The Pi-Rate Ratings

March 13, 2021

PiRate Ratings College Basketball Spreads

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Team 1Team 2Spread
HartfordU Mass-Lowell3.4
Wichita St.Cincinnati3.9
HoustonMemphis6.4
Florida St.Georgia Tech3.7
Saint BonaventureVCU1.7
CreightonGeorgetown7.9
Eastern WashingtonMontana St.7.9
MichiganOhio St.4.0
IllinoisIowa0.2
TexasOklahoma St.1.1
UCSBUC-Irvine3.0
Western KentuckyNorth Texas-1.3
IonaFairfield7.4
BuffaloOhio3.5
Norfolk St.Morgan St.2.6
San Diego St.Utah St.2.3
ColoradoOregon St.9.1
ColgateLoyola (MD)12.2
AlabamaTennessee3.9
ArkansasLSU2.5
NichollsAbilene Christian-7.6
Prairie View A&MTexas Southern0.6
Grand CanyonNew Mexico St.1.7

Conference Tournaments Update

Saturday, March 13

Bids Awarded Today

America East: UMass-Lowell vs. Hartford

Atlantic 10: Saint Bonaventure vs/ VCU

Big East: Creighton vs. Georgetown (Hoyas would pop a bubble for the at-large field if they win)

Big Sky: Eastern Washington vs. Montana St.

Big 12: Texas vs. Oklahoma St.

Big West: UCSB vs. UC-Irvine

Conference USA: Western Kentucky vs. North Texas

Metro Atlantic: Fairfield vs. Iona

Mid-American: Buffalo vs. Ohio U

Mideastern Athletic: Norfolk St. vs. Morgan St.

Mountain West: San Diego St. vs. Utah St.

Pac-12: Colorado vs. Oregon St. (Beavers win would pop a bubble in the at-large field)

Southland: Nicholls vs. Abilene Christian

Southwestern Athletic: Prairie View A&M vs. Texas Southern

Western Athletic: Grand Canyon vs. New Mexico St.

America East Conference

Championship Game– 11 AM EST, ESPN2

6 U Mass-Lowell at 4 Hartford

American Athletic Conference

Semifinals @ Fort Worth, TX

1 Wichita St. vs. 5 Cincinnati 

2 Houston vs. 3 Memphis 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Championship Game, 8:30 PM EST. ESPN

2 Florida St. vs. 4 Georgia Tech

Atlantic 10 Conference

Championship Game–Tomorrow, 1PM EDT, CBS @ Dayton, OH

1 Saint Bonaventure vs. 2 Virginia Commonwealth

Big East Conference

Championship Game, 6:30 PM EST FOX

2 Creighton vs. 8 Georgetown 

Big Sky Conference

Championship Game, 8 PM EST, ESPNU

2 Eastern Washington vs. 5 Montana St.

 

Big Ten Conference

Semfinals @ Indianapolis, IN

1 Michigan vs. 5 Ohio St.

2 Illinois vs. 3 Iowa 

Big 12 Conference

Championship Game, 6PM EST, ESPN

3 Texas vs. 5 Oklahoma St.

Big West Conference

Championship Game, 11:30 PM EST, ESPN2

1 UCSB vs. 2 UC-Irvine

Conference USA

Championship Game, 9PM EST, CBSSN

1E Western Kentucky vs. 3W North Texas

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Championship Game, 4 PM EST, ESPNU

7 Fairfield vs. 9 Iona

Mid-American Conference

Championship Game, 7:30 PM EST, ESPN2

2 Buffalo vs. 5 Ohio U

Mideastern Athletic Conference

Championship Game, 1PM EST, ESPN2

2N Norfolk St. vs. 3N Morgan St. 

Mountain West Conference

Championship Game, 6PM EST, CBS

1 San Diego St. vs. 2 Utah St.

Pac-12 Conference

Championship Game, 10:30 PM EST, ESPN

3 Colorado vs. 5 Oregon St.

Patriot League

Championship Game, Tomorrow, 12 PM EDT, CBSSN

9 Loyola (MD) at 2 Colgate

Southeastern Conference

Semifinals @ Nashville, TN

1 Alabama vs. 4 Tennessee

2 Arkansas vs. 3 LSU 

Southland Conference

Championship Game, 9:30 PM EST, ESPN2

1 Nicholls vs.2 Abilene Christian 

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Championship Game, 6PM EST, ESPNU

1 Prairie View A&M vs. 3 Texas Southern 

Western Athletic Conference

Championship Game, 10PM, ESPNU

1 Grand Canyon vs. 3 New Mexico St.

Automatic Qualifiers

Liberty 23-5

Winthrop 23-1

Loyola (Chi.) 24-4

Morehead St. 23-7

UNC-Greensboro 21-8

Appalachian St. 17-11

Drexel 12-7

Cleveland St. 19-7

Mount St. Mary’s 12-10

Oral Roberts 16-10

Gonzaga 26-0

March 8, 2021

PiRate Ratings Conference Tournament Update

Complete Tournament Guide

America East Conference

Championship Game–Saturday, March 13, 11 AM, ESPN2

6 U Mass-Lowell at 4 Hartford

American Athletic Conference

1st Round–Thursday, March 11 @ Fort Worth, TX

8 South Florida vs. 9 Temple (winner plays 1 Wichita St. Friday)

(4 SMU plays 5 Cincinnati Friday)

7 Tulsa vs. 10 Tulane (winner plays 2 Houston Friday)

6 Central Florida vs. 11 East Carolina (winner plays 3 Memphis Friday)

Atlantic Coast Conference

First Round–Tuesday, March 9 @ Greensboro, NC

12 Pittsburgh vs. 13 Miami (Fla.)

10 Duke vs. 15 Boston College

11 Notre Dame vs. 14 Wake Forest

Atlantic 10 Conference

Championship Game–Sunday, March 14, 1PM, CBS @ Dayton, OH

1 Saint Bonaventure vs. 2 Virginia Commonwealth

Big East Conference

1st Round–Wednesday 10 @ New York, NY

8 Georgetown vs. 9 Marquette (winner plays 1 Villanova Thursday)

(4 St. John’s plays 5 Seton Hall Thursday)

7 Xavier vs. 10 Butler (winner plays 2 Creighton Thursday)

6 Providence vs. 11 DePaul (winner plays 3 Connecticut Thursday)

Big Sky Conference

1st Round–Wednesday, March 10 @ Boise, ID

8 Northern Colorado vs. 9 Sacramento St. (winner plays 1 Southern Utah Thursday)

(4 Idaho St. plays 5 Montana St. Thursday)

7 Portland St. vs. 10 Northern Arizona (winner plays 2 Eastern Washington Thursday)

6 Montana vs. 11 Idaho (winner plays 3 Weber St. Thursday)

Big Ten Conference

1st Round–Wednesday, March 10 @ Indianapolis, IN

12 Northwestern vs. 13 Minnesota

11 Penn St. vs. 14 Nebraska

Big 12 Conference

1st Round–Wednesday, March 10 @ Kansas City, MO

8 TCU vs. 9 Kansas St. (winner plays 1 Baylor Thursday)

(4 West Virginia plays 5 Oklahoma St. Thursday)

7 Oklahoma vs. 10 Iowa St. (winner plays 2 Kansas Thursday)

(3 Texas plays 6 Texas Tech Thursday)

Big West Conference

1st Round–Tuesday, March 9 @ Las Vegas

8 Cal St. Northridge vs. 9 Long Beach St. (winner plays 1 UCSB Wednesday)

(4 Cal St. Bakersfield vs. 5 UC-Davis Wednesday)

7 Cal St. Fullerton vs. 10 Cal Poly (winner plays 2 UC-Irvine Wednesday)

(3 UC-Riverside plays 6 Hawaii Wednesday)

Colonial Athletic Association

Semifinals–Monday, March 8 @ James Madison (Harrisonburg, VA)

4 Hofstra vs. 8 Elon

2 Northeastern vs. 6 Drexel

Conference USA

1st Round–Tuesday, March 9 @ Frisco, TX (Dallas Cowboys Practice Facility)

6W Rice vs. 7W Southern Miss.

6E Middle Tennessee vs. 7E Florida Intl.

Horizon League

Semifinals, Monday, March 8 @ Indianapolis, IN

1 Cleveland St. vs. 8 Milwaukee

3 Oakland vs. 4 Northern Kentucky

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

1st Round, Monday, March 8 @ Atlantic City, NJ

6 Canisius vs. 11 Rider

(1st Round continues Tuesday with 8 Quinnipiac playing 9 Rider and 7 Fairfield playing 10 Manhattan)

Mid-American Conference

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 11 @ Cleveland

1 Toledo vs. 8 Ball St.

4 Kent St. vs. 5 Ohio U

2 Buffalo vs. 7 Miami (O)

3 Akron vs. 6 Bowling Green

Mideastern Athletic Conference

Quarterfinals, Thursday, March 11 @ Norfolk, VA

2S Florida A&M vs. 3N Morgan St. (winner plays 1N Coppin St. Friday)

2N Norfolk St. vs. 3S UNC-Central (winner plays 1S North Carolina A&T Friday)

Mountain West Conference

1st Round–Wednesday, March 10 @ Las Vegas

8 Wyoming vs. 9 San Jose St. (winner plays 1 San Diego St. Thursday)

(4 Boise St. plays 5 Nevada Thursday)

7 UNLV vs. 10 Air Force (winner plays 2 Utah St. Thursday)

6 Fresno St. vs. 11 New Mexico (winner plays 3 Colorado St. Thursday)

Northeast Conference

Championship Game, Tuesday, March 11, 7PM, ESPN2

4 Mount St. Mary’s at 2 Bryant

Pac-12 Conference

1st Round–Wednesday, March 10 @ Las Vegas

8 Arizona St. vs. 9 Washington St. (winner plays 1 Oregon Thursday)

(4 UCLA plays 5 Oregon St. Thursday)

7 Utah vs. 10 Washington (winner plays 2 USC Thursday)

6 Stanford vs. 11 California (winner plays 3 Colorado Thursday)

Patriot League

Semifinals–Wednesday, March 10

9 Loyola (MD) at 4 Army

6 Bucknell at 2 Colgate

Southeastern Conference

1st Round–Wednesday, March 10 @ Nashville, TN

12 Texas A&M vs. 13 Vanderbilt

Southern Conference

Championship Game–Monday, March 8, 7PM, ESPN @ Asheville, NC

1 UNC-Greensboro vs. 7 Mercer

Southland Conference

1st Round–Tuesday, March 9 @ Katy, TX (Greater Houston)

8 Southeast Louisiana vs. 9 McNeese St.

7 Incarnate Word vs. 10 Houston Baptist

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Quarterfinals–Wednesday, March 10 (& Thursday, March 11) @ Birmingham, AL

1 Prairie View vs. 8 Mississippi Valley (3/10)

4 Grambling vs. 5 Southern (3/11)

2 Jackson St. vs. 8 Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3/10)

3 Texas Southern vs. 6 Alcorn St. (3/11)

Summit League

Semifinals, Monday, March 8 @ Sioux Falls, SD

1 South Dakota St. vs. 4 Oral Roberts

2 South Dakota vs. 3 North Dakota St.

Sun Belt Conference

Championship Game–Monday, March 8, 7PM, ESPN2 @ Pensacola, FL

1E Georgia St. vs. 4E Appalachian St.

West Coast Conference

Semifinals–Monday, March 8 @ Las Vegas

1 Gonzaga vs. 4 Saint Mary’s

2 BYU vs. 3 Pepperdine

Western Athletic Conference

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 11 @ Las Vegas

4 California-Baptist vs. 5 Seattle (winner plays 1 Grand Canyon Friday)

3 New Mexico St. vs. 6 UT-Rio Grande Valley (winner plays 2 Utah Valley Friday)

Automatic Qualifiers

Liberty 23-5

Winthrop 23-1

Loyola (Chi.) 24-4

Morehead St. 23-7

December 18, 2020

College Football TV Schedule For This Weekend

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Up to date as of Friday morning, 11 AM EST

Friday, December 18
Time (ET)NetworkHomeVisitor
7:00 PMCBSSN *MarshallUAB
7:30 PMESPN *Buffalo (n)Ball St.
7:30 PMBTNRutgersNebraska
8:00 PMFOX *USCOregon
Saturday, December 19
Time (ET)NetworkHomeVisitor
12:00 PMABC *Iowa St. (n)Oklahoma
12:00 PMFOX *Ohio St. (n)Northwestern
12:00 PMESPNTennesseeTexas A&M
12:00 PMACCNWake ForestFlorida St.
3:00 PMCBSSNArmyAir Force
3:30 PMSECNLSUOle Miss
3:30 PMSECNAMississippi St.Missouri
4:00 PMABC *Notre Dame (n)Clemson
4:00 PMBTNWisconsinMinnesota
5:30 PMFS1Penn St.Illinois
7:00 PMESPNUCLAStanford
8:00 PMABC *CincinnatiTulsa
8:00 PMCBS *Alabama (n)Florida
10:30 PMESPNOregon St.Arizona St.
(n) Neutral Site
* Conf. Championship

October 11, 2020

PiRate Ratings–College Football For October 14-17, 2020

This Week’s PiRate Ratings Spreads

HomeVisitorsPiRateMeanBias
LouisianaCoastal Carolina10.08.99.1
Arkansas St.Georgia St.2.13.61.8
TulaneSMU-4.5-4.8-5.5
HoustonBYU-0.2-1.2-1.5
Georgia TechClemson-27.2-29.1-31.7
Miami (Fla.)Pittsburgh6.98.07.3
TulsaCincinnati-6.3-7.2-7.7
South CarolinaAuburn-2.5-3.2-2.6
TennesseeKentucky0.90.50.3
East CarolinaNavy-1.6-0.1-1.0
South AlabamaTexas St.4.54.85.2
TempleUSF8.710.710.0
SyracuseLiberty4.33.03.8
West VirginiaKansas20.320.522.2
UTSAArmy-10.7-12.1-10.7
UABWestern Ky.4.13.83.4
Notre DameLouisville16.815.918.0
FloridaLSU4.94.73.2
NC St.Duke1.31.52.5
MemphisUCF-0.5-1.9-2.3
ArkansasOle Miss-4.5-2.6-6.3
Mississippi St.Texas A&M-4.2-4.8-3.2
Wake ForestVirginia-5.1-4.5-5.5
Ga. SouthernU Mass.30.123.532.9
Middle Tenn.North Texas9.59.710.2
Louisiana TechMarshall-15.5-14.1-14.4
Florida St.North Carolina-10.1-12.2-11.6
BaylorOklahoma St.-3.6-2.8-3.4
MissouriVanderbilt12.212.914.9
UTEPSouthern Miss.-13.3-11.2-12.5
AlabamaGeorgia0.73.01.6
Virginia TechBoston Coll.10.710.912.4
CharlotteFlorida Intl.-3.2-2.7-2.9

Edit: Games with strike-through lines have been postponed to a later date or cancelled.

This Week’s PiRate Ratings

#TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg.Conference
1Ohio St.131.3130.0134.3131.9BTen-E
2Clemson126.2127.4129.7127.8ACC
3Georgia125.1124.0126.1125.1SEC-E
4Alabama123.8125.0125.7124.8SEC-W
5Penn St.122.2121.0122.8122.0BTen-E
6Wisconsin122.5119.9123.3121.9BTen-W
7Notre Dame120.2119.3120.0119.8ACC
8Florida119.6118.9120.1119.5SEC-E
9Oregon119.5117.9119.3118.9P12-N
10L S U117.3116.6119.4117.8SEC-W
11U S C116.2113.5115.2115.0P12-S
12Oklahoma St.115.2114.5115.1114.9B12
13Auburn115.0113.6114.6114.4SEC-W
14N. Carolina113.4114.0114.8114.1ACC
15Oklahoma114.1113.4113.9113.8B12
16Minnesota112.3113.2114.4113.3BTen-W
17Texas A&M113.1113.2113.3113.2SEC-W
18Iowa112.3112.0114.1112.8BTen-W
19Michigan112.3111.6114.2112.7BTen-E
20Texas113.2111.7112.9112.6B12
21Kentucky111.6111.6112.8112.0SEC-E
22UCF111.1111.5112.0111.5AAC
23Virginia Tech110.6110.9112.4111.3ACC
24Tennessee111.0110.6111.6111.1SEC-E
25Indiana109.4110.0111.8110.4BTen-E
26Iowa St.110.4109.6110.6110.2B12
27S. Carolina111.0109.0110.5110.2SEC-E
28Washington110.2108.9110.9110.0P12-N
29Cincinnati110.4109.5110.1110.0AAC
30Miami (Fla.)108.7111.2109.2109.7ACC
31Baylor109.6109.7109.7109.7B12
32Utah109.3108.9110.0109.4P12-S
33Memphis109.2108.1108.2108.5AAC
34BYU108.7108.0108.6108.4Ind.
35Nebraska108.0107.6109.5108.4BTen-W
36Kansas St.108.5107.5108.8108.3B12
37California107.5107.7107.8107.7P12-N
38Miss. St.107.4106.9108.6107.6SEC-W
39Arizona St.107.8107.4107.8107.6P12-S
40Boise St.107.3107.1106.8107.1MWC-M
41Purdue105.9106.8107.2106.6BTen-W
42Ole Miss106.2105.0106.4105.8SEC-W
43Houston106.5104.8105.1105.5AAC
44Louisville105.9106.0104.5105.4ACC
45Virginia105.3105.3105.4105.4ACC
46T C U106.0103.4105.9105.1B12
47Louisiana105.1104.5104.8104.8SUN-W
48Washington St.104.8103.5105.9104.7P12-N
49Northwestern103.5103.4106.1104.4BTen-W
50Air Force103.9104.7104.1104.2MWC-M
51Illinois104.1103.5105.1104.2BTen-W
52Stanford105.0102.5104.2103.9P12-N
53Pittsburgh103.3104.7103.4103.8ACC
54SMU103.3103.1102.9103.1AAC
55Michigan St.102.9102.7103.4103.0BTen-E
56Oregon St.103.0103.3101.8102.7P12-N
57Missouri102.1102.1103.4102.5SEC-E
58W. Virginia102.4102.4102.7102.5B12
59Marshall102.6102.2101.8102.2CUSA
60Boston Coll.101.9101.9102.0101.9ACC
61Appal. St.101.8100.7102.5101.7SUN-E
62Florida St.101.8100.3101.7101.3ACC
63U C L A102.2100.7100.3101.1P12-S
64Tulsa102.1100.3100.4100.9AAC
65Arizona101.499.7100.4100.5P12-S
66NC State99.7100.0100.3100.0ACC
67Arkansas99.6100.498.199.4SEC-W
68Duke99.499.698.799.2ACC
69Texas Tech99.498.199.699.0B12
70Wake Forest98.799.398.498.8ACC
71Wyoming97.098.698.498.0MWC-M
72Colorado97.899.195.797.5P12-S
73Buffalo96.797.397.697.2MAC-E
74Coastal Car.96.697.197.196.9SUN-E
75Georgia Tech97.596.896.596.9ACC
76Tulane97.396.896.096.7AAC
77San Diego St.95.997.296.896.6MWC-W
78Temple96.496.895.596.2AAC
79U A B95.495.994.995.4CUSA
80Rutgers96.494.994.495.2BTen-E
81Ohio94.395.196.095.1MAC-E
82Syracuse94.095.494.394.6ACC
83Maryland95.194.993.694.5BTen-E
84Hawaii94.894.793.894.4MWC-W
85Navy95.594.093.794.4AAC
86Miami (O)94.793.294.093.9MAC-E
87Fresno St.93.393.792.993.3MWC-W
88Arkansas St.92.994.192.693.2SUN-W
89W. Kentucky92.893.693.093.1CUSA
90Utah St.93.593.092.993.1MWC-M
91Army92.494.292.593.1Ind.
92Central Mich.93.292.793.393.1MAC-W
93Georgia Sou.92.693.293.493.1SUN-E
94Florida Int’l.92.992.692.992.8CUSA
95Ball St.92.691.993.092.5MAC-W
96Liberty91.293.992.092.4Ind.
97Georgia St.92.292.092.392.2SUN-E
98E. Carolina92.492.491.292.0AAC
99Colorado St.91.192.191.291.5MWC-M
100Vanderbilt91.991.190.591.2SEC-E
101Nevada90.691.191.191.0MWC-W
102Western Mich.89.191.290.490.2MAC-W
103Troy89.290.689.689.8SUN-E
104Kent St.90.189.489.589.7MAC-E
105San Jose St.89.291.088.589.6MWC-W
106Toledo88.589.788.088.7MAC-W
107Charlotte88.288.388.588.4CUSA
108USF89.387.687.087.9AAC
109La. Tech85.586.685.986.0CUSA
110Rice86.884.386.185.7CUSA
111Southern Miss.84.684.983.684.4CUSA
112U N L V83.585.083.083.8MWC-W
113S. Alabama83.684.683.083.7SUN-W
114N. Illinois82.884.683.283.6MAC-W
115Kansas84.183.882.583.5B12
116New Mexico83.684.382.483.4MWC-M
117Eastern Mich.82.484.582.883.2MAC-W
118Middle Tenn.82.983.483.083.1CUSA
119Fla. Atlantic82.683.882.883.0CUSA
120Texas St.80.681.379.380.4SUN-W
121U T S A80.380.680.380.4CUSA
122North Texas74.875.274.374.8CUSA
123Bowling Green74.476.170.673.7MAC-E
124Akron73.175.571.573.4MAC-E
125UL-Monroe73.573.672.173.1SUN-W
126U T E P69.772.269.670.5CUSA
127Mass.64.171.262.065.8Ind.

PiRate Ratings By Conference

American Athletic Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
UCF111.1111.5112.0111.5
Cincinnati110.4109.5110.1110.0
Memphis109.2108.1108.2108.5
Houston106.5104.8105.1105.5
SMU103.3103.1102.9103.1
Tulsa102.1100.3100.4100.9
Tulane97.396.896.096.7
Temple96.496.895.596.2
Navy95.594.093.794.4
E. Carolina92.492.491.292.0
USF89.387.687.087.9
AAC Avg.101.2100.4100.2100.6

Atlantic Coast Conference
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Clemson126.2127.4129.7127.8
Notre Dame120.2119.3120.0119.8
N. Carolina113.4114.0114.8114.1
Virginia Tech110.6110.9112.4111.3
Miami (Fla.)108.7111.2109.2109.7
Louisville105.9106.0104.5105.4
Virginia105.3105.3105.4105.4
Pittsburgh103.3104.7103.4103.8
Boston Coll.101.9101.9102.0101.9
Florida St.101.8100.3101.7101.3
NC State99.7100.0100.3100.0
Duke99.499.698.799.2
Wake Forest98.799.398.498.8
Georgia Tech97.596.896.596.9
Syracuse94.095.494.394.6
ACC Avg.105.8106.1106.1106.0

Big 12 Conference
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Oklahoma St.115.2114.5115.1114.9
Oklahoma114.1113.4113.9113.8
Texas113.2111.7112.9112.6
Iowa St.110.4109.6110.6110.2
Baylor109.6109.7109.7109.7
Kansas St.108.5107.5108.8108.3
T C U106.0103.4105.9105.1
W. Virginia102.4102.4102.7102.5
Texas Tech99.498.199.699.0
Kansas84.183.882.583.5
Big 12 Avg.106.3105.4106.2106.0

Big Ten Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Ohio St.131.3130.0134.3131.9
Penn St.122.2121.0122.8122.0
Michigan112.3111.6114.2112.7
Indiana109.4110.0111.8110.4
Michigan St.102.9102.7103.4103.0
Rutgers96.494.994.495.2
Maryland95.194.993.694.5

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAverage
Wisconsin122.5119.9123.3121.9
Minnesota112.3113.2114.4113.3
Iowa112.3112.0114.1112.8
Nebraska108.0107.6109.5108.4
Purdue105.9106.8107.2106.6
Northwestern103.5103.4106.1104.4
Illinois104.1103.5105.1104.2
Big Ten Avg.109.9109.4111.0110.1

Conference USA
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Marshall102.6102.2101.8102.2
U A B95.495.994.995.4
W. Kentucky92.893.693.093.1
Florida Int’l.92.992.692.992.8
Charlotte88.288.388.588.4
La. Tech85.586.685.986.0
Rice86.884.386.185.7
Southern Miss.84.684.983.684.4
Middle Tenn.82.983.483.083.1
Fla. Atlantic82.683.882.883.0
U T S A80.380.680.380.4
North Texas74.875.274.374.8
U T E P69.772.269.670.5
CUSA Avg.86.186.485.986.1

FBS Independents
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
BYU108.7108.0108.6108.4
Army92.494.292.593.1
Liberty91.293.992.092.4
Mass.64.171.262.065.8
Ind. Avg.89.191.888.889.9

Mid-American Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Buffalo96.797.397.697.2
Ohio94.395.196.095.1
Miami (O)94.793.294.093.9
Kent St.90.189.489.589.7
Bowling Green74.476.170.673.7
Akron73.175.571.573.4

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Central Mich.93.292.793.393.1
Ball St.92.691.993.092.5
Western Mich.89.191.290.490.2
Toledo88.589.788.088.7
N. Illinois82.884.683.283.6
Eastern Mich.82.484.582.883.2
MAC Avg.87.688.487.587.9

Mountain West Conference
Mountain Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Boise St.107.3107.1106.8107.1
Air Force103.9104.7104.1104.2
Wyoming97.098.698.498.0
Utah St.93.593.092.993.1
Colorado St.91.192.191.291.5
New Mexico83.684.382.483.4

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
San Diego St.95.997.296.896.6
Hawaii94.894.793.894.4
Fresno St.93.393.792.993.3
Nevada90.691.191.191.0
San Jose St.89.291.088.589.6
U N L V83.585.083.083.8
MWC Avg.93.694.493.593.8

Pac-12 Conference
North Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Oregon119.5117.9119.3118.9
Washington110.2108.9110.9110.0
California107.5107.7107.8107.7
Washington St.104.8103.5105.9104.7
Stanford105.0102.5104.2103.9
Oregon St.103.0103.3101.8102.7

South Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
U S C116.2113.5115.2115.0
Utah109.3108.9110.0109.4
Arizona St.107.8107.4107.8107.6
U C L A102.2100.7100.3101.1
Arizona101.499.7100.4100.5
Colorado97.899.195.797.5
P12 Avg.107.1106.1106.6106.6

Southeastern Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Georgia125.1124.0126.1125.1
Florida119.6118.9120.1119.5
Kentucky111.6111.6112.8112.0
Tennessee111.0110.6111.6111.1
S. Carolina111.0109.0110.5110.2
Missouri102.1102.1103.4102.5
Vanderbilt91.991.190.591.2

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Alabama123.8125.0125.7124.8
L S U117.3116.6119.4117.8
Auburn115.0113.6114.6114.4
Texas A&M113.1113.2113.3113.2
Miss. St.107.4106.9108.6107.6
Ole Miss106.2105.0106.4105.8
Arkansas99.6100.498.199.4
SEC Avg.111.1110.6111.5111.0

Sunbelt Conference
East Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Appal. St.101.8100.7102.5101.7
Coastal Car.96.697.197.196.9
Georgia Sou.92.693.293.493.1
Georgia St.92.292.092.392.2
Troy89.290.689.689.8

West Division
TeamPiRateMeanBiasAvg
Louisiana105.1104.5104.8104.8
Arkansas St.92.994.192.693.2
S. Alabama83.684.683.083.7
Texas St.80.681.379.380.4
UL-Monroe73.573.672.173.1
Sun Avg.90.891.290.790.9

Conference Ratings

#LeagueAvg
1SEC111.0
2BTen110.1
3P12106.6
4ACC106.0
5B12106.0
6AAC100.6
7MWC93.8
8Sun90.9
9Ind.89.9
10MAC87.9
11CUSA86.1

March 11, 2020

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For March 11, 2020

Wednesday’s Games

 

Home

Visitor

Spread

Arizona

Washington

5.5

Arkansas

Vanderbilt

9.7

Clemson

Miami (Fla.)

2.6

Colgate

Boston U

6.7

Colorado

Washington St.

2.7

Florida Intl.

Rice

2.6

George Mason

Saint Joseph’s

5.9

George Washington

Fordham

1.7

Georgetown

St. John’s

0.6

Georgia St.

Georgia Southern

4.9

Indiana

Nebraska

9.7

Lamar

McNeese

-0.1

Marshall

UTEP

2.2

Minnesota

Northwestern

9.2

North Carolina A&T

Howard

11.2

North Carolina St.

Pittsburgh

5.1

Northern Arizona

Idaho St.

4.7

Northwestern St.

Texas A&M-CC

-0.5

Notre Dame

Boston College

8.2

Oklahoma St.

Iowa St.

2.6

Old Dominion

Florida Atlantic

2.2

Ole Miss

Georgia

0.7

Oregon St.

Utah

2.4

Saint Peter’s

Iona

1.5

Siena

Manhattan

7.0

Southern Utah

Idaho

11.0

Stanford

California

10.1

Syracuse

North Carolina

0.7

TCU

Kansas St.

0.8

Texas St.

Appalachian St.

7.9

UAB

UTSA

1.4

UNC Central

Delaware St.

10.7

Weber St.

Sacramento St.

-4.4

Xavier

DePaul

5.2

Wednesday’s TV Schedule

 

Time (EST)

Network

Team

Team

11:30 AM

watchbigsky.com

Weber St.

Sacramento St.

12:00 PM

ESPN

Clemson

Miami

1:00 PM

ESPN+

George Mason

Saint Joseph’s

2:00 PM

watchbigsky.com

Southern Utah

Idaho

2:00 PM

ESPN

North Carolina St.

Pittsburgh

3:00 PM

Pac12

Oregon St.

Utah

3:30 PM

ESPN+

George Washington

Fordham

4:30 PM

watchbigsky.com

Northern Arizona

Idaho St.

5:30 PM

Pac12

Arizona

Washington

6:00 PM

ESPN+

Northwestern St.

Texas A&M-CC

6:00 PM

BTN

Minnesota

Northwestern

6:00 PM

Flohoops (pay)

UNC Central

Delaware St.

7:00 PM

ESPN3

Siena

Manhattan

7:00 PM

ESPN+

Old Dominion

Florida Atlantic

7:00 PM

FS1

Georgetown

St. John’s

7:00 PM

SECN

Ole Miss

Georgia

7:00 PM

ESPNU

Oklahoma St.

Iowa St.

7:00 PM

ESPN+

Georgia St.

Georgia Southern

7:00 PM

ESPN2

Notre Dame

Boston College

7:30 PM

ESPN+

Florida Intl.

Rice

7:30 PM

CBSSN

Colgate

Boston Univ.

8:00 PM

ESPN+

Texas State

Appalachian State

8:30 PM

ESPN+

Lamar

McNeese

8:30 PM

Flohoops (pay)

North Carolina A&T

Howard

8:30 PM

BTN

Indiana

Nebraska

9:00 PM

SECN

Arkansas

Vanderbilt

9:00 PM

ESPNU

TCU

Kansas State

9:00 PM

ESPN2

Syracuse

North Carolina

9:00 PM

Pac12

Stanford

California

9:30 PM

FS1

Xavier

DePaul

9:30 PM

ESPN3

Saint Peter’s

Iona

9:30 PM

ESPN+

UAB

UTSA

10:00 PM

ESPN+

Marshall

UTEP

11:30 PM

Pac12

Colorado

Washington State

 

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS UPDATE

 

Championship Games Played Tuesday

 

Colonial Athletic Tournament

Championship

Winner

Score

Loser

Score

Hofstra

70

Northeastern

61

 

 

Horizon League Tournament

Championship

Winner

Score

Loser

Score

Northern Kentucky

71

Illinois Chicago

62

 

Northeast Tournament

Championship

Winner

Score

Loser

Score

Robert Morris

77

St. Francis (PA)

67

 

Summit Tournament

Championship

Winner

Score

Loser

Score

North Dakota St.

89

North Dakota

53

 

West Coast Tournament

Championship

Winner

Score

Loser

Score

Gonzaga

84

Saint Mary’s

66

 

Yesterday’s Results of Other Tournaments

 

America East Tournament

Semifinals

Winner

Score

Loser

Score

Vermont

81

UMBC

74

Hartford

64

Stony Brook

58

 

Atlantic Coast Tournament

1st Round

Winner

Score

Loser

Score

Pittsburgh

81

Wake Forest

72

North Carolina

78

Virginia Tech

56

Metro Atlantic Athletic Tournament

1st Round

Winner

Score

Loser

Score

Manhattan

61

Fairfield

43

Iona

70

Canisius

60

Niagara

56

Marist

54

 

Mid-Eastern Athletic Tournament

1st Round

Winner

Score

Loser

Score

Delaware St.

68

Maryland Eastern Shore

64

Howard

70

South Carolina St.

63

 

Southwestern Athletic Tournament

Quarterfinals

Winner

Score

Loser

Score

Prairie View

82

Alabama A&M

60

Jackson St.

69

Alcorn St.

52

Southern

67

Alabama St.

53

Texas Southern

75

Grambling

62

 

Wednesday’s Tournament Schedule

 

Atlantic 10 Tournament

1st Round

March 11

Brooklyn (Barclays Center)

Team

Team

Time (ET)

TV

12 George Mason (16-15)

13 Saint Joseph’s (6-25)

1:00 PM

ESPN+

11 George Washington (12-19)

14 Fordham (8-22)

3:30 PM

ESPN+

Atlantic Coast Tournament

2nd Round

March 11

Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Coliseum)

Team

Team

Time (ET)

TV

8 Clemson (15-15)

9 Miami (Fla.) (15-15)

12:00 PM

ESPN

5 North Carolina St. (19-12)

13 Pittsburgh (16-16)

2:00 PM

ESPN

7 Notre Dame (19-12)

10 Boston College (13-18)

7:00 PM

ESPN2

6 Syracuse (17-14)

14 North Carolina (14-18)

9:00 PM

ESPN2

 

Big 12 Tournament

1st Round

March 11

Kansas City (Sprint Center)

Team

Team

Time (ET)

TV

8 Oklahoma St. (17-14)

9 Iowa St. (12-19)

7:00 PM

ESPNU

7 TCU (16-15)

10 Kansas St. (10-21)

9:00 PM

ESPNU

 

Big East Tournament

1st Round

March 11

New York (Madison Square Garden)

Team

Team

Time (ET)

TV

8 Georgetown (15-16)

9 St. John’s (16-15)

7:00 PM

FS1

7 Xavier (19-12)

10 DePaul (15-16)

9:30 PM

FS1

 

Big Sky Tournament

1st Round

March 11

Boise, ID (Century Link Arena)

Team

Team

Time (ET)

TV

8 Weber St. (12-19)

9 Sacramento St. (15-14)

11:30 AM

watchbigsky.com

7 Southern Utah (16-15)

10 Idaho (8-23)

2:00 PM

watchbigsky.com

6 Northern Arizona (16-13)

11 Idaho St. (7-22)

4:30 PM

watchbigsky.com

Available on

Pluto TV 530

Big Ten Tournament

1st Round

March 11

Indianapolis (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

Team

Team

Time (ET)

TV

12 Minnesota (14-16)

13 Northwestern (8-22)

6:00 PM

Big Ten Network

11 Indiana (19-12)

14 Nebraska (7-24)

8:30 PM

Big Ten Network

Conference USA Tournament

1st Round

March 11

Frisco, TX (Ford Center)

Team

Team

Time (ET)

TV

8 Old Dominion (13-18)

9 Florida Atlantic (16-15)

7:00 PM Court A

ESPN+

5 Florida Intl. (18-13)

12 Rice (15-16)

7:30 PM Court B

ESPN+

7 UAB (18-13)

10 UTSA (13-18)

9:30 PM Court A

ESPN+

6 Marshall (16-15)

11 UTEP (17-14)

10:00 PM Court B

ESPN+

Mountain West Tournament

Quarterfinals

March 11 

Atlantic City, NJ (Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall)

Team

Team

Time (ET)

TV

1 Siena (19-10)

9 Manhattan (13-17)

7:00 PM 

ESPN3

2 St. Peter’s (17-12)

7 Iona (12-16)

9:30 PM 

ESPN3

 

Mid-Eastern Athletic Tournament

Quarterfinals

March 11 

Norfolk, VA (Scope Arena)

Team

Team

Time (ET)

TV

1 North Carolina Central (17-13)

8 Delaware St. (6-25)

6:00 PM 

Flohoops (pay)

2 North Carolina A&T (16-15)

7 Howard (4-28)

8:00 PM 

Flohoops (pay)

 

Pac-12 Tournament

1st Round

March 11

Las Vegas (T-Mobile Arena)

Team

Team

Time (ET)

TV

8 Oregon St. (17-13)

9 Utah (16-14)

3:00 PM

Pac-12 Network

5 Arizona (20-11)

12 Washington (15-16)

5:30 PM

Pac-12 Network

7 Stanford (20-11)

10 California (13-18)

9:00 PM

Pac-12 Network

6 Colorado (21-10)

11 Washington St. (15-16)

11:30 PM

Pac-12 Network

 

Patriot League Tournament

Championship

March 11

at Higher Seed’s Home Court

Home

Visitor

Time (ET)

TV

1 Colgate (25-8)

3 Boston U (20-13)

7:30 PM

CBSSN

Southeastern Tournament

1st Round

March 11

Nashville (Bridgestone Arena)

Team

Team

Time (ET)

TV

12 Ole Miss (15-16)

13 Georgia (15-16)

7:00 PM

SEC Network

11 Arkansas (19-12)

14 Vanderbilt (11-20)

9:30 PM

SEC Network

 

Southland Tournament

1st Round

March 11

Katy, TX (Leonard E. Merrell Center)

Team

Team

Time (ET)

TV

5 Northwestern St. (14-15)

8 Texas A&M-CC (14-17)

6:00 PM

ESPN+

6 Lamar (16-15)

7 McNeese St. (15-16)

8:30 PM

ESPN+

 

Sun Belt Tournament

Quarterfinals

March 11

at Higher Seed’s Home Court

Home

Visitor

Time (ET)

TV

4 Georgia St. (19-12)

5 Georgia Southern (19-13)

7:00 PM

ESPN+

3 Texas St. (20-11)

6 Appalachian St. (18-14)

8:00 PM

ESPN+

 

Dance Tickets Punched

 

Automatic Bids Earned

Team

Conference

Record

Utah St.

Mountain West

26-8

Belmont

Ohio Valley

26-7

Winthrop

Big South

24-10

Bradley

Missouri Valley

23-11

Liberty

Atlantic Sun

29-4

East Tennessee St.

Southern

30-4

Yale

Ivy

23-7

Northern Kentucky

Horizon

23-9

Robert Morris

Northeast

20-14

Hofstra

Colonial Athletic

26-8

North Dakota St.

Summit

25-8

Gonzaga

West Coast

31-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 24, 2020

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For January 24, 2020

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Friday’s Games

 

Home

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Spread

Buffalo

Kent St.

1.2

Purdue

Wisconsin

3.0

Iona

Canisius

1.0

Quinnipiac

Fairfield

3.1

Monmouth

Niagara

7.7

Rider

Saint Peter’s

5.8

Brown

Yale

-7.9

Siena

Marist

11.5

Butler

Marquette

4.8

Wright St.

Northern Kentucky

2.5

 

Today’s PiRate Ratings

 

#

Team

PiRate

Conference

1

Duke

121.6

Atlantic Coast

2

Kansas

121.5

Big 12

3

Gonzaga

119.5

West Coast

4

Michigan St.

117.9

Big Ten

5

Dayton

117.1

Atlantic 10

6

West Virginia

116.9

Big 12

7

Baylor

116.8

Big 12

8

Arizona

116.7

Pac-12

9

Maryland

115.9

Big Ten

10

Louisville

115.9

Atlantic Coast

11

Seton Hall

115.7

Big East

12

Ohio St.

115.1

Big Ten

13

San Diego St.

114.9

Mountain West

14

Florida St.

114.7

Atlantic Coast

15

Iowa

114.6

Big Ten

16

Butler

114.1

Big East

17

Oregon

113.6

Pac-12

18

Kentucky

113.4

Southeastern

19

Penn St.

113.3

Big Ten

20

Auburn

113.2

Southeastern

21

Villanova

113.2

Big East

22

Colorado

113.0

Pac-12

23

BYU

113.0

West Coast

24

Florida

113.0

Southeastern

25

Texas Tech

113.0

Big 12

26

Marquette

112.8

Big East

27

Arkansas

112.8

Southeastern

28

Illinois

112.7

Big Ten

29

Michigan

112.6

Big Ten

30

Rutgers

112.6

Big Ten

31

Wisconsin

112.5

Big Ten

32

LSU

112.5

Southeastern

33

Houston

112.4

American Athletic

34

Creighton

112.0

Big East

35

Alabama

112.0

Southeastern

36

Purdue

112.0

Big Ten

37

Minnesota

111.9

Big Ten

38

Indiana

111.8

Big Ten

39

Wichita St.

111.4

Big East

40

Stanford

111.0

Pac-12

41

Mississippi St.

110.9

Southeastern

42

Saint Mary’s

110.9

West Coast

43

North Carolina St.

110.7

Atlantic Coast

44

Memphis

110.6

American Athletic

45

Oklahoma

110.6

Big 12

46

VCU

110.6

Atlantic 10

47

Washington

110.4

Pac-12

48

Cincinnati

110.3

American Athletic

49

Georgetown

109.7

Big East

50

Tennessee

109.6

Southeastern

51

Utah St.

109.5

Mountain West

52

Virginia

109.3

Atlantic Coast

53

Syracuse

109.3

Atlantic Coast

54

Xavier

109.3

Big East

55

East Tennessee St.

108.8

Southern

56

Iowa St.

108.8

Big 12

57

Rhode Island

108.7

Atlantic 10

58

Virginia Tech

108.7

Atlantic Coast

59

USC

108.6

Pac-12

60

Notre Dame

108.6

Atlantic Coast

61

Northern Iowa

108.5

Missouri Valley

62

TCU

108.3

Big 12

63

Richmond

108.1

Atlantic 10

64

Yale

108.0

Ivy

65

Akron

107.9

Mid-American

66

Providence

107.9

Big East

67

Arizona St.

107.7

Pac-12

68

DePaul

107.7

Big East

69

UNC Greensboro

107.7

Southern

70

Texas

107.5

Big 12

71

Louisiana Tech

107.4

Conference USA

72

Clemson

107.4

Atlantic Coast

73

Connecticut

107.4

American Athletic

74

Missouri

107.4

Southeastern

75

St. John’s

107.3

Big East

76

Liberty

107.3

Atlantic Sun

77

Oklahoma St.

107.2

Big 12

78

Oregon St.

107.1

Pac-12

79

Georgia

107.0

Southeastern

80

SMU

107.0

American Athletic

81

Georgia Tech

107.0

Atlantic Coast

82

North Carolina

106.9

Atlantic Coast

83

Pittsburgh

106.9

Atlantic Coast

84

Furman

106.8

Southern

85

Vermont

106.5

American East

86

Belmont

106.4

Ohio Valley

87

Tulsa

106.3

American Athletic

88

Temple

106.3

American Athletic

89

North Texas

106.3

Conference USA

90

Kansas St.

106.0

Big 12

91

Duquesne

105.9

Atlantic 10

92

Loyola (Chi.)

105.9

Missouri Valley

93

Davidson

105.9

Atlantic 10

94

South Carolina

105.5

Southeastern

95

New Mexico St.

105.5

Western Athletic

96

Nevada

105.2

Mountain West

97

Saint Louis

105.2

Atlantic 10

98

Miami (Fla.)

105.1

Atlantic Coast

99

San Francisco

105.0

West Coast

100

Harvard

105.0

Ivy

101

Bradley

104.9

Missouri Valley

102

Georgia St.

104.9

Sun Belt

103

Ball St.

104.8

Mid-American

104

Colorado St.

104.8

Mountain West

105

Wake Forest

104.7

Atlantic Coast

106

Boise St.

104.5

Mountain West

107

Western Kentucky

104.4

Conference USA

108

Toledo

104.2

Mid-American

109

Northwestern

104.0

Big Ten

110

Utah

104.0

Pac-12

111

Central Florida

103.9

American Athletic

112

New Mexico

103.8

Mountain West

113

Mississippi

103.7

Southeastern

114

Northern Kentucky

103.6

Horizon

115

UCLA

103.5

Pac-12

116

UT Arlington

103.4

Southland

117

Kent St.

103.4

Mid-American

118

UC Irvine

103.3

Big West

119

Oral Roberts

103.2

Summit

120

Wright St.

103.1

Horizon

121

Northern Colorado

103.0

Big Sky

122

Washington St.

103.0

Pac-12

123

Texas St.

102.9

Sun Belt

124

Winthrop

102.8

Big South

125

Stephen F. Austin

102.8

Southland

126

Murray St.

102.8

Ohio Valley

127

Nebraska

102.8

Big Ten

128

St. Bonaventure

102.7

Atlantic 10

129

South Florida

102.6

American Athletic

130

Northeastern

102.5

Colonial Athletic

131

Colgate

102.5

Patriot

132

UNLV

102.3

Mountain West

133

Indiana St.

102.2

Missouri Valley

134

Fresno St.

102.1

Mountain West

135

South Dakota St.

102.0

Summit

136

Charleston

101.9

Colonial Athletic

137

Little Rock

101.9

Sun Belt

138

Wofford

101.8

Southern

139

Texas A&M

101.7

Southeastern

140

Stony Brook

101.7

American East

141

Buffalo

101.6

Mid-American

142

Southern Utah

101.5

Big Sky

143

Georgia Southern

101.5

Sun Belt

144

Drake

101.4

Missouri Valley

145

North Dakota St.

101.2

Summit

146

Hofstra

101.1

Colonial Athletic

147

Santa Clara

101.1

West Coast

148

Pepperdine

101.0

West Coast

149

UTEP

101.0

Conference USA

150

Penn

101.0

Ivy

151

William & Mary

100.9

Colonial Athletic

152

Missouri St.

100.9

Missouri Valley

153

Pacific

100.8

West Coast

154

George Mason

100.8

Atlantic 10

155

Austin Peay

100.5

Ohio Valley

156

Tulane

100.5

American Athletic

157

Florida Int’l.

100.5

Conference USA

158

Marshall

100.4

Conference USA

159

Radford

100.3

Big South

160

Boston College

100.3

Atlantic Coast

161

Coastal Carolina

100.2

Sun Belt

162

Valparaiso

100.2

Missouri Valley

163

Vanderbilt

100.2

Southeastern

164

Western Carolina

100.2

Southern

165

Chattanooga

100.1

Southern

166

North Florida

100.0

Atlantic Sun

167

Towson

100.0

Colonial Athletic

168

Eastern Washington

99.9

Big Sky

169

California Baptist

99.9

Western Athletic

170

Sam Houston St.

99.8

Southland

171

Bowling Green

99.8

Mid-American

172

Montana

99.7

Big Sky

173

Hawaii

99.7

Big West

174

UC Santa Barbara

99.6

Big West

175

Air Force

99.6

Mountain West

176

Charlotte

99.6

Conference USA

177

Southern Illinois

99.5

Missouri Valley

178

Northern Illinois

99.4

Mid-American

179

Old Dominion

99.4

Conference USA

180

La Salle

99.4

Atlantic 10

181

South Alabama

99.4

Sun Belt

182

California

99.1

Pac-12

183

South Dakota

99.0

Summit

184

Boston U

98.9

Patriot

185

Central Michigan

98.9

Mid-American

186

UTSA

98.8

Conference USA

187

UAB

98.7

Conference USA

188

Rider

98.3

Metro Atlantic

189

Sacramento St.

98.2

Big Sky

190

Princeton

98.1

Ivy

191

Florida Atlantic

98.1

Conference USA

192

Nicholls St.

98.1

Southland

193

Appalachian St.

98.1

Sun Belt

194

Delaware

98.1

Colonial Athletic

195

St. Francis (PA)

98.0

Northeast

196

San Diego

97.7

West Coast

197

Dartmouth

97.7

Ivy

198

Prairie View A&M

97.6

Southwestern Athl.

199

Abilene Christian

97.6

Southland

200

Massachusetts

97.5

Atlantic 10

201

Northern Arizona

97.4

Big Sky

202

Omaha

97.4

Summit

203

Loyola Marymount

97.4

West Coast

204

Portland St.

97.2

Big Sky

205

Sacred Heart

97.2

Northeast

206

UC Riverside

97.1

Big West

207

Seattle

97.1

Western Athletic

208

Brown

97.1

Ivy

209

Ohio

97.1

Mid-American

210

George Washington

97.0

Atlantic 10

211

Lafayette

96.9

Patriot

212

Illinois St.

96.9

Missouri Valley

213

Albany

96.9

American East

214

Monmouth

96.8

Metro Atlantic

215

Siena

96.8

Metro Atlantic

216

Navy

96.8

Patriot

217

Arkansas St.

96.7

Sun Belt

218

Miami (O)

96.7

Mid-American

219

Eastern Illinois

96.7

Ohio Valley

220

Bryant

96.6

Northeast

221

Green Bay

96.4

Horizon

222

Eastern Michigan

96.4

Mid-American

223

American

96.3

Patriot

224

Canisius

96.3

Metro Atlantic

225

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.3

Western Athletic

226

North Dakota

96.3

Summit

227

Drexel

96.2

Colonial Athletic

228

Bucknell

96.2

Patriot

229

Montana St.

96.1

Big Sky

230

Long Island

95.9

Northeast

231

Illinois Chicago

95.9

Horizon

232

McNeese St.

95.9

Southland

233

Oakland

95.8

Horizon

234

Grand Canyon

95.8

Western Athletic

235

Mercer

95.7

Southern

236

UC Davis

95.6

Big West

237

Saint Peter’s

95.5

Metro Atlantic

238

Robert Morris

95.5

Northeast

239

Missouri-KC

95.5

Western Athletic

240

Rice

95.4

Conference USA

241

Quinnipiac

95.3

Metro Atlantic

242

Saint Joseph’s

95.3

Atlantic 10

243

Milwaukee

95.3

Horizon

244

Youngstown St.

95.3

Horizon

245

Texas Southern

95.3

Southwestern Athl.

246

Gardner-Webb

95.3

Big South

247

Western Michigan

95.2

Mid-American

248

Jacksonville

95.2

Atlantic Sun

249

Fairfield

95.2

Metro Atlantic

250

Columbia

95.2

Ivy

251

Jacksonville St.

95.1

Ohio Valley

252

East Carolina

94.9

American Athletic

253

Merrimack

94.9

Northeast

254

Manhattan

94.9

Metro Atlantic

255

UNC Asheville

94.7

Big South

256

Tennessee St.

94.6

Ohio Valley

257

Southern Miss.

94.5

Conference USA

258

Cal St. Northridge

94.5

Big West

259

Louisiana Monroe

94.4

Sun Belt

260

Fordham

94.4

Atlantic 10

261

Iona

94.3

Metro Atlantic

262

UT Rio Grande Valley

94.3

Western Athletic

263

Troy

94.3

Sun Belt

264

Mount St. Mary’s

94.2

Northeast

265

Cal St. Fullerton

94.2

Big West

266

Portland

94.2

West Coast

267

Campbell

94.1

Big South

268

Lamar

93.9

Southland

269

Louisiana

93.9

Sun Belt

270

Lipscomb

93.8

Atlantic Sun

271

NJIT

93.8

Atlantic Sun

272

Norfolk St.

93.7

Mideastern Athletic

273

Purdue Fort Wayne

93.7

Summit

274

Utah Valley

93.6

Western Athletic

275

Detroit

93.6

Horizon

276

UMass Lowell

93.5

American East

277

Lehigh

93.5

Patriot

278

James Madison

93.4

Colonial Athletic

279

Loyola (MD)

93.4

Patriot

280

Evansville

93.3

Missouri Valley

281

North Alabama

93.3

Atlantic Sun

282

Samford

93.2

Southern

283

Weber St.

93.2

Big Sky

284

New Hampshire

93.1

American East

285

Army

93.1

Patriot

286

VMI

93.0

Southern

287

Alcorn St.

92.9

Southwestern Athl.

288

Wyoming

92.7

Mountain West

289

Cornell

92.6

Ivy

290

Middle Tennessee

92.6

Conference USA

291

Idaho St.

92.2

Big Sky

292

Morehead St.

92.2

Ohio Valley

293

Hartford

92.1

American East

294

Niagara

92.1

Metro Atlantic

295

Long Beach St.

92.1

Big West

296

Bethune Cookman

92.0

Mideastern Athletic

297

UM Baltimore Co.

92.0

American East

298

North Carolina A&T

91.9

Mideastern Athletic

299

Texas A&M CC

91.9

Southland

300

Citadel

91.8

Southern

301

Charleston Southern

91.7

Big South

302

North Carolina Central

91.7

Mideastern Athletic

303

San Jose St.

91.7

Mountain West

304

St. Francis (NY)

91.4

Northeast

305

Idaho

91.4

Big Sky

306

Fairleigh Dickinson

91.1

Northeast

307

Grambling

91.0

Southwestern Athl.

308

Florida A&M

91.0

Mideastern Athletic

309

Stetson

90.8

Atlantic Sun

310

Central Arkansas

90.8

Southland

311

UT-Martin

90.8

Ohio Valley

312

Florida Gulf Coast

90.7

Atlantic Sun

313

Elon

90.6

Colonial Athletic

314

New Orleans

90.5

Southland

315

Eastern Kentucky

90.5

Ohio Valley

316

UNC Wilmington

90.5

Colonial Athletic

317

Denver

90.3

Summit

318

Morgan St.

90.3

Mideastern Athletic

319

Cleveland St.

90.2

Horizon

320

Southern

90.2

Southwestern Athl.

321

Wagner

90.0

Northeast

322

Hampton

89.9

Big South

323

Northwestern St.

89.6

Southland

324

Longwood

89.5

Big South

325

Cal Poly

89.5

Big West

326

South Carolina St.

89.4

Mideastern Athletic

327

Western Illinois

89.4

Summit

328

IUPUI

89.2

Horizon

329

Maine

89.1

American East

330

Coppin St.

89.0

Mideastern Athletic

331

Binghamton

88.8

American East

332

USC Upstate

88.7

Big South

333

Presbyterian

88.7

Big South

334

Jackson St.

88.7

Southwestern Athl.

335

Marist

88.3

Metro Atlantic

336

SE Missouri

88.2

Ohio Valley

337

SE Louisiana

87.9

Southland

338

SIU Edwardsville

87.8

Ohio Valley

339

Tennessee Tech

87.5

Ohio Valley

340

Holy Cross

87.4

Patriot

341

Alabama A&M

86.7

Southwestern Athl.

342

Alabama St.

86.5

Southwestern Athl.

343

High Point

86.1

Big South

344

Houston Baptist

85.3

Southland

345

Incarnate Word

83.3

Southland

346

Arkansas Pine Bluff

83.2

Southwestern Athl.

347

Kennesaw St.

82.9

Atlantic Sun

348

Howard

81.7

Mideastern Athletic

349

Delaware St.

80.6

Mideastern Athletic

350

MD Eastern Shore

80.5

Mideastern Athletic

351

Central Connecticut

79.8

Northeast

352

Mississippi Valley St.

77.9

Southwestern Athl.

353

Chicago St.

77.0

Western Athletic

 

Alphabetical

 

#

Team

PiRate

Conf.

1

Abilene Christian

97.6

Southland

2

Air Force

99.6

Mountain West

3

Akron

107.9

Mid-American

4

Alabama

112.0

Southeastern

5

Alabama A&M

86.7

Southwestern Athl.

6

Alabama St.

86.5

Southwestern Athl.

7

Albany

96.9

American East

8

Alcorn St.

92.9

Southwestern Athl.

9

American

96.3

Patriot

10

Appalachian St.

98.1

Sun Belt

11

Arizona

116.7

Pac-12

12

Arizona St.

107.7

Pac-12

13

Arkansas

112.8

Southeastern

14

Arkansas Pine Bluff

83.2

Southwestern Athl.

15

Arkansas St.

96.7

Sun Belt

16

Army

93.1

Patriot

17

Auburn

113.2

Southeastern

18

Austin Peay

100.5

Ohio Valley

19

Ball St.

104.8

Mid-American

20

Baylor

116.8

Big 12

21

Belmont

106.4

Ohio Valley

22

Bethune Cookman

92.0

Mideastern Athletic

23

Binghamton

88.8

American East

24

Boise St.

104.5

Mountain West

25

Boston College

100.3

Atlantic Coast

26

Boston U

98.9

Patriot

27

Bowling Green

99.8

Mid-American

28

Bradley

104.9

Missouri Valley

29

Brown

97.1

Ivy

30

Bryant

96.6

Northeast

31

Bucknell

96.2

Patriot

32

Buffalo

101.6

Mid-American

33

Butler

114.1

Big East

34

BYU

113.0

West Coast

35

Cal Poly

89.5

Big West

36

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.3

Western Athletic

37

Cal St. Fullerton

94.2

Big West

38

Cal St. Northridge

94.5

Big West

39

California

99.1

Pac-12

40

California Baptist

99.9

Western Athletic

41

Campbell

94.1

Big South

42

Canisius

96.3

Metro Atlantic

43

Central Arkansas

90.8

Southland

44

Central Connecticut

79.8

Northeast

45

Central Florida

103.9

American Athletic

46

Central Michigan

98.9

Mid-American

47

Charleston

101.9

Colonial Athletic

48

Charleston Southern

91.7

Big South

49

Charlotte

99.6

Conference USA

50

Chattanooga

100.1

Southern

51

Chicago St.

77.0

Western Athletic

52

Cincinnati

110.3

American Athletic

53

Citadel

91.8

Southern

54

Clemson

107.4

Atlantic Coast

55

Cleveland St.

90.2

Horizon

56

Coastal Carolina

100.2

Sun Belt

57

Colgate

102.5

Patriot

58

Colorado

113.0

Pac-12

59

Colorado St.

104.8

Mountain West

60

Columbia

95.2

Ivy

61

Connecticut

107.4

American Athletic

62

Coppin St.

89.0

Mideastern Athletic

63

Cornell

92.6

Ivy

64

Creighton

112.0

Big East

65

Dartmouth

97.7

Ivy

66

Davidson

105.9

Atlantic 10

67

Dayton

117.1

Atlantic 10

68

Delaware

98.1

Colonial Athletic

69

Delaware St.

80.6

Mideastern Athletic

70

Denver

90.3

Summit

71

DePaul

107.7

Big East

72

Detroit

93.6

Horizon

73

Drake

101.4

Missouri Valley

74

Drexel

96.2

Colonial Athletic

75

Duke

121.6

Atlantic Coast

76

Duquesne

105.9

Atlantic 10

77

East Carolina

94.9

American Athletic

78

East Tennessee St.

108.8

Southern

79

Eastern Illinois

96.7

Ohio Valley

80

Eastern Kentucky

90.5

Ohio Valley

81

Eastern Michigan

96.4

Mid-American

82

Eastern Washington

99.9

Big Sky

83

Elon

90.6

Colonial Athletic

84

Evansville

93.3

Missouri Valley

85

Fairfield

95.2

Metro Atlantic

86

Fairleigh Dickinson

91.1

Northeast

87

Florida

113.0

Southeastern

88

Florida A&M

91.0

Mideastern Athletic

89

Florida Atlantic

98.1

Conference USA

90

Florida Gulf Coast

90.7

Atlantic Sun

91

Florida Int’l.

100.5

Conference USA

92

Florida St.

114.7

Atlantic Coast

93

Fordham

94.4

Atlantic 10

94

Fresno St.

102.1

Mountain West

95

Furman

106.8

Southern

96

Gardner-Webb

95.3

Big South

97

George Mason

100.8

Atlantic 10

98

George Washington

97.0

Atlantic 10

99

Georgetown

109.7

Big East

100

Georgia

107.0

Southeastern

101

Georgia Southern

101.5

Sun Belt

102

Georgia St.

104.9

Sun Belt

103

Georgia Tech

107.0

Atlantic Coast

104

Gonzaga

119.5

West Coast

105

Grambling

91.0

Southwestern Athl.

106

Grand Canyon

95.8

Western Athletic

107

Green Bay

96.4

Horizon

108

Hampton

89.9

Big South

109

Hartford

92.1

American East

110

Harvard

105.0

Ivy

111

Hawaii

99.7

Big West

112

High Point

86.1

Big South

113

Hofstra

101.1

Colonial Athletic

114

Holy Cross

87.4

Patriot

115

Houston

112.4

American Athletic

116

Houston Baptist

85.3

Southland

117

Howard

81.7

Mideastern Athletic

118

Idaho

91.4

Big Sky

119

Idaho St.

92.2

Big Sky

120

Illinois

112.7

Big Ten

121

Illinois Chicago

95.9

Horizon

122

Illinois St.

96.9

Missouri Valley

123

Incarnate Word

83.3

Southland

124

Indiana

111.8

Big Ten

125

Indiana St.

102.2

Missouri Valley

126

Iona

94.3

Metro Atlantic

127

Iowa

114.6

Big Ten

128

Iowa St.

108.8

Big 12

129

IUPUI

89.2

Horizon

130

Jackson St.

88.7

Southwestern Athl.

131

Jacksonville

95.2

Atlantic Sun

132

Jacksonville St.

95.1

Ohio Valley

133

James Madison

93.4

Colonial Athletic

134

Kansas

121.5

Big 12

135

Kansas St.

106.0

Big 12

136

Kennesaw St.

82.9

Atlantic Sun

137

Kent St.

103.4

Mid-American

138

Kentucky

113.4

Southeastern

139

La Salle

99.4

Atlantic 10

140

Lafayette

96.9

Patriot

141

Lamar

93.9

Southland

142

Lehigh

93.5

Patriot

143

Liberty

107.3

Atlantic Sun

144

Lipscomb

93.8

Atlantic Sun

145

Little Rock

101.9

Sun Belt

146

Long Beach St.

92.1

Big West

147

Long Island

95.9

Northeast

148

Longwood

89.5

Big South

149

Louisiana

93.9

Sun Belt

150

Louisiana Monroe

94.4

Sun Belt

151

Louisiana Tech

107.4

Conference USA

152

Louisville

115.9

Atlantic Coast

153

Loyola (Chi.)

105.9

Missouri Valley

154

Loyola Marymount

97.4

West Coast

155

Loyola (MD)

93.4

Patriot

156

LSU

112.5

Southeastern

157

Maine

89.1

American East

158

Manhattan

94.9

Metro Atlantic

159

Marist

88.3

Metro Atlantic

160

Marquette

112.8

Big East

161

Marshall

100.4

Conference USA

162

Maryland

115.9

Big Ten

163

Massachusetts

97.5

Atlantic 10

164

McNeese St.

95.9

Southland

165

MD Eastern Shore

80.5

Mideastern Athletic

166

Memphis

110.6

American Athletic

167

Mercer

95.7

Southern

168

Merrimack

94.9

Northeast

169

Miami (Fla.)

105.1

Atlantic Coast

170

Miami (O)

96.7

Mid-American

171

Michigan

112.6

Big Ten

172

Michigan St.

117.9

Big Ten

173

Middle Tennessee

92.6

Conference USA

174

Milwaukee

95.3

Horizon

175

Minnesota

111.9

Big Ten

176

Mississippi

103.7

Southeastern

177

Mississippi St.

110.9

Southeastern

178

Mississippi Valley St.

77.9

Southwestern Athl.

179

Missouri

107.4

Southeastern

180

Missouri-KC

95.5

Western Athletic

181

Missouri St.

100.9

Missouri Valley

182

Monmouth

96.8

Metro Atlantic

183

Montana

99.7

Big Sky

184

Montana St.

96.1

Big Sky

185

Morehead St.

92.2

Ohio Valley

186

Morgan St.

90.3

Mideastern Athletic

187

Mount St. Mary’s

94.2

Northeast

188

Murray St.

102.8

Ohio Valley

189

Navy

96.8

Patriot

190

Nebraska

102.8

Big Ten

191

Nevada

105.2

Mountain West

192

New Hampshire

93.1

American East

193

New Mexico

103.8

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.

98.1

Southland

198

NJIT

93.8

Atlantic Sun

199

Norfolk St.

93.7

Mideastern Athletic

200

North Alabama

93.3

Atlantic Sun

201

North Carolina

106.9

Atlantic Coast

202

North Carolina A&T

91.9

Mideastern Athletic

203

North Carolina Central

91.7

Mideastern Athletic

204

North Carolina St.

110.7

Atlantic Coast

205

North Dakota

96.3

Summit

206

North Dakota St.

101.2

Summit

207

North Florida

100.0

Atlantic Sun

208

North Texas

106.3

Conference USA

209

Northeastern

102.5

Colonial Athletic

210

Northern Arizona

97.4

Big Sky

211

Northern Colorado

103.0

Big Sky

212

Northern Illinois

99.4

Mid-American

213

Northern Iowa

108.5

Missouri Valley

214

Northern Kentucky

103.6

Horizon

215

Northwestern

104.0

Big Ten

216

Northwestern St.

89.6

Southland

217

Notre Dame

108.6

Atlantic Coast

218

Oakland

95.8

Horizon

219

Ohio

97.1

Mid-American

220

Ohio St.

115.1

Big Ten

221

Oklahoma

110.6

Big 12

222

Oklahoma St.

107.2

Big 12

223

Old Dominion

99.4

Conference USA

224

Omaha

97.4

Summit

225

Oral Roberts

103.2

Summit

226

Oregon

113.6

Pac-12

227

Oregon St.

107.1

Pac-12

228

Pacific

100.8

West Coast

229

Penn

101.0

Ivy

230

Penn St.

113.3

Big Ten

231

Pepperdine

101.0

West Coast

232

Pittsburgh

106.9

Atlantic Coast

233

Portland

94.2

West Coast

234

Portland St.

97.2

Big Sky

235

Prairie View A&M

97.6

Southwestern Athl.

236

Presbyterian

88.7

Big South

237

Princeton

98.1

Ivy

238

Providence

107.9

Big East

239

Purdue

112.0

Big Ten

240

Purdue Fort Wayne

93.7

Summit

241

Quinnipiac

95.3

Metro Atlantic

242

Radford

100.3

Big South

243

Rhode Island

108.7

Atlantic 10

244

Rice

95.4

Conference USA

245

Richmond

108.1

Atlantic 10

246

Rider

98.3

Metro Atlantic

247

Robert Morris

95.5

Northeast

248

Rutgers

112.6

Big Ten

249

Sacramento St.

98.2

Big Sky

250

Sacred Heart

97.2

Northeast

251

Saint Joseph’s

95.3

Atlantic 10

252

Saint Louis

105.2

Atlantic 10

253

Saint Mary’s

110.9

West Coast

254

Saint Peter’s

95.5

Metro Atlantic

255

Sam Houston St.

99.8

Southland

256

Samford

93.2

Southern

257

San Diego

97.7

West Coast

258

San Diego St.

114.9

Mountain West

259

San Francisco

105.0

West Coast

260

San Jose St.

91.7

Mountain West

261

Santa Clara

101.1

West Coast

262

SE Louisiana

87.9

Southland

263

SE Missouri

88.2

Ohio Valley

264

Seattle

97.1

Western Athletic

265

Seton Hall

115.7

Big East

266

Siena

96.8

Metro Atlantic

267

SIU Edwardsville

87.8

Ohio Valley

268

SMU

107.0

American Athletic

269

South Alabama

99.4

Sun Belt

270

South Carolina

105.5

Southeastern

271

South Carolina St.

89.4

Mideastern Athletic

272

South Dakota

99.0

Summit

273

South Dakota St.

102.0

Summit

274

South Florida

102.6

American Athletic

275

Southern

90.2

Southwestern Athl.

276

Southern Illinois

99.5

Missouri Valley

277

Southern Miss.

94.5

Conference USA

278

Southern Utah

101.5

Big Sky

279

St. Bonaventure

102.7

Atlantic 10

280

St. Francis (NY)

91.4

Northeast

281

St. Francis (PA)

98.0

Northeast

282

St. John’s

107.3

Big East

283

Stanford

111.0

Pac-12

284

Stephen F. Austin

102.8

Southland

285

Stetson

90.8

Atlantic Sun

286

Stony Brook

101.7

American East

287

Syracuse

109.3

Atlantic Coast

288

TCU

108.3

Big 12

289

Temple

106.3

American Athletic

290

Tennessee

109.6

Southeastern

291

Tennessee St.

94.6

Ohio Valley

292

Tennessee Tech

87.5

Ohio Valley

293

Texas

107.5

Big 12

294

Texas A&M

101.7

Southeastern

295

Texas A&M CC

91.9

Southland

296

Texas Southern

95.3

Southwestern Athl.

297

Texas St.

102.9

Sun Belt

298

Texas Tech

113.0

Big 12

299

Toledo

104.2

Mid-American

300

Towson

100.0

Colonial Athletic

301

Troy

94.3

Sun Belt

302

Tulane

100.5

American Athletic

303

Tulsa

106.3

American Athletic

304

UAB

98.7

Conference USA

305

UC Davis

95.6

Big West

306

UC Irvine

103.3

Big West

307

UC Riverside

97.1

Big West

308

UC Santa Barbara

99.6

Big West

309

UCLA

103.5

Pac-12

310

UM Baltimore Co.

92.0

American East

311

UMass Lowell

93.5

American East

312

UNC Asheville

94.7

Big South

313

UNC Greensboro

107.7

Southern

314

UNC Wilmington

90.5

Colonial Athletic

315

UNLV

102.3

Mountain West

316

USC

108.6

Pac-12

317

USC Upstate

88.7

Big South

318

UT Arlington

103.4

Southland

319

UT Rio Grande Valley

94.3

Western Athletic

320

UT-Martin

90.8

Ohio Valley

321

Utah

104.0

Pac-12

322

Utah St.

109.5

Mountain West

323

Utah Valley

93.6

Western Athletic

324

UTEP

101.0

Conference USA

325

UTSA

98.8

Conference USA

326

Valparaiso

100.2

Missouri Valley

327

Vanderbilt

100.2

Southeastern

328

VCU

110.6

Atlantic 10

329

Vermont

106.5

American East

330

Villanova

113.2

Big East

331

Virginia

109.3

Atlantic Coast

332

Virginia Tech

108.7

Atlantic Coast

333

VMI

93.0

Southern

334

Wagner

90.0

Northeast

335

Wake Forest

104.7

Atlantic Coast

336

Washington

110.4

Pac-12

337

Washington St.

103.0

Pac-12

338

Weber St.

93.2

Big Sky

339

West Virginia

116.9

Big 12

340

Western Carolina

100.2

Southern

341

Western Illinois

89.4

Summit

342

Western Kentucky

104.4

Conference USA

343

Western Michigan

95.2

Mid-American

344

Wichita St.

111.4

Big East

345

William & Mary

100.9

Colonial Athletic

346

Winthrop

102.8

Big South

347

Wisconsin

112.5

Big Ten

348

Wofford

101.8

Southern

349

Wright St.

103.1

Horizon

350

Wyoming

92.7

Mountain West

351

Xavier

109.3

Big East

352

Yale

108.0

Ivy

353

Youngstown St.

95.3

Horizon

 

PiRate Ratings By Conference

 

#

American Athletic

PiRate

1

Houston

112.4

2

Wichita St.

111.4

3

Memphis

110.6

4

Cincinnati

110.3

5

Connecticut

107.4

6

SMU

107.0

7

Tulsa

106.3

8

Temple

106.3

9

Central Florida

103.9

10

South Florida

102.6

11

Tulane

100.5

12

East Carolina

94.9

Avg

American Athletic

106.1

 

 

#

American East

PiRate

1

Vermont

106.5

2

Stony Brook

101.7

3

Albany

96.9

4

UMass Lowell

93.5

5

New Hampshire

93.1

6

Hartford

92.1

7

UM Baltimore Co.

92.0

8

Maine

89.1

9

Binghamton

88.8

Avg

American East

94.9

 

 

#

Atlantic 10

PiRate

1

Dayton

117.1

2

VCU

110.6

3

Rhode Island

108.7

4

Richmond

108.1

5

Duquesne

105.9

6

Davidson

105.9

7

Saint Louis

105.2

8

St. Bonaventure

102.7

9

George Mason

100.8

10

La Salle

99.4

11

Massachusetts

97.5

12

George Washington

97.0

13

Saint Joseph’s

95.3

14

Fordham

94.4

Avg.

Atlantic 10

103.5

 

 

#

Atlantic Coast

PiRate

1

Duke

121.6

2

Louisville

115.9

3

Florida St.

114.7

4

North Carolina St.

110.7

5

Virginia

109.3

6

Syracuse

109.3

7

Virginia Tech

108.7

8

Notre Dame

108.6

9

Clemson

107.4

10

Georgia Tech

107.0

11

North Carolina

106.9

12

Pittsburgh

106.9

13

Miami (Fla.)

105.1

14

Wake Forest

104.7

15

Boston College

100.3

Avg

Atlantic Coast

109.1

 

 

#

Atlantic Sun

PiRate

1

Liberty

107.3

2

North Florida

100.0

3

Jacksonville

95.2

4

Lipscomb

93.8

5

NJIT

93.8

6

North Alabama

93.3

7

Stetson

90.8

8

Florida Gulf Coast

90.7

9

Kennesaw St.

82.9

Avg

Atlantic Sun

94.2

 

 

#

Big 12

PiRate

1

Kansas

121.5

2

West Virginia

116.9

3

Baylor

116.8

4

Texas Tech

113.0

5

Oklahoma

110.6

6

Iowa St.

108.8

7

TCU

108.3

8

Texas

107.5

9

Oklahoma St.

107.2

10

Kansas St.

106.0

Avg

Big 12

111.7

 

 

#

Big East

PiRate

1

Seton Hall

115.7

2

Butler

114.1

3

Villanova

113.2

4

Marquette

112.8

5

Creighton

112.0

6

Georgetown

109.7

7

Xavier

109.3

8

Providence

107.9

9

DePaul

107.7

10

St. John’s

107.3

Avg

Big East

111.0

 

 

#

Big Sky

PiRate

1

Northern Colorado

103.0

2

Southern Utah

101.5

3

Eastern Washington

99.9

4

Montana

99.7

5

Sacramento St.

98.2

6

Northern Arizona

97.4

7

Portland St.

97.2

8

Montana St.

96.1

9

Weber St.

93.2

10

Idaho St.

92.2

11

Idaho

91.4

#

Big Sky

97.3

 

 

#

Big South

PiRate

1

Winthrop

102.8

2

Radford

100.3

3

Gardner-Webb

95.3

4

UNC Asheville

94.7

5

Campbell

94.1

6

Charleston Southern

91.7

7

Hampton

89.9

8

Longwood

89.5

9

USC Upstate

88.7

10

Presbyterian

88.7

11

High Point

86.1

Avg

Big South

92.9

 

 

#

Big Ten

PiRate

1

Michigan St.

117.9

2

Maryland

115.9

3

Ohio St.

115.1

4

Iowa

114.6

5

Penn St.

113.3

6

Illinois

112.7

7

Michigan

112.6

8

Rutgers

112.6

9

Wisconsin

112.5

10

Purdue

112.0

11

Minnesota

111.9

12

Indiana

111.8

13

Northwestern

104.0

14

Nebraska

102.8

Avg

Big Ten

112.1

 

 

#

Big West

PiRate

1

UC Irvine

103.3

2

Hawaii

99.7

3

UC Santa Barbara

99.6

4

UC Riverside

97.1

5

UC Davis

95.6

6

Cal St. Northridge

94.5

7

Cal St. Fullerton

94.2

8

Long Beach St.

92.1

9

Cal Poly

89.5

Avg

Big West

96.2

 

 

#

Colonial Athletic

PiRate

1

Northeastern

102.5

2

Charleston

101.9

3

Hofstra

101.1

4

William & Mary

100.9

5

Towson

100.0

6

Delaware

98.1

7

Drexel

96.2

8

James Madison

93.4

9

Elon

90.6

10

UNC Wilmington

90.5

Avg

Colonial Athletic

97.5

 

 

#

Conference USA

PiRate

1

Louisiana Tech

107.4

2

North Texas

106.3

3

Western Kentucky

104.4

4

UTEP

101.0

5

Florida Int’l.

100.5

6

Marshall

100.4

7

Charlotte

99.6

8

Old Dominion

99.4

9

UTSA

98.8

10

UAB

98.7

11

Florida Atlantic

98.1

12

Rice

95.4

13

Southern Miss.

94.5

14

Middle Tennessee

92.6

Avg

Conference USA

99.8

 

 

#

Horizon

PiRate

1

Northern Kentucky

103.6

2

Wright St.

103.1

3

Green Bay

96.4

4

Illinois Chicago

95.9

5

Oakland

95.8

6

Milwaukee

95.3

7

Youngstown St.

95.3

8

Detroit

93.6

9

Cleveland St.

90.2

10

IUPUI

89.2

Avg

Horizon

95.8

 

 

#

Ivy

PiRate

1

Yale

108.0

2

Harvard

105.0

3

Penn

101.0

4

Princeton

98.1

5

Dartmouth

97.7

6

Brown

97.1

7

Columbia

95.2

8

Cornell

92.6

Avg

Ivy

99.3

 

 

#

Metro Atlantic

PiRate

1

Rider

98.3

2

Monmouth

96.8

3

Siena

96.8

4

Canisius

96.3

5

Saint Peter’s

95.5

6

Quinnipiac

95.3

7

Fairfield

95.2

8

Manhattan

94.9

9

Iona

94.3

10

Niagara

92.1

11

Marist

88.3

Avg

Metro Atlantic

94.9

 

 

#

Mid-American

PiRate

1

Akron

107.9

2

Ball St.

104.8

3

Toledo

104.2

4

Kent St.

103.4

5

Buffalo

101.6

6

Bowling Green

99.8

7

Northern Illinois

99.4

8

Central Michigan

98.9

9

Ohio

97.1

10

Miami (O)

96.7

11

Eastern Michigan

96.4

12

Western Michigan

95.2

Avg

Mid-American

100.5

 

 

#

Mideastern Athletic

PiRate

1

Norfolk St.

93.7

2

Bethune Cookman

92.0

3

North Carolina A&T

91.9

4

North Carolina Central

91.7

5

Florida A&M

91.0

6

Morgan St.

90.3

7

South Carolina St.

89.4

8

Coppin St.

89.0

9

Howard

81.7

10

Delaware St.

80.6

11

MD Eastern Shore

80.5

Avg

Mideastern Athletic

88.3

 

 

#

Missouri Valley

PiRate

1

Northern Iowa

108.5

2

Loyola (Chi.)

105.9

3

Bradley

104.9

4

Indiana St.

102.2

5

Drake

101.4

6

Missouri St.

100.9

7

Valparaiso

100.2

8

Southern Illinois

99.5

9

Illinois St.

96.9

10

Evansville

93.3

Avg

Missouri Valley

101.4

 

 

#

Mountain West

PiRate

1

San Diego St.

114.9

2

Utah St.

109.5

3

Nevada

105.2

4

Colorado St.

104.8

5

Boise St.

104.5

6

New Mexico

103.8

7

UNLV

102.3

8

Fresno St.

102.1

9

Air Force

99.6

10

Wyoming

92.7

11

San Jose St.

91.7

Avg

Mountain West

102.8

 

 

#

Northeast

PiRate

1

St. Francis (PA)

98.0

2

Sacred Heart

97.2

3

Bryant

96.6

4

Long Island

95.9

5

Robert Morris

95.5

6

Merrimack

94.9

7

Mount St. Mary’s

94.2

8

St. Francis (NY)

91.4

9

Fairleigh Dickinson

91.1

10

Wagner

90.0

11

Central Connecticut

79.8

Avg

Northeast

93.2

 

 

#

Ohio Valley

PiRate

1

Belmont

106.4

2

Murray St.

102.8

3

Austin Peay

100.5

4

Eastern Illinois

96.7

5

Jacksonville St.

95.1

6

Tennessee St.

94.6

7

Morehead St.

92.2

8

UT-Martin

90.8

9

Eastern Kentucky

90.5

10

SE Missouri

88.2

11

SIU Edwardsville

87.8

12

Tennessee Tech

87.5

Avg

Ohio Valley

94.4

 

 

#

Pac-12

PiRate

1

Arizona

116.7

2

Oregon

113.6

3

Colorado

113.0

4

Stanford

111.0

5

Washington

110.4

6

USC

108.6

7

Arizona St.

107.7

8

Oregon St.

107.1

9

Utah

104.0

10

UCLA

103.5

11

Washington St.

103.0

12

California

99.1

Avg

Pac-12

108.1

 

 

#

Patriot

PiRate

1

Colgate

102.5

2

Boston U

98.9

3

Lafayette

96.9

4

Navy

96.8

5

American

96.3

6

Bucknell

96.2

7

Lehigh

93.5

8

Loyola (MD)

93.4

9

Army

93.1

10

Holy Cross

87.4

Avg

Patriot

95.5

 

 

#

Southeastern

PiRate

1

Kentucky

113.4

2

Auburn

113.2

3

Florida

113.0

4

Arkansas

112.8

5

LSU

112.5

6

Alabama

112.0

7

Mississippi St.

110.9

8

Tennessee

109.6

9

Missouri

107.4

10

Georgia

107.0

11

South Carolina

105.5

12

Mississippi

103.7

13

Texas A&M

101.7

14

Vanderbilt

100.2

Avg

Southeastern

108.8

 

 

#

Southern

PiRate

1

East Tennessee St.

108.8

2

UNC Greensboro

107.7

3

Furman

106.8

4

Wofford

101.8

5

Western Carolina

100.2

6

Chattanooga

100.1

7

Mercer

95.7

8

Samford

93.2

9

VMI

93.0

10

Citadel

91.8

Avg

Southern

99.9

 

 

#

Southland

PiRate

1

UT Arlington

103.4

2

Stephen F. Austin

102.8

3

Sam Houston St.

99.8

4

Nicholls St.

98.1

5

Abilene Christian

97.6

6

McNeese St.

95.9

7

Lamar

93.9

8

Texas A&M CC

91.9

9

Central Arkansas

90.8

10

New Orleans

90.5

11

Northwestern St.

89.6

12

SE Louisiana

87.9

13

Houston Baptist

85.3

14

Incarnate Word

83.3

Avg

Southland

93.6

 

 

#

Southwestern Athletic

PiRate

1

Prairie View A&M

97.6

2

Texas Southern

95.3

3

Alcorn St.

92.9

4

Grambling

91.0

5

Southern

90.2

6

Jackson St.

88.7

7

Alabama A&M

86.7

8

Alabama St.

86.5

9

Arkansas Pine Bluff

83.2

10

Mississippi Valley St.

77.9

Avg

Southwestern Athletic

89.0

 

 

#

Summit

PiRate

1

Oral Roberts

103.2

2

South Dakota St.

102.0

3

North Dakota St.

101.2

4

South Dakota

99.0

5

Omaha

97.4

6

North Dakota

96.3

7

Purdue Fort Wayne

93.7

8

Denver

90.3

9

Western Illinois

89.4

Avg

Summit

96.9

 

 

#

Sun Belt

PiRate

1

Georgia St.

104.9

2

Texas St.

102.9

3

Little Rock

101.9

4

Georgia Southern

101.5

5

Coastal Carolina

100.2

6

South Alabama

99.4

7

Appalachian St.

98.1

8

Arkansas St.

96.7

9

Louisiana Monroe

94.4

10

Troy

94.3

11

Louisiana

93.9

Avg

Sun Belt

98.9

 

 

#

West Coast

PiRate

1

Gonzaga

119.5

2

BYU

113.0

3

Saint Mary’s

110.9

4

San Francisco

105.0

5

Santa Clara

101.1

6

Pepperdine

101.0

7

Pacific

100.8

8

San Diego

97.7

9

Loyola Marymount

97.4

10

Portland

94.2

Avg

West Coast

104.1

 

 

#

Western Athletic

PiRate

1

New Mexico St.

105.5

2

California Baptist

99.9

3

Seattle

97.1

4

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.3

5

Grand Canyon

95.8

6

Missouri-KC

95.5

7

UT Rio Grande Valley

94.3

8

Utah Valley

93.6

9

Chicago St.

77.0

Avg

Western Athletic

95.0

 

Conference Ratings

 

#

Conference

PiRate

1

Big Ten

112.1

2

Big 12

111.7

3

Big East

111.0

4

Atlantic Coast

109.1

5

Southeastern

108.8

6

Pac-12

108.1

7

American Athletic

106.1

8

West Coast

104.1

9

Atlantic 10

103.5

10

Mountain West

102.8

11

Missouri Valley

101.4

12

Mid-American

100.5

13

Southern

99.9

14

Conference USA

99.8

15

Ivy

99.3

16

Sun Belt

98.9

17

Colonial Athletic

97.5

18

Big Sky

97.3

19

Summit

96.9

20

Big West

96.2

21

Horizon

95.8

22

Patriot

95.5

23

Western Athletic

95.0

24

Metro Atlantic

94.9

25

American East

94.9

26

Ohio Valley

94.4

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

 

 

 

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August 2, 2019

PiRate Ratings Ready To Go Live

Ahoy Mates!  The PiRates have returned from sea this summer and are ready to hoist the football flag on terra firma for 2019-2020.

It took us a bit longer this year with added data hopefully allowing us to refine our preseason ratings’ process.  After more than 100 days of work, we finally have preseason ratings for the 130 FBS teams.

As we have done every year, we will begin previewing the conferences daily from the lowest rated to the highest rated.  Here is the schedule for each of the previews.

Day Date Conference Preview
Friday Aug 9 Conference USA
Saturday Aug 10 Mid-American
Sunday Aug 11 Sun Belt
Monday Aug 12 Mountain West
Tuesday Aug 13 Independents
Wednesday Aug 14 American Athletic
Thursday Aug 15 Atlantic Coast
Friday Aug 16 Pac-12
Saturday Aug 17 Big 12
Sunday Aug 18 Big Ten
Monday Aug 19 Southeastern

Then, on Tuesday, August 20, we will debut our spreads for games involving FBS teams up through Labor Day.  There will be two FBS games on Saturday, August 24, and then the first real week of the season takes place over the Labor Day Holiday Weekend from August 29 through September 2.

As always, we are constantly updating our preseason ratings throughout August as news becomes available concerning personnel changes.  If you are a fan of the Connecticut Huskies, your team has undergone some serious roster moves since the end of Spring Practice, and you have seen some key personnel decide to transfer.

There are also a handful of players that might be awarded immediate eligibility after transferring to a new FBS school.  One or two teams could see a jump of more than one ratings’ point if certain players receive immediate eligibility. allow schools to trade players if both schools have an immediate need for the other school’s player, while their current school has no immediate availability?

 

Some Fun Stuff To Ponder

What if the NCAA allowed schools to trade players if both schools have an immediate need for the other school’s player, while their current school has no immediate need for said players?

Can you imagine if a school like Ohio State had a third string quarterback that would not see meaningful minutes, while they needed a flanker to replace a 1st round draft pick, and then a school like Washington State had seven capable receivers and no quarterback?  What if Ohio State and Washington State could make a trade so that the third string QB at Ohio State can now become the starter at Washington State, while the number five receiver at Washington State can now become the starting flanker with the Buckeyes?

It might have been crazy to consider this 10 years ago, but who knows what the future might bring with players now winning appeals for immediate eligibility for some of the most outlandish reasons like having a disagreeable dormitory environment.  If both of our imaginary players wanted to transfer but were not graduates with immediate eligibility, might the NCAA see merit in allowing two players that would rarely see the field to become starters at another school?

Thanks to your comments to us from our other website, something has been circulating this summer among many of you concerning what will happen with the FBS Playoffs when the current contract expires. This topic has wings.  There has been appreciable mumbling coming forth from the movers and shakers in the college football world.

The former big-time New Year’s Day bowls (Sugar, Cotton/Fiesta, Rose, and Orange) have seen historic low ratings in the years they were not part of the Semifinals of the Playoffs.  The key bowls this year will be played on Saturday, December 28, and the Cotton and Orange Bowls will not be played on New Year’s Day.

These once major epic festivals are almost like the football equivalent of the NIT, and the bowl sponsors are not happy.  The Tournament of Roses Committee is really not happy with their historically low TV ratings, and it has not just affected the game, but the ratings for the parade have been off as well.  I am sure they’d gladly take the old arrangement of the Pac-12 and Big Ten champions and distance themselves from the Playoffs altogether, like they did when the Bowl Coalition did not include the Rose Bowl conferences.  An undefeated Rose Bowl champion would easily be able to claim a national title without appearing in the playoffs, just like Notre Dame won numerous national titles long before they appeared in bowl games.  The Associated Press has awarded National Championships for years, and the national champion in multiple years did not appear in a bowl game.

When the next Playoff contract commences in 2026, you can bet that there will be more than four teams in the playoffs.  It could be six, eight, 12, or 16.  The major bowls will demand that their game stays vitally important every year.  With six teams, five bowls would be needed, but there are six heavyweights, so one would be left out each year.

With eight teams, seven bowls would be needed, which would satisfy the needs of the Rose, Sugar, Orange, Cotton, Fiesta, and Peach every year.  The seventh site could rotate among the other bowls, throwing a one-time bone to the Citrus, Outback, Holiday, Sun, Alamo, and one or two additional bowls.

At 12 or 16 teams, first round games could be played on the home field of the higher-seeded teams before progressing to the bowls.  This would most likely signal the end of conference championship games, but you could see where the big-time schools would gladly give up conference championship games for playoff games.

There is one other topic that has been circulating in college football fan talk this summer, and that is the idea of a Super Football Division consisting of the top 32 programs.  As an example, the top 32 football powers could form their own conference and play only against each other with a super TV contract and NFL-style playoffs based on standings and not the vote of a Committee.  The talk is that these 32 programs could make so much money in football, that they could fund all their other sports and sort of secede from the current NCAA Division 1.  What this would lead to would be the end of Alabama playing Western Carolina in November and Michigan State playing Western Michigan in September.  Instead, there would be weekly games like  Alabama versus Oklahoma, and Ohio State versus Clemson.  All these super schools would play in stadiums with 75,000 to 110,000 seats.  The TV contract would be more like the NFL at its peak.  Imagine a 12-team NFL style playoff with the top superpowers of the gridiron?

This has been rumored for about a quarter century.  Originally, this idea was brushed aside when the major conferences began to expand.  The current belief is that if any conference expands again, they will only do so to bring in teams from outside their current conference media markets.  In other words, The Big Ten would not want Iowa State with Iowa already in the league.  They might want Oklahoma or Oklahoma State but not both, because those rivals come from the same media market.

Likewise, the SEC would not want to add Clemson or Florida State, as they already have South Carolina and Florida.  However, they would gladly take Virginia Tech and one of the Oklahoma schools.

The organic progression would seem to indicate that in the future, one of the Power 5 conferences could fold and its teams would merge into one of the other majors, and there would be four, 16-team super conferences.  However, the media market expansion would not work, because there would be multiple teams from some states, like Texas, and not enough super conferences to join.  Therefore, it is our belief that the only logical solution to this matter is for the top 32 football programs to go at it on their own.  The current Division 1 could be altered from FBS and FCS to 1 A, 1 AA, and 1 AAA.  The 1 AAA would be the top 32 teams.  The 1 AA would be the current remaining 98 FBS plus the top 30 FCS programs that could now compete without the 32 powers.  1 AAA would be all the remaining teams, and then some D2 and NAIA schools might wish to move up.

An NFL Fan Sent This To Us

One of our biggest fans at this site (we didn’t receive permission from him to name him), opined that there could be more than one NFL team trying to position themselves to be 0-16 in 2020.  Much like the Indianapolis Colts tanking to “Suck for Luck,”  the new slogan we have given this is: “Be Clever and Suck for Trevor.”  Trevor Lawrence will be draft eligible in April of 2021.

That doesn’t mean that there won’t be a nice group of available quarterbacks in 2020, as Tua Tagovailoa, Sam Ehlinger, Jake Fromm, Justin Herbert, and others will be available.  However, Lawrence might be the best QB prospect since John Elway, so the stakes will be high in 2021, and it is likely that the team with the worst record in 2020 could be playoff bound by 2022 and Super Bowl worthy by 2023 and for the next 15 years after that.  Teams like Buffalo, Miami, Detroit, Tampa Bay, Oakland/Las Vegas, and Arizona could be in position to sell off one or two key players and be in position to lose big in 2020.  A team like Green Bay or New Orleans could decide to blow up their aging rosters and be terrible for one year, but it would be the right one year.

Looking For The Next Tom Brady

As much as the Colts benefited from drafting Andrew Luck, they have run out of it in January.  Meanwhile, the almost forgotten draft pick  at #199 in 2000, the inimitable Tom Brady, must keep remodeling his home to store all the hardware he has accrued.

Is there a potential second or third day draft quarterback from this year’s crop that could be the diamond in the rough like Touchdown Tom?

We think there is, and ironically, he hails from Brady’s alma mater.  Shea Patterson might be available into the 5th round, because this next class of quarterbacks is full of very good but not superior guys.  The quantity might eventually prove to be greater than the quality, but we see Patterson as flying under the radar.  He has all the tools needed to play at the next level, and we believe his best ability is still to emerge.  Patterson plays in an offense that will not allow him the opportunity to throw the ball 400+ times in 12 games, but what he does with the 350 or so passes should show the right NFL team that he is worth making a late second day or early third day pick on him.

March 12, 2019

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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Wednesday’s PiRate Ratings Spreads

Home

Rating

HCA

Visitor

Rating

Spread

George Washington

93.3

0.0

Massachusetts

97.5

-4.2

Fordham

95.2

1.0

Richmond

99.0

-2.8

North Carolina St.

112.9

0.0

Clemson

112.2

0.7

Virginia Tech

116.5

0.0

Miami (Fla.)

107.5

9.0

Louisville

114.0

0.0

Notre Dame

105.9

8.1

Syracuse

111.3

0.0

Pittsburgh

105.1

6.2

TCU

110.0

0.0

Oklahoma St.

104.8

5.2

Oklahoma

111.3

0.0

West Virginia

104.9

6.4

Providence

106.7

0.0

Butler

108.2

-1.5

St. John’s

107.8

1.5

DePaul

104.9

4.4

Northern Arizona

92.1

0.0

Sacramento St.

94.2

-2.1

Idaho St.

90.7

1.0

Southern Utah

93.0

-1.3

Idaho

85.0

1.0

Montana St.

95.2

-9.2

Rutgers

106

0.0

Nebraska

110.5

-4.5

Illinois

106.2

0.0

Northwestern

107.2

-1.0

Louisiana Tech

101.8

0.0

Florida Atlantic

98.7

3.1

UAB

100.1

0.0

Middle Tennessee

95.2

4.9

North Texas

100.9

1.5

Florida Int’l.

97.4

5.0

Marshall

99.7

0.0

Rice

94.3

5.4

North Carolina A&T

92.2

0.0

Coppin St.

84.9

7.3

Norfolk St.

95.1

1.5

South Carolina St.

87.3

9.3

Colorado St.

99.2

0.0

Boise St.

102.6

-3.4

New Mexico

99.3

0.0

Wyoming

90.3

9.0

Air Force

94.8

0.0

San Jose St.

85.4

9.4

USC

105.7

0.0

Arizona

105.9

-0.2

Colorado

107.0

0.0

California

95.0

12.0

UCLA

104.9

0.0

Stanford

103.9

1.0

Oregon

109.3

0.0

Washington St.

101.6

7.7

Colgate

102.1

2.5

Bucknell

102.0

2.6

Lamar

98.0

0.0

Houston Baptist

93.3

4.7

Texas A&M CC

93.7

0.0

Central Arkansas

91.6

2.1

Missouri

106.1

0.0

Georgia

103.5

2.6

Vanderbilt

102

1.0

Texas A&M

105.4

-2.4

 

Conference Tournaments Update

America East Conference

All games at home floor of higher seeds

Semifinals–Tuesday, March 12

Vermont

84

Binghamton

51

Md.-Baltimore Co.

90

Hartford

85 2ot

*** Championship Game–Saturday, March 16 ***

Seed

Home

Seed

Visitor

1

Vermont (26-6)

3

Maryland-Baltimore Co. (21-12)

 

Atlantic 10 Conference

Site: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

12

George Washington (8-23)

13

Massachusetts (11-20)

11

Richmond (12-19)

14

Fordham (12-19)

 

 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Site: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC

First Round–Tuesday, March 12

Miami (Fla.)

79

Wake Forest

71

Notre Dame

78

Georgia Tech

71

Pittsburgh

80

Boston College

70

 

Second Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

North Carolina St. (21-10)

9

Clemson (19-12)

5

Virginia Tech (23-7)

12

Miami (Fla) (14-17)

7

Louisville (19-12)

15

Notre Dame (14-18)

6

Syracuse (19-12)

14

Pittsburgh (14-18)

 

 

Big 12 Conference

Site: Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

TCU (19-12)

9

Oklahoma St. (12-19)

7

Oklahoma (19-12)

10

West Virginia (12-19)

 

 

Big East Conference

Site: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

Providence (17-14)

9

Butler (16-15)

7

St. John’s (20-11)

10

DePaul (15-13)

 

 

Big Sky Conference

Site: Century Link Arena, Boise, ID

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

Northern Arizona (10-20)

9

Sacramento St. (14-15)

7

Southern Utah (14-15)

10

Idaho St. (11-18)

6

Montana St. (14-16)

11

Idaho (5-26)

 

 

Big Ten Conference

Site: United Center, Chicago, IL

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

12

Rutgers (14-16)

13

Nebraska (16-15)

11

Illinois (11-20)

14

Northwestern (13-18)

 

 

Colonial Athletic Association

Site: North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC

Championship Game–Tuesday, March 12

Northeastern

82

Hofstra

74

Champion: Northeastern  (23-10)

 

 

Conference USA

Site: Ford Center, Frisco, TX

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

Louisiana Tech (19-12)

9

Florida Atlantic (17-14)

5

UAB (18-13)

12

Middle Tennessee (11-20)

7

Florida Int’l. (19-12)

10

North Texas (20-11)

6

Marshall (18-13)

11

Rice (13-18)

 

 

Horizon League (Motor City Madness)

Site: Higher Seed and Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI

Championship Game–Tuesday, March 12

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Wright St. (21-12)

2

Northern Kentucky (25-8)

Champion: Northern Kentucky  (26-8)

 

 

Mideastern Athletic Conference

Site: Scope Arena, Norfolk, VA

First Round–Tuesday, March 12

Coppin St.

81

Morgan St.

71

South Carolina St.

63

Md. Eastern Shore

54

 

Quarterfinals–Wednesday, March 13 & Thursday, March 14

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

2 (wed)

North Carolina A&T (18-12)

7

Coppin St. (8-24)

3 (thu)

North Carolina Central (15-15)

11

Delaware St. (6-24)

1 (wed)

Norfolk St. (19-12)

9

South Carolina St. (8-25)

4 (thu)

Howard (16-15)

5

Bethune-Cookman

 

 

Mountain West Conference

Site: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

Colorado St. (12-19)

9

Boise St. (12-19)

7

New Mexico (13-17)

10

Wyoming (8-23)

6

Air Force (13-17)

11

San Jose St. (4-26)

 

 

Northeast Conference

All games at home floor of higher seeds

Championship Game–Tuesday, March 12

Fairleigh-Dickinson

85

St. Francis (PA)

76

Champion: Fairleigh-Dickinson  (20-13)

 

 

Pac-12 Conference

Site: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

USC (15-16)

9

Arizona (17-14)

5

Colorado (19-11)

12

California (8-22)

7

UCLA (16-15)

10

Stanford (15-15)

6

Oregon (19-12)

11

Washington St. (11-20)

 

 

Patriot League

Played at Colgate

Championship Game–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Home

Seed

Visitor

1

Colgate (23-10)

2

Bucknell (21-10)

 

 

Southland Conference

Site: Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, TX

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

5

Lamar (19-12)

8

Houston Baptist (12-17)

6

Texas A&M CC (14-17)

7

Central Arkansas (13-18)

 

 

Southeastern Conference

Site: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN

First Round–Wednesday, March 13

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

12

Missouri (14-16)

13

Georgia (11-20)

11

Texas A&M (13-17)

14

Vanderbilt (9-22)

 

 

Summit League

Site: Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, SD

Championship Game–Tuesday, March12

North Dakota St.

73

Omaha

63

Champion: North Dakota St. (18-15)

 

 

Sun Belt Conference

Site: 1st Rd at Higher Seed, Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA

First Round–Tuesday, March 12

Louisiana Monroe

89

Appalachian St.

80

South Alabama

75

Arkansas St.

67

 

Second Round–Thursday, March 14

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

6

Coastal Carolina (15-15)

7

Louisiana Monroe (17-14)

5

Louisiana (19-12)

8

South Alabama (16-16)

 

 

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Site: at Higher Seeds

Quarterfinals–Tuesday, March 12

Prairie View A&M

86

Alcorn St.

66

Grambling

59

Arkansas Pine Bluff

52

Alabama St.

58

Jackson St.

49

Texas Southern

80

Southern

70

 

Semifinals–Friday, March 15

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Prairie View A&M (21-12)

4

Grambling (17-15)

2

Texas Southern (20-12)

6

Alabama St. (12-18)

 

 

West Coast Conference

Site: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV

Championship Game–Tuesday, March 12

Saint Mary’s

60

Gonzaga

47

Champion: Saint Mary’s  (22-11)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 7, 2018

PiRate Ratings Conference Tournament Update–March 7, 2018

Today’s PiRate Ratings For Conference Tournament Games

Home Team Visitor  
or Higher Seed Lower Seed Spread
LaSalle Massachusetts 4.1
George Washington Fordham 6.1
Florida St. Louisville 0.7
North Carolina St. Boston College 3.4
Virginia Tech Notre Dame -0.3
North Carolina Syracuse 7.9
Oklahoma St. Oklahoma -0.5
Texas Iowa St. 5.6
Georgetown St. John’s -3.1
Marquette DePaul 5.2
Florida Int’l. Southern Miss. 0.2
UTSA UTEP 2.7
North Texas Louisiana Tech -1.9
UAB Florida Atlantic 9.0
Hampton Florida A&M 9.4
Bethune-Cookman Morgan St. 1.8
UNLV Air Force 9.4
Utah St. Colorado St. 5.7
Wyoming San Jose St. 12.6
Colorado Arizona St. -7.8
Stanford California 10.8
Washington Oregon St. -0.7
Oregon Washington St. 9.7
Bucknell Colgate 9.3
Georgia Vanderbilt 1.9
South Carolina Ole Miss 2.8
New Orleans Texas A&M-CC 2.9
Lamar Central Arkansas 0.8
Coastal Carolina Texas St. 1.2
Appalachian St. Little Rock 3.9
UL-Monroe Arkansas St. 2.4
Troy South Alabama 3.9

Games in RED are Championship Games for Automatic NCAA Tournament Bids.

Last Night’s Conference Tournament Championship Games

Colonial Athletic Association Tournament
Charleston 83 Northeastern 76 ot
Horizon League Tournament
Wright St. 74 Cleveland St. 57
Northeast Conference Tournament
Long Island 71 Wagner 61
Summit League Tournament
South Dakota St. 97 South Dakota 87
West Coast Conference Tournament
Gonzaga 74 BYU 54

Teams With Automatic Bids to the Dance

Team Bid Conf. W-L
Charleston AUTO CAA 26-7
Gonzaga AUTO WCC 30-4
Iona AUTO MAAC 20-13
Lipscomb AUTO A-SUN 23-9
Long Island AUTO NEC 18-16
Loyola (Chi.) AUTO MVC 28-5
Michigan AUTO BTen 28-7
Murray St. AUTO OVC 26-5
Radford AUTO B-South 22-12
South Dakota St. AUTO Summit 28-6
UNC-Greensboro AUTO SoCon 27-7
Wright St. AUTO Horizon 25-9

Conference Championship Games Scheduled For Wednesday

Patriot League Tournament
Championship–March 7
Time Home Visitors TV
7:30 PM #1 Bucknell #2 Colgate CBSSN

 

Conference Tournaments Beginning Today

Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament
Washington, DC
First 4 Rounds EST/Championship EDT
       
First Round–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #12 LaSalle #13 Massachusetts  
8:30 PM #11 George Washington #14 Fordham  
       
Second Round–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #8 VCU #9 Dayton NBCSN
2:30 PM #5 George Mason LaSalle or UMass NBCSN
6:00 PM #7 Richmond #10 Duquesne NBCSN
8:30 PM #6 St. Louis GWU or Fordham NBCSN
       
Quarterfinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 Rhode Island VCU or Dayton NBCSN
2:30 PM #4 St. Joseph’s GMU/LaSalle/UMass NBCSN
6:00 PM #2 St. Bonaventure Richmond or Duquesne NBCSN
8:30 PM #3 Davidson Stl/GWU/Fordham NBCSN
       
Semifinals–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
1:00 PM URI/VCU/Dayton StJo/GMU/LaSalle/UMass CBSSN
3:30 PM StBon/Rich/Duq Dav/Stl/GWU/Fordham CBSSN
       
Championship–March 11
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
1:00 PM     CBS

Rhode Island is a lock to get into the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team if the Rams do not win the conference tournament.  St. Bonaventure is most likely in as well, but the Bonnies could sure use a quarterfinal win to make it secure.  Davidson is a potential bid stealer.  The Wildcats are the hottest team in the league and sport the league’s top defense.  Davidson knocked off Rhode Island in the regular season finale.

A player to watch in this tournament is Justin Wilson of VCU.  Wilson has the talent and ability to carry his team to the semifinals, where the right matchup could produce a dark horse for the league title.

Big 12 Conference Tournament
Kansas City
All Times CST
       
First Round–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #8 Oklahoma St. #9 Oklahoma ESPNU
8:00 PM #7 Texas #10 Iowa St. ESPNU
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
11:30 AM #4 Kansas St. #5 TCU ESPN2
1:30 PM #1 Kansas Okla. St. or Oklahoma ESPN2
6:00 PM #2 Texas Tech Texas or Iowa St. ESPNU
8:00 PM #3 West Virginia #6 Baylor ESPNU
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM Kan/Okl St/Okla Kan St. or TCU ESPN2
8:00 PM TTU/Tex/Iowa St. WVU or Baylor ESPN2
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:00 PM     ESPN

Kansas is aiming to secure a number one seed in the Big Dance, but the Jayhawks have been a bit inconsistent this year.  West Virginia swooned in the middle of the season, but the Mountaineers began to put it all together late in the season.  Kansas State, TCU, and Texas Tech had their moments during the season, but none of the three looked like a champion as March came marching in.  Oklahoma has taken on water to the point where a first-round loss to rival Oklahoma St. could sink the Sooners.  Texas and Baylor might need one tournament win to earn tournament lock status, while Iowa St. is really the only team that must win the automatic bid to get into the field of 68.  This should be one of the most exciting Big 12 Tournaments ever.

Big East Conference Tournament
New York City
All Times EST
       
First Round–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM #8 Georgetown #9 St. John’s FS1
9:30 PM #7 Marquette #10 DePaul FS1
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 Xavier G’Town or St. John’s FS1
2:30 PM #4 Creighton #5 Providence FS1
7:00 PM #2 Villanova Marq. or DePaul FS1
9:30 PM #3 Seton Hall #6 Butler FS1
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:30 PM Xavier/GTown/St. Johns Creighton or Providence FS1
9:00 PM Villa/Marq/DePaul S. Hall or Butler FS1
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:30 PM     Fox

Except for Georgetown and DePaul, any of the other eight teams in this league could win the conference tournament.  Villanova finished behind Xavier in the standings, but the Wildcats own the Musketeers.  St. John’s finished in a last place tie, but the Red Hawks beat Duke, Villanova, and Marquette in consecutive games.  So, it would not be all that shocking if SJU found the magic in MSG and make a run.

Conference USA Tournament
Frisco, TX
Top 12 Teams Qualify
All Times CST
       
Note: This facility splits into two separate courts until the semifinals
First Round–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #8 Florida Int’l. #9 Southern Miss. TBA
6:30 PM #5 UTSA #12 UTEP TBA
8:30 PM #7 North Texas #10 Louisiana Tech TBA
9:00 PM #6 UAB #11 Florida Atlantic TBA
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #1 Middle Tennessee FIU or Southern Miss Stadium
6:30 PM #4 Marshall UTSA or UTEP Stadium
8:30 PM #2 Old Dominion N Tex or La Tech Stadium
9:00 PM #3 Western Kentucky UAB or FAU Stadium
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:30 PM MTSU/FIU/USM Marsh/UTSA/UTEP CBSSN
3:00 PM ODU/UNT/LT WKU/UAB/FAU CBSSN
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:30 PM     CBSSN

This should be an interesting tournament just for the logistics.  If you have ever attended a giant AAU tournament, you most likely have seen multiple courts set up with a curtain dividing the action.  This tournament is going to face something similar.  The event will take place where the Dallas Cowboys practice.  There’s nothing new about staging the Final Four in a domed stadium meant for football.  However, there will be two courts facing parallel to each other with a thick black curtain separating the games.  There will be no worries about the basketball rolling from one court to the other interrupting a game, because the courts will be set in opposite end zones.  However, there is no guarantee that the sounds from one court might be heard on the other court, especially referee whistles and scoreboard horns.

The tournament itself should be quite interesting.  Middle Tennessee romped over the rest of the league with the exception of Marshall.  Marshall’s style of play is totally different than all the other teams in the league and all but a few teams nationally.  The Thundering Herd are one of the most exciting teams to watch in all levels of basketball.

Even though they are highly ranked, Middle Tennessee is far from a lock to make the NCAA Tournament if they do not win the automatic bid.  The Blue Raiders are 49th in the RPI, 48th in predictive metrics, 3-3 in Quadrant 1 games, and 2-1 in Quadrant 2 games.  They are certainly on the Bubble.

Western Kentucky and Old Dominion are fairly evenly matched with enough talent to win the tournament and represent the league well in an opening round NCAA Tournament game.  UAB is the  only dark horse with the horses to pull off a couple of upset wins, but anything other than the top four seeds advancing to the semifinals would be shocking.

 

Mountain West Conference Tournament
Las Vegas
All Times PST
       
First Round–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
11:00 AM #8 UNLV #9 Air Force Stadium
1:30 PM #7 Utah St. #10 Colorado St. Stadium
4:00 PM #6 Wyoming #11 San Jose St. Stadium
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 Nevada UNLV or Air Force CBSSN
2:30 PM #4 Fresno St. #5 San Diego St. CBSSN
6:00 PM #2 Boise St. Utah St. or Color. St. CBSSN
8:30 PM #3 New Mexico Wyoming or San Jose CBSSN
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM Nev/UNLV/AFA FSU or SDSU CBSSN
8:30 PM BSU/USU/CSU UNM/Wyom/SJSU CBSSN
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
3:00 PM     CBS

If your favorite power conference team is in need of a new coach, then your school’s administration should keep a watch on this conference.  This is a league that features a lot of excellent coaches that could move on to big time schools and win big, much like the MAC in football.

At the top of this list are Nevada’s Eric Musselman, Boise State’s Leon Rice, Wyoming’s Allen Edwards, Fresno State’s Rodney Terry, and New Mexico’s Paul Weir.

Nevada has an NCAA bid locked up, but unless another team wins the MWC Tournament, this will be a one-bid league.  Boise State was on the Bubble at one time, but the Broncos’ resume, which includes a road win at Oregon  and home win over Loyola (Chi.) still might be a bit too thin.

San Diego State is like the snake in the grass that the mice cannot see.  The Aztecs can usually play great defense, but their offense is a bit too inconsistent.  This year, that is not the case, as their offense is rather strong, but their defense has not been up to recent standards.  However, SDSU enters this tournament riding a six-game winning streak with evidence that their defense is starting to come around.  Of all the dark horses in all the conferences, we believe the Aztecs are the most dangerous.

 

Pacific 12 Conference Tournament
Las Vegas
All Times PST
       
First Round–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #8 Colorado #9 Arizona St. Pac12
2:30 PM #5 Stanford #12 California Pac12
6:00 PM #7 Washington #10 Oregon St. Pac12
8:30 PM #6 Oregon #11 Washington St. Pac12
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 Arizona Colorado or Ariz. St. Pac12
2:30 PM #4 UCLA Stanford or Cal Pac12
6:00 PM #2 USC Wash or Oregon St. Pac12
8:30 PM #3 Utah Oregon or Wash St. FS1
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM Ariz/Color/Ariz St UCLA/Stanford/Cal Pac12
8:30 PM USC/Wash/OreSt Utah/Oreg/WSU FS1
       
Championship–March 11
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM     FS1

Will the on-court action be as exciting as the off-court action in this league?  Arizona had to withstand a lot of negative press and speculation about Coach Sean Miller and star player DeAndre Ayton.

Then, there is the case of the hottest team in November and early December becoming an also-ran in conference play, yet remaining on the Bubble.  In other years prior to the current set-up where last 10 or 12 games meant a lot, this metric is not considered by the Selection Committee.  Thus, Arizona State, 8-10 in the Pac-12 and tied for eighth, is still very much in consideration for an at-large bid, while Utah and Stanford, both 11-7 in the league are not seriously being considered.  Stanford swept ASU, clearly showing the world that they are a superior team, while Utah split with the Sun Devils.  It just goes to show that this current system, while being easy to understand, is seriously flawed.

Imagine if the San Diego Padres won series over the Cubs, Nationals, and Astros early in the season and led the NL West through the end of May and then swooned to a 83-79 finish, while the Dodgers go 92-70 but end up with losing records to the Cubs and Nats and lose their interleague series with Cleveland.  Would it be right for the Padres to go to the playoffs based on those April and May wins, while the Dodgers stay home, even if the Dodgers owned the Padres in head-to-head games?  This would be a joke!  But, in college basketball, it is hailed as the new genius way to determine who belongs in the Dance.

It is our opinion that conference standings mean something, in fact a lot more than most of the other factors used to pick at-large teams.  The third place team in a league is obviously better than the eighth place team in the same league.

 

Southeastern Conference Tournament
St. Louis
First 4 Rounds CST, Championship Game CDT
       
First Round–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #12 Georgia #13 Vanderbilt SECTV
8:30 PM #11 South Carolina #14 Ole Miss SECTV
       
Second Round–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #8 Texas A&M #9 Alabama SECTV
2:30 PM #5 Missouri Georgia or Vandy SECTV
6:00 PM #7 Mississippi St. #10 LSU SECTV
8:30 PM #6 Arkansas S. Carolina or Ole Miss SECTV
       
Quarterfinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 Auburn A&M or Alabama ESPN
2:30 PM #4 Kentucky Mizzou/UGa/Vandy ESPN
6:00 PM #2 Tennessee Miss St. or LSU SECTV
8:30 PM #3 Florida Ark/USC/Ole Miss SECTV
       
Semifinals–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM Aub/A&M/Alabama UK/MO/GA/VU ESPN
2:30 PM UT/MSU/LSU Fla/Ark/USC/OM ESPN
       
Championship–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM     ESPN

Co-champion Auburn is a wounder Tiger.  Without their one legitimate star inside presence, Anfernee McLemore, we do not see the Tigers making it to the Championship Game, and they could fall short of the Semifinals.

Co-champion Tennessee really only goes seven deep, which is okay in the NCAA Tournament, but having to win three games in three days will be tough.

Florida and Kentucky can always be counted to put it all together starting the second week of March.  The Gators and Wildcats have enough vulnerabilities this year that either team winning the tournament would be a mild surprise.

It is the next six teams in this league that should make this an exciting tournament.  Alabama is like the 33rd car in Indy Qualifying, always worried that another car might run an exceptional qualifying run and bump them from the field.  The Crimson Tide absolutely must win Thursday over Texas A&M to have any chance to make the field.  A win over Auburn on Friday would do the trick.

Who do we like in this tournament?  It all hinges on one player who has been in action for all of two minutes all season.  Will Michael Porter, Jr. return to action for Missouri?  If so, will he be able to play considerable minutes?  If so, then Missouri becomes our favorite to run the table and win the Arch Madness encore.  The Tigers are already strong enough to compete for the championship, so if Porter can come close to looking like he did when Missouri played Kansas in that pre-season charity game, the Tigers might capitalize on the return and cut down the nets in their home state.

Texas A&M is a team to watch.  The Aggies will have to fight off a feisty Alabama team playing for its tournament life.  An A&M win on Thursday would set up a quarterfinal game with an Auburn team that A&M handled in Auburn.

 

Southland Conference Tournament
Katy, TX
Top 8 Teams Qualify
All Times CST
       
First Round–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:00 PM #5 New Orleans #8 Texas A&M-CC ESPN3
7:30 PM #6 Lamar #7 Central Arkansas ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:00 PM #4 Sam Houston St. UNO or TAMCC ESPN3
7:30 PM #3 Stephen F. Austin Lamar or Cent. Ark. ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:00 PM #1 SE Louisiana SHSU/UNO/TAMCC ESPN3
7:30 PM #2 Nicholls St. SFA/Lamar/Cent. Ark. ESPN3
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
8:00 PM     ESPN2

How many times have you watched a classic horse race where an all-time favorite horse like American Pharoah or Secretariat is in third place entering the top of the stretch?  The champion may be down 4 or 5 lengths, and the horses leading him may have decent past performances that show they close well.  Still, all eyes are on the all-time great, because you just know the heroic equine is going to run a 11.4 final furlong and pass the two horses in front.

The Southland Conference has its Secretariat or Citation.  Stephen F. Austin enters the tournament as the number three seed, but the fans of top-seed Southeast Louisiana and second-seed Nicholls State will tell you that they fear the Lumberjacks.  SFA played the two co-champs in back-to-back games more than two months ago.  Since then, the Lumberjacks have improved by about 7-10 points.  SFA is the real favorite to win the tournament for the fourth time in five years.

 

Sun Belt Conference Tournament
New Orleans
First 3 Rounds CST, Championship Game CDT
       
First Round–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
11:30 AM #8 Coastal Carolina #9 Texas St. ESPN3
2:00 PM #5 Appalachian St. #12 Little Rock ESPN3
5:00 PM #7 UL-Monroe #10 Arkansas St. ESPN3
7:30 PM #6 Troy #11 South Alabama ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
11:30 AM #1 UL-Lafayette CCU or Tex St. ESPN3
2:00 PM #4 UT-Arlington Appy St. or Little Rock ESPN3
5:00 PM #2 Georgia St. ULM or Arky St. ESPN3
7:30 PM #3 Georgia Southern Troy or USA ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
11:30 AM ULL/CCU/Tex St UTA/Appy/Little Rock ESPN3
2:00 PM GSU/ULM/ASU GSU/Troy/USA ESPN3
       
Championship–March 11
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
1:00 PM     ESPN2

Louisiana Lafayette (We know they now call themselves just Louisiana, but until it is the household name we will still add “Lafayette”) is the overwhelming favorite to win the tournament and be a formidable first-round opponent, but it is not a foregone conclusion that the Ragin’ Cajuns will slaughter three opponents and earn the one bid that will go to the league.

ULL has an incredible offense and can light up the scoreboard, but occasional defensive lapses have led to giving up too many points.  Georgia State hung 106 points on them two weeks ago.  Panthers’ coach Ron Hunter knows how to prepare his teams for tournament play, and Georgia State should be considered a co-favorite.

Texas-Arlington is a team to watch in this tourney.  The Mavericks usually win the hustle stats, and those extra opportunities mean even more in March.

 

Conference Tournaments Continuing Today

All times EST

Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament
Second Round–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #8 Florida St. #9 Louisville ESPN
2:00 PM #5 North Carolina St. #12 Boston College ESPN
7:00 PM #7 Virginia Tech #10 Notre Dame ESPN2
9:00 PM #6 North Carolina #11 Syracuse ESPN2
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 Virginia Fla. St. or Louis. ESPN
2:00 PM #4 Clemson NCSt/BC ESPN
7:00 PM #2 Duke VaT/N.Dame ESPN
9:00 PM #3 Miami (Fla.) North Carolina or Syracuse ESPN
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM UVa/FSU/Louis. Clem/NCSt/BC TBA
9:00 PM Duke/VaT/ND Mia.UNC/Syr TBA
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
8:30 PM     ESPN

 

Mideastern Athletic Conference Tournament
Quarterfinals–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #1 Hampton #9 Florida A&M ESPN3
8:00 PM #2 Bethune-Cookman #7 Morgan St. ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #3 Savannah St. #6 UNC-Central ESPN3
8:00 PM #4 North Carolina A&T #5 Norfolk St. ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM Hampton/FAMU NCAT/Norfolk St ESPN3
8:00 PM BCU/MSU Sav/UNCC ESPN3
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
1:00 PM     ESPN2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 15, 2018

2018 NCAA Division 1 Conference Tournament Schedule

Here is a look at the 32 Division 1 conferences’ tournament schedules.  A few league still have “to be announced starting times.”

America East Conference Tournament
All Games Played at Higher Seed
Tournament Re-seeded after quarterfinals
Top 8 Teams
       
Quarterfinals–March 3
Time Home Visitors TV
TBA #1 #8 ESPN3
TBA #4 #5 ESPN3
TBA #2 #7 ESPN3
TBA #3 #6 ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 6
Time Home Visitors TV
TBA Highest Remaining Lowest Remaining ESPN3
TBA 2nd Highest 3rd Highest ESPN3
       
Championship–March 10
Time Home Visitors TV
TBA Higher Lower ESPN2

Vermont (11-0/21-5) has won 14 games in a row and should be the overwhelming favorite to return to the NCAA Tournament.  The Catamounts are one of the better shooting teams from behind the arc, and they are sneaking good on the boards.  They will not be an easy out for a favored power conference team in the first round.

American Athletic Conference Tournament
Orlando, FL
First 3 Rounds EST/Championship EDT
       
First Round–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM # 8 #9 ESPNU
2:30 PM #5 #12 ESPNU
6:00 PM #7 #10 ESPNU
8:30 PM #6 #11 ESPNU
       
Quarterfinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 8 or 9 ESPN2
2:30 PM #4 5 or 12 ESPN2
6:00 PM #2 7 or 10 ESPNU
8:30 PM #3 6 or 11 ESPNU
       
Semifinals–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
1:00 PM 1, 8, or 9 4, 5, or 12 CBS
3:30 PM 2, 7, or 10 3, 6, or 11 CBS
       
Championship–March 11
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
3:00 PM     CBS

Cincinnati (12-0/23-2) faces three tough regular season  games on their schedule before the AAC Tournament begins.  The Bearcats play at Houston (9-3/19-5) tonight in a game you can see on CBSSN at 7 PM Eastern.  UC looks like a national championship contender.  The Bearcats are number one in the nation in field goal percentage defense and in scoring margin.  The team is one of the quickest teams we have seen in many years, and they plug defensive holes fast enough to give up many decent shots.  Coach Mick Cronin’s forces are better offensively this year, because they just may be the best passing team in college basketball.  The ball moves much quicker through the air than by the dribble, and combining fast player movement with crisp passing makes it hard to contain.  The only question is whether the Bearcats have played a tough enough schedule.  Road games at Houston and Wichita State will give us the answer.

Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament
Washington, DC
First 4 Rounds EST/Championship EDT
       
First Round–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #12 #13  
8:30 PM #11 #14  
       
Second Round–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #8 #9 NBCSN
2:30 PM #5 12 or 13 NBCSN
6:00 PM #7 #10 NBCSN
8:30 PM #6 11 or 14 NBCSN
       
Quarterfinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 8 or 9 NBCSN
2:30 PM #4 5, 12, or 13 NBCSN
6:00 PM #2 7 or 10 NBCSN
8:30 PM #3 6, 11, or 14 NBCSN
       
Semifinals–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
1:00 PM 1, 8, or 9 4, 5, 12, or 13 CBSSN
3:30 PM 2, 7, or 10 3, 6, 11, or 14 CBSSN
       
Championship–March 11
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
1:00 PM     CBS

Rhode Island (13-0/21-3) has secured a bid to the NCAA Tournament with or without the automatic bid.  Should somebody upset the Rams in the A-10 Tournament, there will be an extra A-10 team dancing, which means one bubble will pop.  URI has a 16-game winning streak, and Danny Hurley will become a hot commodity in the coaching wars in late March and April.

Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament
Brooklyn
All Times EST
       
First Round–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #12 #13 ESPN2
2:00 PM #10 #15 ESPN2
7:00 PM #11 #14 ESPNU
       
Second Round–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #8 #9 ESPN
2:00 PM #5 12 or 13 ESPN
7:00 PM #7 10 or 15 ESPN2
9:00 PM #6 11 or 14 ESPN2
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 8 or 9 ESPN
2:00 PM #4 5, 12, or 13 ESPN
7:00 PM #2 7, 10, or 15 ESPN
9:00 PM #3 6, 11, or 14 ESPN
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM 1, 8, or 9 4, 5, 12, or 13 TBA
9:00 PM 2, 7, 10, or 15 3, 6, 11, or 14 TBA
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
8:30 PM     ESPN

Virginia (13-1/24-2) lost at home to rival Virginia Tech (7-6/18-8), placing the Hokies many places higher on the Bubble.  This tournament should be up for grabs, because there are many quality teams.  One will get hot and play its best basketball of the season, and that team will earn the automatic bid.  Keep an eye on North Carolina State (7-6/17-9).  First year coach Kevin Keatts proved to be one of the best tournament coaches when he was at UNCW, and his players have played well above their talent levels for him.  Just a tad more improvement, and the Wolf Pack could be dangerous in the Barclay’s Center.

Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament
All Games Played at Higher Seed
All Times EST
       
Quarterfinals–February 26
Time Home Visitors TV
TBA #1 Florida Gulf Coast #8 ESPN3
TBA #4 #5 ESPN3
TBA #2 #7 ESPN3
TBA #3 #6 ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 1
Time Home Visitors TV
TBA 1 or 8 4 or 5 ESPN3
TBA 2 or 7 3 or 6 ESPN3
       
Championship–March 4
Time Home Visitors TV
TBA     ESPN

Florida Gulf Coast (11-0/20-8) has already secured the top seed and will host every game it plays in the A-Sun Tournament.  This Eagles team is not as strong as the great dunking 2013 team that advanced to the Sweet 16, but it will be a major upset if FGCU loses.

Big 12 Conference Tournament
Kansas City
All Times CST
       
First Round–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #8 #9 ESPNU
8:00 PM #7 #10 ESPNU
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
11:30 AM #4 #5 ESPN2
1:30 PM #1 8 or 9 ESPN2
6:00 PM #2 7 or 10 ESPNU
8:00 PM #3 #6 ESPNU
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM 1, 8, or 9 4 or 5 ESPN2
8:00 PM 2, 7, or 10 3 or 6 ESPN2
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:00 PM     ESPN

This will be one interesting and exciting tournament.  Except for Iowa State, any of the other nine teams has the ability to win this tournament.  It will be important to finish in the top six to avoid having to play an extra game to win the thing, but even the 7 through 9 seeds will have chances to win four games in four days.  Baylor (6-7/16-10) has won four straight games to move from the cellar to a fifth place tie.  The Bears are the hot team, and their wins at Oklahoma State and Texas plus a home win over Kansas proves that they are good enough to keep winning.  Saturday’s game against front-runner Texas Tech (10-3/22-4) should be one of the best of the weekend.

Big East Conference Tournament
New York City
All Times EST
       
First Round–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM #8 #9 FS1
9:30 PM #7 #10 FS1
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 8 or 9 FS1
2:30 PM #4 #5 FS1
7:00 PM #2 7 or 10 FS1
9:30 PM #3 #6 FS1
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:30 PM 1, 8,or 9 4 or 5 FS1
9:00 PM 2, 7, or 10 3 or 6 FS1
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:30 PM     Fox

Villanova (10-3/23-3) dropped from the top of the polls and then dropped from the top of the conference.  Xavier (12-2/24-3) is the hot team, but the Musketeers have eeked out a lot of their wins this year.  Teams that pick up many close wins seldom advance to the Final Four, but it is not impossible.  Xavier pinned one of the losses on Cincinnati, and it is slightly possible that the Final Four could have two teams from the Queen City.

After losing 11 games in a row, St. John’s (3-11/14-13) has won four in a row, including two over top five teams (Duke and Villanova).  Seldom does the last place team look capable of winning a power conference tournament, but there is precedence.  Virginia won the ACC after finishing last in the standings one season in the 1970’s.

Big Sky Conference Tournament
Reno, NV
All Times PST
       
First Round–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #8 #9 Pluto tv
2:30 PM #5 #12 Pluto tv
5:30 PM #7 #10 Pluto tv
8:00 PM #6 #11 Pluto tv
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 8 or 9 Pluto tv
2:30 PM #4 5 or 12 Pluto tv
5:30 PM #2 7 or 10 Pluto tv
8:00 PM #3 6 or 11 Pluto tv
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:30 PM 1, 8, or 9 4, 5, or 12 Pluto tv
8:00 PM 2, 7, or 10 3, 6, or 11 Pluto tv
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:00 PM     ESPNU

Three teams have put it together in the month of February, and one of the three should win the tournament.  Montana (13-0/20-5) has won 13 games in a row; Weber St. (10-2/17-7) has won 7 in a row; and Idaho (9-3/17-7) has won 4 in a row.  Montana plays at Idaho on Saturday.

Big South Conference Tournament
1st Round & Championship Game at Higher Seeds
Quarterfinals and Semfinals at #1 Seed
All Times EST
       
First Round–February 27
Time Home Visitors TV
7:00 PM #7 #10 BSN
7:00 PM #8 #9 BSN
BSN TV at http://bigsouthsports.com    
Quarterfinals–March 1
Time Home Visitors TV
1:00 PM #2 7 or 10 ESPN3
3:30 PM #3 #6 ESPN3
7:00 PM #1 8 or 9 ESPN3
9:30 PM #4 #5 ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 2
Time Home Visitors TV
6:00 PM 2, 7, or 10 3 or 6 ESPN3
8:30 PM 1, 8, or 9 4 or 5 ESPN3
       
Championship–March 4
Time Home Visitors TV
1:00 PM     ESPN

UNC-Asheville (11-3/18-9) was the preseason pick to win the Big South, but the Bulldogs underachieved through early January.  Since then, UNCA has passed four teams to move to the top of the standings, riding a 7-game winning streak.  Keep an eye on eighth place Charleston Southern (6-8/11-14).  The Buccaneers have won four of five games, and they could easily be 9-9 by the time the tournament starts.  Many of CSU’s losses have been close, including road losses against the top part of the league.  The Bucs are peaking at the right time.

Big Ten Conference Tournament
New York City
All Times EST
       
First Round–February 28
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:30 PM #12 #13 Big Ten
7:45 PM #11 #14 Big Ten
       
Second Round–March 1
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #8 #9 Big Ten
2:15 PM #5 12 or 13 Big Ten
6:30 PM #7 #10 Big Ten
8:45 PM #6 11 or 14 Big Ten
       
Quarterfinals–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 8 or 9 Big Ten
2:15 PM #4 5, 12, or 13 Big Ten
6:30 PM #2 7 or 10 Big Ten
8:45 PM #3 6, 11, or 14 Big Ten
       
Semifinals–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
2:00 PM 1, 8, or 9 4, 5, 12, or 13 CBS
4:30 PM 2, 7, or 10 3, 6, 11, or 14 CBS
       
Championship–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
4:30 PM     CBS

The Big Ten season is ending early this year so the league can stage its conference tournament at Madison Square Garden.  MSG also hosts the Big East Tournament.

The top three teams (Ohio St. 13-1/22-5), Michigan St. (13-2/25-3), and Purdue (12-2/23-4) have separated themselves from the rest of the field and are all safely in the Dance.  Michigan (10-5/21-7) is close to a lock.  There are three or four other teams that will begin the tournament needing multiple wins to have a chance to get into the field.  Nebraska (11-4/20-8) is a victim of the new way of picking at-large teams.  In past years, the Cornhuskers would be a near lock with an 11-4 record in the Big Ten.  With the new quadrant system being used, Nebraska does not have a Quadrant 1 win and not enough Quadrant 2 wins.  The Huskers have three winnable conference games and could be 14-4 in the league and still back on the Bubble, so NU will need to do some damage in the Big Apple.

Big West Conference Tournament
Anaheim, CA
Top 8 Teams Qualify & Tournament Re-seeds for Semifinals
All Times PST
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #2 #7 FSWest
2:30 PM #3 #6 FSWest
6:00 PM #1 #8 FSWest
8:30 PM #4 #5 FSWest
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:30 PM Highest Remaining Lowest Remaining TBA
9:00 PM 2nd Highest 3rd Highest TBA
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
9:00 PM     ESPN2

UC-Santa Barbara (8-2/19-5), UC-Irvine (8-3/13-14), UC-Davis (7-4/16-9), Cal State Fullerton (7-4/14-9), and Long Beach St. (7-4/13-14) have stayed bunched together all season, and no team has a great edge over any other.  With the game at the Honda Center in Anaheim, there are basically three home teams in UCI, CSF, and LBSU.  This one is up for grabs.

Colonial Athletic Association Tournament
North Charleston, SC
All Times EST
       
First Round–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #8 #9 CAA TV
8:30 PM #7 #10 CAA TV
       
Quarterfinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 8 or 9 Comcast
2:30 PM #4 #5 Comcast
6:00 PM #2 7 or 10 Comcast
8:30 PM #3 #6 Comcast
       
Semifinals–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM 1, 8, or 9 4 or 5 CBSSN
8:30 PM 2, 7, or 10 3 or 6 CBSSN
       
Championship–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM     CBSSN

In the late 1990’s John Kresse took College of Charleston to multiple NCAA Tournaments.  The Cougars (11-3/20-6) have not been to the Big Dance since, but this looks like the most promising year this century for C of C.  The Cougars are strong in the backcourt and have a beefy forward in Jarrell Brantley.

Conference USA Tournament
Frisco, TX
Top 12 Teams Qualify
All Times CST
       
Note: This facility splits into two separate courts until the semifinals
First Round–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #8 #9 TBA
6:30 PM #5 #12 TBA
8:30 PM #7 #10 TBA
9:00 PM #6 #11 TBA
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #1 8 or 9 Stadium
6:30 PM #4 5 or 12 Stadium
8:30 PM #2 7 or 10 Stadium
9:00 PM #3 6 or 11 Stadium
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:30 PM 1, 8, or 9 4, 5, or 12 CBSSN
3:00 PM 2, 7, or 10 3, 6, or 11 CBSSN
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:30 PM     CBSSN

Middle Tennessee (12-1/20-5) will be the favorite, but the Blue Raiders will not waltz to an easy three-peat in CUSA.  The tournament has been moved to the North Dallas suburbs, where it will be played on the Cowboys’ practice facility.  The football field will be split into two courts so that two games can be played at a time (women’s tournament will also be there simultaneously).

The next three best teams, Western Kentucky (10-2/18-7), Old Dominion (10-2/19-5), and Marshall (8-4/17-8) have very little chance of sniffing an at-large bid.  WKU may have a slight chance, but realistically the Hilltoppers need to win out in the regular season and make it to the finals before their at-large hopes would be legitimate.

It’s the tier below these top four that should concern Middle Tennessee the most.  North Texas (7-5/14-11) is virtually a home team in the conference tournament.  UTSA (7-5/14-11) has improved by 10 points since December.  UAB (7-6/16-10) has not yet played up to its talent level, which means the Blazers could peak at tournament time.

Horizon League Tournament
Detroit (Motor City Madness)
All Times EST
       
First Round–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:30 PM #7 #10 ESPN3
8:00 PM #8 #9 ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 3
5:30 PM #2 7 or 10 ESPN3
8:00 PM #1 8 or 9 ESPN3
       
       
Quarterfinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:00 PM #3 #6 ESPN3
7:30 PM #4 #5 ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM 1, 8, or 9 4 or 5 ESPNU
9:30 PM 2, 7, or 10 3 or 6 ESPNU
       
Championship–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM     TBA

Northern Kentucky (12-2/19-7) and Wright St. (11-3/19-8) have flip-flopped between first and second place all year.  Northern Kentucky is the defending conference champions, and the Norse were the overwhelming favorite to repeat this year.

There are a couple more teams to consider in this tournament.  UIC (10-4/15-12) has quietly moved into third following a 7-game winning streak, and the top two teams still must visit UIC Pavilion.  Oakland (8-6/16-11) has a powerful, up-tempo offense, which is not all that consistent.  When consistent, the Golden Grizzlies have the ability to beat any league opponent.  Oakland won by 13 at NKU.

Ivy League Tournament
Philadelphia (Ivy Madness)
Top 4 Teams Qualify
Semifinals EST Championship Game EDT
       
Semifinals–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:30 PM #1 #4 ESPNU
3:00 PM #2 #3 ESPN2
       
Championship–March 11
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
9:00 PM     ESPN2

Penn (7-1/17-7) and Harvard (7-1/12-11) have secured half of the spots in the field of four that will square off at the Palestra.  The Quakers will have the home court advantage.

The other two spots are still very much up for grabs with five teams competing and six conference games remaining.  This is a down year for the Ivy, and the winner of the tournament will most likely face a #1 seed in the first round if not forced to go to Dayton for the First Four.

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament
Albany, NY
All Times EST
       
First Round–March 1
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:00 PM # 8 #9 ESPN3
7:00 PM #7 #10 ESPN3
9:00 PM #6 #11 ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM #1 8 or 9 ESPN3
9:30 PM #2 7 or 10 ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM #3 6 or 11 ESPN3
9:30 PM #4 #5 ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM 1, 8, or 9 4 or 5 ESPN3
9:30 PM 2, 7, or 10 3, 6, or 11 ESPN3
       
Championship–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM     TBA

This is a league in transition, as its previous top teams have settled back in the pack.  The current top three in the standings are the three teams playing their best ball in February, and we would tend to believe that one of the trio will win the automatic bid.  Those three teams are: Rider (12-2/19-7), Canisius (12-2/18-9), and Niagara (10-4/17-10).  For Rider and Canisius, it was the mid 1990’s when they were in the NCAA Tournament, while Niagara went in 2007.

Mid-American Conference Tournament
Cleveland (First Round at Higher Seeds)
All Times EST
       
First Round–March 5
Time Home Visitors TV
TBA #8 #9 TBA
TBA #5 #12 TBA
TBA #7 #10 TBA
TBA #6 #11 TBA
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 8 or 9 ESPN3
2:30 PM #4 5 or 12 ESPN3
6:30 PM #2 7 or 10 ESPN3
9:00 PM #3 6 or 11 ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:30 PM 1, 8, or 9 4, 5, or 12 CBSSN
9:00 PM 2, 7, or 10 3, 6, or 11 See *
* This game will be available at cbssports.com
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM     ESPN2

Buffalo (11-2/19-7) looked like the clear-cut favorite until the last week or so, and now the Bulls have stiff competition from Toledo (11-2/19-7).  However, historically, the MAC Tournament has seen an abnormally large number of surprises.  We don’t expect it to be any different this year.  Central Michigan (5-8/16-10) has disappointed this year, as their talent level is better than their results so far.  The Chippewas are a very longshot to win the tournament, but it would not surprise us if CMU looks much stronger in Cleveland–if they get there.

Mideastern Athletic Conference Tournament
Norfolk, VA
All Times EST
       
First Round–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:30 PM #4 #13 ESPN3
9:00 PM #5 #12 ESPN3
       
First Round–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
4:00 PM #8 #9 ESPN3
6:30 PM #6 #11 ESPN3
9:00 PM #7 #10 ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #1 8 or 9 ESPN3
8:00 PM #2 7 or 10 ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #3 6 or 11 ESPN3
8:00 PM 4 or 13 5 or 12 ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM 1, 8, or 9 4, 5, 12, or 13 ESPN3
8:00 PM 2, 7, or 10 3, 6, or 11 ESPN3
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
1:00 PM     ESPN2

The winner of this conference may be forced to go to the First Four round in Dayton, but there is one team from this league that no other 16-seed wants to see in Dayton.  Savannah State (10-1/13-13) is the most up-tempo team in Division 1.  Watching the Tigers play is the closest thing to watching UNLV play in the 1970’s (not like Loyola Marymount under Paul Westhead.)  Former Georgetown great Horace Broadnax has had a total change in coaching paradigm in the last two years.  He used to coach like his mentor John Thompson, emphasizing defense and patient offense.  Now, Broadnax’s Tigers play like a Mike D’Antoni-coached team.  There is little need for a shot-clock in SSU games.  The Tigers average better than 84 possessions per game.  They take more than 73 field goal attempts per game.  They force more than 18 turnovers per game and average close to 10 steals per game, and they score 86.5 points per game.  If it weren’t for an inability to rebound, we would have SSU on our list of low majors with a legitimate chance to upset a power team in the Round of 64.  If they get to the NCAA Tournament and advance past the First Four, they will be forced to play somebody like Virginia, Villanova, or Cincinnati, and they don’t have the muscle to pull off the biggest upset in the history of the Dance.  However, if they get there, you will want to watch them play.

Missouri Valley Conference Tournament
St. Louis (Arch Madness)
All Times CST
       
First Round–March 1
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #8 #9 MVC TV
8:30 PM #7 #10 MVC TV
       
Quarterfinals–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 8 or 9 MVC TV
2:30 PM #4 #5 MVC TV
6:00 PM #2 7 or 10 MVC TV
8:30 PM #3 #6 MVC TV
       
Semifinals–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
2:30 PM 1, 8, or 9 4 or 5 CBSSN
5:00 PM 2, 7, or 10 3 or 6 CBSSN
       
Championship–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
1:00 PM     CBS

With Wichita State now in the AAC, it figured that the Valley race would be wide open.  While it still may be so, it sure looks like Loyola (Chi.) (12-3/22-5) is doing its best to return to glory.  The Ramblers won it all in 1963, and they have only been back to the NCAA Tournament one time since legendary coach George Ireland retired in the late 1960’s.  Southern Illinois (10-5/18-10) was a national joke a few years ago when Coach Barry Hinson went on one of the most famous rants in coaching history, and ESPN featured it for two days.  Hinson has never taken a team to the NCAA Tournament in 17 years as a head coach.

Mountain West Conference Tournament
Las Vegas
All Times PST
       
First Round–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
11:00 AM # 8 #9 Stadium
1:30 PM #7 #10 Stadium
4:00 PM #6 #11 Stadium
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 8 or 9 CBSSN
2:30 PM #4 #5 CBSSN
6:00 PM #2 7 or 10 CBSSN
8:30 PM #3 6 or 11 CBSSN
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM 1, 8, or 9 4 or 5 CBSSN
8:30 PM 2, 7, or 10 3, 6, or 11 CBSSN
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
3:00 PM     CBS

In our opinion, Eric Musselman should be the National Coach of the Year.  His Nevada Wolfpack (11-2/22-5) has 10 transfers on the roster.  Musselman inherited a 22-game loser in Reno when he arrived three years ago and immediately turned the program around, going 24-14 and winning the CBI Tournament.  He won both the regular season and conference tournament last year, but Nevada quickly got behind by double digits against Iowa State in the first round and went home after one game.

This year, Nevada has the tools to do some damage in the tournament.  They are most likely going back as an at-large team if they do not win the automatic bid.

Boise State (10-4/20-6) is worthy of making the tournament even if the Broncos cannot top Nevada for the conference tournament title.  Former Mark Few assistant Leon Rice has built the BSU program up to where it is now on par with the football program.  Rice could be in line for a pay raise and a relocation to a power conference school.

Northeast Conference Tournament
All Games at Higher Seed
Top 8 Teams Qualify and Tournament Re-seeds after Quarterfinals
All Times EST
       
Quarterfinals–February 28
Time Home Team Visitors TV
TBA #1 #8 NEC *
TBA #2 #7 NEC *
TBA #3 #6 NEC *
TBA #4 #5 NEC *
* NEC Front Row at http://necfrontrow.com/
       
Semifinals–March 3
Time Home Team Visitors TV
12:00 PM Highest Remaining Lowest Remaining ESPN3
2:00 PM 2nd Highest 3rd Highest ESPN3
       
Championship–March 6
Time Home Team Visitors TV
7:00 PM     ESPN2

The NEC is a candidate for placing its automatic qualifier in a First Four game.  No league team this year has enough force to do any damage in the NCAA Tournament.  First place Wagner (11-3/18-7) is not much of a favorite to win the NEC Tournament.  The Seahawks’ three conference losses came to teams in the lower half of the standings.

Ohio Valley Conference Tournament
Evansville, IN
Top 8 Teams Qualify, Southeast Missouri ineligible due to low APR Scores
All Times CST
       
First Round–February 28
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:30 PM #5 #8 OVC
8:30 PM #6 #7 OVC
OVC Network at http://www.ovcdigitalnetwork.com/watch
       
Quarterfinals–March 1
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:30 PM #4 5 or 8 OVC
8:30 PM #3 6 or 7 OVC
       
Semifinals–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM #1 4, 5, or 8 ESPNU
9:00 PM #2 3, 6, or 7 ESPNU
       
Championship–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM     ESPN2

The Ohio Valley Conference Tournament is set up so that the top two seeds have large advantages over the rest of the field.  The top two start in the semifinals and only have to win twice to earn the automatic bid.

It also severely handicaps the rest of the field when the top two are considerably better than the rest of the field.  Murray State (12-2/20-5) and Belmont (12-2/20-7) have dominated the league for years, and both are capable of knocking off a favored opponent in the opening round.

The tournament has moved away from Nashville to Evansville, Indiana, so Belmont will not have a home town advantage.  Murray, Kentucky, is an easy drive from Evansville, but then so is Nashville.  It should make for a grand finale if the Racers and Bruins meet for all the marbles.

Pacific 12 Conference Tournament
Las Vegas
All Times PST
       
First Round–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM # 8 #9 Pac12
2:30 PM #5 #12 Pac12
6:00 PM #7 #10 Pac12
8:30 PM #6 #11 Pac12
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 8 or 9 Pac12
2:30 PM #4 5 or 12 Pac12
6:00 PM #2 7 or 10 Pac12
8:30 PM #3 6 or 11 FS1
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM 1, 8, or 9 4, 5, or 12 Pac12
8:30 PM 2, 7, or 10 3, 6, or 11 FS1
       
Championship–March 11
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM     FS1

The Pac-12 may not be the best conference in the West this year.  The best four teams, maybe five teams, out West are not from the Pac-12.  Arizona (10-3/20-6) may not be as strong as Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s, Nevada, Boise State, and maybe New Mexico State.  So, it figures that the league will send a minimum number of teams to the Big Dance, maybe just two or three.

Arizona State (7-6/19-6) was once a lock for the NCAA Tournament, and the Sun Devils will most likely make it into the field because of the new criteria, where the way a team ends the season is not considered at all.  Wins over Kansas, Kansas State, and Xavier should be enough to get Bobby Hurley’s team into the field, where you can bet they will be placed in position to play Rhode Island in the first or second game, and the Committee will claim it was purely coincidental.

The Arizona rivals face off in Tempe tonight, and it should be one worth watching.  Tune in to ESPN at 9:00 PM Eastern.

USC, Oregon, and Washington still have work to do to make it into the field, while Utah, Colorado, and Stanford are probably looking at only an automatic bid as a means of Dancing.

Patriot League Tournament
All Games Played at Higher Seed
All Times EST
       
First Round–February 27
Time Home Visitors TV
TBA #7 #10 Stadium
TBA #8 #9 Stadium
       
Quarterfinals–March 1
Time Home Visitors TV
TBA #1 Bucknell 8 or 9 Stadium
TBA #4 #5 Stadium
TBA #2 7 or 10 Stadium
TBA #3 #6 Stadium
       
Semifinals–March 1
Time Home Visitors TV
TBA 1 or 8 4 or 5 CBSSN
TBA 2 or 7 3 or 6 CBSSN
       
Championship–March 4
Time Home Visitors TV
TBA     CBSSN

Bucknell (13-2/19-9) secured the top seed this past weekend, so the Bison will host any game they play in the Pat Tourney.  One of their two league defeats came at home, so it is possible that they could be upset, but not very likely.

Southeastern Conference Tournament
St. Louis
First 4 Rounds CST, Championship Game CDT
       
First Round–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #12 #13 SECTV
8:30 PM #11 #14 SECTV
       
Second Round–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #8 #9 SECTV
2:30 PM #5 12 or 13 SECTV
6:00 PM #7 #10 SECTV
8:30 PM #6 11 or 14 SECTV
       
Quarterfinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 8 or 9 ESPN
2:30 PM #4 5, 12, or 13 ESPN
6:00 PM #2 7 or 10 SECTV
8:30 PM #3 6, 11, or 14 SECTV
       
Semifinals–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM 1, 8, or 9 4, 5, 12, or 13 ESPN
2:30 PM 2, 7, or 10 3, 6, 11, or 14 ESPN
       
Championship–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM     ESPN

There will be a double dose of Arch Madness this year, as the SEC moves its tournament to St. Louis.  It happens to coincide with the return to power of Missouri (8-5/18-8), and the Tigers’ fans may rival those from the Bluegrass.  Coach Cuonzo Martin was born just across the river, and he will have a loyal following as Mizzou has to be considered a co-favorite to win the conference tournament.  Now, if Michael Porter can suit up and play any amount of meaningful minutes, Missouri will become the odds-on favorite to win the tournament.

Auburn (11-2/23-3) will win the regular season title, while Tennessee (9-4/19-6) will most likely finish second, but the PiRates do not believe either team’s style of play and talent can win three games in three days.  If Missouri doesn’t win the tournament, it could be Alabama (8-5/17-9), a team with tough defense and enough offense to win three times in three days.

Of course, there are Florida (8-5/17-9) and Kentucky (6-7/17-9).  Who would ever count out either team with the incredible talent on both rosters?  It would not be a surprise if one or both peaked at the right time.

Southern Conference Tournament
Asheville, NC
All Times EST
       
First Round–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:00 PM #8 #9 ESPN3
7:30 PM #7 #10 ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 8 or 9 ESPN3
2:30 PM #4 #5 ESPN3
6:00 PM #2 7 or 10 ESPN3
8:30 PM #3 #6 ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
4:00 PM 1, 8, or 9 4 or 5 ESPN3
6:30 PM 2, 7, or 10 3 or 6 ESPN3
       
Championship–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
9:00 PM     ESPN2

This looks like a two-team race.  East Tennessee (13-1/22-5) was cruising along with the nation’s best winning streak at 16, before they crashed and burned at UNC-Greensboro (11-2/20-6).  If anybody else wins the automatic bid, it is going to be a quick one and done.  Both ETSU and UNCG have the talent to win an opening round game.  ETSU has the strong front court, while UNCG has a fantastic press defense.

Southland Conference Tournament
Katy, TX
Top 8 Teams Qualify
All Times CST
       
First Round–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:00 PM #5 #8 ESPN3
7:30 PM #6 #7 ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:00 PM #4 5 or 8 ESPN3
7:30 PM #3 6 or 7 ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:00 PM #1 4, 5, or 8 ESPN3
7:30 PM #2 3, 6, or 7 ESPN3
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
8:00 PM     ESPN2

This is no longer Stephen F. Austin (10-3/21-5) and the 7 Dwarfs.  The Lumberjacks may very well win the conference tournament again this year, but they won’t just show up and receive the trophy.

Nicholls State (11-2/17-9) and Southeast Louisiana (11-3/17-10) rank ahead of SFA at the moment, and Sam Houston State (10-4/16-11) and New Orleans (10-4/13-12) are bunched up in a tight race.  None of the contenders have exceptionally strong resumes, so this league could be staring at a 16-seed in the tourney.

Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament
First Round at Higher Seed, Semifinal and Final Round in Houston
Grambling and Alabama A&M are ineligible due to low APR Scores
All Times CST
       
Quarterfinals–March 6
Time Home Visitors TV
TBA #1 #8 TBA
TBA #4 #5 TBA
TBA #2 #7 TBA
TBA #3 #6 TBA
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
2:30 PM 1 or 8 4 or 5 TBA
8:30 PM 2 or 7 3 or 6 TBA
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
3:00 PM     ESPN2

It hurts that the best team, Grambling (10-3/14-12) in the league is ineligible to play in the NCAA Tournament.  The other nine teams have losing records, so the winner of this conference tournament will almost assuredly be playing in Dayton in the First Four round.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (9-4/9-18) went 0-14 outside of the SWAC, yet the Lions could be the favorite to win the tournament.  Southern (8-5/12-14) and Alabama St. (6-6/6-18) are actually the two hottest teams at the moment.

Summit League Tournament
Sioux Falls, MS
All Times CST
       
Quarterfinals–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #1 #8 MidcoSN
8:30 PM #2 #7 MidcoSN
       
Quarterfinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #4 #5 MidcoSN
8:30 PM #3 #6 MidcoSN
       
Semifinals–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM 1 or 8 4 or 5 MidcoSN
8:30 PM 2 or 7 3 or 6 MidcoSN
       
Championship–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
8:00 PM     ESPN2

The top two teams will send a lot of fans to Sioux Falls to make their games feel like home games.  South Dakota State (10-1/22-6) and South Dakota (10-2/23-6) have to be considered prohibitive co-favorites, but we will keep a careful eye on Fort Wayne (6-6/17-12).  The Mastodons are like the Boston Red Sox during the Ted Williams days.  You know they are going to score, score, score with a powerful offense, but you never know if they are going to give up too many to the opponent.  If you saw the second half of Fort Wayne’s two-point loss at SDSU, you know that when this team puts it all together, they can beat any team in the Summit.  Indiana coach Archie Miller will tell you how talented these guys are.  The question is, will they ever put it all together for three consecutive days?

Sun Belt Conference Tournament
New Orleans
First 3 Rounds CST, Championship Game CDT
       
First Round–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
11:30 AM # 8 #9 ESPN3
2:00 PM #5 #12 ESPN3
5:00 PM #7 #10 ESPN3
7:30 PM #6 #11 ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
11:30 AM #1 8 or 9 ESPN3
2:00 PM #4 5 or 12 ESPN3
5:00 PM #2 7 or 10 ESPN3
7:30 PM #3 6 or 11 ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
11:30 AM 1, 8, or 9 4, 5, or 12 ESPN3
2:00 PM 2, 7, or 10 3, 6, or 11 ESPN3
       
Championship–March 11
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
1:00 PM     ESPN2

A month ago, this tournament looked like a mere formality where the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (11-1/21-4) would party in New Orleans.  As Lee Corso would say, “Not so fast my friends.”  From almost out of nowhere, Georgia State (10-3/19-7).  A recent 10-game winning streak, which included a 14-point trouncing of ULL, brought GSU to within a game of first place.

West Coast Conference Tournament
Las Vegas
All Times PST
       
First Round–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #8 #9 The W
8:00 PM #7 #10 The W
The W at: http://www.wccsports.com/ot/upcoming-events.html
       
Quarterfinals–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
1:00 PM #3 #6 The W
3:00 PM #4 #5 The W
7:00 PM #1 8 or 9 ESPN2
9:00 PM #2 7 or 10 ESPN2
       
Semifinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM 1, 8, or 9 4 or 5 ESPN
8:00 PM 2, 7, or 10 3 or 6 ESPN2
       
Championship–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM     ESPN

We know about the top two teams, as they are always in contention for an NCAA bid every year.  Gonzaga (13-1/23-4) is no longer a mid-major team.  Once you make it to within a couple minutes of a national championship, you deserve the ranks to join teams from the past like UNLV, Marquette, Jacksonville, and UTEP that came to national prominence from out of nowhere.

Saint Mary’s (13-1/24-3) is not that far behind Gonzaga.  With Jock Londale in the post, they may have the top center in the nation.  SMU should get into the Dance as an at-large if they do not win the automatic bid.

Now, the question is can a third team earn a bubble-busting spot by beating both of the league powers?  BYU (9-5/20-7) certainly has the talent to get hot and run the table at Orleans Arena.  The Cougars can be tough to match up with, especially when they get their running game going.

Western Athletic Conference Tournament
Las Vegas
All Times PST
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Home Visitors TV
12:00 PM #3 #6 ESPN3
2:30 PM #2 #7 ESPN3
6:00 PM #1 #8 ESPN3
8:30 PM #4 #5 ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM 3 or 6 2 or 7 ESPN3
8:30 PM 1 or 8 4 or 5 ESPN3
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM     ESPNU

This is a league with one really good team and three or four average teams that have the capability to sneak into the tournament title.  It would be ashamed for this league if New Mexico State (9-0/22-3) were to be upset in the tournament and end up as a 1-seed in the NIT.  The Aggies may have their best team in Las Cruces since Lou Henson took the 1970 team to the Final Four.  Coach Chris Jans has been rebuilding his reputation, and after a stint as Gregg Marshall’s assistant at Wichita State, he has made a strong comeback in his first year at NMSU.  He may be able to set up a long dynasty in the WAC.

Before you think that the Aggies will go through the motions and win the league title, there are four other decent teams that can beat them.  Seattle (6-3/17-9) and Utah Valley (6-3/17-8) are tied for second, but we believe that Grand Canyon (6-4/17-9) may be the team that best has the tools to upset NMSU.  The Antelopes are coached by former NBA tough man, Dan Majerle, and his teams are an extension of his hustle.

 

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