The Pi-Rate Ratings

January 22, 2016

PiRate Ratings College Basketball Picks For January 23-24, 2016

Filed under: College Basketball — piratings @ 10:15 am

Starting today, we add another conference to our list, as we now cover the Big East Conference.  It makes since because the league has four teams in the top 25.

Before getting to our picks this week, we must thank all of you that messaged us through our companion site, , this week telling us how much you liked our initial bracketology report of the season.  Even though this site is strictly football-related, you can always message us through the contact info there.  We try to answer all of the messages there, but it may take a little time.  As of Friday morning, we had 46 new messages, and we try to do more than just say a generic thank you.  Give us a little time, and we will answer your individual questions.


However, due to the wishes of most of our contributors, we cannot answer whether a certain bracketology expert is included in the list.  Some of these guys supply their knowledge to commercial sites and/or charge for their services.  We do not include the most famous bracketologists in this list.  We include the most accurate guys instead.


Enjoy the weekend of games, and if you are snowed in down in the South or on the East Coast, just be glad you get to see ground after this passes.  There are parts of the country, where snow stays on the ground for close to 3 consecutive months without melting.  Try living above the 45th parallel in the Midwest.

Note: Some games may be postponed due to inclement weather.  As of this writing, the Villanova-Providence game has been moved from Saturday to Sunday.

Games Schedule for: Saturday, January 23, 2016
Home Visitor Red White Blue
Notre Dame Boston College 19 21 21
Miami (Fla.) Wake Forest 16 15 11
North Carolina St. Duke -4 -5 -4
Florida St. Pittsburgh 6 2 3
Georgia Tech Louisville -6 -4 -11
Baylor Oklahoma -2 -1 -1
Texas Tech West Virginia -3 -1 -4
Kansas Texas 11 8 9
TCU Iowa St. -11 -10 -7
Kansas St. Oklahoma St. 5 8 3
Connecticut Georgetown 6 6 2
Xavier Seton Hall 9 9 9
Creighton Butler 4 3 -1
St. John’s Marquette -5 -9 -4
Indiana Northwestern 10 9 11
Nebraska Michigan 1 1 -2
Michigan St. Maryland 4 3 1
Minnesota Illinois -2 -1 1
Oregon UCLA 8 7 9
California Arizona -2 1 4
Washington St. Colorado -3 -6 -2
Stanford Arizona St. 2 3 3
Tennessee South Carolina -1 -1 -5
Alabama LSU 1 1 -3
Mississippi St. Ole Miss 3 3 -1
Texas A&M Missouri 20 18 24
Kentucky Vanderbilt 6 4 8
Georgia Arkansas 1 3 4
Florida Auburn 13 14 11


Games Schedule for: Sunday, January 24, 2016
Home Visitor Red White Blue
Iowa Purdue 7 4 10
Villanova Providence 13 10 12
Oregon St. USC -5 -4 -3
Virginia Tech North Carolina -10 -8 -9
Virginia Syracuse 9 10 7
Washington Utah 2 3 4


  1. Thanks so much for the work you guys do, and for adding the Big East to your picks! Do you have any plans to post predictions for weeknight basketball games as well? As a Hoyas fan, would love to see how your system thinks Georgetown will do during the week since your predictions are pretty spot-on, especially as we inch closer to March! Thanks again.

    Comment by Drew — January 24, 2016 @ 7:14 pm

    • We would love to include all 350+ teams and rate every game, but unlike our football ratings, our basketball ratings are labor intensive, requiring calculation of each game from scratch using the advanced statistics of the Four Factors, Strength of Schedule, and a few other intangibles.

      Comment by piratings — January 29, 2016 @ 8:50 pm

  2. Great Job guys!
    Cant say enough my gratitude for all your work!
    If possible add these predictions on daily basis please.

    Comment by Casper — January 25, 2016 @ 3:21 am

  3. We wish we could include these ratings on a daily basis, but to calculate the spreads on just one game, it requires about 3-4 minutes of statistical inputting into our algorithms. we estimate it would take 25-30 hours per week to rate every game. Maybe one day, when retirement leaves us with nothing else to do.

    Comment by piratings — January 29, 2016 @ 8:54 pm

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