The Pi-Rate Ratings

January 13, 2020

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For January 13, 2020

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Jackson St.

2.4

Loyola (MD)

Boston U

0.4

Bethune-Cookman

Morgan St.

5.6

Delaware St.

North Carolina A&T

-6.1

Howard

South Carolina St.

-2.8

MD Eastern Shore

North Carolina Central

-6.7

Florida A&M

Coppin St.

3.8

Alcorn St.

Grambling

0.1

Alabama A&M

Mississippi Valley

12.9

Alabama St.

Arkansas Pine Bluff

4.8

Montana

Portland St.

3.6

 

Monday’s PiRate Ratings

 

#

Team

PiRate

Conference

1

Duke

121.4

Atlantic Coast

2

Kansas

119.0

Big 12

3

Michigan St.

117.4

Big Ten

4

Gonzaga

116.8

West Coast

5

Baylor

115.7

Big 12

6

Ohio St.

115.4

Big Ten

7

Dayton

115.3

Atlantic 10

8

Butler

115.2

Big East

9

Louisville

114.9

Atlantic Coast

10

Arizona

114.7

Pac-12

11

Maryland

114.7

Big Ten

12

Auburn

114.2

Southeastern

13

West Virginia

114.2

Big 12

14

Florida St.

114.0

Atlantic Coast

15

Seton Hall

113.9

Big East

16

Oregon

113.7

Pac-12

17

San Diego St.

113.6

Mountain West

18

Purdue

113.1

Big Ten

19

Kentucky

113.0

Southeastern

20

Iowa

112.8

Big Ten

21

Michigan

112.5

Big Ten

22

Villanova

112.3

Big East

23

Wisconsin

112.1

Big Ten

24

Colorado

111.9

Pac-12

25

BYU

111.9

West Coast

26

LSU

111.7

Southeastern

27

Florida

111.7

Southeastern

28

Texas Tech

111.6

Big 12

29

Arkansas

111.4

Southeastern

30

Illinois

111.4

Big Ten

31

Penn St.

111.3

Big Ten

32

Wichita St.

111.3

Big East

33

Houston

111.1

American Athletic

34

Marquette

111.0

Big East

35

Memphis

110.9

American Athletic

36

Rutgers

110.9

Big Ten

37

Indiana

110.7

Big Ten

38

Minnesota

110.6

Big Ten

39

Saint Mary’s

110.4

West Coast

40

Creighton

110.4

Big East

41

Cincinnati

109.7

American Athletic

42

North Carolina St.

109.6

Atlantic Coast

43

VCU

109.5

Atlantic 10

44

Virginia

109.3

Atlantic Coast

45

Georgetown

109.1

Big East

46

Stanford

109.1

Pac-12

47

Xavier

109.1

Big East

48

Tennessee

109.0

Southeastern

49

Missouri

109.0

Southeastern

50

Oklahoma

108.9

Big 12

51

Alabama

108.9

Southeastern

52

Iowa St.

108.8

Big 12

53

Washington

108.7

Pac-12

54

TCU

108.7

Big 12

55

Utah St.

108.6

Mountain West

56

Virginia Tech

108.5

Atlantic Coast

57

Liberty

108.5

Atlantic Sun

58

Mississippi St.

108.3

Southeastern

59

Notre Dame

108.2

Atlantic Coast

60

Oregon St.

108.1

Pac-12

61

Yale

108.1

Ivy

62

Oklahoma St.

107.9

Big 12

63

Syracuse

107.8

Atlantic Coast

64

East Tennessee St.

107.8

Southern

65

Texas

107.4

Big 12

66

Duquesne

107.4

Atlantic 10

67

Rhode Island

107.3

Atlantic 10

68

Northern Iowa

107.3

Missouri Valley

69

Louisiana Tech

107.3

Conference USA

70

Vermont

107.2

American East

71

USC

107.2

Pac-12

72

UNC Greensboro

107.1

Southern

73

Providence

107.1

Big East

74

North Carolina

106.9

Atlantic Coast

75

Richmond

106.9

Atlantic 10

76

Furman

106.9

Southern

77

St. John’s

106.7

Big East

78

Belmont

106.7

Ohio Valley

79

Arizona St.

106.7

Pac-12

80

Georgia Tech

106.6

Atlantic Coast

81

Connecticut

106.6

American Athletic

82

Akron

106.6

Mid-American

83

Clemson

106.5

Atlantic Coast

84

Pittsburgh

106.3

Atlantic Coast

85

DePaul

106.2

Big East

86

Temple

106.2

American Athletic

87

Georgia

106.1

Southeastern

88

SMU

106.1

American Athletic

89

Davidson

105.9

Atlantic 10

90

Miami (Fla.)

105.8

Atlantic Coast

91

Harvard

105.4

Ivy

92

Nevada

105.2

Mountain West

93

New Mexico St.

105.1

Western Athletic

94

San Francisco

105.1

West Coast

95

Kansas St.

105.0

Big 12

96

Georgia St.

104.9

Sun Belt

97

New Mexico

104.8

Mountain West

98

Bradley

104.7

Missouri Valley

99

Kent St.

104.7

Mid-American

100

Mississippi

104.5

Southeastern

101

Boise St.

104.5

Mountain West

102

Loyola (Chi.)

104.4

Missouri Valley

103

Saint Louis

104.3

Atlantic 10

104

Western Kentucky

104.3

Conference USA

105

North Texas

104.0

Conference USA

106

Toledo

103.9

Mid-American

107

Utah

103.9

Pac-12

108

Wake Forest

103.9

Atlantic Coast

109

South Carolina

103.9

Southeastern

110

Ball St.

103.8

Mid-American

111

Northwestern

103.6

Big Ten

112

Northern Colorado

103.5

Big Sky

113

Wright St.

103.5

Horizon

114

UC Irvine

103.3

Big West

115

St. Bonaventure

103.2

Atlantic 10

116

Tulsa

103.2

American Athletic

117

Central Florida

103.1

American Athletic

118

Stony Brook

103.1

American East

119

South Florida

102.8

American Athletic

120

Texas St.

102.7

Sun Belt

121

Murray St.

102.7

Ohio Valley

122

Northern Kentucky

102.6

Horizon

123

UCLA

102.5

Pac-12

124

Nebraska

102.3

Big Ten

125

Colgate

102.2

Patriot

126

Indiana St.

102.2

Missouri Valley

127

Stephen F. Austin

102.2

Southland

128

Charleston

102.1

Colonial Athletic

129

Fresno St.

102.0

Mountain West

130

Radford

102.0

Big South

131

Northeastern

102.0

Colonial Athletic

132

Penn

102.0

Ivy

133

Santa Clara

101.9

West Coast

134

UNLV

101.9

Mountain West

135

Wofford

101.8

Southern

136

Hofstra

101.8

Colonial Athletic

137

Colorado St.

101.7

Mountain West

138

North Dakota St.

101.6

Summit

139

Tulane

101.5

American Athletic

140

Winthrop

101.5

Big South

141

Washington St.

101.5

Pac-12

142

Vanderbilt

101.4

Southeastern

143

George Mason

101.3

Atlantic 10

144

Texas A&M

101.3

Southeastern

145

South Dakota St.

101.3

Summit

146

William & Mary

101.2

Colonial Athletic

147

Marshall

101.2

Conference USA

148

UT Arlington

101.2

Southland

149

Southern Utah

101.2

Big Sky

150

Georgia Southern

101.1

Sun Belt

151

Coastal Carolina

101.1

Sun Belt

152

Oral Roberts

101.0

Summit

153

Boston College

101.0

Atlantic Coast

154

Western Carolina

100.9

Southern

155

UC Santa Barbara

100.9

Big West

156

Drake

100.8

Missouri Valley

157

Air Force

100.8

Mountain West

158

Pepperdine

100.8

West Coast

159

Missouri St.

100.7

Missouri Valley

160

UTEP

100.6

Conference USA

161

Buffalo

100.6

Mid-American

162

Pacific

100.6

West Coast

163

Towson

100.2

Colonial Athletic

164

Charlotte

100.0

Conference USA

165

UAB

100.0

Conference USA

166

Central Michigan

99.9

Mid-American

167

California Baptist

99.8

Western Athletic

168

Sacramento St.

99.7

Big Sky

169

Rider

99.7

Metro Atlantic

170

Chattanooga

99.7

Southern

171

California

99.7

Pac-12

172

Northern Illinois

99.7

Mid-American

173

Bowling Green

99.7

Mid-American

174

Hawaii

99.6

Big West

175

St. Francis (PA)

99.6

Northeast

176

Eastern Washington

99.6

Big Sky

177

Valparaiso

99.5

Missouri Valley

178

South Alabama

99.5

Sun Belt

179

Massachusetts

99.4

Atlantic 10

180

Nicholls St.

99.4

Southland

181

La Salle

99.3

Atlantic 10

182

North Florida

99.3

Atlantic Sun

183

Appalachian St.

99.2

Sun Belt

184

Sam Houston St.

99.0

Southland

185

Little Rock

99.0

Sun Belt

186

Montana

99.0

Big Sky

187

Old Dominion

99.0

Conference USA

188

Delaware

98.9

Colonial Athletic

189

Princeton

98.7

Ivy

190

Austin Peay

98.7

Ohio Valley

191

Florida Int’l.

98.5

Conference USA

192

Southern Illinois

98.4

Missouri Valley

193

Lafayette

98.4

Patriot

194

Sacred Heart

98.4

Northeast

195

Portland St.

98.4

Big Sky

196

Boston U

98.2

Patriot

197

UTSA

98.0

Conference USA

198

Dartmouth

97.9

Ivy

199

Omaha

97.9

Summit

200

Ohio

97.8

Mid-American

201

Abilene Christian

97.8

Southland

202

Miami (O)

97.8

Mid-American

203

Florida Atlantic

97.7

Conference USA

204

Quinnipiac

97.7

Metro Atlantic

205

Green Bay

97.6

Horizon

206

Eastern Illinois

97.6

Ohio Valley

207

UC Riverside

97.5

Big West

208

South Dakota

97.5

Summit

209

North Dakota

97.5

Summit

210

Brown

97.5

Ivy

211

San Diego

97.3

West Coast

212

Oakland

97.3

Horizon

213

Siena

97.3

Metro Atlantic

214

Monmouth

97.2

Metro Atlantic

215

Bryant

97.2

Northeast

216

Illinois St.

97.0

Missouri Valley

217

Montana St.

96.9

Big Sky

218

Seattle

96.9

Western Athletic

219

Missouri-KC

96.9

Western Athletic

220

Campbell

96.9

Big South

221

Loyola Marymount

96.9

West Coast

222

American

96.9

Patriot

223

Robert Morris

96.7

Northeast

224

Rice

96.7

Conference USA

225

Eastern Michigan

96.7

Mid-American

226

Prairie View A&M

96.7

Southwestern Athl.

227

Albany

96.6

American East

228

East Carolina

96.6

American Athletic

229

Youngstown St.

96.5

Horizon

230

Navy

96.3

Patriot

231

George Washington

96.3

Atlantic 10

232

Northern Arizona

96.3

Big Sky

233

Jacksonville St.

96.1

Ohio Valley

234

Bucknell

96.1

Patriot

235

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.1

Western Athletic

236

Iona

96.0

Metro Atlantic

237

Manhattan

95.9

Metro Atlantic

238

Canisius

95.9

Metro Atlantic

239

UC Davis

95.9

Big West

240

Gardner-Webb

95.9

Big South

241

Jacksonville

95.8

Atlantic Sun

242

Drexel

95.7

Colonial Athletic

243

Grand Canyon

95.7

Western Athletic

244

UT Rio Grande Valley

95.7

Western Athletic

245

Columbia

95.6

Ivy

246

Loyola (MD)

95.6

Patriot

247

Tennessee St.

95.6

Ohio Valley

248

Milwaukee

95.5

Horizon

249

UNC Asheville

95.5

Big South

250

Fairfield

95.5

Metro Atlantic

251

Purdue Fort Wayne

95.4

Summit

252

UMass Lowell

95.4

American East

253

Long Island

95.3

Northeast

254

Samford

95.3

Southern

255

Western Michigan

95.2

Mid-American

256

Lipscomb

95.1

Atlantic Sun

257

Portland

95.1

West Coast

258

McNeese St.

95.0

Southland

259

Arkansas St.

95.0

Sun Belt

260

Morehead St.

95.0

Ohio Valley

261

Evansville

94.9

Missouri Valley

262

Lehigh

94.9

Patriot

263

Louisiana

94.8

Sun Belt

264

Mercer

94.8

Southern

265

Saint Peter’s

94.7

Metro Atlantic

266

Saint Joseph’s

94.7

Atlantic 10

267

Louisiana Monroe

94.6

Sun Belt

268

Lamar

94.5

Southland

269

Troy

94.5

Sun Belt

270

Fordham

94.4

Atlantic 10

271

Cal St. Fullerton

94.3

Big West

272

Illinois Chicago

94.3

Horizon

273

Norfolk St.

94.3

Mideastern Athletic

274

Texas Southern

94.3

Southwestern Athl.

275

New Hampshire

94.2

American East

276

James Madison

94.2

Colonial Athletic

277

Bethune Cookman

94.2

Mideastern Athletic

278

VMI

94.1

Southern

279

North Alabama

94.1

Atlantic Sun

280

Citadel

94.1

Southern

281

Weber St.

93.9

Big Sky

282

Cal St. Northridge

93.8

Big West

283

Utah Valley

93.7

Western Athletic

284

Merrimack

93.6

Northeast

285

Idaho St.

93.5

Big Sky

286

Detroit

93.5

Horizon

287

Middle Tennessee

93.4

Conference USA

288

Grambling

93.3

Southwestern Athl.

289

Mount St. Mary’s

93.3

Northeast

290

NJIT

93.3

Atlantic Sun

291

Cornell

93.2

Ivy

292

Southern Miss.

93.2

Conference USA

293

UM Baltimore Co.

92.6

American East

294

Hartford

92.4

American East

295

UT-Martin

92.4

Ohio Valley

296

Texas A&M CC

92.2

Southland

297

Fairleigh Dickinson

92.1

Northeast

298

Niagara

92.0

Metro Atlantic

299

Wyoming

92.0

Mountain West

300

New Orleans

91.8

Southland

301

St. Francis (NY)

91.8

Northeast

302

Army

91.8

Patriot

303

Long Beach St.

91.7

Big West

304

Morgan St.

91.6

Mideastern Athletic

305

North Carolina A&T

91.5

Mideastern Athletic

306

San Jose St.

91.5

Mountain West

307

Elon

91.4

Colonial Athletic

308

Idaho

91.2

Big Sky

309

North Carolina Central

91.2

Mideastern Athletic

310

Eastern Kentucky

91.1

Ohio Valley

311

Longwood

91.0

Big South

312

Wagner

90.8

Northeast

313

Florida A&M

90.8

Mideastern Athletic

314

Cal Poly

90.7

Big West

315

Jackson St.

90.6

Southwestern Athl.

316

Central Arkansas

90.5

Southland

317

UNC Wilmington

90.5

Colonial Athletic

318

Alcorn St.

90.4

Southwestern Athl.

319

Charleston Southern

90.4

Big South

320

Cleveland St.

90.4

Horizon

321

USC Upstate

90.4

Big South

322

Stetson

90.4

Atlantic Sun

323

IUPUI

90.3

Horizon

324

Florida Gulf Coast

90.2

Atlantic Sun

325

Western Illinois

90.2

Summit

326

Hampton

90.1

Big South

327

SE Missouri

90.1

Ohio Valley

328

Southern

90.0

Southwestern Athl.

329

Coppin St.

90.0

Mideastern Athletic

330

Binghamton

89.5

American East

331

Denver

89.5

Summit

332

Alabama A&M

88.9

Southwestern Athl.

333

Presbyterian

88.9

Big South

334

South Carolina St.

88.9

Mideastern Athletic

335

Northwestern St.

88.9

Southland

336

SIU Edwardsville

88.7

Ohio Valley

337

SE Louisiana

88.7

Southland

338

Holy Cross

88.1

Patriot

339

Tennessee Tech

88.1

Ohio Valley

340

Marist

88.0

Metro Atlantic

341

Maine

87.7

American East

342

Houston Baptist

87.4

Southland

343

Alabama St.

87.3

Southwestern Athl.

344

High Point

85.9

Big South

345

Arkansas Pine Bluff

85.5

Southwestern Athl.

346

Kennesaw St.

85.2

Atlantic Sun

347

Incarnate Word

84.8

Southland

348

Howard

83.1

Mideastern Athletic

349

Delaware St.

82.4

Mideastern Athletic

350

Central Connecticut

82.3

Northeast

351

MD Eastern Shore

81.5

Mideastern Athletic

352

Mississippi Valley St.

79.0

Southwestern Athl.

353

Chicago St.

78.3

Western Athletic

Alphabetical 

 

#

Team

PiRate

Conf.

1

Abilene Christian

97.8

Southland

2

Air Force

100.8

Mountain West

3

Akron

106.6

Mid-American

4

Alabama

108.9

Southeastern

5

Alabama A&M

88.9

Southwestern Athl.

6

Alabama St.

87.3

Southwestern Athl.

7

Albany

96.6

American East

8

Alcorn St.

90.4

Southwestern Athl.

9

American

96.9

Patriot

10

Appalachian St.

99.2

Sun Belt

11

Arizona

114.7

Pac-12

12

Arizona St.

106.7

Pac-12

13

Arkansas

111.4

Southeastern

14

Arkansas Pine Bluff

85.5

Southwestern Athl.

15

Arkansas St.

95.0

Sun Belt

16

Army

91.8

Patriot

17

Auburn

114.2

Southeastern

18

Austin Peay

98.7

Ohio Valley

19

Ball St.

103.8

Mid-American

20

Baylor

115.7

Big 12

21

Belmont

106.7

Ohio Valley

22

Bethune Cookman

94.2

Mideastern Athletic

23

Binghamton

89.5

American East

24

Boise St.

104.5

Mountain West

25

Boston College

101.0

Atlantic Coast

26

Boston U

98.2

Patriot

27

Bowling Green

99.7

Mid-American

28

Bradley

104.7

Missouri Valley

29

Brown

97.5

Ivy

30

Bryant

97.2

Northeast

31

Bucknell

96.1

Patriot

32

Buffalo

100.6

Mid-American

33

Butler

115.2

Big East

34

BYU

111.9

West Coast

35

Cal Poly

90.7

Big West

36

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.1

Western Athletic

37

Cal St. Fullerton

94.3

Big West

38

Cal St. Northridge

93.8

Big West

39

California

99.7

Pac-12

40

California Baptist

99.8

Western Athletic

41

Campbell

96.9

Big South

42

Canisius

95.9

Metro Atlantic

43

Central Arkansas

90.5

Southland

44

Central Connecticut

82.3

Northeast

45

Central Florida

103.1

American Athletic

46

Central Michigan

99.9

Mid-American

47

Charleston

102.1

Colonial Athletic

48

Charleston Southern

90.4

Big South

49

Charlotte

100.0

Conference USA

50

Chattanooga

99.7

Southern

51

Chicago St.

78.3

Western Athletic

52

Cincinnati

109.7

American Athletic

53

Citadel

94.1

Southern

54

Clemson

106.5

Atlantic Coast

55

Cleveland St.

90.4

Horizon

56

Coastal Carolina

101.1

Sun Belt

57

Colgate

102.2

Patriot

58

Colorado

111.9

Pac-12

59

Colorado St.

101.7

Mountain West

60

Columbia

95.6

Ivy

61

Connecticut

106.6

American Athletic

62

Coppin St.

90.0

Mideastern Athletic

63

Cornell

93.2

Ivy

64

Creighton

110.4

Big East

65

Dartmouth

97.9

Ivy

66

Davidson

105.9

Atlantic 10

67

Dayton

115.3

Atlantic 10

68

Delaware

98.9

Colonial Athletic

69

Delaware St.

82.4

Mideastern Athletic

70

Denver

89.5

Summit

71

DePaul

106.2

Big East

72

Detroit

93.5

Horizon

73

Drake

100.8

Missouri Valley

74

Drexel

95.7

Colonial Athletic

75

Duke

121.4

Atlantic Coast

76

Duquesne

107.4

Atlantic 10

77

East Carolina

96.6

American Athletic

78

East Tennessee St.

107.8

Southern

79

Eastern Illinois

97.6

Ohio Valley

80

Eastern Kentucky

91.1

Ohio Valley

81

Eastern Michigan

96.7

Mid-American

82

Eastern Washington

99.6

Big Sky

83

Elon

91.4

Colonial Athletic

84

Evansville

94.9

Missouri Valley

85

Fairfield

95.5

Metro Atlantic

86

Fairleigh Dickinson

92.1

Northeast

87

Florida

111.7

Southeastern

88

Florida A&M

90.8

Mideastern Athletic

89

Florida Atlantic

97.7

Conference USA

90

Florida Gulf Coast

90.2

Atlantic Sun

91

Florida Int’l.

98.5

Conference USA

92

Florida St.

114.0

Atlantic Coast

93

Fordham

94.4

Atlantic 10

94

Fresno St.

102.0

Mountain West

95

Furman

106.9

Southern

96

Gardner-Webb

95.9

Big South

97

George Mason

101.3

Atlantic 10

98

George Washington

96.3

Atlantic 10

99

Georgetown

109.1

Big East

100

Georgia

106.1

Southeastern

101

Georgia Southern

101.1

Sun Belt

102

Georgia St.

104.9

Sun Belt

103

Georgia Tech

106.6

Atlantic Coast

104

Gonzaga

116.8

West Coast

105

Grambling

93.3

Southwestern Athl.

106

Grand Canyon

95.7

Western Athletic

107

Green Bay

97.6

Horizon

108

Hampton

90.1

Big South

109

Hartford

92.4

American East

110

Harvard

105.4

Ivy

111

Hawaii

99.6

Big West

112

High Point

85.9

Big South

113

Hofstra

101.8

Colonial Athletic

114

Holy Cross

88.1

Patriot

115

Houston

111.1

American Athletic

116

Houston Baptist

87.4

Southland

117

Howard

83.1

Mideastern Athletic

118

Idaho

91.2

Big Sky

119

Idaho St.

93.5

Big Sky

120

Illinois

111.4

Big Ten

121

Illinois Chicago

94.3

Horizon

122

Illinois St.

97.0

Missouri Valley

123

Incarnate Word

84.8

Southland

124

Indiana

110.7

Big Ten

125

Indiana St.

102.2

Missouri Valley

126

Iona

96.0

Metro Atlantic

127

Iowa

112.8

Big Ten

128

Iowa St.

108.8

Big 12

129

IUPUI

90.3

Horizon

130

Jackson St.

90.6

Southwestern Athl.

131

Jacksonville

95.8

Atlantic Sun

132

Jacksonville St.

96.1

Ohio Valley

133

James Madison

94.2

Colonial Athletic

134

Kansas

119.0

Big 12

135

Kansas St.

105.0

Big 12

136

Kennesaw St.

85.2

Atlantic Sun

137

Kent St.

104.7

Mid-American

138

Kentucky

113.0

Southeastern

139

La Salle

99.3

Atlantic 10

140

Lafayette

98.4

Patriot

141

Lamar

94.5

Southland

142

Lehigh

94.9

Patriot

143

Liberty

108.5

Atlantic Sun

144

Lipscomb

95.1

Atlantic Sun

145

Little Rock

99.0

Sun Belt

146

Long Beach St.

91.7

Big West

147

Long Island

95.3

Northeast

148

Longwood

91.0

Big South

149

Louisiana

94.8

Sun Belt

150

Louisiana Monroe

94.6

Sun Belt

151

Louisiana Tech

107.3

Conference USA

152

Louisville

114.9

Atlantic Coast

153

Loyola (Chi.)

104.4

Missouri Valley

154

Loyola Marymount

96.9

West Coast

155

Loyola (MD)

95.6

Patriot

156

LSU

111.7

Southeastern

157

Maine

87.7

American East

158

Manhattan

95.9

Metro Atlantic

159

Marist

88.0

Metro Atlantic

160

Marquette

111.0

Big East

161

Marshall

101.2

Conference USA

162

Maryland

114.7

Big Ten

163

Massachusetts

99.4

Atlantic 10

164

McNeese St.

95.0

Southland

165

MD Eastern Shore

81.5

Mideastern Athletic

166

Memphis

110.9

American Athletic

167

Mercer

94.8

Southern

168

Merrimack

93.6

Northeast

169

Miami (Fla.)

105.8

Atlantic Coast

170

Miami (O)

97.8

Mid-American

171

Michigan

112.5

Big Ten

172

Michigan St.

117.4

Big Ten

173

Middle Tennessee

93.4

Conference USA

174

Milwaukee

95.5

Horizon

175

Minnesota

110.6

Big Ten

176

Mississippi

104.5

Southeastern

177

Mississippi St.

108.3

Southeastern

178

Mississippi Valley St.

79.0

Southwestern Athl.

179

Missouri

109.0

Southeastern

180

Missouri-KC

96.9

Western Athletic

181

Missouri St.

100.7

Missouri Valley

182

Monmouth

97.2

Metro Atlantic

183

Montana

99.0

Big Sky

184

Montana St.

96.9

Big Sky

185

Morehead St.

95.0

Ohio Valley

186

Morgan St.

91.6

Mideastern Athletic

187

Mount St. Mary’s

93.3

Northeast

188

Murray St.

102.7

Ohio Valley

189

Navy

96.3

Patriot

190

Nebraska

102.3

Big Ten

191

Nevada

105.2

Mountain West

192

New Hampshire

94.2

American East

193

New Mexico

104.8

Mountain West

194

New Mexico St.

105.1

Western Athletic

195

New Orleans

91.8

Southland

196

Niagara

92.0

Metro Atlantic

197

Nicholls St.

99.4

Southland

198

NJIT

93.3

Atlantic Sun

199

Norfolk St.

94.3

Mideastern Athletic

200

North Alabama

94.1

Atlantic Sun

201

North Carolina

106.9

Atlantic Coast

202

North Carolina A&T

91.5

Mideastern Athletic

203

North Carolina Central

91.2

Mideastern Athletic

204

North Carolina St.

109.6

Atlantic Coast

205

North Dakota

97.5

Summit

206

North Dakota St.

101.6

Summit

207

North Florida

99.3

Atlantic Sun

208

North Texas

104.0

Conference USA

209

Northeastern

102.0

Colonial Athletic

210

Northern Arizona

96.3

Big Sky

211

Northern Colorado

103.5

Big Sky

212

Northern Illinois

99.7

Mid-American

213

Northern Iowa

107.3

Missouri Valley

214

Northern Kentucky

102.6

Horizon

215

Northwestern

103.6

Big Ten

216

Northwestern St.

88.9

Southland

217

Notre Dame

108.2

Atlantic Coast

218

Oakland

97.3

Horizon

219

Ohio

97.8

Mid-American

220

Ohio St.

115.4

Big Ten

221

Oklahoma

108.9

Big 12

222

Oklahoma St.

107.9

Big 12

223

Old Dominion

99.0

Conference USA

224

Omaha

97.9

Summit

225

Oral Roberts

101.0

Summit

226

Oregon

113.7

Pac-12

227

Oregon St.

108.1

Pac-12

228

Pacific

100.6

West Coast

229

Penn

102.0

Ivy

230

Penn St.

111.3

Big Ten

231

Pepperdine

100.8

West Coast

232

Pittsburgh

106.3

Atlantic Coast

233

Portland

95.1

West Coast

234

Portland St.

98.4

Big Sky

235

Prairie View A&M

96.7

Southwestern Athl.

236

Presbyterian

88.9

Big South

237

Princeton

98.7

Ivy

238

Providence

107.1

Big East

239

Purdue

113.1

Big Ten

240

Purdue Fort Wayne

95.4

Summit

241

Quinnipiac

97.7

Metro Atlantic

242

Radford

102.0

Big South

243

Rhode Island

107.3

Atlantic 10

244

Rice

96.7

Conference USA

245

Richmond

106.9

Atlantic 10

246

Rider

99.7

Metro Atlantic

247

Robert Morris

96.7

Northeast

248

Rutgers

110.9

Big Ten

249

Sacramento St.

99.7

Big Sky

250

Sacred Heart

98.4

Northeast

251

Saint Joseph’s

94.7

Atlantic 10

252

Saint Louis

104.3

Atlantic 10

253

Saint Mary’s

110.4

West Coast

254

Saint Peter’s

94.7

Metro Atlantic

255

Sam Houston St.

99.0

Southland

256

Samford

95.3

Southern

257

San Diego

97.3

West Coast

258

San Diego St.

113.6

Mountain West

259

San Francisco

105.1

West Coast

260

San Jose St.

91.5

Mountain West

261

Santa Clara

101.9

West Coast

262

SE Louisiana

88.7

Southland

263

SE Missouri

90.1

Ohio Valley

264

Seattle

96.9

Western Athletic

265

Seton Hall

113.9

Big East

266

Siena

97.3

Metro Atlantic

267

SIU Edwardsville

88.7

Ohio Valley

268

SMU

106.1

American Athletic

269

South Alabama

99.5

Sun Belt

270

South Carolina

103.9

Southeastern

271

South Carolina St.

88.9

Mideastern Athletic

272

South Dakota

97.5

Summit

273

South Dakota St.

101.3

Summit

274

South Florida

102.8

American Athletic

275

Southern

90.0

Southwestern Athl.

276

Southern Illinois

98.4

Missouri Valley

277

Southern Miss.

93.2

Conference USA

278

Southern Utah

101.2

Big Sky

279

St. Bonaventure

103.2

Atlantic 10

280

St. Francis (NY)

91.8

Northeast

281

St. Francis (PA)

99.6

Northeast

282

St. John’s

106.7

Big East

283

Stanford

109.1

Pac-12

284

Stephen F. Austin

102.2

Southland

285

Stetson

90.4

Atlantic Sun

286

Stony Brook

103.1

American East

287

Syracuse

107.8

Atlantic Coast

288

TCU

108.7

Big 12

289

Temple

106.2

American Athletic

290

Tennessee

109.0

Southeastern

291

Tennessee St.

95.6

Ohio Valley

292

Tennessee Tech

88.1

Ohio Valley

293

Texas

107.4

Big 12

294

Texas A&M

101.3

Southeastern

295

Texas A&M CC

92.2

Southland

296

Texas Southern

94.3

Southwestern Athl.

297

Texas St.

102.7

Sun Belt

298

Texas Tech

111.6

Big 12

299

Toledo

103.9

Mid-American

300

Towson

100.2

Colonial Athletic

301

Troy

94.5

Sun Belt

302

Tulane

101.5

American Athletic

303

Tulsa

103.2

American Athletic

304

UAB

100.0

Conference USA

305

UC Davis

95.9

Big West

306

UC Irvine

103.3

Big West

307

UC Riverside

97.5

Big West

308

UC Santa Barbara

100.9

Big West

309

UCLA

102.5

Pac-12

310

UM Baltimore Co.

92.6

American East

311

UMass Lowell

95.4

American East

312

UNC Asheville

95.5

Big South

313

UNC Greensboro

107.1

Southern

314

UNC Wilmington

90.5

Colonial Athletic

315

UNLV

101.9

Mountain West

316

USC

107.2

Pac-12

317

USC Upstate

90.4

Big South

318

UT Arlington

101.2

Southland

319

UT Rio Grande Valley

95.7

Western Athletic

320

UT-Martin

92.4

Ohio Valley

321

Utah

103.9

Pac-12

322

Utah St.

108.6

Mountain West

323

Utah Valley

93.7

Western Athletic

324

UTEP

100.6

Conference USA

325

UTSA

98.0

Conference USA

326

Valparaiso

99.5

Missouri Valley

327

Vanderbilt

101.4

Southeastern

328

VCU

109.5

Atlantic 10

329

Vermont

107.2

American East

330

Villanova

112.3

Big East

331

Virginia

109.3

Atlantic Coast

332

Virginia Tech

108.5

Atlantic Coast

333

VMI

94.1

Southern

334

Wagner

90.8

Northeast

335

Wake Forest

103.9

Atlantic Coast

336

Washington

108.7

Pac-12

337

Washington St.

101.5

Pac-12

338

Weber St.

93.9

Big Sky

339

West Virginia

114.2

Big 12

340

Western Carolina

100.9

Southern

341

Western Illinois

90.2

Summit

342

Western Kentucky

104.3

Conference USA

343

Western Michigan

95.2

Mid-American

344

Wichita St.

111.3

Big East

345

William & Mary

101.2

Colonial Athletic

346

Winthrop

101.5

Big South

347

Wisconsin

112.1

Big Ten

348

Wofford

101.8

Southern

349

Wright St.

103.5

Horizon

350

Wyoming

92.0

Mountain West

351

Xavier

109.1

Big East

352

Yale

108.1

Ivy

353

Youngstown St.

96.5

Horizon

 

PiRate Rating By Conference

 

#

American Athletic

PiRate

1

Houston

111.1

2

Memphis

110.9

3

Cincinnati

109.7

4

Connecticut

106.6

5

Temple

106.2

6

SMU

106.1

7

Tulsa

103.2

8

Central Florida

103.1

9

South Florida

102.8

10

Tulane

101.5

11

East Carolina

96.6

Avg

American Athletic

105.2

 

 

#

American East

PiRate

1

Vermont

107.2

2

Stony Brook

103.1

3

Albany

96.6

4

UMass Lowell

95.4

5

New Hampshire

94.2

6

UM Baltimore Co.

92.6

7

Hartford

92.4

8

Binghamton

89.5

9

Maine

87.7

Avg

American East

95.4

 

 

#

Atlantic 10

PiRate

1

Dayton

115.3

2

VCU

109.5

3

Duquesne

107.4

4

Rhode Island

107.3

5

Richmond

106.9

6

Davidson

105.9

7

Saint Louis

104.3

8

St. Bonaventure

103.2

9

George Mason

101.3

10

Massachusetts

99.4

11

La Salle

99.3

12

George Washington

96.3

13

Saint Joseph’s

94.7

14

Fordham

94.4

Avg.

Atlantic 10

103.2

 

 

#

Atlantic Coast

PiRate

1

Duke

121.4

2

Louisville

114.9

3

Florida St.

114.0

4

North Carolina St.

109.6

5

Virginia

109.3

6

Virginia Tech

108.5

7

Notre Dame

108.2

8

Syracuse

107.8

9

North Carolina

106.9

10

Georgia Tech

106.6

11

Clemson

106.5

12

Pittsburgh

106.3

13

Miami (Fla.)

105.8

14

Wake Forest

103.9

15

Boston College

101.0

Avg

Atlantic Coast

108.7

 

 

#

Atlantic Sun

PiRate

1

Liberty

108.5

2

North Florida

99.3

3

Jacksonville

95.8

4

Lipscomb

95.1

5

North Alabama

94.1

6

NJIT

93.3

7

Stetson

90.4

8

Florida Gulf Coast

90.2

9

Kennesaw St.

85.2

Avg

Atlantic Sun

94.6

 

 

#

Big 12

PiRate

1

Kansas

119.0

2

Baylor

115.7

3

West Virginia

114.2

4

Texas Tech

111.6

5

Oklahoma

108.9

6

Iowa St.

108.8

7

TCU

108.7

8

Oklahoma St.

107.9

9

Texas

107.4

10

Kansas St.

105.0

Avg

Big 12

110.7

 

 

#

Big East

PiRate

1

Butler

115.2

2

Seton Hall

113.9

3

Villanova

112.3

4

Wichita St.

111.3

5

Marquette

111.0

6

Creighton

110.4

7

Georgetown

109.1

8

Xavier

109.1

9

Providence

107.1

10

St. John’s

106.7

11

DePaul

106.2

Avg

Big East

110.2

 

 

#

Big Sky

PiRate

1

Northern Colorado

103.5

2

Southern Utah

101.2

3

Sacramento St.

99.7

4

Eastern Washington

99.6

5

Montana

99.0

6

Portland St.

98.4

7

Montana St.

96.9

8

Northern Arizona

96.3

9

Weber St.

93.9

10

Idaho St.

93.5

11

Idaho

91.2

#

Big Sky

97.6

 

 

#

Big South

PiRate

1

Radford

102.0

2

Winthrop

101.5

3

Campbell

96.9

4

Gardner-Webb

95.9

5

UNC Asheville

95.5

6

Longwood

91.0

7

Charleston Southern

90.4

8

USC Upstate

90.4

9

Hampton

90.1

10

Presbyterian

88.9

11

High Point

85.9

Avg

Big South

93.5

 

 

#

Big Ten

PiRate

1

Michigan St.

117.4

2

Ohio St.

115.4

3

Maryland

114.7

4

Purdue

113.1

5

Iowa

112.8

6

Michigan

112.5

7

Wisconsin

112.1

8

Illinois

111.4

9

Penn St.

111.3

10

Rutgers

110.9

11

Indiana

110.7

12

Minnesota

110.6

13

Northwestern

103.6

14

Nebraska

102.3

Avg

Big Ten

111.3

 

 

#

Big West

PiRate

1

UC Irvine

103.3

2

UC Santa Barbara

100.9

3

Hawaii

99.6

4

UC Riverside

97.5

5

UC Davis

95.9

6

Cal St. Fullerton

94.3

7

Cal St. Northridge

93.8

8

Long Beach St.

91.7

9

Cal Poly

90.7

Avg

Big West

96.4

 

 

#

Colonial Athletic

PiRate

1

Charleston

102.1

2

Northeastern

102.0

3

Hofstra

101.8

4

William & Mary

101.2

5

Towson

100.2

6

Delaware

98.9

7

Drexel

95.7

8

James Madison

94.2

9

Elon

91.4

10

UNC Wilmington

90.5

Avg

Colonial Athletic

97.8

 

 

#

Conference USA

PiRate

1

Louisiana Tech

107.3

2

Western Kentucky

104.3

3

North Texas

104.0

4

Marshall

101.2

5

UTEP

100.6

6

Charlotte

100.0

7

UAB

100.0

8

Old Dominion

99.0

9

Florida Int’l.

98.5

10

UTSA

98.0

11

Florida Atlantic

97.7

12

Rice

96.7

13

Middle Tennessee

93.4

14

Southern Miss.

93.2

Avg

Conference USA

99.6

 

 

#

Horizon

PiRate

1

Wright St.

103.5

2

Northern Kentucky

102.6

3

Green Bay

97.6

4

Oakland

97.3

5

Youngstown St.

96.5

6

Milwaukee

95.5

7

Illinois Chicago

94.3

8

Detroit

93.5

9

Cleveland St.

90.4

10

IUPUI

90.3

Avg

Horizon

96.2

 

 

#

Ivy

PiRate

1

Yale

108.1

2

Harvard

105.4

3

Penn

102.0

4

Princeton

98.7

5

Dartmouth

97.9

6

Brown

97.5

7

Columbia

95.6

8

Cornell

93.2

Avg

Ivy

99.8

 

 

#

Metro Atlantic

PiRate

1

Rider

99.7

2

Quinnipiac

97.7

3

Siena

97.3

4

Monmouth

97.2

5

Iona

96.0

6

Manhattan

95.9

7

Canisius

95.9

8

Fairfield

95.5

9

Saint Peter’s

94.7

10

Niagara

92.0

11

Marist

88.0

Avg

Metro Atlantic

95.4

 

 

#

Mid-American

PiRate

1

Akron

106.6

2

Kent St.

104.7

3

Toledo

103.9

4

Ball St.

103.8

5

Buffalo

100.6

6

Central Michigan

99.9

7

Northern Illinois

99.7

8

Bowling Green

99.7

9

Ohio

97.8

10

Miami (O)

97.8

11

Eastern Michigan

96.7

12

Western Michigan

95.2

Avg

Mid-American

100.5

 

 

#

Mideastern Athletic

PiRate

1

Norfolk St.

94.3

2

Bethune Cookman

94.2

3

Morgan St.

91.6

4

North Carolina A&T

91.5

5

North Carolina Central

91.2

6

Florida A&M

90.8

7

Coppin St.

90.0

8

South Carolina St.

88.9

9

Howard

83.1

10

Delaware St.

82.4

11

MD Eastern Shore

81.5

Avg

Mideastern Athletic

89.0

 

 

#

Missouri Valley

PiRate

1

Northern Iowa

107.3

2

Bradley

104.7

3

Loyola (Chi.)

104.4

4

Indiana St.

102.2

5

Drake

100.8

6

Missouri St.

100.7

7

Valparaiso

99.5

8

Southern Illinois

98.4

9

Illinois St.

97.0

10

Evansville

94.9

Avg

Missouri Valley

101.0

 

 

#

Mountain West

PiRate

1

San Diego St.

113.6

2

Utah St.

108.6

3

Nevada

105.2

4

New Mexico

104.8

5

Boise St.

104.5

6

Fresno St.

102.0

7

UNLV

101.9

8

Colorado St.

101.7

9

Air Force

100.8

10

Wyoming

92.0

11

San Jose St.

91.5

Avg

Mountain West

102.4

 

 

#

Northeast

PiRate

1

St. Francis (PA)

99.6

2

Sacred Heart

98.4

3

Bryant

97.2

4

Robert Morris

96.7

5

Long Island

95.3

6

Merrimack

93.6

7

Mount St. Mary’s

93.3

8

Fairleigh Dickinson

92.1

9

St. Francis (NY)

91.8

10

Wagner

90.8

11

Central Connecticut

82.3

Avg

Northeast

93.7

 

 

#

Ohio Valley

PiRate

1

Belmont

106.7

2

Murray St.

102.7

3

Austin Peay

98.7

4

Eastern Illinois

97.6

5

Jacksonville St.

96.1

6

Tennessee St.

95.6

7

Morehead St.

95.0

8

UT-Martin

92.4

9

Eastern Kentucky

91.1

10

SE Missouri

90.1

11

SIU Edwardsville

88.7

12

Tennessee Tech

88.1

Avg

Ohio Valley

95.2

 

 

#

Pac-12

PiRate

1

Arizona

114.7

2

Oregon

113.7

3

Colorado

111.9

4

Stanford

109.1

5

Washington

108.7

6

Oregon St.

108.1

7

USC

107.2

8

Arizona St.

106.7

9

Utah

103.9

10

UCLA

102.5

11

Washington St.

101.5

12

California

99.7

Avg

Pac-12

107.3

 

 

#

Patriot

PiRate

1

Colgate

102.2

2

Lafayette

98.4

3

Boston U

98.2

4

American

96.9

5

Navy

96.3

6

Bucknell

96.1

7

Loyola (MD)

95.6

8

Lehigh

94.9

9

Army

91.8

10

Holy Cross

88.1

Avg

Patriot

95.9

 

 

#

Southeastern

PiRate

1

Auburn

114.2

2

Kentucky

113.0

3

LSU

111.7

4

Florida

111.7

5

Arkansas

111.4

6

Tennessee

109.0

7

Missouri

109.0

8

Alabama

108.9

9

Mississippi St.

108.3

10

Georgia

106.1

11

Mississippi

104.5

12

South Carolina

103.9

13

Vanderbilt

101.4

14

Texas A&M

101.3

Avg

Southeastern

108.2

 

 

#

Southern

PiRate

1

East Tennessee St.

107.8

2

UNC Greensboro

107.1

3

Furman

106.9

4

Wofford

101.8

5

Western Carolina

100.9

6

Chattanooga

99.7

7

Samford

95.3

8

Mercer

94.8

9

VMI

94.1

10

Citadel

94.1

Avg

Southern

100.2

 

 

#

Southland

PiRate

1

Stephen F. Austin

102.2

2

UT Arlington

101.2

3

Nicholls St.

99.4

4

Sam Houston St.

99.0

5

Abilene Christian

97.8

6

McNeese St.

95.0

7

Lamar

94.5

8

Texas A&M CC

92.2

9

New Orleans

91.8

10

Central Arkansas

90.5

11

Northwestern St.

88.9

12

SE Louisiana

88.7

13

Houston Baptist

87.4

14

Incarnate Word

84.8

Avg

Southland

93.8

 

 

#

Southwestern Athletic

PiRate

1

Prairie View A&M

96.7

2

Texas Southern

94.3

3

Grambling

93.3

4

Jackson St.

90.6

5

Alcorn St.

90.4

6

Southern

90.0

7

Alabama A&M

88.9

8

Alabama St.

87.3

9

Arkansas Pine Bluff

85.5

10

Mississippi Valley St.

79.0

Avg

Southwestern Athletic

89.6

 

 

#

Summit

PiRate

1

North Dakota St.

101.6

2

South Dakota St.

101.3

3

Oral Roberts

101.0

4

Omaha

97.9

5

South Dakota

97.5

6

North Dakota

97.5

7

Purdue Fort Wayne

95.4

8

Western Illinois

90.2

9

Denver

89.5

Avg

Summit

96.9

 

 

#

Sun Belt

PiRate

1

Georgia St.

104.9

2

Texas St.

102.7

3

Georgia Southern

101.1

4

Coastal Carolina

101.1

5

South Alabama

99.5

6

Appalachian St.

99.2

7

Little Rock

99.0

8

Arkansas St.

95.0

9

Louisiana

94.8

10

Louisiana Monroe

94.6

11

Troy

94.5

Avg

Sun Belt

98.8

 

 

#

West Coast

PiRate

1

Gonzaga

116.8

2

BYU

111.9

3

Saint Mary’s

110.4

4

San Francisco

105.1

5

Santa Clara

101.9

6

Pepperdine

100.8

7

Pacific

100.6

8

San Diego

97.3

9

Loyola Marymount

96.9

10

Portland

95.1

Avg

West Coast

103.7

 

 

#

Western Athletic

PiRate

1

New Mexico St.

105.1

2

California Baptist

99.8

3

Seattle

96.9

4

Missouri-KC

96.9

5

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.1

6

Grand Canyon

95.7

7

UT Rio Grande Valley

95.7

8

Utah Valley

93.7

9

Chicago St.

78.3

Avg

Western Athletic

95.4

 

Conference Ratings

 

#

Conference

PiRate

1

Big Ten

111.3

2

Big 12

110.7

3

Big East

110.2

4

Atlantic Coast

108.7

5

Southeastern

108.2

6

Pac-12

107.3

7

American Athletic

105.2

8

West Coast

103.7

9

Atlantic 10

103.2

10

Mountain West

102.4

11

Missouri Valley

101.0

12

Mid-American

100.5

13

Southern

100.2

14

Ivy

99.8

15

Conference USA

99.6

16

Sun Belt

98.8

17

Colonial Athletic

97.8

18

Big Sky

97.6

19

Summit

96.9

20

Big West

96.4

21

Horizon

96.2

22

Patriot

95.9

23

Metro Atlantic

95.4

24

American East

95.4

25

Western Athletic

95.4

26

Ohio Valley

95.2

27

Atlantic Sun

94.6

28

Southland

93.8

29

Northeast

93.7

30

Big South

93.5

31

Southwestern Athletic

89.6

32

Mideastern Athletic

89.0

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 3, 2018

PiRate Ratings Conference Tournament Update–March 3, 2018

As the first week of Championship Fortnight nears its conclusion, there have been few surprises so far.  However, in one league, the top two seeds were eliminated by teams at the bottom of the conference.  In the Metro Atlantic, top-seed Rider fell to 9-seed St. Peter’s, and 2-seed Canisius lost to 7-seed Quinnipiac.  Of course, the MAAC is a one-bid league, so if your favorite team is holding on for dear life on the bubble, this did nothing to affect its bursting.

The Big Ten Conference Tournament took an interesting twist yesterday.  Nebraska failed to show up against a Michigan squad cranking on all cylinders.  The loss certainly bursts the Cornhuskers’ bubble.  Just a little while later, Penn State replaced Nebraska among the hopeful teams trying to sneak into the dance through the side door.  The Nittany Lions made it a triple sweep over Ohio State to move into today’s semifinals.  If Penn St. drops Purdue today, then the Lions move squarely onto the bubble, and they would also be one win away from an automatic bid, which would obviously then burst another team’s bubble, such as Kansas St., Louisville, or Alabama.

The 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Field will see its first invitation handed out tonight in Evansville, Indiana, when #1-seed Murray State faces #2-seed Belmont in the Ohio Valley Conference Championship.  These two teams have been the Yankees and Red Sox of the league, and either one would be a formidable underdog in the first round of the Big Dance.  Murray State has multiple first round wins in its history, while Belmont has come very close a couple of times, including a one-point loss to Duke.

Here’s a look at yesterday’s conference tournament action.

Big South

Radford 61 Winthrop 52
Liberty 69 UNC-Asheville 64
Championship–March 4
Time Home Visitors TV
1:00 PM #2 Radford #5 Liberty ESPN

Big Ten

Michigan St. 63 Wisconsin 60
Michigan 77 Nebraska 58
Penn St. 69 Ohio St. 68
Purdue 82 Rutgers 75
Semifinals–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
2:00 PM #1 Michigan St. #5 Michigan CBS
4:30 PM #3 Purdue #7 Penn St. CBS
       
Championship–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
4:30 PM     CBS

 

Horizon League

Green Bay 93 Detroit 81
Cleveland St. 72 Youngstown St. 71
Quarterfinals–March 3
5:30 PM #2 Wright St. #7 Green Bay ESPN3
8:00 PM #1 Northern Kentucky #8 Cleveland St. ESPN3
       
       
Quarterfinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:00 PM #3 UIC #6 Milwaukee ESPN3
7:30 PM #4 Oakland #5 IUPUI ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM NKU/CSU/YSU Oakland or IUPUI ESPNU
9:30 PM Wright St./GB/Det UIC or Milwaukee ESPNU
       
Championship–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM     TBA

Metro Atlantic

St. Peter’s 66 Rider 55
Quinnipiac 72 Canisius 69
Quarterfinals–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM #3 Niagara #6 Fairfield ESPN3
9:30 PM #4 Iona #5 Manhattan ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM Iona or Manhattan #9 St. Peter’s ESPN3
9:30 PM Niagara or Fairfield #7 Quinnipiac ESPN3
       
Championship–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM     TBA

Missouri Valley

Loyola (Chi.) 54 Northern Iowa 50
Bradley 63 Drake 61
Southern Illinois 67 Missouri St. 63
Illinois St. 77 Indiana St. 70
Semifinals–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
2:30 PM #1 Loyola (Chi.) #5 Bradley CBSSN
5:00 PM #2 Southern Illinois #3 Illinois St. CBSSN
       
Championship–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
1:00 PM     CBS

Ohio Valley

Murray St. 70 Jacksonville St. 63
Belmont 94 Austin Peay 79
Championship–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM #1 Murray St. #2 Belmont ESPN2

Southern Conference

Citadel 78 VMI 70
Chattanooga 89 Samford 79
Quarterfinals–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 UNC-Greensboro #8 The Citadel ESPN3
2:30 PM #4 Mercer #5 Wofford ESPN3
6:00 PM #2 East Tennessee St. #10 Chattanooga ESPN3
8:30 PM #3 Furman #6 Western Carolina ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
4:00 PM UNCG/Cit Mercer or Wofford ESPN3
6:30 PM ETSU//Chatt Furman or WCU ESPN3
       
Championship–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
9:00 PM     ESPN2

West Coast Conference

Loyola Marymount 78 Portland 72
Pepperdine 85 Santa Clara 69
Quarterfinals–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
1:00 PM #3 BYU #6 San Diego NBCSN
3:00 PM #4 San Francisco #5 Pacific NBCSN
7:00 PM #1 Gonzaga #8 Loyola Marymount ESPN2
9:00 PM #2 Saint Mary’s #10 Pepperdine ESPN2
       
Semifinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM Gonzaga/LMU USF or Pacific ESPN
8:00 PM SMU/Pepperdine BYU or USD ESPN2
       
Championship–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM     ESPN

Conference Tournaments Resuming Today

Northeast Conference

Semifinals–March 3
Time Home Team Visitors TV
12:00 PM #1 Wagner #7 Robert Morris ESPN3
2:00 PM #4 Long Island #6 Fairleigh-Dickinson ESPN3
       
Championship–March 6
Time Home Team Visitors TV
7:00 PM Higher Seed Lower Seed ESPN2

 

Conference Tournaments Beginning Today

Colonial Athletic Association Tournament
North Charleston, SC
All Times EST
       
First Round–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
4:00 PM #8 Drexel #9 James Madison CAA TV
6:30 PM #7 Delaware #10 Elon CAA TV
       
Quarterfinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 College of Charleston Drexel or JMU CAA TV
2:30 PM #4 William & Mary #5 Towson CAA TV
6:00 PM #2 Northeastern Delaware or Elon CAA TV
8:30 PM #3 Hofstra #6 UNC-Wilmington CAA TV
       
Semifinals–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM CofC/Drex/JMU W&M or Towson CBSSN
8:30 PM NE/Del/Elon Hofstra or UNCW CBSSN
       
Championship–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM     CBSSN
Summit League Tournament
Sioux Falls, MS
All Times CST
       
Quarterfinals–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #1 South Dakota St. #8 Western Illinois ESPN3
8:30 PM #2 South Dakota #7 Omaha ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #4 Fort Wayne #5 North Dakota St. ESPN3
8:30 PM #3 Denver #6 Oral Roberts ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM SDSU or WIU Ft.Wayne or NDSU ESPN3
8:30 PM USD or Omaha Denver or ORU ESPN3
       
Championship–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
8:00 PM     ESPN2

Today’s PiRate Ratings Spreads for Power Conferences and Conference Tournaments

Home Team Visitor Spread
DePaul Xavier -6.6
Texas West Virginia -1.1
Florida Kentucky 3.2
Georgia Tech Wake Forest 1.6
Miami (Fla.) Virginia Tech 3.4
Providence St. John’s 3.3
LSU Mississippi St. 1.7
Syracuse Clemson -0.2
Florida St. Boston College 7.7
Texas A&M Alabama 5.9
Kansas St. Baylor 1.7
Fordham VCU -3.7
St. Joseph’s LaSalle 4.9
Arizona St. Stanford 8.1
Marquette Creighton -0.2
Dayton George Washington 4.6
Auburn South Carolina 7.6
Virginia Notre Dame 12.2
Oklahoma St. Kansas -4.0
Texas Tech TCU 6.1
Washington Oregon 0.5
Villanova Georgetown 17.9
Tennessee Georgia 9.9
North Carolina St. Louisville 1.3
Missouri Arkansas 2.7
Arizona California 18.2
Washington St. Oregon St. -2.3
Middle Tennessee Marshall 11.3
Utah Colorado 7.4
George Mason Richmond 2.3
Boise St. Wyoming 10.0
Seton Hall Butler 2.1
Massachusetts Duquesne 1.9
St. Louis St. Bonaventure 0.2
UT Rio Grande Valley New Mexico St. -11.2
Duke North Carolina 6.5
Ole Miss Vanderbilt 2.9
San Diego St. Nevada -0.9
USC UCLA 4.7
UMBC UMass-Lowell 9.2
Hartford New Hampshire 6.1
Vermont Maine 23.4
Albany Stony Brook 8.9
Drexel James Madison -0.9
Delaware Elon 0.1
South Dakota St. Western Illinois 15.2
South Dakota Omaha 15.1
Michigan St. Michigan 4.1
Purdue Penn St. 6.5
Wright St. Green Bay 7.6
Northern Kentucky Cleveland St. 14.8
Niagara Fairfield 1.2
Iona Manhattan 4.7
Loyola (Chi.) Bradley 7.0
Southern Illinois Illinois St. 0.7
Wagner Robert Morris 8.8
Long Island Fairleigh-Dickinson 3.9
Murray St. Belmont 1.4
UNC-Greensboro The Citadel 16.1
Mercer Wofford 2.3
East Tennessee St. Chattanooga 13.6
Furman Western Carolina 13.4
BYU San Diego 4.3
San Francisco Pacific 1.6
Gonzaga Loyola Marymount 20.7
Saint Mary’s Pepperdine 18.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2, 2018

PiRate Ratings Conference Tournament Update–March 2, 2018

Championship Fortnight is now in full force, as in just a little over 24 hours from this writing, the first automatic bid to the Big Dance will be awarded.  That bid will go to the winner of the Ohio Valley Conference, which is now down to four teams.  Murray State and Belmont have yet to play in the tournament, as the top two seeds receive byes to the semifinals.  It will be a major surprise if Austin Peay or Jacksonville St. steal this bid, as both Murray and Belmont have the talent to win an opening round game in the NCAA Tournament.

Here’s a look at Thursday’s exciting conference tournament action.  A lot of games came down to the last minute.

Atlantic Sun Semifinals

Florida Gulf Coast   95     North Florida   72

Lipscomb   77                     Jacksonville   62

Championship–March 4
Time Home Visitors TV
3:00 PM #1 Florida Gulf Coast #2 Lipscomb ESPN

 

Big South Quarterfinals

Radford   59               Longwood   53

Winthrop   72            Gardner-Webb   68

UNC-Asheville   71   Charleston Southern   66

Liberty   73                  Campbell   59

Semifinals–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #2 Radford #3 Winthrop ESPN3
8:30 PM #1 UNC-Asheville #5 Liberty ESPN3
       
Championship–March 4
Time Home Visitors TV
1:00 PM Higher Seed Lower Seed ESPN

 

Big Ten Second Round

Wisconsin   59   Maryland 54

Michigan   77     Iowa   71   ot

Penn St.   65       Northwestern   57

Rutgers   76        Indiana   69

Quarterfinals–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 Michigan St. #9 Wisconsin Big Ten
2:15 PM #4 Nebraska #5 Michigan Big Ten
6:30 PM #2 Ohio St. #7 Penn St. Big Ten
8:45 PM #3 Purdue #14 Rutgers Big Ten
       
Semifinals–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
2:00 PM Michigan St. or Wisconsin Nebraska or Michigan CBS
4:30 PM Ohio St. or Penn St. Purdue or Rutgers CBS
       
Championship–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
4:30 PM     CBS

 

Metro Atlantic First Round

St. Peter’s   60      Monmouth   58

Quinnipiac   67    Siena   58

Fairfield   71        Marist   57

Quarterfinals–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM #1 Rider #9 St. Peter’s ESPN3
9:30 PM #2 Canisius #7 Quinnipiac ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM #3 Niagara #6 Fairfield ESPN3
9:30 PM #4 Iona #5 Manhattan ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM Rider or St. Peter’s Iona or Manhattan ESPN3
9:30 PM Canisius or Quinnipiac Niagara or Fairfield ESPN3
       
Championship–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM     TBA

 

Missouri Valley First Round

Northern Iowa   60    Evansville   50

Missouri St.   83          Valparaiso   79

Quarterfinals–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 Loyola (Chi.) #9 Northern Iowa ESPN3
2:30 PM #4 Drake #5 Bradley ESPN3
6:00 PM #2 Southern Illinois #7 Missouri St. ESPN3
8:30 PM #3 Illinois St. #6 Indiana St. ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
2:30 PM Loyola/Evans/UNI Drake or Bradley CBSSN
5:00 PM SIU/MSU/Valpo Ill St. or Ind St. CBSSN
       
Championship–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
1:00 PM     CBS

 

Ohio Valley Quarterfinals

Jacksonville St.   73     Tennessee Tech   70

Austin Peay   73           Eastern Illinois   66

Semifinals–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM #1 Murray St. #4 Jacksonville St. ESPNU
9:30 PM #2 Belmont #3 Austin Peay ESPNU
       
Championship–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM     ESPN2

 

Patriot League Quarterfinals

Bucknell   83        Loyola (MD)   78

Boston U   88        Lehigh   82

Colgate   76           Lafayette   54

Holy Cross   81     Navy   65

Semifinals–March 4
Time Home Visitors TV
12:00 PM #2 Colgate #6 Holy Cross CBSSN
2:00 PM #1 Bucknell #5 Boston U CBSSN
       
Championship–March 7
Time Home Visitors TV
7:30 PM     CBSSN

 

 


Conference Tournaments Beginning Today

Horizon League Tournament
Detroit (Motor City Madness)
All Times EST
       
First Round–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:30 PM #7 Green Bay #10 Detroit ESPN3
8:00 PM #8 Cleveland St. #9 Youngstown St. ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 3
5:30 PM #2 Wright St. GB or Detroit ESPN3
8:00 PM #1 Northern Kentucky Clev St or Youngs St. ESPN3
       
       
Quarterfinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:00 PM #3 UIC #6 Milwaukee ESPN3
7:30 PM #4 Oakland #5 IUPUI ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM NKU/CSU/YSU Oakland or IUPUI ESPNU
9:30 PM Wright St./GB/Det UIC or Milwaukee ESPNU
       
Championship–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM     TBA

 

Southern Conference Tournament
Asheville, NC
All Times EST
       
First Round–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:00 PM #8 The Citadel #9 VMI ESPN3
7:30 PM #7 Samford #10 Chattanooga ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 UNC-Greensboro Citadel or VMI ESPN3
2:30 PM #4 Mercer #5 Wofford ESPN3
6:00 PM #2 East Tennessee St. Samford or Chatt. ESPN3
8:30 PM #3 Furman #6 Western Carolina ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
4:00 PM UNCG/Cit/VMI Mercer or Wofford ESPN3
6:30 PM ETSU/Sam/Chatt Furman or WCU ESPN3
       
Championship–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
9:00 PM     ESPN2

 

West Coast Conference Tournament
Las Vegas
All Times PST
       
First Round–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #8 Loyola Marymount #9 Portland NBCSN
8:00 PM #7 Santa Clara #10 Pepperdine NBCSN
       
Quarterfinals–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
1:00 PM #3 BYU #6 San Diego NBCSN
3:00 PM #4 San Francisco #5 Pacific NBCSN
7:00 PM #1 Gonzaga LMU or Portland ESPN2
9:00 PM #2 Saint Mary’s Santa Clara or Pepperdine ESPN2
       
Semifinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM Gonz/LMU/Portland USF or Pacific ESPN
8:00 PM SMU/SCU/Pepperdine BYU or USD ESPN2
       
Championship–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM     ESPN

This Week’s PiRate Ratings Top 25

Rank Team PiRate Rating Conf.
1 Virginia 118.0 ACC
2 Villanova 117.8 BIGE
3 Duke 117.3 ACC
4 Purdue 116.9 BTEN
5 Michigan St. 116.6 BTEN
6 Cincinnati 116.5 AAC
7 Kansas 114.3 B12
8 West Virginia 113.8 B12
9 North Carolina 113.8 ACC
10 Texas Tech 113.7 B12
11 Gonzaga 113.5 WCC
12 Tennessee 113.1 SEC
13 Xavier 112.5 BIGE
14 Auburn 112.4 SEC
15 Nevada 112.4 MWC
16 Wichita St. 112.1 AAC
17 Ohio St. 111.9 BTEN
18 Michigan 111.8 BTEN
19 Clemson 111.7 ACC
20 Kentucky 111.4 SEC
21 Houston 111.2 AAC
22 Florida 111.2 SEC
23 Butler 111.0 BIGE
24 Creighton 110.9 BIGE
25 TCU 110.6 B12

This Week’s PiRate Ratings For Power Conferences

And Top Mid-Majors

Team PiRate Conf.
Rhode Island 108.9 A10
Davidson 106.5 A10
St. Bonaventure 105.1 A10
St. Louis 102.8 A10
St. Joseph’s 101.5 A10
VCU 100.5 A10
LaSalle 100.2 A10
Dayton 99.2 A10
George Washington 98.0 A10
Duquesne 98.0 A10
Richmond 97.6 A10
George Mason 96.9 A10
Massachusetts 96.6 A10
Fordham 94.0 A10
Cincinnati 116.5 AAC
Wichita St. 112.1 AAC
Houston 111.2 AAC
SMU 106.0 AAC
Temple 104.9 AAC
UCF 104.4 AAC
Tulsa 102.4 AAC
Connecticut 99.5 AAC
Memphis 99.5 AAC
Tulane 99.1 AAC
South Florida 92.0 AAC
East Carolina 92.0 AAC
Virginia 118.0 ACC
Duke 117.3 ACC
North Carolina 113.8 ACC
Clemson 111.7 ACC
Louisville 110.4 ACC
Miami FL 109.6 ACC
Florida St. 109.5 ACC
Virginia Tech 109.3 ACC
Notre Dame 109.3 ACC
Syracuse 108.0 ACC
North Carolina St. 107.9 ACC
Boston College 105.2 ACC
Wake Forest 104.1 ACC
Georgia Tech 102.7 ACC
Pittsburgh 96.2 ACC
Kansas 114.3 B12
West Virginia 113.8 B12
Texas Tech 113.7 B12
TCU 110.6 B12
Baylor 110.3 B12
Texas 109.6 B12
Oklahoma 108.7 B12
Kansas St. 108.4 B12
Oklahoma St. 107.1 B12
Iowa St. 103.7 B12
Villanova 117.8 BIGE
Xavier 112.5 BIGE
Butler 111.0 BIGE
Creighton 110.9 BIGE
Seton Hall 109.9 BIGE
Marquette 107.1 BIGE
St. John’s 106.8 BIGE
Providence 106.5 BIGE
Georgetown 103.9 BIGE
DePaul 103.4 BIGE
Purdue 116.9 BTEN
Michigan St. 116.6 BTEN
Ohio St. 111.9 BTEN
Michigan 111.8 BTEN
Penn St. 110.2 BTEN
Maryland 108.5 BTEN
Nebraska 107.3 BTEN
Indiana 106.2 BTEN
Wisconsin 106.0 BTEN
Northwestern 105.5 BTEN
Illinois 103.9 BTEN
Iowa 103.5 BTEN
Minnesota 103.5 BTEN
Rutgers 102.8 BTEN
Arizona 110.1 PAC12
Arizona St. 108.9 PAC12
USC 108.3 PAC12
UCLA 106.9 PAC12
Oregon 106.8 PAC12
Utah 106.3 PAC12
Stanford 104.3 PAC12
Washington 103.8 PAC12
Oregon St. 103.1 PAC12
Colorado 102.7 PAC12
Washington St. 97.8 PAC12
California 95.4 PAC12
Tennessee 113.1 SEC
Auburn 112.4 SEC
Kentucky 111.4 SEC
Florida 111.2 SEC
Texas A&M 110.6 SEC
Arkansas 109.7 SEC
Missouri 108.9 SEC
Alabama 108.3 SEC
Mississippi St. 107.3 SEC
Georgia 106.7 SEC
South Carolina 106.4 SEC
LSU 105.8 SEC
Vanderbilt 103.9 SEC
Mississippi 103.7 SEC
Gonzaga 113.5 WCC
Saint Mary’s 109.2 WCC
BYU 105.6 WCC
San Diego 101.8 WCC
San Francisco 100.8 WCC
Pacific 98.4 WCC
Loyola Marymount 94.5 WCC
Portland 93.6 WCC
Santa Clara 93.5 WCC
Pepperdine 91.5 WCC
Middle Tennessee 109.4 CUSA
Loyola (Chi.) 108.2 MVC
Nevada 112.4 MWC
Boise St. 108.7 MWC
New Mexico St. 107.4 WAC

Today’s PiRate Rating Spreads For Power Conference Games

and Conference Tournament Games

Home Team or Higher Seed Visitor or Lower Seed Spread
Belmont Austin Peay 6.9
Canisius Quinnipiac 8.4
Citadel VMI -2.7
Cleveland St. Youngstown St. 1.2
Davidson Rhode Island 1.1
Drake Bradley -0.7
Green Bay Detroit 2.8
Illinois St. Indiana St. -0.3
Loyola (Chi.) Northern Iowa 6.5
Michigan St. Wisconsin 10.6
Murray St. Jacksonville St. 5.2
Nebraska Michigan -4.5
Ohio St. Penn St. 1.7
Oklahoma Iowa St. 8.5
Purdue Rutgers 14.1
Radford Winthrop -3.2
Rider St. Peter’s 6.4
Samford Chattanooga 3.0
Santa Clara Pepperdine 2.0
Southern Illinois Missouri St. -0.9
UNCA Liberty 4.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 1, 2018

PiRate Ratings Conference Tournament Update–March 1, 2018

Conference Tournament Action From Last Night

Big Ten Conference Tournament
First Round–February 28
   
Iowa 96 Illinois 87
Rutgers 65 Minnesota 54

Updated Big Ten Bracket

Second Round–March 1
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #8 Maryland #9 Wisconsin Big Ten
2:15 PM #5 Michigan Iowa Big Ten
6:30 PM #7 Penn St. #10 Northwestern Big Ten
8:45 PM #6 Indiana Rutgers Big Ten
       
Quarterfinals–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 Michigan St. Mary or Wisc Big Ten
2:15 PM #4 Nebraska Michigan or Iowa Big Ten
6:30 PM #2 Ohio St. PSU or N’Western Big Ten
8:45 PM #3 Purdue Indiana or Rutgers Big Ten
       
Semifinals–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
2:00 PM MSU/Mary/Wisc Neb/Mich/Iowa CBS
4:30 PM OSU/Purd/NW Purd/Ind/Rutg CBS
       
Championship–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
4:30 PM     CBS

 

Northeast Conference Tournament
First Round–February 28
   
Wagner 73 Central Connecticut 61
Robert Morris 60 Mount St. Mary’s 56
Fairleigh-Dickinson 84 St. Francis (Pa) 75
Long Island 73 St. Francis (Bkn) 50

Updated Northeast Conference Bracket

Semifinals–March 3
Time Home Team Visitors TV
12:00 PM #1 Wagner #7 Robert Morris ESPN3
2:00 PM #4 Long Island #6 Fairleigh-Dickinson ESPN3
       
Championship–March 6
Time Home Team Visitors TV
7:00 PM Higher Seed Lower Seed ESPN2

 

Ohio Valley Conference Tournament
First Round–February 28
   
Tennessee Tech 60 SIU-Edwardsville 51
Eastern Illinois 73 Tennessee St. 71

Updated Ohio Valley Conference Bracket

Quarterfinals–March 1
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:30 PM #4 Jacksonville St. Tennessee Tech OVC
9:00 PM #3 Austin Peay Eastern Illinois OVC
       
Semifinals–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM #1 Murray St. Jax. St. or Tenn Tech ESPNU
9:30 PM #2 Belmont APSU or E. Illinois ESPNU
       
Championship–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM     ESPN2

 

Other Conference Tournaments in Action Today

Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament
All Games Played at Higher Seed
All Times EST
Semifinals–March 1
Time Home Visitors TV
7:00 PM #1 Florida Gulf Coast #5 North Florida ESPN3
8:00 PM #2 Lipscomb #3 Jacksonville ESPN3

 

Big South Conference Tournament
Championship Game at Higher Seed
Quarterfinals and Semfinals at #1 Seed UNC-Asheville
All Times EST
Quarterfinals–March 1
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
1:00 PM #2 Radford #10 Longwood ESPN3
3:30 PM #3 Winthrop #6 Gardner-Webb ESPN3
7:00 PM #1 UNC-Asheville #8 Charleston Southern ESPN3
9:30 PM #4 Campbell #5 Liberty ESPN3

 

Patriot League Tournament
All Games Played at Higher Seed
All Times EST
Quarterfinals–March 1
Time Home Visitors TV
7:00 PM #1 Bucknell #8 Loyola (MD) Stadium
7:00 PM #4 Lehigh #5 Boston U Stadium
7:00 PM #2 Colgate #7 Lafayette Stadium
7:00 PM #3 Navy #6 Holy Cross Stadium

 

Conference Tournaments Beginning Today

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament
Albany, NY
All Times EST
       
First Round–March 1
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:00 PM #8 Monmouth #9 St. Peter’s ESPN3
7:30 PM #7 Quinnipiac #10 Siena ESPN3
10:00 PM #6 Fairfield #11 Marist ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM #1 Rider Monmouth or St. Peter’s ESPN3
9:30 PM #2 Canisius Quinn. or Siena ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM #3 Niagara Fair. or Marist ESPN3
9:30 PM #4 Iona #5 Manhattan ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM Rider/Monm/St. P Iona or Manhattan ESPN3
9:30 PM Can/Quinn/Siena Niag/Fair/Marist ESPN3
       
Championship–March 5
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM     TBA

While Rider and Canisius tied for the regular season conference championship, there are two other teams to watch closely in this tournament.  Iona has the best offense in the league, and in a tournament, sometimes the team that plays loose and can fill it up from outside will get a large lead against the other team that begins tight and cannot hit their perimeter shots.  Iona is the two-time defending tournament champion, and until the Gaels lose, they are our favorite to win it again, even as the four-seed.

The other team to watch from back of the pack is Fairfield, the hottest team in the league entering the tournament.  The Stags match up quite well with Niagara, who they would face in the quarterfinal round if they win tonight.

 

Missouri Valley Conference Tournament
St. Louis (Arch Madness)
All Times CST
       
First Round–March 1
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #8 Evansville #9 Northern Iowa ESPN3
8:30 PM #7 Missouri St. #10 Valparaiso ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 Loyola (Chi.) Evansville or UNI ESPN3
2:30 PM #4 Drake #5 Bradley ESPN3
6:00 PM #2 Southern Illinois MSU or Valpo ESPN3
8:30 PM #3 Illinois St. #6 Indiana St. ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
2:30 PM Loyola/Evans/UNI Drake or Bradley CBSSN
5:00 PM SIU/MSU/Valpo Ill St. or Ind St. CBSSN
       
Championship–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
1:00 PM     CBS

Without Wichita State playing bully on the rest of the league, it was thought that the Valley would be a wide open race this year with a host of teams competing for the regular season and tournament championships.  However, Loyola (Chi.), with five players averaging double figure scoring, has been nearly unstoppable in conference play this year.  The Ramblers have only been to a single NCAA Tournament since their heydays of the 1960’s,   Loyola enters Arch Madness on a 14 for 15 winning streak.

If any other team wins this tournament, it will be a major upset and will produce a 15-seed or worse.  Loyola could be a 13-seed as the Tournament Champions.

There is one team from way back in the pack that has the potential to sneak into the semifinals.  Northern Iowa is the number 9 seed.  If they beat Evansville tonight, they might be the team that can match up best with Loyola, who they would face tomorrow.  If they were to eliminate the Goliath, then there isn’t another team in the field any better than the Panthers.

 

February 28, 2018

PiRate Ratings Conference Tournament Update–February 28, 2018

Conference Tournament Results From Last Night

Big South Conference Tournament
First Round–February 27
   
Longwood   68 High Point   55
Charleston Southern   68 Presbyterian   51

Big South Bracket Update

Quarterfinals–March 1
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
1:00 PM #2 Radford #10 Longwood ESPN3
3:30 PM #3 Winthrop #6 Gardner-Webb ESPN3
7:00 PM #1 UNC-Asheville #8 Charleston Southern ESPN3
9:30 PM #4 Campbell #5 Liberty ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM Radford or Longwood Winthrop/G-Webb ESPN3
8:30 PM UNCA/Chas. Southern Campbell or Liberty ESPN3
       
Championship–March 4
Time Home Visitors TV
1:00 PM Higher Seed Lower Seed ESPN

 

Patriot League Tournament
First Round–February 27
   
Lafayette   93 American   86
Loyola (MD)   82 Army   79

Patriot League Bracket Update

Quarterfinals–March 1
Time Home Visitors TV
7:00 PM #1 Bucknell #8 Loyola (MD) Stadium
7:00 PM #4 Lehigh #5 Boston U Stadium
7:00 PM #2 Colgate #7 Lafayette Stadium
7:00 PM #3 Navy #6 Holy Cross Stadium
       
Semifinals–March 4
Time Home Visitors TV
12/2 Bucknell or Loyola Lehigh or Boston U CBSSN
12/2 Colgate or Lafayette Navy or Holy Cross CBSSN
       
Championship–March 7
Time Home Visitors TV
7:30 PM     CBSSN

Conference Tournaments in Action Today

Big Ten Conference Tournament
New York City
All Times EST
       
First Round–February 28
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:30 PM #12 Iowa #13 Illinois Big Ten
7:45 PM #11 Minnesota #14 Rutgers Big Ten
       
Second Round–March 1
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #8 Maryland #9 Wisconsin Big Ten
2:15 PM #5 Michigan Iowa or Illinois Big Ten
6:30 PM #7 Penn St. #10 Northwestern Big Ten
8:45 PM #6 Indiana Minn. or Rutgers Big Ten
       
Quarterfinals–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 Michigan St. Mary or Wisc Big Ten
2:15 PM #4 Nebraska Mich/Iowa/Ill Big Ten
6:30 PM #2 Ohio St. PSU or N’Western Big Ten
8:45 PM #3 Purdue Ind/Minn/Rutg Big Ten
       
Semifinals–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
2:00 PM MSU/Mary/Wisc Neb/Mich/Iowa/Ill CBS
4:30 PM OSU/Purd/NW Purd/Ind/Minn/Rutg CBS
       
Championship–March 4
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
4:30 PM     CBS

The Big Ten Tournament was moved up a week so that it could be held at Madison Square Garden in New York.  The Big East has dibs on next week.  You won’t find one Big Ten coach happy with this decision, and Commissioner Jim Delany has stated that the Big Ten will not squeeze its schedule again to hold its tournament a week earlier than normal.

Two of the four coaches participating tonight have been reported to be on hot seats with their schools, but we tend to believe they will both be back next year despite poor seasons this year.  Minnesota’s Richard Pitino has had to deal with a suspension of his top player and injuries to multiple contributing players, so that the Gophers have not been able to practice 5 on 5 during conference tournament action. UM lost nine games in a row before winning on senior night over Iowa, and the Gophers enter tournament play below .500 at 15-16 after being ranked as high as 12th in the AP poll in November.

Speaking of Iowa, some media outlets report that Hawkeye coach Fran McCaffery is on the hot seat and could lose his job once Iowa has been eliminated from this tournament.  McCaffery received a lucrative extension last year, and we do not think the university would ante up such a large buyout.

As for this tournament, two teams are desperate to win multiple games to get into the NCAA Tournament.  Nebraska (13-5/22-9) is not even on the list of first 6 teams out.  The Cornhuskers must get to the Semifinals of this tournament just to get into the conversation, and they probably need to make it to the Championship Game to have any chance to make the field.

Penn State (9-9/19-12) has no chance other than to win the tournament.  In some years, a .500 record in the Big Ten would have been enough to get a team in the field, but with the new quadrant system in place and the fact that conference won-loss records no longer factor into the selection process, the Nittany Lions have no chance other than to win the automatic bid.

Michigan State has won 12 games in a row and looks like the clear favorite, but the top seed has not been all that successful in this tournament.  With the schedule bunched together, the four teams with double byes (MSU, Ohio St., Purdue, and Nebraska) have huge advantages.  A Nebraska-Michigan State semifinal game would be can’t miss for sure, with the Spartans vying for a #1 seed, and the Cornhuskers faced with a must-win to get in dilemma.  Michigan is the defending tournament champions.  The Wolverines won from back in the pack last year.

Northeast Conference Tournament
All Games at Higher Seed
Top 8 Teams Qualify and Tournament Re-seeds after Quarterfinals
All Times EST
       
Quarterfinals–February 28
Time Home Team Visitors TV
7:00 PM #1 Wagner #8 Central Connecticut NEC *
7:00 PM #2 Mount St. Mary’s #7 Robert Morris NEC *
7:00 PM #3 St. Francis (PA) #6 Fairleigh-Dickinson NEC *
7:00 PM #4 Long Island #5 St. Francis (Bkn) NEC *
* NEC Front Row at http://necfrontrow.com/
       
Semifinals–March 3
Time Home Team Visitors TV
12:00 PM Highest Remaining Lowest Remaining ESPN3
2:00 PM 2nd Highest 3rd Highest ESPN3
       
Championship–March 6
Time Home Team Visitors TV
7:00 PM Higher Seed Lower Seed ESPN2

This tournament is a toss-up with seven teams capable of winning it all.  The fact that the higher seeds host the games, and the tournament re-seeds after the quarterfinals really helps the top two seeds, but the next five teams are strong enough to win on the road.

Third-seeded St. Francis (Pa.) enters the tournament riding a five-game winning streak, but the Red Flash were wiped off the floor by top-seed Wagner twice this year.  Fourth-seed Long Island and Sixth-seed Fairleigh Dickinson match up quite well with Wagner and both beat the Seahawks on their home floors, while losing close games at Wagner.

 

Ohio Valley Conference Tournament
Evansville, IN
Top 8 Teams Qualify, Southeast Missouri ineligible due to low APR Scores
All Times CST
       
First Round–February 28
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:30 PM #5 Tennessee Tech #8 SIU-Edwardsville OVC
9:00 PM #6 Tennessee St. #7 Eastern Illinois OVC
OVC Network at http://www.ovcdigitalnetwork.com/watch
       
Quarterfinals–March 1
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:30 PM #4 Jacksonville St. Tenn Tech or SIU-E OVC
9:00 PM #3 Austin Peay TSU or EIU OVC
       
Semifinals–March 2
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM #1 Murray St. JSU/TTU/SIU-E ESPNU
9:30 PM #2 Belmont APSU/TSU/EIU ESPNU
       
Championship–March 3
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM     ESPN2

The OVC Tournament moves away from Nashville this year to Evansville, and with it goes Belmont’s home town advantage (the tournament was played downtown at the old Municpal Auditorium and not on Belmont’s campus).

The move up the road 125 miles should help top-seed Murray State, and in this league the top two seeds receive staggering advantages, getting byes to the semifinal round.

We’d be surprised if Belmont and Murray didn’t meet in the championship, but Austin Peay and Jacksonville State will have a lot to say about that.  We do not see any of the other four teams having much chance to make it all the way to the championship.  The OVC will be the first team to place a team into the field of 68.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 15, 2018

2018 NCAA Division 1 Conference Tournament Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

November 30, 2017

PiRate Ratings Money Line Parlays for December 1-2, 2017 (with 10-point teasers)

For those of you still following this weekly feature, we’ll buy and read your book you will write dealing with masochism.  This has been a lousy year for the PiRate Picks.  This week, there are not enough college games to put together many Money Line parlays, so we are dusting off and bringing out of mothballs our former claim to fame to give us 4 plays–10-point teasers.

For those of you who are not wise to a 10-point teaser, this type of play allows the player to move the point spread or totals number by 10 points in either direction and then play a parlay at certain odds.  We like to combine either 3 teams at -110 or 4 teams at +136 odds, and this week, we have two 4-game parlays at +136.

Thus, a winning week can be had with a 2-2 record, and at 3-1, it can be a very profitable week.  At 4-0, we get out of the red and into the black.  At 1-3 or 0-4, we take more Maalox.

Remember this most important aspect to this weekly feature–all our picks are just for fun, and we never wager real coin or currency or Bitcoins on these picks. We suggest you do the same as well.

#1 @ +273  
Must Win Must Lose
USC Stanford
New Mexico St. South Alabama
Clemson Miami
Oklahoma TCU

 

#2 @ +230  
Must Win Must Lose
Wisconsin Ohio St.

 

#3 10-point teaser +136  
Clemson Miami Under 57
Wisconsin Ohio St. Under 62
Florida St. UL-Monroe Under 75
Oklahoma TCU Under 73.5

 

#4 10-point teaser +136  
Stanford USC Under 69
Florida Atlantic North Texas Under 84
Central Florida Memphis Under 92
Auburn Georgia Under 58

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 20, 2017

2017 Big Ten Preview

We kick off our Power 5 Conference previews today with the Big Ten Conference. While the Big Ten is our lowest rated Power 5 league to begin the season, the margin is miniscule. The number two through five leagues are separated by three points. What hurts the Big Ten is that four teams are below the norm among the entire 130 FBS roster. The other Power 5 leagues have 0, 1, or 2.

Most of the nation’s professional media have Ohio State as the overwhelming pick to win the league, and the PiRates believe the Buckeyes are the clear-cut favorite. However, Ohio State will face very stiff competition from Penn State again this season. The two teams are heavily loaded with talent, and the loser of this game could very well finish the regular season at 11-1 and have a small chance to earn a Playoff bid. The two teams square off in Columbus on October 28.

Michigan is looking at a major rebuilding project with the loss of 10 defensive starters. Having just five starters back on offense isn’t a picnic either, and Coach Jim Harbaugh has an opening game with Florida looming. The next three could come in any order, as Maryland, Indiana, and Michigan State are decent but not great teams. Two of this trio should become bowl-eligible.

The West will once again be competitive this year. Last year, five teams competed for the flag, and the same five should be involved in a hotly contested race this season. Wisconsin begins the year as the highest-rated team, but Northwestern, Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska are all capable of topping the Badgers. The race could end in a multiple-team tie, and 7-2 could even win the division outright yet again.

Jeff Brohm is the new ingredient in the Midwestern cocktail. He takes over a moribund Purdue program and promises to bring excitement to West Lafayette. Purdue has not been a factor for several years now, but the Boilermakers have a storied history as an exciting and innovative program that has pulled off big upsets. Brohm doesn’t have a lot of quality talent to work with in year one, but it wouldn’t surprise us one bit if the Boilermakers ruined a Saturday for a contending team.

Here is how the Big Ten media voted in the preseason poll.

Big Ten–East Division
# Team 1st Pl. Total Champ.
1 Ohio St. 34 260 29
2 Penn St. 7 231.5 4
3 Michigan 1 192 1
4 Michigan St. 0 128 0
5 Indiana 0 114 0
6 Maryland 0 100.5 0
7 Rutgers 0 38 0
         
Big Ten–West Division
# Team 1st Pl. Total Champ.
1 Wisconsin 31 259 4
2 Northwestern 5 219 0
3 Nebraska 2 176.5 0
4 Iowa 0 164.5 0
5 Minnesota 0 131 0
6t Purdue 0 57 0
6t Illinois 0 57 0

The PiRate, Mean, and Bias ratings are in close step with the media.

Big Ten Conference
East Division        
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
Ohio St. 132.3 129.1 131.3 130.9
Penn St. 125.3 122.6 125.8 124.6
Michigan 116.5 115.7 115.5 115.9
Indiana 104.3 104.6 104.5 104.5
Maryland 101.8 104.3 101.7 102.6
Michigan St. 95.4 100.1 95.6 97.0
Rutgers 95.5 95.7 94.6 95.3
         
West Division        
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
Wisconsin 122.2 118.0 120.7 120.3
Northwestern 113.9 111.3 113.5 112.9
Iowa 111.6 111.2 111.3 111.4
Minnesota 106.8 106.3 106.5 106.5
Nebraska 104.7 106.3 104.0 105.0
Purdue 94.7 97.3 95.4 95.8
Illinois 90.1 92.0 88.4 90.2
         
Big Ten Averages 108.2 108.2 107.8 108.1

And, here are our not-so-scientific predictions for won-loss and bowl projections.

Big Ten Conference Projected Standings
Team Conference Overall Bowl
East Division      
Ohio St. 9-0 13-0 ***PLAYOFFS***
Penn St. 8-1 11-1 Cotton
Michigan 6-3 9-3 Outback
Indiana 3-6 6-6 Quick Lane
Maryland 2-7 4-8  
Michigan St. 2-7 4-8  
Rutgers 2-7 4-8  
       
Team Conference Overall Bowl
West Division      
Wisconsin 8-1 11-2 Citrus
Northwestern 6-3 9-3 Taxslayer
Minnesota 6-3 8-4 Foster Farms
Nebraska 5-4 7-5 Pinstripe
Iowa 4-5 7-5 Holiday
Purdue 1-8 2-10  
Illinois 1-8 2-10  
       
Ohio St. to win Big Ten Championship Game
No Big Ten team available for Armed Forces Bowl

 

Trivia: We are going to keep the previous trivia question open for a day or so. If you missed it, here it is again.
In 1918, Georgia Tech beat North Carolina State 118-0. For half a century no Division 1 team scored 100 points on another Division 1 team. In 1949 San Jose State beat New Mexico 103-0, but the Spartans would not become a major college participant until the following season, so this one doesn’t count. The last time a Division 1 team scored 100 points on another Division 1 team was in 1968, when current AAC West member Houston beat current AAC West member Tulsa 100-6.

A Houston wide receiver caught a 25-yard pass for a touchdown in that 100-6 game that made the score 93-6. He later went on to fame in the music business. A Tulsa lineman also became a famous celebrity on television and through his books.

Here are your three trivia questions:
1. Name the Houston Wide Receiver that would become a famous music celebrity.
2. Explain how this wide receiver once performed the National Anthem for a sporting event that was postponed soon after he performed, yet there was no rain, snow, or lightning.
3. Name the Tulsa lineman that became a famous TV celebrity and has used this game as a means to help advance his career.

 

Coming tomorrow: Read our Big 12 preview before you go watch the eclipse.  Is the sun going dark on this once great league, or is there life still in the Big 12?

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