The Pi-Rate Ratings

January 27, 2023

PiRate Ratings College Basketball–Saturday, January 28, 2023

Abilene ChristianUtah Tech1.9
Appalachian St.Arkansas St.10.9
Arkansas Pine BluffMississippi Valley St.8.2
ArmyHoly Cross9.5
Bethune-CookmanAlabama St.0.5
Boise St.Colorado St.10.2
ButlerSeton Hall-1.0
BYUSaint Mary’s-5.7
Cal PolyCal St. Fullerton-4.1
CampbellUNC Asheville-1.0
Central ArkansasJacksonville-6.5
Central Connecticut St.St. Francis (PA)1.3
Central FloridaTemple7.7
Central MichiganWestern Michigan0.3
Coastal CarolinaOld Dominion-1.0
Delaware St.Morgan St.-7.5
East Tennessee St.Chattanooga-2.2
Eastern IllinoisSoutheast Missouri St.-4.3
Eastern KentuckyBellarmine5.5
Eastern WashingtonWeber St.5.9
Florida A&MAlabama A&M-1.5
Florida AtlanticWestern Kentucky12.9
Florida Intl.Middle Tennessee-4.8
Florida St.Clemson-4.6
FordhamGeorge Washington3.3
Fresno St.Utah St.-6.3
Gardner-WebbHigh Point9.3
GeorgiaSouth Carolina12.0
Georgia TechDuke-7.8
GramblingJackson St.8.3
HamptonStony Brook-0.5
HowardNorth Carolina Central-0.2
IdahoIdaho St.1.2
Incarnate WordNicholls St.-5.7
IndianaOhio St.3.5
Indiana St.Northern Iowa5.1
Jacksonville St.Austin Peay4.1
James MadisonLouisiana Monroe13.8
Kansas St.Florida4.0
Kennesaw St.Lipscomb3.9
LibertyFlorida Gulf Coast10.9
Long Beach St.UC Davis2.5
LongwoodCharleston Southern10.5
LouisianaGeorgia Southern9.5
Loyola (MD)Bucknell-0.8
Loyola MarymountPepperdine9.5
LSUTexas Tech-2.5
MarshallGeorgia St.12.5
Maryland Eastern ShoreCoppin St.6.9
MerrimackFairleigh Dickinson1.6
Miami (O)Eastern Michigan5.8
Mississippi St.TCU-2.9
MissouriIowa St.-1.7
Morehead St.SIU Edwardsville-0.8
Mount St. Mary’sSaint Peter’s3.3
Murray St.Missouri St.0.9
New HampshireUMass Lowell-4.2
New OrleansSoutheastern Louisiana-3.3
Norfolk St.South Carolina St.14.3
North AlabamaNorth Florida1.8
North Carolina A&TMonmouth12.4
North TexasUTEP9.4
Northern ArizonaNorthern Colorado1.2
Northern IllinoisBall St.-2.6
Northern KentuckyMilwaukee2.8
Northwestern St.Lamar15.8
Notre DameLouisville10.8
Oklahoma St.Mississippi8.4
Oral RobertsOmaha19.4
Oregon St.Colorado-8.6
PittsburghMiami (Fla.)-0.8
Portland St.Montana0.6
Rhode IslandLa Salle5.2
Sacramento St.Montana St.-2.2
San DiegoSan Francisco-3.2
San Diego StSan Jose St.13.1
Santa ClaraPacific11.9
South AlabamaTroy-0.5
Southern Miss.Texas St.8.7
Southern U.Alcorn St.4.7
St. Francis (NY)Long Island8.5
St. Thomas (MN)South Dakota7.3
Stephen F. AustinSeattle1.2
Stonehill CollegeSacred Heart1.7
Tarleton St.Grand Canyon-3.6
Tennessee St.Lindenwood5.0
Tennessee TechLittle Rock6.3
Texas A&MVanderbilt8.3
Texas A&M-CCMcNeese St.9.4
Texas A&M-CommerceHouston Christian8.6
Texas SouthernPrairie View2.9
The CitadelMercer-1.3
ToledoBowling Green11.6
TowsonWilliam & Mary11.8
UC IrvineCal St. Northridge16.2
UC RiversideUC San Diego9.6
USC UpstateRadford-4.9
UT MartinSouthern Indiana1.8
UT-Rio Grande ValleyCal Baptist-6.7
Utah ValleyNew Mexico St.8.9
UTSALouisiana Tech-7.8
VCUSt. Bonaventure10.6
VirginiaBoston College16.8
Virginia TechSyracuse6.1
VMIWestern Carolina-3.0
Wake ForestNorth Carolina St.0.2
Washington St.Arizona St.1.8
West VirginiaAuburn2.9
Western IllinoisSouth Dakota St.-2.5
Wright St.Green Bay17.4

January 27, 2017

PiRate Ratings College Basketball Preview For January 28-29, 2017

PiRate Ratings Spreads for January 28-29, 2017

Games Scheduled for: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Home Visitor Red White Blue
Georgia Tech Notre Dame -4 -8 -3
Pittsburgh Clemson -2 -1 2
Syracuse Florida St. -4 -4 -5
Miami North Carolina -7 -7 -7
Wake Forest Duke -2 -4 -1
West Virginia Texas A&M 19 19 8
Oklahoma Florida -4 -6 -7
Texas Tech LSU 14 16 12
Tennessee Kansas St. 1 -1 5
Oklahoma St. Arkansas 8 5 7
Georgia Texas 6 6 6
Vanderbilt Iowa St. -3 -4 4
TCU Auburn 10 12 13
Ole Miss Baylor -10 -10 -10
Kentucky Kansas 9 8 8
Marquette Providence 10 9 8
Creighton DePaul 14 16 14
Butler Georgetown 11 11 7
Rutgers * Wisconsin -13 -17 -11
Minnesota Maryland 5 5 6
Penn St. Illinois 3 2 -1
Iowa Ohio St. 1 2 -1
Utah Oregon St. 22 22 21
Colorado Oregon -7 -9 -10
Alabama Mississippi St. 7 6 8
Missouri South Carolina -12 -12 -12
Pepperdine Gonzaga -27 -26 -19
Santa Clara St. Mary’s -9 -12 -13

* Rutgers-Wisconsin game to be played at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan

Games Scheduled for: Sunday, January 29, 2017
Home Visitor Red White Blue
Villanova Virginia 5 6 5
St. John’s Xavier -5 -8 -7
Louisville North Carolina St. 18 17 18
Virginia Tech Boston College 13 15 10
Michigan St. Michigan 2 3 9
Nebraska Purdue -9 -10 -4
Northwestern Indiana 5 1 -1
Arizona St. Washington St. 10 12 8
California Stanford 8 11 7
Cincinnati South Florida 26 28 28

What a week!  So, who is number one now?  Unless they suffer a monumental upset loss tomorrow, Gonzaga will assume the top spot in the polls, but are the Bulldogs really the best team in college basketball?

To answer that question yourself, ask yourself, “Would I take Gonzaga over X in a neutral site game in the NCAA Tournament?  Now, plug all the other top teams in the “X” spot in that question.

If you find yourself saying that a couple of schools would beat the Bulldogs, does that mean Gonzaga is not number one?  Not so fast my friends.  Maybe two of the other top 10 teams might be the “X’s” in your mind that can beat Gonzaga, while the Zags would beat the other eight.  However, which team among that group of ten would do any better?  Maybe both of the teams you figured to beat Gonzaga might only beat seven of the other top ten.  This is the 21st Century, and the John Wooden UCLA dynasty is nowhere to be found.  From 1964 to 1975, except for 1966, you might have been able to say that UCLA could beat all the other top teams with very little argument.  The Bruins were to men’s basketball what Connecticut is to women’s basketball now.

So, yes indeed.  As of this writing, Gonzaga is the legitimate number one team in the nation.  That does not mean that they are a lock for the Final Four, but in our opinion Mark Few has his best team, and the Bulldogs have the potential to make it to Phoenix.  It has been done before.  UNLV, Marquette, UNC-Charlotte, Pennsylvania, Virginia Commonwealth, and Butler were all very powerful teams from non-power leagues when they first made Final Four appearances.  Gonzaga is much like UNLV and Marquette from the 1970’s.  They have been very good for a long time, and they have beaten many power teams, but they have yet to win the big games.  UNLV made the Final Four in 1977 and again in 1987 before breaking through in 1990 to win the title.  Marquette had an undefeated regular season and lost before the Final Four.  They had the second best team in 1976 but had to play the best team (Indiana) in the Mid-east Regional.  Finally, with Al McGuire’s weakest team during his dynasty in the won-loss ledger, his only seven-loss team since he turned the then Warriors into a power, MU won the 1977 title.

Gonzaga cannot be overlooked.  They might not get to the promised land this year, but then again, this could be their year.  There is no top ten team at this point that doesn’t have some weakness.  Gonzaga has the talent to exploit any weakness this year, something Few has not had in the past.


This Week’s PiRate Ratings Top 25 

Using an algorithm based on the Four Factors

  1. Gonzaga
  2. North Carolina
  3. West Virginia
  4. Baylor
  5. Louisville
  6. Villanova
  7. Kentucky
  8. Kansas
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Arizona
  11. Virginia
  12. Butler
  13. Oregon
  14. Purdue
  15. UCLA
  16. Cincinnati
  17. Florida St.
  18. Creighton
  19. Notre Dame
  20. South Carolina
  21. SMU
  22. Saint Mary’s
  23. Kansas St.
  24. Duke
  25. Florida

Power Conferences


  1. North Carolina
  2. Louisville
  3. Virginia
  4. Florida St.
  5. Notre Dame
  6. Duke
  7. Wake Forest
  8. Clemson
  9. Miami 
  10. Virginia Tech
  11. Syracuse
  12. North Carolina St.
  13. Georgia Tech
  14. Pittsburgh
  15. Boston College

Big East

  1. Villanova
  2. Butler
  3. Creighton
  4. Marquette
  5. Xavier
  6. Seton Hall
  7. Georgetown
  8. Providence
  9. St. John’s
  10. DePaul

Big Ten

  1. Wisconsin
  2. Purdue
  3. Northwestern
  4. Michigan
  5. Indiana
  6. Minnesota
  7. Maryland
  8. Michigan St.
  9. Ohio St.
  10. Illinois 
  11. Penn St.
  12. Iowa
  13. Nebraska
  14. Rutgers

Big 12

  1. West Virgina
  2. Baylor
  3. Kansas
  4. Kansas St.
  5. Iowa St.
  6. TCU
  7. Oklahoma St.
  8. Texas Tech
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Texas


  1. Arizona
  2. Oregon
  3. UCLA
  4. USC
  5. Utah
  6. California
  7. Colorado
  8. Stanford
  9. Arizona St.
  10. Washington
  11. Washington St.
  12. Oregon St.


  1. Kentucky
  2. South Carolina
  3. Florida
  4. Arkansas
  5. Tennessee
  6. Georgia
  7. Alabama
  8. Texas A&M
  9. Vanderbilt
  10. Mississippi St.
  11. Auburn
  12. Ole Miss
  13. LSU
  14. Missouri

Other Conferences Top Teams

Competing for NCAA Tournament bids (automatic or at-large depending on league)

Atlantic 10

  1. Dayton
  2. Virginia Commonwealth
  3. Rhode Island

America East

  1. Vermont
  2. New Hamsphire
  3. Albany

American Athletic

  1. Cincinnati
  2. SMU
  3. Houston

Atlantic Sun

  1. Florida Gulf Coast
  2. Lipscomb
  3. North Florida

Big Sky

  1. Weber St.
  2. Eastern Washington

Big South

  1. Winthrop
  2. UNC-Asheville

Big West

  1. UC-Irvine
  2. UC-Davis
  3. Long Beach St.


  1. UNC-Wilmington
  2. College of Charleston

Conference USA

  1. Middle Tennessee
  2. Louisiana Tech


  1. Valparaiso
  2. Oakland


  1. Princeton
  2. Yale
  3. Harvard

Metro Atlantic

  1. Monmouth
  2. Iona
  3. Canisius
  4. St. Peter’s


  1. Akron
  2. Eastern Michigan
  3. Ohio U

Mideastern Athletic

  1. Morgan St.
  2. Norfolk St.
  3. UM-Eastern Shore
  4. Hampton

Missouri Valley

  1. Wichita St.
  2. Illinois St.

Mountain West

  1. Nevada
  2. San Diego St.
  3. Boise St.


  1. Mount St. Mary’s
  2. Fairleigh-Dickinson
  3. Wagner

Ohio Valley

  1. Belmont
  2. Murray St.


  1. Bucknell
  2. Lehigh

Sun Belt

  1. UT-Arlington
  2. Arkansas St.


  1. Chattanooga
  2. East Tennessee
  3. UNC-Greensboro


  1. New Orleans
  2. Sam Houston St.


  1. North Dakota St.
  2. Fort Wayne
  3. South Dakota
  4. Denver

Southwestern Athletic

  1. Texas Southern
  2. Prairie View
  3. Southern U

Western Athletic

  1. New Mexico St.
  2. Cal State Bakersfield

Grand Canyon is not eligible but would be number 2

West Coast

  1. Gonzaga
  2. Saint Mary’s
  3. BYU


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