The Pi-Rate Ratings

February 11, 2019

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For Monday, February 11, 2019

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The PiRate Ratings (1-353)

Rk

Team

PiRate

Conf

1

Duke

124.9

ACC

2

Gonzaga

124.0

West Coast

3

Virginia

121.8

ACC

4

Michigan St.

119.8

Big Ten

5

Tennessee

119.1

SEC

6

Kentucky

118.1

SEC

7

Michigan

117.3

Big Ten

8

Purdue

117.0

Big Ten

9

Virginia Tech

116.4

ACC

10

Auburn

116.1

SEC

11

Nevada

115.5

Mtn West

12

Wisconsin

115.5

Big Ten

13

Texas Tech

115.2

Big 12

14

Iowa St.

115.0

Big 12

15

Kansas

114.9

Big 12

16

Louisville

114.8

ACC

17

Villanova

114.1

Big East

18

Houston

113.7

American Ath

19

Florida St.

113.6

ACC

20

Maryland

113.3

Big Ten

21

LSU

113.0

SEC

22

Buffalo

113.0

Mid-Amer

23

Texas

112.5

Big 12

24

Iowa

112.4

Big Ten

25

Mississippi St.

112.3

SEC

26

Marquette

112.3

Big East

27

North Carolina St.

112.1

ACC

28

Cincinnati

112.0

American Ath

29

Clemson

111.8

ACC

30

Nebraska

111.6

Big Ten

31

Ohio St.

111.6

Big Ten

32

Kansas St.

111.5

Big 12

33

Wofford

111.3

Socon

34

TCU

111.2

Big 12

35

Florida

111.1

SEC

36

Baylor

111.0

Big 12

37

Oklahoma

111.0

Big 12

38

Syracuse

110.9

ACC

39

Lipscomb

110.9

Atl Sun

40

Washington

110.6

Pac-12

41

Indiana

110.2

Big Ten

42

Mississippi

109.9

SEC

43

Saint Mary’s

109.6

West Coast

44

Alabama

109.5

SEC

45

Creighton

109.5

Big East

46

Utah St.

109.4

Mtn West

47

Virginia Commonwealth

109.2

Atl 10

48

St. John’s

109.1

Big East

49

North Carolina

109.1

ACC

50

Butler

108.9

Big East

51

San Francisco

108.7

West Coast

52

Central Florida

108.7

American Ath

53

Oregon

108.6

Pac-12

54

Arizona St.

108.2

Pac-12

55

Fresno St.

108.0

Mtn West

56

Northwestern

107.8

Big Ten

57

Toledo

107.8

Mid-Amer

58

Arkansas

107.7

SEC

59

Seton Hall

107.7

Big East

60

New Mexico St.

107.6

WAC

61

Minnesota

107.6

Big Ten

62

Murray St.

107.4

Ohio Val

63

Penn St.

107.3

Big Ten

64

Hofstra

107.3

Colonial

65

Belmont

107.3

Ohio Val

66

Miami (Fla)

107.3

ACC

67

Dayton

107.2

Atl 10

68

Vermont

107.1

Amer East

69

Furman

107.0

Socon

70

Temple

106.7

American Ath

71

Providence

106.6

Big East

72

South Dakota St.

106.6

Summit

73

Georgetown

106.4

Big East

74

Yale

106.4

Ivy

75

East Tennessee St.

106.3

Socon

76

Illinois

106.3

Big Ten

77

Arizona

106.3

Pac-12

78

Colorado

106.2

Pac-12

79

Connecticut

106.1

American Ath

80

Davidson

106.1

Atl 10

81

Liberty

106.0

Atl Sun

82

UNC Greensboro

106.0

Socon

83

Pittsburgh

105.9

ACC

84

Memphis

105.9

American Ath

85

BYU

105.9

West Coast

86

UCLA

105.9

Pac-12

87

Notre Dame

105.6

ACC

88

Oregon St.

105.4

Pac-12

89

Grand Canyon

105.4

WAC

90

San Diego

105.4

West Coast

91

Northern Kentucky

105.4

Horizon

92

South Carolina

105.3

SEC

93

USC

105.2

Pac-12

94

DePaul

105.0

Big East

95

Oklahoma St.

104.9

Big 12

96

Northeastern

104.9

Colonial

97

Rutgers

104.7

Big Ten

98

West Virginia

104.6

Big 12

99

Georgia Tech

104.6

ACC

100

Missouri

104.6

SEC

101

Loyola (Chi)

104.6

Missouri Val

102

SMU

104.6

American Ath

103

Texas A&M

104.5

SEC

104

Ball St.

104.5

Mid-Amer

105

Xavier

104.5

Big East

106

Old Dominion

104.4

CUSA

107

UC Irvine

103.9

Big West

108

Texas St.

103.9

Sun Belt

109

Western Kentucky

103.9

CUSA

110

Penn

103.9

Ivy

111

Montana

103.8

Big Sky

112

Utah

103.8

Pac-12

113

Austin Peay

103.8

Ohio Val

114

Georgia

103.8

SEC

115

Boston College

103.7

ACC

116

South Florida

103.6

American Ath

117

Georgia Southern

103.6

Sun Belt

118

Tulsa

103.6

American Ath

119

Akron

103.6

Mid-Amer

120

Wichita St.

103.5

American Ath

121

Stanford

103.4

Pac-12

122

Bowling Green

103.3

Mid-Amer

123

Charleston

103.3

Colonial

124

Jacksonville St.

103.3

Ohio Val

125

San Diego St.

103.3

Mtn West

126

North Texas

103.2

CUSA

127

Georgia St.

103.2

Sun Belt

128

Vanderbilt

103.0

SEC

129

Utah Valley

102.9

WAC

130

Harvard

102.7

Ivy

131

Boise St.

102.7

Mtn West

132

Saint Louis

102.6

Atl 10

133

George Mason

102.6

Atl 10

134

Radford

102.5

Big South

135

Rhode Island

102.4

Atl 10

136

North Carolina A&T

102.2

Mideastern

137

Drake

102.1

Missouri Val

138

Loyola Marymount

102.1

West Coast

139

UC Santa Barbara

101.9

Big West

140

Louisiana Tech

101.9

CUSA

141

Bucknell

101.8

Patriot

142

Northern Illinois

101.7

Mid-Amer

143

Miami (O)

101.7

Mid-Amer

144

Central Michigan

101.7

Mid-Amer

145

Southern Miss

101.7

CUSA

146

Wright St.

101.6

Horizon

147

Brown

101.4

Ivy

148

Louisiana Monroe

101.2

Sun Belt

149

Lehigh

101.0

Patriot

150

UNLV

101.0

Mtn West

151

Colgate

101.0

Patriot

152

Coastal Carolina

100.8

Sun Belt

153

Samford

100.7

Socon

154

Stony Brook

100.6

Amer East

155

Princeton

100.6

Ivy

156

Southern Illinois

100.6

Missouri Val

157

Cal St. Fullerton

100.5

Big West

158

St. Bonaventure

100.5

Atl 10

159

Kent St.

100.5

Mid-Amer

160

Duquesne

100.3

Atl 10

161

Missouri St.

100.3

Missouri Val

162

UTSA

100.1

CUSA

163

Winthrop

100.1

Big South

164

Wake Forest

100.0

ACC

165

Northern Colorado

99.9

Big Sky

166

New Mexico

99.8

Mtn West

167

Abilene Christian

99.8

Southland

168

Pepperdine

99.8

West Coast

169

Eastern Michigan

99.7

Mid-Amer

170

Weber St.

99.7

Big Sky

171

Omaha

99.6

Summit

172

Saint Joseph’s

99.6

Atl 10

173

Illinois St.

99.4

Missouri Val

174

Sam Houston St.

99.4

Southland

175

Richmond

99.4

Atl 10

176

NJIT

99.3

Atl Sun

177

Purdue Fort Wayne

99.3

Summit

178

Mercer

99.2

Socon

179

UT Arlington

99.1

Sun Belt

180

Gardner Webb

98.9

Big South

181

Valparaiso

98.9

Missouri Val

182

Rider

98.8

Metro Atl

183

Marshall

98.7

CUSA

184

Bradley

98.6

Missouri Val

185

Louisiana

98.6

Sun Belt

186

Seattle

98.6

WAC

187

IUPUI

98.6

Horizon

188

Campbell

98.5

Big South

189

Hartford

98.5

Amer East

190

UAB

98.5

CUSA

191

Washington St.

98.4

Pac-12

192

Massachusetts

98.3

Atl 10

193

American

98.3

Patriot

194

Hawaii

98.3

Big West

195

Presbyterian

98.3

Big South

196

Dartmouth

98.2

Ivy

197

Appalachian St.

98.2

Sun Belt

198

Florida Atlantic

98.2

CUSA

199

Colorado St.

98.1

Mtn West

200

UT Rio Grande Valley

97.8

WAC

201

North Dakota St.

97.8

Summit

202

Northern Iowa

97.8

Missouri Val

203

Pacific

97.7

West Coast

204

Cal St. Bakersfield

97.6

WAC

205

Evansville

97.5

Missouri Val

206

Illinois Chicago

97.5

Horizon

207

Indiana St.

97.5

Missouri Val

208

Little Rock

97.5

Sun Belt

209

La Salle

97.4

Atl 10

210

Green Bay

97.4

Horizon

211

Texas Southern

97.3

Southwestern

212

Santa Clara

97.3

West Coast

213

Oakland

97.2

Horizon

214

Ohio

97.2

Mid-Amer

215

Holy Cross

97.1

Patriot

216

Charleston Southern

97.1

Big South

217

High Point

97.1

Big South

218

Maryland Baltimore Co.

97.0

Amer East

219

California Baptist

97.0

WAC

220

William & Mary

96.9

Colonial

221

Troy

96.9

Sun Belt

222

Lamar

96.8

Southland

223

South Alabama

96.8

Sun Belt

224

Hampton

96.7

Big South

225

Quinnipiac

96.6

Metro Atl

226

Fairleigh Dickinson

96.5

Northeast

227

Cornell

96.4

Ivy

228

North Florida

96.4

Atl Sun

229

Long Beach St.

96.4

Big West

230

Boston University

96.4

Patriot

231

Fordham

96.3

Atl 10

232

Iona

96.1

Metro Atl

233

UC Davis

96.0

Big West

234

Army

95.9

Patriot

235

Drexel

95.9

Colonial

236

Florida Gulf Coast

95.8

Atl Sun

237

Eastern Kentucky

95.8

Ohio Val

238

The Citadel

95.7

Socon

239

Columbia

95.7

Ivy

240

Marist

95.6

Metro Atl

241

Canisius

95.6

Metro Atl

242

Robert Morris

95.6

Northeast

243

Siena

95.5

Metro Atl

244

Sacred Heart

95.4

Northeast

245

South Dakota

95.4

Summit

246

Florida Int’l.

95.3

CUSA

247

Sacramento St.

95.3

Big Sky

248

Delaware

95.2

Colonial

249

Rice

95.1

CUSA

250

St. Francis (PA)

95.1

Northeast

251

George Washington

95.0

Atl 10

252

Jacksonville

94.9

Atl Sun

253

Montana St.

94.9

Big Sky

254

UMass Lowell

94.8

Amer East

255

Towson

94.8

Colonial

256

Norfolk St.

94.7

Mideastern

257

Detroit

94.7

Horizon

258

Prairie View A&M

94.6

Southwestern

259

Missouri Kansas City

94.6

WAC

260

St. Francis (Bklyn)

94.6

Northeast

261

Morehead St.

94.5

Ohio Val

262

Air Force

94.4

Mtn West

263

California

94.4

Pac-12

264

Arkansas St.

94.3

Sun Belt

265

Grambling

94.3

Southwestern

266

UNC Wilmington

94.3

Colonial

267

Long Island

94.3

Northeast

268

Western Michigan

94.3

Mid-Amer

269

UTEP

94.3

CUSA

270

Southern Utah

94.2

Big Sky

271

James Madison

94.1

Colonial

272

Chattanooga

94.1

Socon

273

Middle Tennessee

94.1

CUSA

274

Wagner

94.0

Northeast

275

Albany

94.0

Amer East

276

Monmouth

94.0

Metro Atl

277

Portland St.

93.9

Big Sky

278

Eastern Washington

93.9

Big Sky

279

East Carolina

93.8

American Ath

280

Stephen F. Austin

93.7

Southland

281

Western Illinois

93.7

Summit

282

North Dakota

93.7

Summit

283

Cal St. Northridge

93.6

Big West

284

Texas A&M CC

93.6

Southland

285

Youngstown St.

93.6

Horizon

286

Tulane

93.5

American Ath

287

Loyola (MD)

93.4

Patriot

288

Milwaukee

93.4

Horizon

289

Eastern Illinois

93.3

Ohio Val

290

Tennessee St.

93.3

Ohio Val

291

New Orleans

93.3

Southland

292

Fairfield

93.2

Metro Atl

293

Oral Roberts

93.2

Summit

294

Houston Baptist

93.0

Southland

295

North Carolina Central

92.9

Mideastern

296

Niagara

92.9

Metro Atl

297

Bethune Cookman

92.8

Mideastern

298

Lafayette

92.7

Patriot

299

UT Martin

92.7

Ohio Val

300

Central Arkansas

92.5

Southland

301

Southeast Missouri St.

92.5

Ohio Val

302

Longwood

92.5

Big South

303

Western Carolina

92.5

Socon

304

Central Connecticut

92.4

Northeast

305

Idaho St.

92.2

Big Sky

306

Navy

92.2

Patriot

307

Southeastern Louisiana

92.1

Southland

308

Charlotte

92.1

CUSA

309

Denver

92.0

Summit

310

Cleveland St.

92.0

Horizon

311

UC Riverside

91.7

Big West

312

Saint Peter’s

91.6

Metro Atl

313

Howard

91.3

Mideastern

314

Nicholls St.

91.2

Southland

315

Maine

91.0

Amer East

316

Northern Arizona

90.9

Big Sky

317

VMI

90.8

Socon

318

Alabama St.

90.8

Southwestern

319

McNeese St.

90.8

Southland

320

Wyoming

90.7

Mtn West

321

Florida A&M

90.6

Mideastern

322

Manhattan

90.6

Metro Atl

323

Elon

90.5

Colonial

324

North Alabama

90.1

Atl Sun

325

Jackson St.

89.8

Southwestern

326

Tennessee Tech

89.6

Ohio Val

327

Portland

89.5

West Coast

328

Cal Poly

89.3

Big West

329

Mount St. Mary’s

89.2

Northeast

330

USC Upstate

89.2

Big South

331

Bryant

88.9

Northeast

332

Arkansas Pine Bluff

88.9

Southwestern

333

SIU Edwardsville

88.7

Ohio Val

334

Morgan St.

88.7

Mideastern

335

Binghamton

88.6

Amer East

336

South Carolina St.

88.3

Mideastern

337

Stetson

87.4

Atl Sun

338

Southern

87.3

Southwestern

339

Northwestern St.

87.2

Southland

340

Kennesaw St.

86.5

Atl Sun

341

San Jose St.

86.3

Mtn West

342

Idaho

86.3

Big Sky

343

Incarnate Word

86.0

Southland

344

Alcorn St.

85.6

Southwestern

345

Alabama A&M

85.4

Southwestern

346

New Hampshire

85.4

Amer East

347

Coppin St.

85.2

Mideastern

348

UNC Asheville

85.0

Big South

349

Savannah St.

84.6

Mideastern

350

Mississippi Valley St.

82.9

Southwestern

351

Maryland Eastern Shore

80.7

Mideastern

352

Delaware St.

80.5

Mideastern

353

Chicago St.

80.0

WAC

 

PiRate Ratings–Alphabetical

Rk

Team

PiRate

Conf

167

Abilene Christian

99.8

Southland

262

Air Force

94.4

Mtn West

119

Akron

103.6

Mid-Amer

44

Alabama

109.5

SEC

345

Alabama A&M

85.4

Southwestern

318

Alabama St.

90.8

Southwestern

275

Albany

94.0

Amer East

344

Alcorn St.

85.6

Southwestern

193

American

98.3

Patriot

197

Appalachian St.

98.2

Sun Belt

77

Arizona

106.3

Pac-12

54

Arizona St.

108.2

Pac-12

58

Arkansas

107.7

SEC

332

Arkansas Pine Bluff

88.9

Southwestern

264

Arkansas St.

94.3

Sun Belt

234

Army

95.9

Patriot

10

Auburn

116.1

SEC

113

Austin Peay

103.8

Ohio Val

104

Ball St.

104.5

Mid-Amer

36

Baylor

111.0

Big 12

65

Belmont

107.3

Ohio Val

297

Bethune Cookman

92.8

Mideastern

335

Binghamton

88.6

Amer East

131

Boise St.

102.7

Mtn West

115

Boston College

103.7

ACC

230

Boston University

96.4

Patriot

122

Bowling Green

103.3

Mid-Amer

184

Bradley

98.6

Missouri Val

147

Brown

101.4

Ivy

331

Bryant

88.9

Northeast

141

Bucknell

101.8

Patriot

22

Buffalo

113.0

Mid-Amer

50

Butler

108.9

Big East

85

BYU

105.9

West Coast

328

Cal Poly

89.3

Big West

204

Cal St. Bakersfield

97.6

WAC

157

Cal St. Fullerton

100.5

Big West

283

Cal St. Northridge

93.6

Big West

263

California

94.4

Pac-12

219

California Baptist

97.0

WAC

188

Campbell

98.5

Big South

241

Canisius

95.6

Metro Atl

300

Central Arkansas

92.5

Southland

304

Central Connecticut

92.4

Northeast

52

Central Florida

108.7

American Ath

144

Central Michigan

101.7

Mid-Amer

123

Charleston

103.3

Colonial

216

Charleston Southern

97.1

Big South

308

Charlotte

92.1

CUSA

272

Chattanooga

94.1

Socon

353

Chicago St.

80.0

WAC

28

Cincinnati

112.0

American Ath

29

Clemson

111.8

ACC

310

Cleveland St.

92.0

Horizon

152

Coastal Carolina

100.8

Sun Belt

151

Colgate

101.0

Patriot

78

Colorado

106.2

Pac-12

199

Colorado St.

98.1

Mtn West

239

Columbia

95.7

Ivy

79

Connecticut

106.1

American Ath

347

Coppin St.

85.2

Mideastern

227

Cornell

96.4

Ivy

45

Creighton

109.5

Big East

196

Dartmouth

98.2

Ivy

80

Davidson

106.1

Atl 10

67

Dayton

107.2

Atl 10

248

Delaware

95.2

Colonial

352

Delaware St.

80.5

Mideastern

309

Denver

92.0

Summit

94

DePaul

105.0

Big East

257

Detroit

94.7

Horizon

137

Drake

102.1

Missouri Val

235

Drexel

95.9

Colonial

1

Duke

124.9

ACC

160

Duquesne

100.3

Atl 10

279

East Carolina

93.8

American Ath

75

East Tennessee St.

106.3

Socon

289

Eastern Illinois

93.3

Ohio Val

237

Eastern Kentucky

95.8

Ohio Val

169

Eastern Michigan

99.7

Mid-Amer

278

Eastern Washington

93.9

Big Sky

323

Elon

90.5

Colonial

205

Evansville

97.5

Missouri Val

292

Fairfield

93.2

Metro Atl

226

Fairleigh Dickinson

96.5

Northeast

35

Florida

111.1

SEC

321

Florida A&M

90.6

Mideastern

198

Florida Atlantic

98.2

CUSA

236

Florida Gulf Coast

95.8

Atl Sun

246

Florida Int’l.

95.3

CUSA

19

Florida St.

113.6

ACC

231

Fordham

96.3

Atl 10

55

Fresno St.

108.0

Mtn West

69

Furman

107.0

Socon

180

Gardner Webb

98.9

Big South

133

George Mason

102.6

Atl 10

251

George Washington

95.0

Atl 10

73

Georgetown

106.4

Big East

114

Georgia

103.8

SEC

117

Georgia Southern

103.6

Sun Belt

127

Georgia St.

103.2

Sun Belt

99

Georgia Tech

104.6

ACC

2

Gonzaga

124.0

West Coast

265

Grambling

94.3

Southwestern

89

Grand Canyon

105.4

WAC

210

Green Bay

97.4

Horizon

224

Hampton

96.7

Big South

189

Hartford

98.5

Amer East

130

Harvard

102.7

Ivy

194

Hawaii

98.3

Big West

217

High Point

97.1

Big South

64

Hofstra

107.3

Colonial

215

Holy Cross

97.1

Patriot

18

Houston

113.7

American Ath

294

Houston Baptist

93.0

Southland

313

Howard

91.3

Mideastern

342

Idaho

86.3

Big Sky

305

Idaho St.

92.2

Big Sky

76

Illinois

106.3

Big Ten

206

Illinois Chicago

97.5

Horizon

173

Illinois St.

99.4

Missouri Val

343

Incarnate Word

86.0

Southland

41

Indiana

110.2

Big Ten

207

Indiana St.

97.5

Missouri Val

232

Iona

96.1

Metro Atl

24

Iowa

112.4

Big Ten

14

Iowa St.

115.0

Big 12

187

IUPUI

98.6

Horizon

325

Jackson St.

89.8

Southwestern

252

Jacksonville

94.9

Atl Sun

124

Jacksonville St.

103.3

Ohio Val

271

James Madison

94.1

Colonial

15

Kansas

114.9

Big 12

32

Kansas St.

111.5

Big 12

340

Kennesaw St.

86.5

Atl Sun

159

Kent St.

100.5

Mid-Amer

6

Kentucky

118.1

SEC

209

La Salle

97.4

Atl 10

298

Lafayette

92.7

Patriot

222

Lamar

96.8

Southland

149

Lehigh

101.0

Patriot

81

Liberty

106.0

Atl Sun

39

Lipscomb

110.9

Atl Sun

208

Little Rock

97.5

Sun Belt

229

Long Beach St.

96.4

Big West

267

Long Island

94.3

Northeast

302

Longwood

92.5

Big South

185

Louisiana

98.6

Sun Belt

148

Louisiana Monroe

101.2

Sun Belt

140

Louisiana Tech

101.9

CUSA

16

Louisville

114.8

ACC

101

Loyola (Chi)

104.6

Missouri Val

287

Loyola (MD)

93.4

Patriot

138

Loyola Marymount

102.1

West Coast

21

LSU

113.0

SEC

315

Maine

91.0

Amer East

322

Manhattan

90.6

Metro Atl

240

Marist

95.6

Metro Atl

26

Marquette

112.3

Big East

183

Marshall

98.7

CUSA

20

Maryland

113.3

Big Ten

218

Maryland Baltimore Co.

97.0

Amer East

351

Maryland Eastern Shore

80.7

Mideastern

192

Massachusetts

98.3

Atl 10

319

McNeese St.

90.8

Southland

84

Memphis

105.9

American Ath

178

Mercer

99.2

Socon

66

Miami (Fla)

107.3

ACC

143

Miami (O)

101.7

Mid-Amer

7

Michigan

117.3

Big Ten

4

Michigan St.

119.8

Big Ten

273

Middle Tennessee

94.1

CUSA

288

Milwaukee

93.4

Horizon

61

Minnesota

107.6

Big Ten

42

Mississippi

109.9

SEC

25

Mississippi St.

112.3

SEC

350

Mississippi Valley St.

82.9

Southwestern

100

Missouri

104.6

SEC

259

Missouri Kansas City

94.6

WAC

161

Missouri St.

100.3

Missouri Val

276

Monmouth

94.0

Metro Atl

111

Montana

103.8

Big Sky

253

Montana St.

94.9

Big Sky

261

Morehead St.

94.5

Ohio Val

334

Morgan St.

88.7

Mideastern

329

Mount St. Mary’s

89.2

Northeast

62

Murray St.

107.4

Ohio Val

306

Navy

92.2

Patriot

30

Nebraska

111.6

Big Ten

11

Nevada

115.5

Mtn West

346

New Hampshire

85.4

Amer East

166

New Mexico

99.8

Mtn West

60

New Mexico St.

107.6

WAC

291

New Orleans

93.3

Southland

296

Niagara

92.9

Metro Atl

314

Nicholls St.

91.2

Southland

176

NJIT

99.3

Atl Sun

256

Norfolk St.

94.7

Mideastern

324

North Alabama

90.1

Atl Sun

49

North Carolina

109.1

ACC

136

North Carolina A&T

102.2

Mideastern

295

North Carolina Central

92.9

Mideastern

27

North Carolina St.

112.1

ACC

282

North Dakota

93.7

Summit

201

North Dakota St.

97.8

Summit

228

North Florida

96.4

Atl Sun

126

North Texas

103.2

CUSA

96

Northeastern

104.9

Colonial

316

Northern Arizona

90.9

Big Sky

165

Northern Colorado

99.9

Big Sky

142

Northern Illinois

101.7

Mid-Amer

202

Northern Iowa

97.8

Missouri Val

91

Northern Kentucky

105.4

Horizon

56

Northwestern

107.8

Big Ten

339

Northwestern St.

87.2

Southland

87

Notre Dame

105.6

ACC

213

Oakland

97.2

Horizon

214

Ohio

97.2

Mid-Amer

31

Ohio St.

111.6

Big Ten

37

Oklahoma

111.0

Big 12

95

Oklahoma St.

104.9

Big 12

106

Old Dominion

104.4

CUSA

171

Omaha

99.6

Summit

293

Oral Roberts

93.2

Summit

53

Oregon

108.6

Pac-12

88

Oregon St.

105.4

Pac-12

203

Pacific

97.7

West Coast

110

Penn

103.9

Ivy

63

Penn St.

107.3

Big Ten

168

Pepperdine

99.8

West Coast

83

Pittsburgh

105.9

ACC

327

Portland

89.5

West Coast

277

Portland St.

93.9

Big Sky

258

Prairie View A&M

94.6

Southwestern

195

Presbyterian

98.3

Big South

155

Princeton

100.6

Ivy

71

Providence

106.6

Big East

8

Purdue

117.0

Big Ten

177

Purdue Fort Wayne

99.3

Summit

225

Quinnipiac

96.6

Metro Atl

134

Radford

102.5

Big South

135

Rhode Island

102.4

Atl 10

249

Rice

95.1

CUSA

175

Richmond

99.4

Atl 10

182

Rider

98.8

Metro Atl

242

Robert Morris

95.6

Northeast

97

Rutgers

104.7

Big Ten

247

Sacramento St.

95.3

Big Sky

244

Sacred Heart

95.4

Northeast

172

Saint Joseph’s

99.6

Atl 10

132

Saint Louis

102.6

Atl 10

43

Saint Mary’s

109.6

West Coast

312

Saint Peter’s

91.6

Metro Atl

174

Sam Houston St.

99.4

Southland

153

Samford

100.7

Socon

90

San Diego

105.4

West Coast

125

San Diego St.

103.3

Mtn West

51

San Francisco

108.7

West Coast

341

San Jose St.

86.3

Mtn West

212

Santa Clara

97.3

West Coast

349

Savannah St.

84.6

Mideastern

186

Seattle

98.6

WAC

59

Seton Hall

107.7

Big East

243

Siena

95.5

Metro Atl

333

SIU Edwardsville

88.7

Ohio Val

102

SMU

104.6

American Ath

223

South Alabama

96.8

Sun Belt

92

South Carolina

105.3

SEC

336

South Carolina St.

88.3

Mideastern

245

South Dakota

95.4

Summit

72

South Dakota St.

106.6

Summit

116

South Florida

103.6

American Ath

301

Southeast Missouri St.

92.5

Ohio Val

307

Southeastern Louisiana

92.1

Southland

338

Southern

87.3

Southwestern

156

Southern Illinois

100.6

Missouri Val

145

Southern Miss

101.7

CUSA

270

Southern Utah

94.2

Big Sky

158

St. Bonaventure

100.5

Atl 10

260

St. Francis (Bklyn)

94.6

Northeast

250

St. Francis (PA)

95.1

Northeast

48

St. John’s

109.1

Big East

121

Stanford

103.4

Pac-12

280

Stephen F. Austin

93.7

Southland

337

Stetson

87.4

Atl Sun

154

Stony Brook

100.6

Amer East

38

Syracuse

110.9

ACC

34

TCU

111.2

Big 12

70

Temple

106.7

American Ath

5

Tennessee

119.1

SEC

290

Tennessee St.

93.3

Ohio Val

326

Tennessee Tech

89.6

Ohio Val

23

Texas

112.5

Big 12

103

Texas A&M

104.5

SEC

284

Texas A&M CC

93.6

Southland

211

Texas Southern

97.3

Southwestern

108

Texas St.

103.9

Sun Belt

13

Texas Tech

115.2

Big 12

238

The Citadel

95.7

Socon

57

Toledo

107.8

Mid-Amer

255

Towson

94.8

Colonial

221

Troy

96.9

Sun Belt

286

Tulane

93.5

American Ath

118

Tulsa

103.6

American Ath

190

UAB

98.5

CUSA

233

UC Davis

96.0

Big West

107

UC Irvine

103.9

Big West

311

UC Riverside

91.7

Big West

139

UC Santa Barbara

101.9

Big West

86

UCLA

105.9

Pac-12

254

UMass Lowell

94.8

Amer East

348

UNC Asheville

85.0

Big South

82

UNC Greensboro

106.0

Socon

266

UNC Wilmington

94.3

Colonial

150

UNLV

101.0

Mtn West

93

USC

105.2

Pac-12

330

USC Upstate

89.2

Big South

179

UT Arlington

99.1

Sun Belt

299

UT Martin

92.7

Ohio Val

200

UT Rio Grande Valley

97.8

WAC

112

Utah

103.8

Pac-12

46

Utah St.

109.4

Mtn West

129

Utah Valley

102.9

WAC

269

UTEP

94.3

CUSA

162

UTSA

100.1

CUSA

181

Valparaiso

98.9

Missouri Val

128

Vanderbilt

103.0

SEC

68

Vermont

107.1

Amer East

17

Villanova

114.1

Big East

3

Virginia

121.8

ACC

47

Virginia Commonwealth

109.2

Atl 10

9

Virginia Tech

116.4

ACC

317

VMI

90.8

Socon

274

Wagner

94.0

Northeast

164

Wake Forest

100.0

ACC

40

Washington

110.6

Pac-12

191

Washington St.

98.4

Pac-12

170

Weber St.

99.7

Big Sky

98

West Virginia

104.6

Big 12

303

Western Carolina

92.5

Socon

281

Western Illinois

93.7

Summit

109

Western Kentucky

103.9

CUSA

268

Western Michigan

94.3

Mid-Amer

120

Wichita St.

103.5

American Ath

220

William & Mary

96.9

Colonial

163

Winthrop

100.1

Big South

12

Wisconsin

115.5

Big Ten

33

Wofford

111.3

Socon

146

Wright St.

101.6

Horizon

320

Wyoming

90.7

Mtn West

105

Xavier

104.5

Big East

74

Yale

106.4

Ivy

285

Youngstown St.

93.6

Horizon

 

PiRate Ratings By Conference

#

America East

PiRate

68

Vermont

107.1

154

Stony Brook

100.6

189

Hartford

98.5

218

Maryland Baltimore Co.

97.0

254

UMass Lowell

94.8

275

Albany

94.0

315

Maine

91.0

335

Binghamton

88.6

346

New Hampshire

85.4

#

American Athletic

PiRate

18

Houston

113.7

28

Cincinnati

112.0

52

Central Florida

108.7

70

Temple

106.7

79

Connecticut

106.1

84

Memphis

105.9

102

SMU

104.6

116

South Florida

103.6

118

Tulsa

103.6

120

Wichita St.

103.5

279

East Carolina

93.8

286

Tulane

93.5

#

Atlantic 10

PiRate

47

Virginia Commonwealth

109.2

67

Dayton

107.2

80

Davidson

106.1

132

Saint Louis

102.6

133

George Mason

102.6

135

Rhode Island

102.4

158

St. Bonaventure

100.5

160

Duquesne

100.3

172

Saint Joseph’s

99.6

175

Richmond

99.4

192

Massachusetts

98.3

209

La Salle

97.4

231

Fordham

96.3

251

George Washington

95.0

#

Atlantic Coast

PiRate

1

Duke

124.9

3

Virginia

121.8

9

Virginia Tech

116.4

16

Louisville

114.8

19

Florida St.

113.6

27

North Carolina St.

112.1

29

Clemson

111.8

38

Syracuse

110.9

49

North Carolina

109.1

66

Miami (Fla)

107.3

83

Pittsburgh

105.9

87

Notre Dame

105.6

99

Georgia Tech

104.6

115

Boston College

103.7

164

Wake Forest

100.0

#

Atlantic Sun

PiRate

39

Lipscomb

110.9

81

Liberty

106.0

176

NJIT

99.3

228

North Florida

96.4

236

Florida Gulf Coast

95.8

252

Jacksonville

94.9

324

North Alabama

90.1

337

Stetson

87.4

340

Kennesaw St.

86.5

#

Big 12

PiRate

13

Texas Tech

115.2

14

Iowa St.

115.0

15

Kansas

114.9

23

Texas

112.5

32

Kansas St.

111.5

34

TCU

111.2

36

Baylor

111.0

37

Oklahoma

111.0

95

Oklahoma St.

104.9

98

West Virginia

104.6

#

Big East

PiRate

17

Villanova

114.1

26

Marquette

112.3

45

Creighton

109.5

48

St. John’s

109.1

50

Butler

108.9

59

Seton Hall

107.7

71

Providence

106.6

73

Georgetown

106.4

94

DePaul

105.0

105

Xavier

104.5

#

Big Sky

PiRate

111

Montana

103.8

165

Northern Colorado

99.9

170

Weber St.

99.7

247

Sacramento St.

95.3

253

Montana St.

94.9

270

Southern Utah

94.2

277

Portland St.

93.9

278

Eastern Washington

93.9

305

Idaho St.

92.2

316

Northern Arizona

90.9

342

Idaho

86.3

#

Big South

PiRate

134

Radford

102.5

163

Winthrop

100.1

180

Gardner Webb

98.9

188

Campbell

98.5

195

Presbyterian

98.3

216

Charleston Southern

97.1

217

High Point

97.1

224

Hampton

96.7

302

Longwood

92.5

330

USC Upstate

89.2

348

UNC Asheville

85.0

#

Big Ten

PiRate

4

Michigan St.

119.8

7

Michigan

117.3

8

Purdue

117.0

12

Wisconsin

115.5

20

Maryland

113.3

24

Iowa

112.4

30

Nebraska

111.6

31

Ohio St.

111.6

41

Indiana

110.2

56

Northwestern

107.8

61

Minnesota

107.6

63

Penn St.

107.3

76

Illinois

106.3

97

Rutgers

104.7

#

Big West

PiRate

107

UC Irvine

103.9

139

UC Santa Barbara

101.9

157

Cal St. Fullerton

100.5

194

Hawaii

98.3

229

Long Beach St.

96.4

233

UC Davis

96.0

283

Cal St. Northridge

93.6

311

UC Riverside

91.7

328

Cal Poly

89.3

#

Colonial Athletic

PiRate

64

Hofstra

107.3

96

Northeastern

104.9

123

Charleston

103.3

220

William & Mary

96.9

235

Drexel

95.9

248

Delaware

95.2

255

Towson

94.8

266

UNC Wilmington

94.3

271

James Madison

94.1

323

Elon

90.5

#

Conference USA

PiRate

106

Old Dominion

104.4

109

Western Kentucky

103.9

126

North Texas

103.2

140

Louisiana Tech

101.9

145

Southern Miss

101.7

162

UTSA

100.1

183

Marshall

98.7

190

UAB

98.5

198

Florida Atlantic

98.2

246

Florida Int’l.

95.3

249

Rice

95.1

269

UTEP

94.3

273

Middle Tennessee

94.1

308

Charlotte

92.1

#

Horizon

PiRate

91

Northern Kentucky

105.4

146

Wright St.

101.6

187

IUPUI

98.6

206

Illinois Chicago

97.5

210

Green Bay

97.4

213

Oakland

97.2

257

Detroit

94.7

285

Youngstown St.

93.6

288

Milwaukee

93.4

310

Cleveland St.

92.0

#

Ivy

PiRate

74

Yale

106.4

110

Penn

103.9

130

Harvard

102.7

147

Brown

101.4

155

Princeton

100.6

196

Dartmouth

98.2

227

Cornell

96.4

239

Columbia

95.7

#

Metro Atlantic

PiRate

182

Rider

98.8

225

Quinnipiac

96.6

232

Iona

96.1

240

Marist

95.6

241

Canisius

95.6

243

Siena

95.5

276

Monmouth

94.0

292

Fairfield

93.2

296

Niagara

92.9

312

Saint Peter’s

91.6

322

Manhattan

90.6

#

Mid-American

PiRate

22

Buffalo

113.0

57

Toledo

107.8

104

Ball St.

104.5

119

Akron

103.6

122

Bowling Green

103.3

142

Northern Illinois

101.7

143

Miami (O)

101.7

144

Central Michigan

101.7

159

Kent St.

100.5

169

Eastern Michigan

99.7

214

Ohio

97.2

268

Western Michigan

94.3

#

Mideastern Athletic

PiRate

136

North Carolina A&T

102.2

256

Norfolk St.

94.7

295

North Carolina Central

92.9

297

Bethune Cookman

92.8

313

Howard

91.3

321

Florida A&M

90.6

334

Morgan St.

88.7

336

South Carolina St.

88.3

347

Coppin St.

85.2

349

Savannah St.

84.6

351

Maryland Eastern Shore

80.7

352

Delaware St.

80.5

#

Missouri Valley

PiRate

101

Loyola (Chi)

104.6

137

Drake

102.1

156

Southern Illinois

100.6

161

Missouri St.

100.3

173

Illinois St.

99.4

181

Valparaiso

98.9

184

Bradley

98.6

202

Northern Iowa

97.8

205

Evansville

97.5

207

Indiana St.

97.5

#

Mountain West

PiRate

11

Nevada

115.5

46

Utah St.

109.4

55

Fresno St.

108.0

125

San Diego St.

103.3

131

Boise St.

102.7

150

UNLV

101.0

166

New Mexico

99.8

199

Colorado St.

98.1

262

Air Force

94.4

320

Wyoming

90.7

341

San Jose St.

86.3

#

Northeast

PiRate

226

Fairleigh Dickinson

96.5

242

Robert Morris

95.6

244

Sacred Heart

95.4

250

St. Francis (PA)

95.1

260

St. Francis (Bklyn)

94.6

267

Long Island

94.3

274

Wagner

94.0

304

Central Connecticut

92.4

329

Mount St. Mary’s

89.2

331

Bryant

88.9

#

Ohio Valley

PiRate

62

Murray St.

107.4

65

Belmont

107.3

113

Austin Peay

103.8

124

Jacksonville St.

103.3

237

Eastern Kentucky

95.8

261

Morehead St.

94.5

289

Eastern Illinois

93.3

290

Tennessee St.

93.3

299

UT Martin

92.7

301

Southeast Missouri St.

92.5

326

Tennessee Tech

89.6

333

SIU Edwardsville

88.7

#

Pac-12

PiRate

40

Washington

110.6

53

Oregon

108.6

54

Arizona St.

108.2

77

Arizona

106.3

78

Colorado

106.2

86

UCLA

105.9

88

Oregon St.

105.4

93

USC

105.2

112

Utah

103.8

121

Stanford

103.4

191

Washington St.

98.4

263

California

94.4

#

Patriot

PiRate

141

Bucknell

101.8

149

Lehigh

101.0

151

Colgate

101.0

193

American

98.3

215

Holy Cross

97.1

230

Boston University

96.4

234

Army

95.9

287

Loyola (MD)

93.4

298

Lafayette

92.7

306

Navy

92.2

#

Southeastern

PiRate

5

Tennessee

119.1

6

Kentucky

118.1

10

Auburn

116.1

21

LSU

113.0

25

Mississippi St.

112.3

35

Florida

111.1

42

Mississippi

109.9

44

Alabama

109.5

58

Arkansas

107.7

92

South Carolina

105.3

100

Missouri

104.6

103

Texas A&M

104.5

114

Georgia

103.8

128

Vanderbilt

103.0

#

Southern

PiRate

33

Wofford

111.3

69

Furman

107.0

75

East Tennessee St.

106.3

82

UNC Greensboro

106.0

153

Samford

100.7

178

Mercer

99.2

238

The Citadel

95.7

272

Chattanooga

94.1

303

Western Carolina

92.5

317

VMI

90.8

#

Southland

PiRate

167

Abilene Christian

99.8

174

Sam Houston St.

99.4

222

Lamar

96.8

280

Stephen F. Austin

93.7

284

Texas A&M CC

93.6

291

New Orleans

93.3

294

Houston Baptist

93.0

300

Central Arkansas

92.5

307

Southeastern Louisiana

92.1

314

Nicholls St.

91.2

319

McNeese St.

90.8

339

Northwestern St.

87.2

343

Incarnate Word

86.0

#

Southwestern Athletic

PiRate

211

Texas Southern

97.3

258

Prairie View A&M

94.6

265

Grambling

94.3

318

Alabama St.

90.8

325

Jackson St.

89.8

332

Arkansas Pine Bluff

88.9

338

Southern

87.3

344

Alcorn St.

85.6

345

Alabama A&M

85.4

350

Mississippi Valley St.

82.9

#

Summit

PiRate

72

South Dakota St.

106.6

171

Omaha

99.6

177

Purdue Fort Wayne

99.3

201

North Dakota St.

97.8

245

South Dakota

95.4

281

Western Illinois

93.7

282

North Dakota

93.7

293

Oral Roberts

93.2

309

Denver

92.0

#

Sun Belt

PiRate

108

Texas St.

103.9

117

Georgia Southern

103.6

127

Georgia St.

103.2

148

Louisiana Monroe

101.2

152

Coastal Carolina

100.8

179

UT Arlington

99.1

185

Louisiana

98.6

197

Appalachian St.

98.2

208

Little Rock

97.5

221

Troy

96.9

223

South Alabama

96.8

264

Arkansas St.

94.3

#

West Coast

PiRate

2

Gonzaga

124.0

43

Saint Mary’s

109.6

51

San Francisco

108.7

85

BYU

105.9

90

San Diego

105.4

138

Loyola Marymount

102.1

168

Pepperdine

99.8

203

Pacific

97.7

212

Santa Clara

97.3

327

Portland

89.5

#

Western Athletic

PiRate

60

New Mexico St.

107.6

89

Grand Canyon

105.4

129

Utah Valley

102.9

186

Seattle

98.6

200

UT Rio Grande Valley

97.8

204

Cal St. Bakersfield

97.6

219

California Baptist

97.0

259

Missouri Kansas City

94.6

353

Chicago St.

80.0

 

How Many Teams Really Belong In The NCAA Tournament

And What Might Be A Better Alternative

Face it: of the 68 teams in the Big Dance in most years, 16 at most are strong enough to win six games in a row and cut the nets after the National Championship Game.  There have been few surprise champions since the field began to expand from 24 to 32 to 40 to 48 to 64 and finally to 68.

As popular as some Cinderella teams have been through  the years, there have also been a lot of missed “games for the ages” when great teams fell as upset victims.

The national champion has come from a limited conference base.  Basically, every national champion ever came from a top 10 conference (or top Independent) or was the overwhelming best team from all the other conferences combined.

Year

Champion

Conference

2018

Villanova

Big East

2017

North Carolina

ACC

2016

Villanova

Big East

2015

Duke

ACC

2014

Connecticut

American

2013

Louisville

Big East

2012

Kentucky

SEC

2011

Connecticut

Big East

2010

Duke

ACC

2009

North Carolina

ACC

2008

Kansas

Big 12

2007

Florida

SEC

2006

Florida

SEC

2005

North Carolina

ACC

2004

Connecticut

Big East

2003

Syracuse

Big East

2002

Maryland

ACC

2001

Duke

ACC

2000

Michigan St.

Big Ten

1999

Connecticut

Big East

1998

Kentucky

SEC

1997

Arizona

Pac-10

1996

Kentucky

SEC

1995

UCLA

Pac-10

1994

Arkansas

SEC

1993

North Carolina

ACC

1992

Duke

ACC

1991

Duke

ACC

1990

UNLV

Big West

1989

Michigan

Big Ten

1988

Kansas

Big 8

1987

Indiana

Big Ten

1986

Louisville

Metro 7

1985

Villanova

Big East

1984

Georgetown

Big East

1983

North Carolina St.

ACC

1982

North Carolina

ACC

1981

Indiana

Big Ten

1980

Louisville

Metro 7

1979

Michigan St.

Big Ten

1978

Kentucky

SEC

1977

Marquette

Independent

1976

Indiana

Big Ten

1975

UCLA

Pac-8

1974

North Carolina St.

ACC

1973

UCLA

Pac-8

1972

UCLA

Pac-8

1971

UCLA

Pac-8

1970

UCLA

Pac-8

1969

UCLA

Pac-8

1968

UCLA

AAWU

1967

UCLA

AAWU

1966

Texas Western

Independent

1965

UCLA

AAWU

1964

UCLA

AAWU

1963

Loyola (Chi)

Independent

1962

Cincinnati

Missouri Valley

1961

Cincinnati

Missouri Valley

1960

Ohio State

Big Ten

1959

California

Pacific Coast

1958

Kentucky

SEC

1957

North Carolina

ACC

1956

San Francisco

Cal BB Assoc

1955

San Francisco

Cal BB Assoc

1954

La Salle

Independent

1953

Indiana

Big Ten

1952

Kansas

Big 7

1951

Kentucky

SEC

1950

CCNY

Metro NY

1949

Kentucky

SEC

1948

Kentucky

SEC

1947

Holy Cross

Independent

1946

Oklahoma A&M

Missouri Valley

1945

Oklahoma A&M

Missouri Valley

1944

Utah

Independent

1943

Wyoming

Mountain States

1942

Stanford

Pacific Coast

1941

Wisconsin

Big Ten

1940

Indiana

Big Ten

1939

Oregon

Pacific Coast

In case you are not familiar with some of the conference names from the past, here is an explanation for those leagues that don’t immediately come to mind.

Pacific Coast/AAWU/Pac-8/Pac-10/Pac-12: In the late 1950’s, the Pacific Coast Conference had a little tiff with the northern teams and southern teams going to battle over football issues with UCLA.  UCLA and Cal left the Pac Coast, and then the league folded.  Five teams formed the AAWU, while the other three became Independents for a few years.  When it became financially unfeasible to remain apart, the eight teams made up and formed the Pac-8, which expanded to 10 and now 12.  This league was always a power conference, and even though it may be a one-bid league this year and at most a two-bid league, it is still a major conference.

Mountain States Conference: This was a power conference in its time.  BYU, Utah,  and Utah State were rivals to Wyoming, and basketball was highly competitive at these schools.  At this point in time, the MSC was more powerful than the Big 7 (Big 8/Big 12).

Missouri Valley: Unlike today’s MVC, the Valley of the 1940’s through the early 1970’s was on par with today’s Big East.  Oklahoma A&M became Oklahoma State.  Teams like Bradley, Cincinnati, and St. Louis were regular Top 10 members in the older times.  Louisville and Memphis State (now Memphis) kept this league at the top into the early 1970’s.

Metro New York: Who is CCNY?  City College of New York was the Gonzaga of its time with one exception–this team was involved with “point shaving” where players helped make the point spread come in on the side of certain gamblers in exchange for money. This team was the only team to ever win the NIT Championship and NCAA Championship in the same year, which was allowed back then.

California Basketball Association: This is another Gonzaga case, where San Francisco had the Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett of the day in Bill Russell and K.C. Jones.  USF won 60 games in a row.

Metro 7: This was a league created with some of the top teams from big Midwest (and later Southern) cities.  Louisville, Memphis State, Cincinnati, and Georgia Tech were among the charter members, with Florida State, Virginia Tech, and South Carolina among teams added later.

Independents: For many years, upwards of 35 Major College teams chose to not join a conference.  In the East, many of these Independent schools were members of a loose organization known as the ECAC (East Coast Athletic Conference), which was not a real conference but an organization that hosted a post-season tournament to help the NCAA select the top independents in the East.

In the Mideast, Midwest, and Southwest, some of the best basketball for many years was played by the independent schools.  Marquette, Notre Dame, Houston, and Florida State regularly ranked in the AP and UPI polls.

What Does This Mean Today?

The evidence is clear.  The top leagues and the best team outside the top leagues have won every national championship since 1939.  Cinderellas may be fun for a couple days early in the tournament, but eventually they become fodder for a power team.

Rather than include all 353 teams in the NCAA Tournament possible field of 68, why not stick with a 16-team field with 14 or 15 teams coming from the top conferences and either one or two of the top two teams outside the top conferences?

Rather than have a bracketed tournament, what if the 16 teams played “best of” series on home courts in an NCAA Playoff similar to the NBA Playoffs?

In the Rounds of 16 and 8, a best 2 out of 3 would be played with Game 1 and if necessary Game 3 on the higher seeds’ home courts.

In the Round of 4, and in the Championship Round, a best 4 out of 7 would be played with the higher seeds hosting Games 1-2-5-7, and the lower seeds hosting Games 3-4-6.

How It Might Look This Year

Round of 16 (Higher Seed Listed 1st)

Gonzaga vs. Louisville

Duke vs. Iowa St.

Virginia vs. Nevada

Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech

Kentucky vs. Wisconsin

Michigan vs. Texas Tech

Houston vs. Purdue

Michigan St. vs. North Carolina

More Strict Possibility?

Truth be told, this year, half of the teams mentioned above are not in the class of the top teams.  It would be better if Kentucky, Duke, Gonzaga, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Nevada, and Michigan began the tournament as an Elite 8 and played best of 7 quarterfinals, semifinals, and final series.  One of these eight teams will tear down the nets in April, and for excitement, it would be best if these were the Elite 8.

Maybe break it down into the East and the West and have these pairings.

E1 Duke vs. E4 Michigan

E2 Virginia vs. E3 North Carolina

W1 Gonzaga vs. W4 Nevada

W2 Tennessee vs. W3 Kentucky

How many people would watch best 4 of 7 series with these eight super teams this year?  We strongly believe that this would dwarf the current format in the ratings.  As incredible as the four-team football playoff has been compared to the other bowl games, a tournament like this would do the same team to the First Four and rounds of 64, 32, and 16.

The rest of the nation could then play for NIT, CBI, and CIT bids.  The NIT would be important again like it once was.

 

Coming Later Today–Updated Bracketology

 

 

 

 

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