The Pi-Rate Ratings

August 11, 2021

It’s Football Time!

The PiRate Ship arrived at the port today. Our College PiRate Ratings, The PiRate, Mean, and Bias Ratings to be exact, are ready to go public. As we expected, the top teams in the nation are more experienced as a whole than they were last year, but a large majority of FBS teams are more experienced. In fact, as we hinted earlier this Summer, the total amount of college football experience and average age is at its highest since the late 1940s, when the G.I. Bill allowed former collegians to return from the War and resume their lives where it was before the War.

Because the weakest teams will be better than they have been in normal years, and because our ratings must average 100.0, since 100 is par, that means that the preseason top 10 will have lower then normal power ratings to begin the 2021 season.

As we do every year, we will begin Friday reviewing one conference per day until Monday, February 23. We will start with the weakest conference by average PiRate Ratings, ending with the strongest conference on the 23rd. Here’s the schedule:

Friday, August 13: Conference USA

Saturday, August 14: Mid-American Conference

Sunday, August 15: The FBS Independents

Monday, August 16: Mountain West Conference

Tuesday, August 17: Sun Belt Conference

Wednesday, August 18: American Athletic Conference

Thursday, August 19: Atlantic Coast Conference

Friday, August 20: Big Ten Conference

Saturday, August 21: Pac-12 Conference

Sunday, August 22: Big 12 Conference

Monday, August 23: Southeastern Conference

Later on Monday, August 23, we will post our opening college spreads for Week 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

February 18, 2021

The Sure Thing/The Contenders/The Still Alives

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Who’s in the Big Dance? Who’s still in contention?

Today, we break down the projected NCAA Tournament field by conference.  The format will be teams that are locks to make the tournament; teams that would be safely in if the season ended today but a losing streak could jeopardize their safety; teams that would be on the good side of the bubble if the season ended today; teams that would be on the bad side of that bubble; and teams that are not in the conversation now but with a big winning streak could play their way into an at-large bid.

We won’t include the automatic bids, because the conference tournaments will do that for us.  Of course, this season, there could be some cancellations of these tournaments.  We’ll have to wait and see.

First, let’s look at the one-bid leagues.  As of today, we foresee 20 conferences receiving just one bid, but an upset in the conference tournament in one or two could lead to an extra bid from that league.

AMERICA EAST

The perpetual top contenders share the conference lead.  UMBC and Vermont are tied at 9-3 in conference play.  The two rivals face off in back-to-back games in Maryland tonight and tomorrow.  If one of these two teams earn the bid, they are probably looking at a #15 seed.

ATLANTIC SUN

Bellarmine has a one-game lead in the league race at 10-2, but the Knights are not yet eligible as a transitioning team to D1.  Liberty is in second place at 8-2, but this Flames team is not as strong as the last two editions.  The rest of the league is mediocre for a low-major conference.  Current sixth place Florida Gulf Coast is starting to put it together and could sneak up to the #2 seed by conference tournament time.

BIG SKY

This year’s race is as wide open as the real estate in the Near West.  Eastern Washington leads Southern Utah by 1 ½ games, but that is a Covid-scheduling issue, as SUU at 6-2 has played three fewer conference games.  The teams split back-to-back games at EWU a month ago.  This conference will hope to avoid a 16-seed play-in game.

BIG SOUTH

Winthrop has lapped the field.  The 15-1 Eagles lead second place Radford by 3 ½ games and most recently swept the Highlanders.  Winthrop is 18-1 overall and has a chance to earn an at-large bid should they not earn the automatic one.

BIG WEST

This has in recent years been the UC-Irvine show, as the Anteaters have dominated this league.  This year, UCI looks up at rival UCSB, as the 8-2 Gauchos have reeled off 10 consecutive victories.  Cal State Bakersfield is in a statistical tie with UC-Irvine for second place.  The Roadrunners venture to Santa Barbara to face UCSB twice this weekend.

COLONIAL

James Madison has risen from fourth place to first at 8-1, while the top contenders have all lost in recent games.  Fifth place Delaware and sixth place William & Mary are the other two conference teams with hot hands, but when the CAA holds its conference tournament, any of the top six could win the event.

CONFERENCE USA

With wins over Memphis and Alabama, one might think that Western Kentucky could earn an at-large bid if they could take the regular season CUSA title.  It is possible, but the 8-2 Hilltoppers may find it tough to get a lot of support this year with so few quality out of conference games.

WKU faces a tough doubleheader this weekend with 8-2 North Texas in Denton.  If either team sweeps, they become the sizable favorite to cop the league crown.  If they split, then Old Dominion, UAB, and Marshall all remain in contention to win the race in the final lap.

HORIZON LEAGUE

Wright St. and Cleveland St. are tied at 15-3 in the league and own four game leads over the next contender, Northern Kentucky.  Wright State has won nine games in a row since losing to CSU.  One of the top three should take the tournament title and the automatic bid.

METRO ATLANTIC

Covid has done a number on this league this year.  Monmouth has played 14 conference games and is 10-4.  Siena has played 10 conference games and is 8-2 to lead by percentage points over the Hawks.  Rick Pitino’s Iona Gaels have played just seven conference games and they have lost two in a row to fall back to fifth place at 4-3.  Iona gets both of the two co-leaders in doubleheader games on their home floor in New Rochelle, including two with Monmouth this weekend, weather permitting.

MID-AMERICAN

Year in and year out, the MAC postseason tournament in Cleveland is one of the most exciting and unpredictable as any other.  We expect the same results this year.  Toledo has been leading the league race most of the season, and the Rockets are in first at 12-3, but 11-3 Akron and 10-4 Kent St. are coming on strong in February.  It doesn’t end there.  Ohio U and Buffalo, both at 7-4, and Bowling Green at 8-7 have played well enough in recent weeks to contend for the automatic bid.  If the MAC Tournament plays as scheduled, this is one that you will want to watch.

MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC

With three league teams opting out, scheduling has been an issue this year in the MEAC.  Usually, this league struggles to avoid the #16-seed play-in game, but more than once, the MEAC has produced an upset winner in the Round of 64.  North Carolina A&T leads the South Division with a perfect 4-0 conference record, but the Aggies have only played two conference games since January 3.  They had five games postponed.  

In the north, Norfolk St. 7-4, leads Morgan St. and Coppin St., both 6-4, by a half game.  NSU swept Morgan and split with Coppin, but their remaining regular season games have been cancelled.  If the MEAC Tournament is cancelled, N.C. A&T will almost assuredly be awarded the automatic bid and express trip to a 16-seed play-in game.

NORTHEAST

Merrimack sits in a first place tie with Wagner at 8-4, but the Warriors are still in the transition phase to D1 and not yet eligible for the Dance.  Wagner leads 6-4 Bryant by a game.  The Seahawks have won seven games in a row.  There are seven teams within two games of first in the NEC, so this should be an interesting conference tournament.

OHIO VALLEY

Belmont is 16-0 in the league and 22-1 overall, but the Bruins did not play any power conference teams like they usually do.  Still, because Belmont has been winning games by lopsided scores, they have a shot at an at-large bid should somebody shock them in the OVC Tournament.  Second place Morehead St., 13-3, lost at Belmont by 15, but they get the Bruins to close out the regular season in Morehead.

PATRIOT LEAGUE

The league was split into thirds this year to lessen travel.  Army and Navy are the only two teams to play out of conference games, so it will be close to impossible for the automatic winner to receive anything other than a 16-seed.  Navy is 8-1 in the league and 11-2 overall.  Their out of conference wins include a sweep of the DC teams, George Washington and Georgetown.  Should the Midshipmen run the table, they could move up to a 15-seed.

Colgate at 9-1 is the overall leader in the league, while Lafayette at 7-5 leads the three-team Central Division.  Bucknell has won four in a row to improve from 0-4 to 4-4, but all four games came at the expense of Lehigh.

SOUTHERN

The Socon has been worthy of multiple bids in past years, and there are four rather good teams this year, but this is not the year for two league teams to get bids.

UNC-Greensboro has been near the top for the last five years, but the Spartans have won the SoCon Tournament just once.  UNCG leads the league at 10-4 by a half-game over 10-5 Wofford.  Two years ago, Wofford destroyed Seton Hall in the opening round and scared Kentucky in the Round of 32 at the Big Dance.

Furman (8-4) and Chattanooga (9-5) have begun to play like legitimate contenders in the last two weeks.

SOUTHLAND

Five teams have taken over in February, and any of the five could win the conference tournament.  Even though Stephen F. Austin is in third place at the moment, their conference record is 9-1, and their one loss came at 10-1 Abilene Christian.  Sam Houston is also 10-1, and their lone loss came at SFA.  Nicholls is 9-2, which would lead most leagues, but in this one, it’s only good enough for fourth place.

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC

The SWAC rates last in conference power, so the winner of this league will be in the 16-seed play-in round.  Prairie View and Jackson St. sport 6-0 league marks, with Texas Southern at 4-2.  The two co-leaders had both of their scheduled games against each other postponed, and they could both remain undefeated in conference play.

SUMMIT

It’s a good bet that the team representing the Summit League in the Big Dance will have the word “Dakota” in its name.  South Dakota St. (6-2), South Dakota (9-3), and North Dakota St. (9-3) are the top three in the league.  SDSU has a neutral site win over Utah St. and a narrow loss to West Virginia, so the Jackrabbits probably give this league its best chance to win a game in the Big Dance.

SUN BELT

This league has a lot of better than average but not great teams.  Texas St. leads the West Division at 9-3 with 7-5 Arkansas St. in second.  Both teams have four game winning streaks.  South Alabama leads the East Division at 8-5, and the Jags have reeled off six in a row.

WESTERN ATHLETIC

New Mexico St. has dominated this conference in recent years, but Covid has really done a number on the Aggies this year, and they have fallen to sixth place.  Perennial also-ran Grand Canyon has ascended to the top at 6-0 in the league and 12-3 overall.  The Antelopes own an eight-game winning streak with a 22.8 point scoring margin in that streak.

Multiple Bid Leagues

AMERICAN ATHLETIC

Lock: Houston 11-2/17-2

Safe: —–

Good Bubble: —–

Bad Bubble: Wichita St. 8-2/12-4

In Contention: Memphis 8-3/12-6, SMU 7-4/11-4

Wichita St. could move to the Good Bubble with a win over Houston tonight.

ATLANTIC 10

Lock: —–

Safe: —–

Good Bubble:  VCU 9-2/16-4

Bad Bubble: St. Bonaventure 8-3/10-3, Saint Louis 4-2/11-3

In Contention: Davidson 6-2/10-5, Richmond 4-3/11-5

Wins over St. Bonaventure and Richmond have moved VCU into the field for now.

ATLANTIC COAST

Lock: Virginia 11-2/15-4, Florida St. 8-2/12-3

Safe: Virginia Tech 8-3/14-4, Louisville 6-3/11-4

Good Bubble: North Carolina 7-5/13-7, Clemson 7-5/13-5

Bad Bubble: Syracuse 6-5/12-6

In Contention: Duke 7-6/9-8, Georgia Tech 6-6/10-8

Duke was given up for dead in January, but the Blue Devils are far from dead.  Look out UVA!  You’re headed to an ambush as Cameron Indoor this weekend.

BIG 12

Lock: Baylor 9-0/17-0

Safe: Kansas 10-5/16-7, Oklahoma 8-4/13-5, Texas 7-4/13-5, West Virginia 7-4/14-6, Texas Tech 6-5/14-6, Oklahoma St. 7-6/14-6

Good Bubble: —–

Bad Bubble: —–

In Contention: TCU 4-6/11-8

This league is pretty much set in stone barring some unusual circumstance.  The top seven teams should receive bids, and even 7th place Oklahoma St. should be an 8 or 9-seed and safely in the field.

BIG EAST

Lock: Villanova 8-2/13-3, Creighton 12-4/16-5

Safe: —–

Good Bubble: Xavier 4-4/11-4, Seton Hall 10-5/13-8

Bad Bubble: Connecticut 7-5/10-5

In Contention: St. John’s 8-7/14-8

Madison Square Garden should be exciting if the Big East gets to hold their tournament this year.  St. John’s really needs three additional good wins in addition to not losing to a bad team.

BIG TEN

Lock: Michigan 9-1/14-1, Illinois 11-3/13-5, Ohio St. 11-4/17-4, Iowa 9-5/15-6

Safe: Wisconsin 9-6/15-7, Purdue 9-6/14-8

Good Bubble: Rutgers 8-7/12-7, Indiana 7-7/12-9

In Contention: Maryland 7-9/13-10, Minnesota 6-9/13-9, Michigan St. 4-9/10-9

Any Big Ten team that plays .500 ball in conference play will receive a bid this year, and we believe there is one more bid for the team that goes 9-11 (or 9-10 or 8-9 depending on missed games).  A couple of Big Ten coaches are on hot seats and on the Bubble.  Penn State will definitely have a new coach next year, but Indiana, Maryland, and Minnesota could also be forced to make moves if they don’t get into the field.

MISSOURI VALLEY

Lock: —–

Safe: Loyola (Chi.) 14-2/19-4

Good Bubble: Drake 12-2/21-2

Bad Bubble: —–

In Contention: —–

After Wichita St. fled the Valley for the AAC, it was thought that the days of this league receiving two bids to the tournament were over.  Guess again.  Loyola of Chicago and Drake would both have to collapse to miss out on the Dance this year.

MOUNTAIN WEST

Lock: —–

Safe: San Diego St. 9-3/15-4

Good Bubble: Boise St. 13-3/17-4, Colorado St. 11-3/14-4, Utah St. 11-3/14-6

In Contention: Nevada  9-5/14-7

A win over UCLA makes SDSU safer than the other four contenders.  Boise St. finishes with Utah St. and two games against San Diego St.  A 3-0 finish would propel the Broncos into the Safe category.

PAC-12

Lock: USC 12-2/18-3

Safe: UCLA 10-3/14-5, Oregon 7-3/12-4

Good Bubble: —–

Bad Bubble: Colorado 10-5/16-6, Stanford 9-6/13-8

In Contention: Utah 6-7/9-8, Oregon St. 6-8/10-10

The former Conference of Champions has not earned one since Arizona cut the nets in 1997!  Only UCLA twice and Oregon once have made the Final Four since then (Utah made it before they joined the league).

SOUTHEASTERN

Lock: Alabama 12-1/17-5, Arkansas 9-4/17-5

Safe: Tennessee 8-5/15-5, LSU 8-4/13-6, Florida 6-5/10-6

Good Bubble: Missouri 6-6/13-6

Bad Bubble: Ole Miss 7-6/12-8

In Contention: Georgia 6-8/13-8

You don’t see Kentucky on this list.  They are out of contention for an at-large bid, but that doesn’t mean the Wildcats cannot win the conference tournament.  The two hot teams in this league are Arkansas and Ole Miss.  The Razorbacks probably have the best chance to make it past the Sweet 16 from this league.  Ole Miss needs a few more big wins to get into the field.

WEST COAST

Lock: Gonzaga 11-0/20-0

Safe: —–

Good Bubble: BYU 6-3/15-5

Bad Bubble: —–

In Contention: Saint Mary’s 2-4/11-6

We placed SMC in the “In Contention” section, because in theory, they could finish 6-4/15-6 in the regular season, which would include an upset of Gonzaga.  Short of that, the Gaels will be staying home this year.

Coming tomorrow–Updated ratings, updated bracketology, and our annual mid-major coaches ready for the big time list in three separate posts.

Coming soon–The PiRate Ratings have created a tabletop baseball strategy game more advanced than anything on the market.  It’s called “Sabertooth Baseball,” and look for more information about this next week!

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

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

Visitor

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

 

 

 

Coming Later Today: Updated Bracketology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 16, 2018

2018 Big 12 Conference Preview

Note: The preseason ratings you see in the previews may not be the same as the ratings you see for the first game. We update every team’s rating based on player injuries, changes to the depth charts, and other factors that may change during preseason practice.
Our Power 5 Conference preseason ratings and won-loss predictions were figured before knowing the outcome of recent suspensions to Coaches Urban Meyer and D.J. Durkin at Ohio State and Maryland. Because our ratings set 100.0 as average, and the mean of all 130 teams must be 100.0, taking points away from Ohio State and Maryland require redistributing points to the other 128 teams. Expect these ratings to change prior to August 25.

Today, the PiRates begin to preview the Power 5 conferences. With five leagues and four playoff spots, one Power 5 conference is guaranteed to miss out every year. Last year, with two SEC teams making it, two Power 5 leagues did not make the cut. The Big 12 was one of the fortunate leagues as Oklahoma won the revived Big 12 Conference Championship Game and gave Georgia all it could handle in the National Semifinals before losing in overtime.
The Sooners still have quite a lot of talent remaining in Norman, but Coach Lincoln Riley faces a minor reloading project. Because Texas, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, TCU, and Iowa State are solid this year, and because this league is the only one in which every team plays every other, we believe the champion could easily be 7-2 and miss out on the playoffs.

Oklahoma has stolen the title of Quarterback U. from BYU and Stanford in the last 20 seasons. From Josh Heupel to to Jason White to Paul Thompson to Sam Bradford to Landry Jones to Trevor Knight, the Sooners always had an A+ passing attack and sometimes complimentary running threat. However, Baker Mayfield was in an A++ class by himself. Mayfield averaged 11.5 yards per passing ATTEMPT when most NCAA teams do not average 11.5 yards per completion these days! He threw 43 touchdown passes versus just 6 interceptions. Oklahoma averaged 362 passing yards per game to go with 218 rushing yards per game and Riley’s first year offense scored 45 points per game.
Mayfield is now the new hope in Cleveland, and Oklahoma turns to another future pro as their new quarterback. Kyler Murray will be playing for pay soon, but it will not be in football. He signed with the Oakland Athletics for $4.66 million, and one has to wonder if every time Murray drops back to pass against blitzing monsters, he will subconsciously think about that contract and throw the ball a bit too soon to avoid an injury that would end his baseball career before it starts.
Oklahoma will still be the decided favorite to win the Big 12 thanks to the running game. Backs Rodney Anderson and Trey Sermon teamed up to run the ball 309 times for 1,905 yards. They combined to catch 33 passes for 420 additional yards. They scored 25 total touchdowns, and the dynamic duo have another fine offensive line opening holes for them this year.
Murray will have a trio of top flight receivers catching his passes this year. Marquise Brown, CeeDee Lamb, and Mykel Jones all have the quickness to turn a 7 yard route into a 50 yard touchdown.

If Oklahoma falters this year, or should we say when, it will be because the opponent scored points easier than they could. The Sooner defense is vulnerable this year with a green secondary and a questionable pass rush following the loss of some incredible talent. Linebacker Kenneth Murray and cornerback Parnell Motley return, but the Sooners lost too much talent from a defense that gave up 27 points per game last year, and a couple opponents will top 40 points and most likely beat OU in 2018. The schedule doesn’t offer much help, as the Sooners always play Texas in Dallas and face West Virginia, Oklahoma State, and Iowa State on the road. 10-2 looks like the ceiling for this team.

Tom Herman’s first season at Texas was somewhat positive and somewhat disappointing. The Longhorns did not immediately take to his spread offense, and the offense was not as strong last year as it was during Charlie Strong’s final season. The defense was strong and kept the burnt orange in many games. Narrow losses to USC, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech could easily flip to the win column this year, as UT is poised to be a serious contender in the conference race and stands a good chance of making the Big 12 Championship Game.

Sam Ehlinger appears to have a slight lead over Shane Buechele to be under center when the Longhorns kick off the season against Maryland. The Longhorn roster is short on talent at running back and receiver, and the offensive line is good but not outstanding, but there is room for improvements. Expect Texas to increase their offensive output by a little.

It’s the defense that will allow the ‘Horns to possibly contend for the Big 12 title. Ironically, Herman, the offensive guru lowered the point total given up by 10 points a game over prior defensive guru coach Strong. Texas gave up 21 points per game in 2017, which is about like giving up 15 points a game in other Power 5 conferences. As good as the defense was last year, this year’s edition will be better, maybe much better. The roster is packed with talented stars, especially in the trenches, where ends Charles Omenihu and Breckyn Hager are the best duo in the league. Anthony Wheeler anchors the second line of defense from his middle linebacker position. He’ll team with Gary Johnson and Malcolm Roach to form the best trio in the league. Arguably, Texas also has the best secondary in the league with potential All-American Kris Boyd returning at cornerback.

The schedule is as favorable for the Longhorns as it is unfavorable for Oklahoma, so we believe Texas has a grand chance at earning one of the two playoff spots.

West Virginia is the sexy choice this year to win the Big 12. The Mountaineers have the top quarterback in the league, when he remains healthy. Will Grier was 6-0 as the quarterback at Florida in 2015. He is 12-4 lifetime at Florida and West Virginia, but he has not complete either season in his short career. His season ended last year in the Texas game when he suffered a fractured finger. When healthy, Grier is a difference maker. He was fifth nationally in passer efficiency rating.

Grier has two elite receivers returning in Gary Jennings and David Sills. The duo teamed up for 157 receptions last year; Jennings is the possession receiver, and Sills is the touchdown machine. For any passing team to be consistently good, the pass blocking has to be outstanding, and the Mountaineers have that type of interior line, as good as the line at Oklahoma.

What will likely keep WVU in the 8-win area is a porous defense. The Mountaineers gave up 31.5 points per game and did so by allowing more than 200 yard rushing and 200 yard passing. It may be considered a good thing that most of that weak defense is no longer around, but the Mountaineers will actually take a step back this year with major concerns on the front line and in the secondary. There is talent in every unit, but not enough to be a force in the league. Linebacker David Long returns after making 15 1/2 tackles for loss last year. Defensive end Ezekiel Rose led the team with 5 sacks, while Dravon Askew-Henry mans the highly important spur safety (a hybrid safety-linebacker position that can make the defense a 3-4 or 3-3-5) spot.

West Virginia has two tough non-conference opponents to face prior to Big 12 play. They open with Tennessee in Charlotte, North Carolina, and two weeks later, they play at North Carolina State. The close the season with a home game against Oklahoma, which could have serious conference championship implications for one or both teams.
Oklahoma State’s string of three consecutive double-digit win seasons is in serious jeopardy in 2018. The Cowboys’ spectacular passing game will take a major hit this year. Mason Rudolph led the nation with more than 4,900 passing yards last year. That number in 13 games topped every NFL quarterback by almost 400 yards! Rudolph is now a backup to Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh. New OSU quarterback Dru Brown has never taken a snap as the Cowboy quarterback, but he’s not a newcomer to FBS football. Brown started the past two years for Hawaii, and he will assume the controls of Coach

Mike Gundy’s offense and bring a new style to the team. Brown does not have Rudolph’s arm strength or quick release, but he can take off and run for a lot of yards in a scramble. OSU might even add a wrinkle or two where Brown fakes to top-flight running back Justice Hill and boots in the opposite direction. Defenses will have to concentrate extra defenders when Hill is a running threat. He burned defenses for 1,467 rushing yards and 15 TDs, while coming out of the backfield to catch 31 passes.
Losing two star receivers that caught 133 passes for 2,705 yards and 21 socres is going to make the passing numbers go down more than having Brown replace Rudolph. OSU still has talent in the receiving corps, but James Washington and Marcell Ateman are not easily replaced.

The Cowboy offensive line is rebuilding this year, and the holes and pass protection just won’t be there like they were the last three years. Oklahoma State averaged 45 points per game in 2017 and finished second in the nation with 569 total yards per game. The numbers could take a 10-point and 100-yard hit this year. The defense might be marginally improved over last season, but after giving up 29.4 points per game, improving to 28 per game may mean the win total will be reduced by two or three.

TCU has more offensive retooling to do than Oklahoma State, as they lost quarterback Kenny Hill, running back Kyle Hicks, their top three receivers, and three offensive linemen. The Horned Frogs feature defense first, and there is enough talent returning to continue the stellar play on this side of the ball in 2018, but not excellent enough to return to the Big 12 Championship Game. There is talent in all three units, led by end Ben Banogu. Last year, Banogu made 16 1/2 tackles behind the line including 8 1/2 sacks. He forced three fumbles in the process.

Stong-side linebacker Ty Summers can stop the run at the line for little or no gain, and he can cover the short passing zones with competence. Safety Niko Small leads a talented secondary that should continue to limit opponent passing by about 25-30 yards under their average.

TCU led all Big 12 teams in scoring defense, rushing defense, and passing defense. It will take a repeat of that feat to contend for second place in the league, and even if the Frogs repeat, the offense may be off just enough to come up a win short.

Iowa State was a major surprise in 2017, as the Cyclones topped Oklahoma in Norman and TCU in October on the way to an 8-5 season. Coach Matt Campbell, who had previously done wonders at Toledo, became a hot commodity in the big-time coaching market, and another 8-win season in Ames could see several rich offers coming his way. The Cyclones left something on the table last year, as narrow losses to Iowa in overtime, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, and Kansas State could have made 2018 a historic high in Ames.

The Cyclones actually return more starters than any of the other contenders in the league, but overall, they are still a few players short from becoming a serious contender. Quarterback Kyle Kempt was the major cog that turned the season around for ISU, as he torched Oklahoma’s defense for 343 passing yards and three touchdowns. His being granted a 6th year of eligibility means that ISU is an outside contender for the Big 12 Championship Game. Stubby back David Montgomery bulled his way to 1,146 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. He won’t run the toss sweep down the sideline for a long touchdown, but he rarely goes down on first contact, and it frequently takes two defenders to bring him to the ground.

The receiving corps lost a stud in Allen Lazard, who is turning heads in Jacksonville as an undrafted free-agent that will most likely make the Jaguars’ roster. Hakeem Butler was a fine second option last year, and he should be the go-to guy this year, as the other receivers on the roster are possession receivers lacking the ability to turn a 7-yard pattern into a 50-yard gain.

Iowa State’s big jump happened because the defense no longer resembled 11 matadors against bulls with the letter “O” somewhere on their helmets. The Cyclones finished a close second to TCU in scoring defense last year. Enough talent returns this year to keep this unit strong. The front seven is second or third best in the league. As weak-side edge rusher JaQuan Bailey goes, so goes the ISU pass defense. Bailey has the ability to meet the quarterback about one second after the quarterback takes his fifth step in his drop. Defenses will have to double up on him, so it will be important for outside linebacker Willie Harvey to step up and improve on last year’s numbers.

Kansas State enters most seasons as an also-ran in the league, but the Wildcats always beat one or two teams they are not supposed to beat. KSU knocked off Oklahoma State in Stillwater and then knocked off Iowa State to earn a Cactus Bowl bid at the 11th hour last year. The Wildcats lost close games to Vanderbilt, Texas, Oklahoma, and West Virginia, meaning they were not farm from being 12-1. Only TCU dominated them on the scoreboard. Expect more of the same in 2018, as Coach Bill Snyder guides his team to one or two upsets and earns yet another bowl bid.

Texas Tech has not been a factor in the Big 12 race since Mike Leach was fired. The Red Raiders tried the Tommy Tuberville way for a few years and fell back into the middle of the pack. Former TTU quarterback Kliff Kingsbury has taken the program down another couple notches, as the Raiders have struggled to get six wins during his tenure. If Kingsbury cannot right the ship this year and take his team up a notch or so, there probably will be a new man walking the sidelines at Jones Stadium next year. Prospects are not all that excellent for this TTU edition. The team has not been able to produce a running game that forces defensive coaches to have to stop it, so the passing game has to “struggle” to put up gawdy numbers. Too often, the defense stays on the field too long and tires, eventually succumbing to opposing offenses that punish tired defenses. The Red Raiders gave up 444 yards per game and 32+ points per game last year, and the schedule offers them no favors with out of conference games against Ole Miss and Houston. Additionally, the one toss-up game on the conference schedule, versus Kansas State, will be played in the Little Apple, making KSU a decided favorite.

Baylor has a long way to go to return to prominence. Matt Rhule turned the program around at Temple, but quite frankly, that was easier than having to win in the Lone Star State where 100 FBS teams recruit the state like they play their home games in Dallas. The Bears were plainly the ninth best team in the league, both offensively and defensively. They lost at home to Liberty, and had it not been for the worst FBS team also being a Big 12 team, BU could have gone 0-12 last year. There is a little talent in Waco this year, but it will take a gargantuan improvement for the Bears to improve from one to six wins. Having the easiest opening schedule of any Big 12 team could allow Baylor to enter October with two or three wins, but they may lose out the rest of the way.

Kansas is worse in the Big 12 than the Cleveland Browns are in the AFC North Division. The Jayhawks went 1-11 last year with the lone win coming against FCS member Southeast Missouri State, a team that went 3-8 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Coach David Beaty is now 3-33 in Lawrence through three years. He won’t see a fifth season if he is 4-44 after this season. The Jayhawks should be a better team this year, especially on defense, but then it is harder to be worse when you finish in last place in the league in offense and defense and lose to the next weakest team at home by more than four touchdowns!

Here is how the Big 12 Conference Media voted in the preseason poll

Big 12 1st Place Points
1. Oklahoma 46 509
2. West Virginia 2 432
3. TCU 1 390
4. Texas 1 370
5. Oklahoma St. 0 300
6. Kansas St. 2 283
7. Iowa St. 0 250
8. Texas Tech 0 149
9. Baylor 0 125
10. Kansas 0 52

The PiRate Ratings differ somewhat after the top.

Big 12 Conference
Team B12 Overall PiRate Mean Bias Average
Oklahoma 0-0 0-0 119.5 117.7 119.8 119.0
Texas 0-0 0-0 113.2 111.9 112.8 112.6
Oklahoma St. 0-0 0-0 113.2 110.8 112.7 112.2
T C U 0-0 0-0 112.7 112.0 111.5 112.0
Iowa State 0-0 0-0 110.7 108.8 110.2 109.9
West Virginia 0-0 0-0 110.0 108.8 109.1 109.3
Kansas St. 0-0 0-0 107.4 106.0 106.8 106.7
Texas Tech 0-0 0-0 106.0 104.0 104.2 104.7
Baylor 0-0 0-0 102.9 100.6 102.3 101.9
Kansas 0-0 0-0 93.9 92.3 91.6 92.6
Big 12 Averages 108.9 107.3 108.1 108.1

New Coaches
There are no new coaches in the Big 12 this year, but there are a couple on very hot seats, and 2019 might see some new faces.

David Beaty needs to show some kind of advancement at Kansas, or the Jayhawks will be in the market for a new coach, possibly one from the Dakotas and the FCS ranks.
Kliff Kingsbury needs to win at least seven regular season games and look competitive in the losses, or else Texas Tech may look to move in another direction, maybe hiring a power-style coach.

Dana Holgorsen cannot afford to see West Virginia disappoint this season with so much offensive firepower. Anything short of nine wins would be a disappointment, and there are some restless fans in Morgantown.

Matt Campbell can do no wrong in the eyes of the fans at Iowa State. However, another 8-win season would most likely see him receive job offers with contracts too rich for Iowa State to match or top. His name has already been bantered among heavy-hitters at Ohio State should Urban Meyer be dismissed.

Predicted Won-Loss Records
Note: These predicted won-loss records are strictly mechanical based on the initial PiRate Ratings. No upsets are factored in these predictions. Additionally, our PiRate Ratings are only useful for the next week of games and cannot really be used to forecast past that point. Part of our weekly adjustment to our ratings includes a factor where depth issues or non-issues have been pre-set. In other words, a team without talented second stringers may lose ratings points as the season progresses even if they win games by the predicted margin, whereas a team with exceptional depth (like Alabama) will improve during the season and see its rating rise even if they win games by a little less than the predicted margin. What we’re saying is: don’t take these numbers with anything more than a grain of salt.   

Team Conference Overall
Oklahoma 9-0 13-0*
Oklahoma St. 7-2 10-3
Texas 7-2 10-2
TCU 6-3 8-4
Iowa St. 5-4 7-5
West Virginia 5-4 7-5
Kansas St. 3-6 5-7
Baylor 2-7 4-8
Texas Tech 1-8 3-9
Kansas 0-9 2-10

 

Bowl Tie-ins
1. Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, LA
2. Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, TX
3. Camping World Bowl in Orlando, FL
4. Texas Bowl in Houston, TX
5. Liberty Bowl in Memphis, TN
6. Cactus Bowl in Tucson, AZ
7. Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, TX

Coming Tomorrow–The Pac-12 Conference

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
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First Round–March 7
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7:00 PM #8 Georgetown #9 St. John’s FS1
9:30 PM #7 Marquette #10 DePaul FS1
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
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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
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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
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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
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Note: This facility splits into two separate courts until the semifinals
First Round–March 7
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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
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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
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12:30 PM MTSU/FIU/USM Marsh/UTSA/UTEP CBSSN
3:00 PM ODU/UNT/LT WKU/UAB/FAU CBSSN
       
Championship–March 10
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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
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First Round–March 7
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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
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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
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6:00 PM Nev/UNLV/AFA FSU or SDSU CBSSN
8:30 PM BSU/USU/CSU UNM/Wyom/SJSU CBSSN
       
Championship–March 10
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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
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First Round–March 7
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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
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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
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6:00 PM Ariz/Color/Ariz St UCLA/Stanford/Cal Pac12
8:30 PM USC/Wash/OreSt Utah/Oreg/WSU FS1
       
Championship–March 11
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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
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6:00 PM #12 Georgia #13 Vanderbilt SECTV
8:30 PM #11 South Carolina #14 Ole Miss SECTV
       
Second Round–March 8
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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
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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
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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
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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
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5:00 PM #5 New Orleans #8 Texas A&M-CC ESPN3
7:30 PM #6 Lamar #7 Central Arkansas ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
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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
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5:00 PM #1 SE Louisiana SHSU/UNO/TAMCC ESPN3
7:30 PM #2 Nicholls St. SFA/Lamar/Cent. Ark. ESPN3
       
Championship–March 10
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament
Second Round–March 7
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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
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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
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7:00 PM UVa/FSU/Louis. Clem/NCSt/BC TBA
9:00 PM Duke/VaT/ND Mia.UNC/Syr TBA
       
Championship–March 10
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8:30 PM     ESPN

 

Mideastern Athletic Conference Tournament
Quarterfinals–March 7
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6:00 PM #1 Hampton #9 Florida A&M ESPN3
8:00 PM #2 Bethune-Cookman #7 Morgan St. ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
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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
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6:00 PM Hampton/FAMU NCAT/Norfolk St ESPN3
8:00 PM BCU/MSU Sav/UNCC ESPN3
       
Championship–March 10
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1:00 PM     ESPN2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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