former SFA coach Brad Underwood’s system of pressure defense and fast break offense than on the playing styles of the Hall of Fame coaches listed above.

The Lumberjacks lead the nation in turnovers forced per game at more than 22, while averaging double-figure steals per game. This leads to a lot of fast break points, both in baskets made and foul shots. This style of play allowed SFA to pull off the season’s biggest upset when they won at Duke.

Keller should see quite a bump in salary, as he figures to enjoy a bonanza to sign with a power conference school in April.

Grade: 94.8

5. Paul Weir–University of New Mexico
Age: 40

Weir finished at #21 last year and missed the list by one spot. He moves way up the list as the top A+ grade this year. If you like up-tempo, full-court basketball, Coach Weir may be your candidate. He started his head coaching career at New Mexico State and went 28-6 and won the WAC regular and tournament titles. His Lobos this year are 4-2/15-4, and he’s made The Pit one of the top home court advantages in America. San Diego State has to visit ABQ on January 29, and the Lobos might be the best bet to end the Aztecs’ undefeated season if they are still unbeaten going into that game.

Weir is a branch off the Bobby Knight coaching tree having been Steve Alford’s assistant at multiple stops. He has a strong recruiting class with a key transfer sitting out, so he might not be available for 2020-2021. He can make New Mexico as powerful as San Diego State.

Grade: 94.9

The A++ Coaches for 2020

4. Steve Forbes–East Tennessee State University
Age: 54

We might have had Forbes contending for the top spot if he was five years younger, but 54 is getting up there if a coach is going to move to the big time. Forbes has a little baggage in that he was on Bruce Pearl’s staff at Tennessee that was punished with infractions, leading to Pearl receiving a show-cause order to coach for a few years.

Like another coach on this list in Chris Jans, Forbes spent a few years getting back into the NCAA’s good graces as an assistant to Gregg Marshall at Wichita State. Before that, he simply won 91% of his games as head coach at a junior college in Florida.

Forbes brought the offensive genius and the full-court press of Pearl to Johnson City, combined with the pressure man-to-man defense of Marshall at Wichita State. The Buccaneers immediately improved when Forbes took over the program after Murray Bartow was forced out. ETSU improved from 16-14 to 24-12 and a second place Socon finish and near miss in the conference championship game. In year two, the Bucs went 27-8 and won the conference regular season and tournament, making a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Two years ago year, ETSU finished 25-9 and runner-up to UNC-Greensboro. The Bucs went 24-10 in a slight rebuilding year, and the Bucs are back on top of the SoCon this year with a 5-1 league mark and 16-3 record overall.

This year’s ETSU team is winning with smart, efficient offense combined with terrifying defense. The Bucs not only limit opponents’ shooting opportunities by forcing turnovers and cleaning the glass, opponents are not getting a lot of open shots.

Grade: 95.4

3. Dwayne Stephens–Michigan State University Assistant
Age: 49

Had we graded Stephens last year, he would have made the top 10 of our list. We chose to exclude him, because we believed he was not interested in becoming a head coach, unless it was as Tom Izzo’s eventual replacement at Michigan State.

We’ve added him to the list this year, because our Captain heard Stephens give an interview where Stephens said that he had turned down opportunities to be a head coach, but it didn’t mean he didn’t want to be a head coach. He was just being picky about choosing the right school. The right school might come along this year.

Stephens should have been a head coach at least 10 years ago. He is one of the top recruiters in the nation, and he’s an expert at teaching defense and rebounding. A lot of Izzo’s wins deserve assists to Stephens. At this point in his career, he’s not going to take a mid-major head coaching job, as he has earned the right to be a power conference head coach. His recruiting acumen could make any power conference team a contender for the Big Dance, but when you add his ability to teach and improve those players’ defensive abilities, Stephens is a diamond in the rough. His resume should scream “Ideal Candidate” for him, but his near anonymity outside of Michigan, mainly because he doesn’t make headlines, has kept athletic’s directors from realizing the potential coup they could pull off by hiring him. If Stephens had just a couple years head coaching experience in the mid-major ranks, he might top this list this year.

Grade: 95.8

2. Ron Sanchez–University of Charlotte
Age: 46

Last year after listing him at #5 overall, we received multiple messages from readers telling us we were nuts to include him this high and even at any of the top 20 spots. Our Captain put him here, because he’s a former coach himself, and he told us to watch Sanchez quickly mold the 49ers into a Conference USA juggernaut.

Sanchez went 8-21 in his first year in Charlotte, but the 49ers were making a transition in styles of play similar to what Mississippi State’s football team will undergo with Mike Leach in 2020. Sanchez might as well be Dick Bennett’s other coaching son, because he learned the Pack-line defense and blocker-mover offense under the elder Bennett at Washington State, and then he continued to refine his experience under Tony Bennett at both Washington State and Virginia.

In just year two, Charlotte has the best defense in the league, and they sit atop the standings at 4-0. Sanchez has the 49ers running the pack line defense about as well as Louisville runs it. Not only do opponents find it hard to drive the lane against all the bodies sitting in the lane, they cannot get many open three-point shots. In CUSA action, opponents are hitting less than 20% from behind the arc.

He’s only been a head coach for two years, but Sanchez is ready to make the jump to a big time school. Chances are not high that he will get that chance this year, but he might move up to the top spot on this list in 2021.

Grade: 97.1

1. Chris Jans–New Mexico State University
Age: 50

Last year when we placed Jans in our top 20, we posited that the selection might be considered a tad controversial, and then we proclaimed that Jans deserved a second chance after proving that he could defeat the demons of alcohol.

As an assistant coach, Jans worked with Gregg Marshall at Wichita State both before and after his issues with alcohol at Bowling Green. He received Marshall’s endorsement when NMSU was considering him for its opening.

Jans has been a head coach for nine prior seasons at multiple levels. At four different schools below D1, he went 159-45 in six seasons winning 22 or more games every year and winning more than 30 games twice. In his one year at Bowling Green, he led the Falcons to 21 wins and a third place finish in the MAC East Division. In his first two years at New Mexico State, the Aggies went 28-6 and 30-5, winning the Western Athletic Conference’s regular season and conference tournament titles both years. The Aggies lost by one point to Final Four team Auburn in last year’s NCAA Tournament second round.

This year, NMSU is back in first place in the WAC at 4-0, and the Aggies look to be set to possibly run the table in the league. Jans’ teams play very similar to Bobby Knight’s teams at Indiana. They control every aspect of games in conference play. NMSU has by far the top offensive efficiency in the WAC, while their defensive efficiency is just behind the leaders.

Jans has proven to be an excellent recruiter, getting a good number of recruits along with multiple transfers. The Aggies could become another Gonzaga west of the Pecos River if Jans stays in Las Cruces, but some power conference school will eventually realize what an amazing coach he is and hire him. While he does not rate as high as #1 Musselman from last year, Jans is the best Mid-Major coach in America in 2020. If a school is willing to overlook the past, Jans could coach a big time program to a Final Four.

PiRate Ratings Bracketology For January 17, 2020

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Date

1/17/2020

Seed

Team

Team

Team

Team

Team

Team

1

Baylor

Gonzaga

Kansas

Butler

2

Duke

San Diego St.

West Virginia

Michigan St.

3

Florida St.

Dayton

Auburn

Oregon

4

Seton Hall

Louisville

Maryland

Villanova

5

Wichita St.

Michigan

Colorado

Ohio St.

6

Kentucky

Creighton

Wisconsin

Arkansas

7

Stanford

Iowa

Arizona

Memphis

8

LSU

Penn St.

Rutgers

Marquette

9

Indiana

Illinois

Texas Tech

BYU

10

Saint Mary’s

Oklahoma

Florida

Purdue

11

Houston

Georgetown

Duquesne

Virginia Tech

N. Carolina St.

Xavier

12

Northern Iowa

Liberty

Akron

East Tennessee St.

13

Vermont

Georgia St.

William & Mary

Stephen F. Austin

14

New Mexico St.

Yale

Charlotte

Wright St.

15

Colgate

UC-Irvine

Murray St.

Montana

16

S. Dakota St.

Winthrop

Quinnipiac

Grambling

Saint Francis (PA)

Norfolk St.

 

First Four Out

Xavier

Minnesota

USC

TCU

Next Four Out

Virginia

Oregon St.

Texas

Georgia

 

Coming This Evening: Our look at the top 20 candidates from Mid-Major schools or assistants with major programs that could be April hires to become head coaches at Power Conference Schools.

 

 

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For January 17, 2020

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Michigan St.

Wisconsin

8.7

Saint Louis

Dayton

-8.0

Iowa

Michigan

4.4

Canisius

Siena

1.6

Iona

Fairfield

3.1

Niagara

Rider

-4.6

Wofford

Furman

-2.7

Yale

Brown

13.8

Friday’s Updated PiRate Ratings

 

#

Team

PiRate

1

Duke

120.6

2

Kansas

119.4

3

Gonzaga

117.7

4

Michigan St.

117.3

5

Baylor

115.9

6

Dayton

115.8

7

West Virginia

115.6

8

Ohio St.

115.2

9

Louisville

114.9

10

Arizona

114.9

11

Butler

114.8

12

Maryland

114.7

13

Seton Hall

114.6

14

San Diego St.

114.1

15

Florida St.

113.8

16

Auburn

113.4

17

Iowa

113.4

18

Purdue

113.1

19

Oregon

112.9

20

Michigan

112.5

21

Colorado

112.3

22

Texas Tech

112.2

23

Arkansas

112.2

24

Kentucky

112.2

25

Wisconsin

112.1

26

BYU

112.1

27

Villanova

112.1

28

Florida

111.8

29

LSU

111.7

30

Marquette

111.6

31

Illinois

111.3

32

Penn St.

111.3

33

Rutgers

111.3

34

Houston

111.1

35

Memphis

110.9

36

Minnesota

110.9

37

Wichita St.

110.7

38

Indiana

110.4

39

Saint Mary’s

110.4

40

Creighton

110.3

41

North Carolina St.

110.2

42

Stanford

109.8

43

Alabama

109.8

44

Virginia

109.5

45

Mississippi St.

109.4

46

Georgetown

109.2

47

Cincinnati

109.2

48

VCU

109.2

49

Virginia Tech

109.0

50

Washington

109.0

51

Utah St.

108.8

52

Iowa St.

108.7

53

Syracuse

108.6

54

Liberty

108.5

55

Oklahoma

108.5

56

Notre Dame

108.4

57

Xavier

108.3

58

Yale

108.2

59

USC

108.1

60

Texas

108.1

61

East Tennessee St.

108.1

62

Tennessee

107.9

63

Oregon St.

107.9

64

TCU

107.6

65

Akron

107.6

66

Missouri

107.6

67

Vermont

107.6

68

Rhode Island

107.5

69

Northern Iowa

107.5

70

Richmond

107.3

71

Clemson

107.3

72

Louisiana Tech

107.3

73

UNC Greensboro

107.3

74

Providence

107.1

75

Oklahoma St.

107.1

76

Georgia

106.9

77

Belmont

106.9

78

North Carolina

106.8

79

Temple

106.8

80

Furman

106.8

81

St. John’s

106.7

82

Duquesne

106.7

83

DePaul

106.6

84

Arizona St.

106.5

85

Connecticut

106.5

86

Georgia Tech

106.3

87

Pittsburgh

106.2

88

SMU

106.1

89

Davidson

105.4

90

Harvard

105.3

91

New Mexico St.

105.3

92

Georgia St.

105.3

93

Bradley

105.3

94

Miami (Fla.)

105.2

95

San Francisco

105.0

96

Loyola (Chi.)

104.8

97

North Texas

104.8

98

Nevada

104.6

99

Kent St.

104.6

100

Northern Colorado

104.5

101

Kansas St.

104.5

102

Ball St.

104.5

103

Saint Louis

104.3

104

South Carolina

104.3

105

Mississippi

104.2

106

Boise St.

104.2

107

Central Florida

104.1

108

Tulsa

103.9

109

Utah

103.9

110

New Mexico

103.7

111

Western Kentucky

103.7

112

St. Bonaventure

103.7

113

UC Irvine

103.6

114

Wright St.

103.4

115

Wake Forest

103.4

116

Northwestern

103.2

117

Toledo

103.2

118

Murray St.

103.2

119

Northern Kentucky

103.1

120

Colorado St.

102.9

121

Stony Brook

102.7

122

Indiana St.

102.7

123

South Florida

102.7

124

Texas St.

102.7

125

Nebraska

102.4

126

Northeastern

102.3

127

Washington St.

102.3

128

Colgate

102.1

129

Penn

102.0

130

Stephen F. Austin

102.0

131

South Dakota St.

102.0

132

UCLA

101.9

133

Radford

101.9

134

Fresno St.

101.9

135

Charleston

101.9

136

UT Arlington

101.8

137

Winthrop

101.8

138

William & Mary

101.7

139

UNLV

101.7

140

Georgia Southern

101.7

141

Texas A&M

101.5

142

Hofstra

101.4

143

Oral Roberts

101.4

144

North Dakota St.

101.4

145

Western Carolina

101.3

146

Wofford

101.1

147

Santa Clara

101.1

148

Air Force

101.1

149

George Mason

101.0

150

Vanderbilt

101.0

151

Drake

100.9

152

Pepperdine

100.9

153

Marshall

100.8

154

Pacific

100.8

155

UC Santa Barbara

100.8

156

Tulane

100.8

157

Southern Utah

100.7

158

Central Michigan

100.7

159

UTEP

100.5

160

Buffalo

100.4

161

Coastal Carolina

100.3

162

Charlotte

100.3

163

Missouri St.

100.3

164

Boston College

100.2

165

Towson

100.2

166

Chattanooga

100.2

167

St. Francis (PA)

100.1

168

Little Rock

100.0

169

California Baptist

99.9

170

North Florida

99.7

171

Bowling Green

99.7

172

Rider

99.7

173

Florida Int’l.

99.7

174

Eastern Washington

99.6

175

Austin Peay

99.6

176

Valparaiso

99.6

177

Boston U

99.5

178

Montana

99.5

179

La Salle

99.4

180

Sam Houston St.

99.3

181

Hawaii

99.3

182

Old Dominion

99.2

183

Sacramento St.

99.2

184

Massachusetts

99.2

185

South Alabama

99.1

186

Appalachian St.

99.0

187

California

98.9

188

UAB

98.9

189

Nicholls St.

98.8

190

Northern Illinois

98.7

191

Lafayette

98.6

192

Princeton

98.6

193

Delaware

98.5

194

Miami (O)

98.1

195

Sacred Heart

98.1

196

UTSA

98.1

197

Southern Illinois

98.0

198

Omaha

98.0

199

Dartmouth

98.0

200

Portland St.

97.9

201

Ohio

97.9

202

Abilene Christian

97.8

203

South Dakota

97.7

204

Florida Atlantic

97.6

205

Green Bay

97.5

206

Brown

97.4

207

Eastern Illinois

97.4

208

Seattle

97.3

209

Siena

97.3

210

Oakland

97.3

211

Quinnipiac

97.2

212

San Diego

97.2

213

Bryant

97.1

214

Montana St.

97.1

215

North Dakota

97.0

216

Prairie View A&M

97.0

217

Northern Arizona

96.9

218

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.9

219

Illinois St.

96.9

220

Loyola Marymount

96.8

221

Monmouth

96.8

222

Robert Morris

96.8

223

American

96.7

224

UC Riverside

96.7

225

Albany

96.7

226

Rice

96.6

227

Navy

96.6

228

George Washington

96.5

229

Manhattan

96.4

230

Bucknell

96.3

231

Drexel

96.3

232

Tennessee St.

96.2

233

Eastern Michigan

96.2

234

Jacksonville St.

96.2

235

Missouri-KC

96.1

236

Youngstown St.

96.0

237

Canisius

95.9

238

UC Davis

95.9

239

Iona

95.8

240

Gardner-Webb

95.8

241

East Carolina

95.8

242

Grand Canyon

95.8

243

Fairfield

95.7

244

Campbell

95.7

245

Jacksonville

95.6

246

Columbia

95.5

247

Long Island

95.5

248

Purdue Fort Wayne

95.3

249

McNeese St.

95.3

250

Arkansas St.

95.2

251

UT Rio Grande Valley

95.1

252

Mercer

95.1

253

Western Michigan

95.1

254

Fordham

95.0

255

UMass Lowell

95.0

256

Milwaukee

95.0

257

Portland

94.9

258

Louisiana Monroe

94.9

259

Samford

94.8

260

Saint Joseph’s

94.7

261

UNC Asheville

94.7

262

Lehigh

94.5

263

Cal St. Northridge

94.5

264

Evansville

94.5

265

Weber St.

94.4

266

Texas Southern

94.4

267

Saint Peter’s

94.4

268

Morehead St.

94.3

269

Illinois Chicago

94.3

270

Norfolk St.

94.3

271

Lipscomb

94.3

272

Bethune Cookman

94.3

273

Lamar

94.2

274

New Hampshire

94.2

275

Loyola (MD)

94.2

276

James Madison

94.2

277

Louisiana

94.1

278

NJIT

94.0

279

Merrimack

94.0

280

Troy

93.9

281

Citadel

93.9

282

Detroit

93.9

283

VMI

93.9

284

Cal St. Fullerton

93.8

285

Cornell

93.5

286

Middle Tennessee

93.4

287

North Alabama

93.4

288

Utah Valley

93.3

289

Mount St. Mary’s

93.1

290

Idaho St.

93.0

291

Hartford

92.9

292

Wyoming

92.6

293

Southern Miss.

92.6

294

UM Baltimore Co.

92.4

295

Army

92.4

296

Grambling

92.4

297

North Carolina A&T

92.2

298

New Orleans

92.1

299

Niagara

92.1

300

Texas A&M CC

91.9

301

St. Francis (NY)

91.8

302

UT-Martin

91.8

303

Long Beach St.

91.6

304

Fairleigh Dickinson

91.5

305

Morgan St.

91.5

306

San Jose St.

91.5

307

Alcorn St.

91.5

308

Charleston Southern

91.4

309

Idaho

91.3

310

Florida A&M

91.3

311

Cal Poly

91.1

312

North Carolina Central

91.1

313

Wagner

90.9

314

Elon

90.9

315

Central Arkansas

90.8

316

Stetson

90.7

317

UNC Wilmington

90.7

318

Eastern Kentucky

90.7

319

Florida Gulf Coast

90.7

320

USC Upstate

90.6

321

Cleveland St.

90.6

322

Longwood

90.4

323

Jackson St.

90.4

324

Southern

90.2

325

IUPUI

90.2

326

Coppin St.

89.7

327

Northwestern St.

89.7

328

Western Illinois

89.6

329

Hampton

89.5

330

Presbyterian

89.4

331

Denver

89.4

332

Binghamton

89.3

333

SE Missouri

89.1

334

South Carolina St.

89.0

335

SE Louisiana

88.7

336

Marist

88.3

337

SIU Edwardsville

88.2

338

Tennessee Tech

88.2

339

Maine

88.1

340

Alabama A&M

88.0

341

Holy Cross

87.5

342

Houston Baptist

86.9

343

High Point

86.6

344

Alabama St.

86.6

345

Arkansas Pine Bluff

86.1

346

Incarnate Word

84.7

347

Kennesaw St.

84.5

348

Howard

82.8

349

Central Connecticut

82.7

350

Delaware St.

81.7

351

MD Eastern Shore

81.5

352

Mississippi Valley St.

80.2

353

Chicago St.

78.1

 

Alphabetical

 

#

Team

PiRate

1

Abilene Christian

97.8

2

Air Force

101.1

3

Akron

107.6

4

Alabama

109.8

5

Alabama A&M

88.0

6

Alabama St.

86.6

7

Albany

96.7

8

Alcorn St.

91.5

9

American

96.7

10

Appalachian St.

99.0

11

Arizona

114.9

12

Arizona St.

106.5

13

Arkansas

112.2

14

Arkansas Pine Bluff

86.1

15

Arkansas St.

95.2

16

Army

92.4

17

Auburn

113.4

18

Austin Peay

99.6

19

Ball St.

104.5

20

Baylor

115.9

21

Belmont

106.9

22

Bethune Cookman

94.3

23

Binghamton

89.3

24

Boise St.

104.2

25

Boston College

100.2

26

Boston U

99.5

27

Bowling Green

99.7

28

Bradley

105.3

29

Brown

97.4

30

Bryant

97.1

31

Bucknell

96.3

32

Buffalo

100.4

33

Butler

114.8

34

BYU

112.1

35

Cal Poly

91.1

36

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.9

37

Cal St. Fullerton

93.8

38

Cal St. Northridge

94.5

39

California

98.9

40

California Baptist

99.9

41

Campbell

95.7

42

Canisius

95.9

43

Central Arkansas

90.8

44

Central Connecticut

82.7

45

Central Florida

104.1

46

Central Michigan

100.7

47

Charleston

101.9

48

Charleston Southern

91.4

49

Charlotte

100.3

50

Chattanooga

100.2

51

Chicago St.

78.1

52

Cincinnati

109.2

53

Citadel

93.9

54

Clemson

107.3

55

Cleveland St.

90.6

56

Coastal Carolina

100.3

57

Colgate

102.1

58

Colorado

112.3

59

Colorado St.

102.9

60

Columbia

95.5

61

Connecticut

106.5

62

Coppin St.

89.7

63

Cornell

93.5

64

Creighton

110.3

65

Dartmouth

98.0

66

Davidson

105.4

67

Dayton

115.8

68

Delaware

98.5

69

Delaware St.

81.7

70

Denver

89.4

71

DePaul

106.6

72

Detroit

93.9

73

Drake

100.9

74

Drexel

96.3

75

Duke

120.6

76

Duquesne

106.7

77

East Carolina

95.8

78

East Tennessee St.

108.1

79

Eastern Illinois

97.4

80

Eastern Kentucky

90.7

81

Eastern Michigan

96.2

82

Eastern Washington

99.6

83

Elon

90.9

84

Evansville

94.5

85

Fairfield

95.7

86

Fairleigh Dickinson

91.5

87

Florida

111.8

88

Florida A&M

91.3

89

Florida Atlantic

97.6

90

Florida Gulf Coast

90.7

91

Florida Int’l.

99.7

92

Florida St.

113.8

93

Fordham

95.0

94

Fresno St.

101.9

95

Furman

106.8

96

Gardner-Webb

95.8

97

George Mason

101.0

98

George Washington

96.5

99

Georgetown

109.2

100

Georgia

106.9

101

Georgia Southern

101.7

102

Georgia St.

105.3

103

Georgia Tech

106.3

104

Gonzaga

117.7

105

Grambling

92.4

106

Grand Canyon

95.8

107

Green Bay

97.5

108

Hampton

89.5

109

Hartford

92.9

110

Harvard

105.3

111

Hawaii

99.3

112

High Point

86.6

113

Hofstra

101.4

114

Holy Cross

87.5

115

Houston

111.1

116

Houston Baptist

86.9

117

Howard

82.8

118

Idaho

91.3

119

Idaho St.

93.0

120

Illinois

111.3

121

Illinois Chicago

94.3

122

Illinois St.

96.9

123

Incarnate Word

84.7

124

Indiana

110.4

125

Indiana St.

102.7

126

Iona

95.8

127

Iowa

113.4

128

Iowa St.

108.7

129

IUPUI

90.2

130

Jackson St.

90.4

131

Jacksonville

95.6

132

Jacksonville St.

96.2

133

James Madison

94.2

134

Kansas

119.4

135

Kansas St.

104.5

136

Kennesaw St.

84.5

137

Kent St.

104.6

138

Kentucky

112.2

139

La Salle

99.4

140

Lafayette

98.6

141

Lamar

94.2

142

Lehigh

94.5

143

Liberty

108.5

144

Lipscomb

94.3

145

Little Rock

100.0

146

Long Beach St.

91.6

147

Long Island

95.5

148

Longwood

90.4

149

Louisiana

94.1

150

Louisiana Monroe

94.9

151

Louisiana Tech

107.3

152

Louisville

114.9

153

Loyola (Chi.)

104.8

154

Loyola Marymount

96.8

155

Loyola (MD)

94.2

156

LSU

111.7

157

Maine

88.1

158

Manhattan

96.4

159

Marist

88.3

160

Marquette

111.6

161

Marshall

100.8

162

Maryland

114.7

163

Massachusetts

99.2

164

McNeese St.

95.3

165

MD Eastern Shore

81.5

166

Memphis

110.9

167

Mercer

95.1

168

Merrimack

94.0

169

Miami (Fla.)

105.2

170

Miami (O)

98.1

171

Michigan

112.5

172

Michigan St.

117.3

173

Middle Tennessee

93.4

174

Milwaukee

95.0

175

Minnesota

110.9

176

Mississippi

104.2

177

Mississippi St.

109.4

178

Mississippi Valley St.

80.2

179

Missouri

107.6

180

Missouri-KC

96.1

181

Missouri St.

100.3

182

Monmouth

96.8

183

Montana

99.5

184

Montana St.

97.1

185

Morehead St.

94.3

186

Morgan St.

91.5

187

Mount St. Mary’s

93.1

188

Murray St.

103.2

189

Navy

96.6

190

Nebraska

102.4

191

Nevada

104.6

192

New Hampshire

94.2

193

New Mexico

103.7

194

New Mexico St.

105.3

195

New Orleans

92.1

196

Niagara

92.1

197

Nicholls St.

98.8

198

NJIT

94.0

199

Norfolk St.

94.3

200

North Alabama

93.4

201

North Carolina

106.8

202

North Carolina A&T

92.2

203

North Carolina Central

91.1

204

North Carolina St.

110.2

205

North Dakota

97.0

206

North Dakota St.

101.4

207

North Florida

99.7

208

North Texas

104.8

209

Northeastern

102.3

210

Northern Arizona

96.9

211

Northern Colorado

104.5

212

Northern Illinois

98.7

213

Northern Iowa

107.5

214

Northern Kentucky

103.1

215

Northwestern

103.2

216

Northwestern St.

89.7

217

Notre Dame

108.4

218

Oakland

97.3

219

Ohio

97.9

220

Ohio St.

115.2

221

Oklahoma

108.5

222

Oklahoma St.

107.1

223

Old Dominion

99.2

224

Omaha

98.0

225

Oral Roberts

101.4

226

Oregon

112.9

227

Oregon St.

107.9

228

Pacific

100.8

229

Penn

102.0

230

Penn St.

111.3

231

Pepperdine

100.9

232

Pittsburgh

106.2

233

Portland

94.9

234

Portland St.

97.9

235

Prairie View A&M

97.0

236

Presbyterian

89.4

237

Princeton

98.6

238

Providence

107.1

239

Purdue

113.1

240

Purdue Fort Wayne

95.3

241

Quinnipiac

97.2

242

Radford

101.9

243

Rhode Island

107.5

244

Rice

96.6

245

Richmond

107.3

246

Rider

99.7

247

Robert Morris

96.8

248

Rutgers

111.3

249

Sacramento St.

99.2

250

Sacred Heart

98.1

251

Saint Joseph’s

94.7

252

Saint Louis

104.3

253

Saint Mary’s

110.4

254

Saint Peter’s

94.4

255

Sam Houston St.

99.3

256

Samford

94.8

257

San Diego

97.2

258

San Diego St.

114.1

259

San Francisco

105.0

260

San Jose St.

91.5

261

Santa Clara

101.1

262

SE Louisiana

88.7

263

SE Missouri

89.1

264

Seattle

97.3

265

Seton Hall

114.6

266

Siena

97.3

267

SIU Edwardsville

88.2

268

SMU

106.1

269

South Alabama

99.1

270

South Carolina

104.3

271

South Carolina St.

89.0

272

South Dakota

97.7

273

South Dakota St.

102.0

274

South Florida

102.7

275

Southern

90.2

276

Southern Illinois

98.0

277

Southern Miss.

92.6

278

Southern Utah

100.7

279

St. Bonaventure

103.7

280

St. Francis (NY)

91.8

281

St. Francis (PA)

100.1

282

St. John’s

106.7

283

Stanford

109.8

284

Stephen F. Austin

102.0

285

Stetson

90.7

286

Stony Brook

102.7

287

Syracuse

108.6

288

TCU

107.6

289

Temple

106.8

290

Tennessee

107.9

291

Tennessee St.

96.2

292

Tennessee Tech

88.2

293

Texas

108.1

294

Texas A&M

101.5

295

Texas A&M CC

91.9

296

Texas Southern

94.4

297

Texas St.

102.7

298

Texas Tech

112.2

299

Toledo

103.2

300

Towson

100.2

301

Troy

93.9

302

Tulane

100.8

303

Tulsa

103.9

304

UAB

98.9

305

UC Davis

95.9

306

UC Irvine

103.6

307

UC Riverside

96.7

308

UC Santa Barbara

100.8

309

UCLA

101.9

310

UM Baltimore Co.

92.4

311

UMass Lowell

95.0

312

UNC Asheville

94.7

313

UNC Greensboro

107.3

314

UNC Wilmington

90.7

315

UNLV

101.7

316

USC

108.1

317

USC Upstate

90.6

318

UT Arlington

101.8

319

UT Rio Grande Valley

95.1

320

UT-Martin

91.8

321

Utah

103.9

322

Utah St.

108.8

323

Utah Valley

93.3

324

UTEP

100.5

325

UTSA

98.1

326

Valparaiso

99.6

327

Vanderbilt

101.0

328

VCU

109.2

329

Vermont

107.6

330

Villanova

112.1

331

Virginia

109.5

332

Virginia Tech

109.0

333

VMI

93.9

334

Wagner

90.9

335

Wake Forest

103.4

336

Washington

109.0

337

Washington St.

102.3

338

Weber St.

94.4

339

West Virginia

115.6

340

Western Carolina

101.3

341

Western Illinois

89.6

342

Western Kentucky

103.7

343

Western Michigan

95.1

344

Wichita St.

110.7

345

William & Mary

101.7

346

Winthrop

101.8

347

Wisconsin

112.1

348

Wofford

101.1

349

Wright St.

103.4

350

Wyoming

92.6

351

Xavier

108.3

352

Yale

108.2

353

Youngstown St.

96.0

 

PiRate Rating By Conference

 

#

American Athletic

PiRate

1

Houston

111.1

2

Memphis

110.9

3

Cincinnati

109.2

4

Temple

106.8

5

Connecticut

106.5

6

SMU

106.1

7

Central Florida

104.1

8

Tulsa

103.9

9

South Florida

102.7

10

Tulane

100.8

11

East Carolina

95.8

Avg

American Athletic

105.3

 

 

#

American East

PiRate

1

Vermont

107.6

2

Stony Brook

102.7

3

Albany

96.7

4

UMass Lowell

95.0

5

New Hampshire

94.2

6

Hartford

92.9

7

UM Baltimore Co.

92.4

8

Binghamton

89.3

9

Maine

88.1

Avg

American East

95.4

 

 

#

Atlantic 10

PiRate

1

Dayton

115.8

2

VCU

109.2

3

Rhode Island

107.5

4

Richmond

107.3

5

Duquesne

106.7

6

Davidson

105.4

7

Saint Louis

104.3

8

St. Bonaventure

103.7

9

George Mason

101.0

10

La Salle

99.4

11

Massachusetts

99.2

12

George Washington

96.5

13

Fordham

95.0

14

Saint Joseph’s

94.7

Avg.

Atlantic 10

103.3

 

 

#

Atlantic Coast

PiRate

1

Duke

120.6

2

Louisville

114.9

3

Florida St.

113.8

4

North Carolina St.

110.2

5

Virginia

109.5

6

Virginia Tech

109.0

7

Syracuse

108.6

8

Notre Dame

108.4

9

Clemson

107.3

10

North Carolina

106.8

11

Georgia Tech

106.3

12

Pittsburgh

106.2

13

Miami (Fla.)

105.2

14

Wake Forest

103.4

15

Boston College

100.2

Avg

Atlantic Coast

108.7

 

 

#

Atlantic Sun

PiRate

1

Liberty

108.5

2

North Florida

99.7

3

Jacksonville

95.6

4

Lipscomb

94.3

5

NJIT

94.0

6

North Alabama

93.4

7

Stetson

90.7

8

Florida Gulf Coast

90.7

9

Kennesaw St.

84.5

Avg

Atlantic Sun

94.6

 

 

#

Big 12

PiRate

1

Kansas

119.4

2

Baylor

115.9

3

West Virginia

115.6

4

Texas Tech

112.2

5

Iowa St.

108.7

6

Oklahoma

108.5

7

Texas

108.1

8

TCU

107.6

9

Oklahoma St.

107.1

10

Kansas St.

104.5

Avg

Big 12

110.8

 

 

#

Big East

PiRate

1

Butler

114.8

2

Seton Hall

114.6

3

Villanova

112.1

4

Marquette

111.6

5

Wichita St.

110.7

6

Creighton

110.3

7

Georgetown

109.2

8

Xavier

108.3

9

Providence

107.1

10

St. John’s

106.7

11

DePaul

106.6

Avg

Big East

110.2

 

 

#

Big Sky

PiRate

1

Northern Colorado

104.5

2

Southern Utah

100.7

3

Eastern Washington

99.6

4

Montana

99.5

5

Sacramento St.

99.2

6

Portland St.

97.9

7

Montana St.

97.1

8

Northern Arizona

96.9

9

Weber St.

94.4

10

Idaho St.

93.0

11

Idaho

91.3

#

Big Sky

97.6

 

 

#

Big South

PiRate

1

Radford

101.9

2

Winthrop

101.8

3

Gardner-Webb

95.8

4

Campbell

95.7

5

UNC Asheville

94.7

6

Charleston Southern

91.4

7

USC Upstate

90.6

8

Longwood

90.4

9

Hampton

89.5

10

Presbyterian

89.4

11

High Point

86.6

Avg

Big South

93.4

 

 

#

Big Ten

PiRate

1

Michigan St.

117.3

2

Ohio St.

115.2

3

Maryland

114.7

4

Iowa

113.4

5

Purdue

113.1

6

Michigan

112.5

7

Wisconsin

112.1

8

Illinois

111.3

9

Penn St.

111.3

10

Rutgers

111.3

11

Minnesota

110.9

12

Indiana

110.4

13

Northwestern

103.2

14

Nebraska

102.4

Avg

Big Ten

111.4

 

 

#

Big West

PiRate

1

UC Irvine

103.6

2

UC Santa Barbara

100.8

3

Hawaii

99.3

4

UC Riverside

96.7

5

UC Davis

95.9

6

Cal St. Northridge

94.5

7

Cal St. Fullerton

93.8

8

Long Beach St.

91.6

9

Cal Poly

91.1

Avg

Big West

96.4

 

 

#

Colonial Athletic

PiRate

1

Northeastern

102.3

2

Charleston

101.9

3

William & Mary

101.7

4

Hofstra

101.4

5

Towson

100.2

6

Delaware

98.5

7

Drexel

96.3

8

James Madison

94.2

9

Elon

90.9

10

UNC Wilmington

90.7

Avg

Colonial Athletic

97.8

 

 

#

Conference USA

PiRate

1

Louisiana Tech

107.3

2

North Texas

104.8

3

Western Kentucky

103.7

4

Marshall

100.8

5

UTEP

100.5

6

Charlotte

100.3

7

Florida Int’l.

99.7

8

Old Dominion

99.2

9

UAB

98.9

10

UTSA

98.1

11

Florida Atlantic

97.6

12

Rice

96.6

13

Middle Tennessee

93.4

14

Southern Miss.

92.6

Avg

Conference USA

99.5

 

 

#

Horizon

PiRate

1

Wright St.

103.4

2

Northern Kentucky

103.1

3

Green Bay

97.5

4

Oakland

97.3

5

Youngstown St.

96.0

6

Milwaukee

95.0

7

Illinois Chicago

94.3

8

Detroit

93.9

9

Cleveland St.

90.6

10

IUPUI

90.2

Avg

Horizon

96.1

 

 

#

Ivy

PiRate

1

Yale

108.2

2

Harvard

105.3

3

Penn

102.0

4

Princeton

98.6

5

Dartmouth

98.0

6

Brown

97.4

7

Columbia

95.5

8

Cornell

93.5

Avg

Ivy

99.8

 

 

#

Metro Atlantic

PiRate

1

Rider

99.7

2

Siena

97.3

3

Quinnipiac

97.2

4

Monmouth

96.8

5

Manhattan

96.4

6

Canisius

95.9

7

Iona

95.8

8

Fairfield

95.7

9

Saint Peter’s

94.4

10

Niagara

92.1

11

Marist

88.3

Avg

Metro Atlantic

95.4

 

 

#

Mid-American

PiRate

1

Akron

107.6

2

Kent St.

104.6

3

Ball St.

104.5

4

Toledo

103.2

5

Central Michigan

100.7

6

Buffalo

100.4

7

Bowling Green

99.7

8

Northern Illinois

98.7

9

Miami (O)

98.1

10

Ohio

97.9

11

Eastern Michigan

96.2

12

Western Michigan

95.1

Avg

Mid-American

100.6

 

 

#

Mideastern Athletic

PiRate

1

Norfolk St.

94.3

2

Bethune Cookman

94.3

3

North Carolina A&T

92.2

4

Morgan St.

91.5

5

Florida A&M

91.3

6

North Carolina Central

91.1

7

Coppin St.

89.7

8

South Carolina St.

89.0

9

Howard

82.8

10

Delaware St.

81.7

11

MD Eastern Shore

81.5

Avg

Mideastern Athletic

89.0

 

 

#

Missouri Valley

PiRate

1

Northern Iowa

107.5

2

Bradley

105.3

3

Loyola (Chi.)

104.8

4

Indiana St.

102.7

5

Drake

100.9

6

Missouri St.

100.3

7

Valparaiso

99.6

8

Southern Illinois

98.0

9

Illinois St.

96.9

10

Evansville

94.5

Avg

Missouri Valley

101.0

 

 

#

Mountain West

PiRate

1

San Diego St.

114.1

2

Utah St.

108.8

3

Nevada

104.6

4

Boise St.

104.2

5

New Mexico

103.7

6

Colorado St.

102.9

7

Fresno St.

101.9

8

UNLV

101.7

9

Air Force

101.1

10

Wyoming

92.6

11

San Jose St.

91.5

Avg

Mountain West

102.5

 

 

#

Northeast

PiRate

1

St. Francis (PA)

100.1

2

Sacred Heart

98.1

3

Bryant

97.1

4

Robert Morris

96.8

5

Long Island

95.5

6

Merrimack

94.0

7

Mount St. Mary’s

93.1

8

St. Francis (NY)

91.8

9

Fairleigh Dickinson

91.5

10

Wagner

90.9

11

Central Connecticut

82.7

Avg

Northeast

93.8

 

 

#

Ohio Valley

PiRate

1

Belmont

106.9

2

Murray St.

103.2

3

Austin Peay

99.6

4

Eastern Illinois

97.4

5

Tennessee St.

96.2

6

Jacksonville St.

96.2

7

Morehead St.

94.3

8

UT-Martin

91.8

9

Eastern Kentucky

90.7

10

SE Missouri

89.1

11

SIU Edwardsville

88.2

12

Tennessee Tech

88.2

Avg

Ohio Valley

95.1

 

 

#

Pac-12

PiRate

1

Arizona

114.9

2

Oregon

112.9

3

Colorado

112.3

4

Stanford

109.8

5

Washington

109.0

6

USC

108.1

7

Oregon St.

107.9

8

Arizona St.

106.5

9

Utah

103.9

10

Washington St.

102.3

11

UCLA

101.9

12

California

98.9

Avg

Pac-12

107.4

 

 

#

Patriot

PiRate

1

Colgate

102.1

2

Boston U

99.5

3

Lafayette

98.6

4

American

96.7

5

Navy

96.6

6

Bucknell

96.3

7

Lehigh

94.5

8

Loyola (MD)

94.2

9

Army

92.4

10

Holy Cross

87.5

Avg

Patriot

95.8

 

 

#

Southeastern

PiRate

1

Auburn

113.4

2

Arkansas

112.2

3

Kentucky

112.2

4

Florida

111.8

5

LSU

111.7

6

Alabama

109.8

7

Mississippi St.

109.4

8

Tennessee

107.9

9

Missouri

107.6

10

Georgia

106.9

11

South Carolina

104.3

12

Mississippi

104.2

13

Texas A&M

101.5

14

Vanderbilt

101.0

Avg

Southeastern

108.1

 

 

#

Southern

PiRate

1

East Tennessee St.

108.1

2

UNC Greensboro

107.3

3

Furman

106.8

4

Western Carolina

101.3

5

Wofford

101.1

6

Chattanooga

100.2

7

Mercer

95.1

8

Samford

94.8

9

Citadel

93.9

10

VMI

93.9

Avg

Southern

100.2

 

 

#

Southland

PiRate

1

Stephen F. Austin

102.0

2

UT Arlington

101.8

3

Sam Houston St.

99.3

4

Nicholls St.

98.8

5

Abilene Christian

97.8

6

McNeese St.

95.3

7

Lamar

94.2

8

New Orleans

92.1

9

Texas A&M CC

91.9

10

Central Arkansas

90.8

11

Northwestern St.

89.7

12

SE Louisiana

88.7

13

Houston Baptist

86.9

14

Incarnate Word

84.7

Avg

Southland

93.9

 

 

#

Southwestern Athletic

PiRate

1

Prairie View A&M

97.0

2

Texas Southern

94.4

3

Grambling

92.4

4

Alcorn St.

91.5

5

Jackson St.

90.4

6

Southern

90.2

7

Alabama A&M

88.0

8

Alabama St.

86.6

9

Arkansas Pine Bluff

86.1

10

Mississippi Valley St.

80.2

Avg

Southwestern Athletic

89.7

 

 

#

Summit

PiRate

1

South Dakota St.

102.0

2

Oral Roberts

101.4

3

North Dakota St.

101.4

4

Omaha

98.0

5

South Dakota

97.7

6

North Dakota

97.0

7

Purdue Fort Wayne

95.3

8

Western Illinois

89.6

9

Denver

89.4

Avg

Summit

96.9

 

 

#

Sun Belt

PiRate

1

Georgia St.

105.3

2

Texas St.

102.7

3

Georgia Southern

101.7

4

Coastal Carolina

100.3

5

Little Rock

100.0

6

South Alabama

99.1

7

Appalachian St.

99.0

8

Arkansas St.

95.2

9

Louisiana Monroe

94.9

10

Louisiana

94.1

11

Troy

93.9

Avg

Sun Belt

98.7

 

 

#

West Coast

PiRate

1

Gonzaga

117.7

2

BYU

112.1

3

Saint Mary’s

110.4

4

San Francisco

105.0

5

Santa Clara

101.1

6

Pepperdine

100.9

7

Pacific

100.8

8

San Diego

97.2

9

Loyola Marymount

96.8

10

Portland

94.9

Avg

West Coast

103.7

 

 

#

Western Athletic

PiRate

1

New Mexico St.

105.3

2

California Baptist

99.9

3

Seattle

97.3

4

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.9

5

Missouri-KC

96.1

6

Grand Canyon

95.8

7

UT Rio Grande Valley

95.1

8

Utah Valley

93.3

9

Chicago St.

78.1

Avg

Western Athletic

95.3

 

Conference Rankings

 

#

Conference

PiRate

1

Big Ten

111.4

2

Big 12

110.8

3

Big East

110.2

4

Atlantic Coast

108.7

5

Southeastern

108.1

6

Pac-12

107.4

7

American Athletic

105.3

8

West Coast

103.7

9

Atlantic 10

103.3

10

Mountain West

102.5

11

Missouri Valley

101.0

12

Mid-American

100.6

13

Southern

100.2

14

Ivy

99.8

15

Conference USA

99.5

16

Sun Belt

98.7

17

Colonial Athletic

97.8

18

Big Sky

97.6

19

Summit

96.9

20

Big West

96.4

21

Horizon

96.1

22

Patriot

95.8

23

American East

95.4

24

Metro Atlantic

95.4

25

Western Athletic

95.3

26

Ohio Valley

95.1

27

Atlantic Sun

94.6

28

Southland

93.9

29

Northeast

93.8

30

Big South

93.4

31

Southwestern Athletic

89.7

32

Mideastern Athletic

89.0

 

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