The Pi-Rate Ratings

January 31, 2020

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For January 31, 2020

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1.4

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-3.1

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Siena

-0.9

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Akron

0.4

Milwaukee

Wright St.

-7.0

Niagara

Marist

6.9

Pennsylvania

Harvard

-0.8

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Dartmouth

3.5

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#

Team

PiRate

Conference

1

Kansas

121.4

Big 12

2

Duke

121.4

Atlantic Coast

3

Gonzaga

120.0

West Coast

4

Michigan St.

118.8

Big Ten

5

Baylor

117.8

Big 12

6

West Virginia

117.3

Big 12

7

Dayton

117.2

Atlantic 10

8

Arizona

116.6

Pac-12

9

Louisville

116.2

Atlantic Coast

10

Maryland

116.1

Big Ten

11

San Diego St.

115.8

Mountain West

12

Seton Hall

115.5

Big East

13

Ohio St.

115.4

Big Ten

14

Iowa

114.4

Big Ten

15

Butler

114.2

Big East

16

Villanova

114.1

Big East

17

Penn St.

113.9

Big Ten

18

Florida St.

113.9

Atlantic Coast

19

Oregon

113.8

Pac-12

20

BYU

113.5

West Coast

21

Texas Tech

113.1

Big 12

22

Kentucky

113.1

Southeastern

23

Illinois

113.0

Big Ten

24

Marquette

113.0

Big East

25

LSU

112.9

Southeastern

26

Colorado

112.9

Pac-12

27

Michigan

112.7

Big Ten

28

Purdue

112.5

Big Ten

29

Houston

112.5

American Athletic

30

Rutgers

112.5

Big Ten

31

Auburn

112.5

Southeastern

32

Arkansas

112.5

Southeastern

33

Creighton

112.2

Big East

34

Florida

111.9

Southeastern

35

Wisconsin

111.7

Big Ten

36

Wichita St.

111.4

American Athletic

37

Indiana

111.4

Big Ten

38

Alabama

111.3

Southeastern

39

Mississippi St.

111.2

Southeastern

40

Minnesota

111.2

Big Ten

41

Saint Mary’s

111.1

West Coast

42

VCU

111.1

Atlantic 10

43

Cincinnati

110.9

American Athletic

44

Utah St.

110.5

Mountain West

45

Stanford

110.1

Pac-12

46

Washington

110.1

Pac-12

47

Oklahoma

109.9

Big 12

48

Memphis

109.9

American Athletic

49

Georgetown

109.6

Big East

50

USC

109.4

Pac-12

51

Northern Iowa

109.4

Missouri Valley

52

North Carolina St.

109.4

Atlantic Coast

53

Virginia

109.3

Atlantic Coast

54

Syracuse

109.3

Atlantic Coast

55

Rhode Island

109.3

Atlantic 10

56

Notre Dame

109.1

Atlantic Coast

57

Tennessee

108.9

Southeastern

58

Xavier

108.8

Big East

59

Yale

108.7

Ivy

60

Iowa St.

108.4

Big 12

61

Louisiana Tech

108.2

Conference USA

62

North Carolina

108.1

Atlantic Coast

63

Arizona St.

108.0

Pac-12

64

UNC Greensboro

107.9

Southern

65

TCU

107.8

Big 12

66

Texas

107.8

Big 12

67

Providence

107.7

Big East

68

Virginia Tech

107.7

Atlantic Coast

69

Richmond

107.5

Atlantic 10

70

St. John’s

107.5

Big East

71

East Tennessee St.

107.5

Southern

72

Vermont

107.4

America East

73

Oklahoma St.

107.4

Big 12

74

Connecticut

107.3

American Athletic

75

Akron

107.3

Mid-American

76

DePaul

107.2

Big East

77

Georgia Tech

107.1

Atlantic Coast

78

Pittsburgh

107.0

Atlantic Coast

79

Clemson

107.0

Atlantic Coast

80

Liberty

106.8

Atlantic Sun

81

SMU

106.8

American Athletic

82

Tulsa

106.8

American Athletic

83

South Carolina

106.7

Southeastern

84

Kansas St.

106.6

Big 12

85

Furman

106.5

Southern

86

North Texas

106.5

Conference USA

87

Missouri

106.5

Southeastern

88

Oregon St.

106.5

Pac-12

89

Boise St.

106.4

Mountain West

90

San Francisco

106.2

West Coast

91

Nevada

106.2

Mountain West

92

Georgia

106.0

Southeastern

93

Loyola (Chi.)

105.7

Missouri Valley

94

Davidson

105.6

Atlantic 10

95

Duquesne

105.6

Atlantic 10

96

Belmont

105.5

Ohio Valley

97

Temple

105.4

American Athletic

98

Saint Louis

105.3

Atlantic 10

99

Harvard

105.2

Ivy

100

Georgia St.

105.1

Sun Belt

101

Bradley

104.9

Missouri Valley

102

New Mexico St.

104.7

Western Athletic

103

Kent St.

104.7

Mid-American

104

Colorado St.

104.6

Mountain West

105

Utah

104.6

Pac-12

106

Mississippi

104.5

Southeastern

107

Miami (Fla.)

104.5

Atlantic Coast

108

Wright St.

104.4

Horizon

109

Western Kentucky

104.3

Conference USA

110

Wake Forest

104.3

Atlantic Coast

111

Ball St.

104.1

Mid-American

112

Central Florida

103.9

American Athletic

113

Northern Colorado

103.9

Big Sky

114

UCLA

103.8

Pac-12

115

Northwestern

103.5

Big Ten

116

UC Irvine

103.4

Big West

117

Stephen F. Austin

103.3

Southland

118

UT Arlington

103.2

Sun Belt

119

Winthrop

103.2

Big South

120

Texas St.

103.1

Sun Belt

121

Nebraska

103.1

Big Ten

122

Toledo

103.0

Mid-American

123

South Dakota St.

102.9

Summit

124

Washington St.

102.8

Pac-12

125

St. Bonaventure

102.8

Atlantic 10

126

South Florida

102.8

American Athletic

127

UNLV

102.8

Mountain West

128

Indiana St.

102.6

Missouri Valley

129

Murray St.

102.5

Ohio Valley

130

Colgate

102.4

Patriot

131

Northern Kentucky

102.3

Horizon

132

Little Rock

102.3

Sun Belt

133

Northeastern

102.3

Colonial Athletic

134

New Mexico

102.2

Mountain West

135

Stony Brook

102.1

America East

136

Hofstra

101.9

Colonial Athletic

137

Buffalo

101.9

Mid-American

138

Wofford

101.9

Southern

139

Charleston

101.8

Colonial Athletic

140

Oral Roberts

101.8

Summit

141

Georgia Southern

101.8

Sun Belt

142

Texas A&M

101.7

Southeastern

143

North Dakota St.

101.7

Summit

144

Santa Clara

101.7

West Coast

145

Southern Utah

101.5

Big Sky

146

Fresno St.

101.4

Mountain West

147

Penn

101.4

Ivy

148

Drake

101.3

Missouri Valley

149

Austin Peay

101.2

Ohio Valley

150

Marshall

101.0

Conference USA

151

Pacific

101.0

West Coast

152

Bowling Green

100.9

Mid-American

153

Pepperdine

100.8

West Coast

154

Charlotte

100.8

Conference USA

155

Towson

100.6

Colonial Athletic

156

Missouri St.

100.4

Missouri Valley

157

Boston College

100.4

Atlantic Coast

158

Eastern Washington

100.4

Big Sky

159

Chattanooga

100.2

Southern

160

Sam Houston St.

100.2

Southland

161

UTEP

100.2

Conference USA

162

William & Mary

100.2

Colonial Athletic

163

Southern Illinois

100.2

Missouri Valley

164

George Mason

100.0

Atlantic 10

165

Radford

100.0

Big South

166

Western Carolina

100.0

Southern

167

Valparaiso

99.9

Missouri Valley

168

Old Dominion

99.9

Conference USA

169

California

99.9

Pac-12

170

Appalachian St.

99.8

Sun Belt

171

Vanderbilt

99.8

Southeastern

172

Boston U

99.5

Patriot

173

South Dakota

99.5

Summit

174

South Alabama

99.5

Sun Belt

175

La Salle

99.4

Atlantic 10

176

Hawaii

99.3

Big West

177

Central Michigan

99.3

Mid-American

178

North Florida

99.3

Atlantic Sun

179

California Baptist

99.2

Western Athletic

180

Northern Illinois

99.2

Mid-American

181

Montana

99.2

Big Sky

182

Tulane

99.1

American Athletic

183

Florida Int’l.

99.0

Conference USA

184

UC Santa Barbara

98.9

Big West

185

UAB

98.7

Conference USA

186

Air Force

98.6

Mountain West

187

Coastal Carolina

98.6

Sun Belt

188

Massachusetts

98.6

Atlantic 10

189

Delaware

98.6

Colonial Athletic

190

Northern Arizona

98.4

Big Sky

191

Princeton

98.3

Ivy

192

Rider

98.2

Metro Atlantic

193

Lafayette

98.2

Patriot

194

UTSA

98.2

Conference USA

195

Florida Atlantic

98.2

Conference USA

196

Nicholls St.

98.1

Southland

197

Sacramento St.

98.0

Big Sky

198

George Washington

98.0

Atlantic 10

199

Dartmouth

97.8

Ivy

200

Siena

97.8

Metro Atlantic

201

Abilene Christian

97.7

Southland

202

Portland St.

97.6

Big Sky

203

Ohio

97.6

Mid-American

204

Sacred Heart

97.6

Northeast

205

Prairie View A&M

97.5

Southwestern Athl.

206

Seattle

97.4

Western Athletic

207

UC Riverside

97.3

Big West

208

Omaha

97.3

Summit

209

Mercer

97.2

Southern

210

Arkansas St.

97.2

Sun Belt

211

Monmouth

97.2

Metro Atlantic

212

Montana St.

97.0

Big Sky

213

Loyola Marymount

97.0

West Coast

214

Miami (O)

96.9

Mid-American

215

Brown

96.9

Ivy

216

St. Francis (PA)

96.9

Northeast

217

Illinois St.

96.9

Missouri Valley

218

Robert Morris

96.5

Northeast

219

San Diego

96.5

West Coast

220

Eastern Illinois

96.4

Ohio Valley

221

Missouri-KC

96.4

Western Athletic

222

American

96.4

Patriot

223

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.4

Western Athletic

224

Eastern Michigan

96.4

Mid-American

225

Navy

96.4

Patriot

226

Bryant

96.3

Northeast

227

McNeese St.

96.2

Southland

228

Green Bay

96.2

Horizon

229

Illinois Chicago

96.1

Horizon

230

Canisius

96.1

Metro Atlantic

231

Drexel

96.1

Colonial Athletic

232

Bucknell

96.1

Patriot

233

East Carolina

96.1

American Athletic

234

North Dakota

95.9

Summit

235

Albany

95.9

America East

236

Saint Peter’s

95.7

Metro Atlantic

237

Grand Canyon

95.7

Western Athletic

238

UC Davis

95.5

Big West

239

Long Island

95.5

Northeast

240

Western Michigan

95.4

Mid-American

241

Tennessee St.

95.3

Ohio Valley

242

Merrimack

95.3

Northeast

243

Gardner-Webb

95.2

Big South

244

Oakland

95.2

Horizon

245

Louisiana

95.2

Sun Belt

246

Jacksonville

95.2

Atlantic Sun

247

Rice

95.1

Conference USA

248

Youngstown St.

95.1

Horizon

249

Quinnipiac

95.0

Metro Atlantic

250

Fairfield

95.0

Metro Atlantic

251

Jacksonville St.

94.9

Ohio Valley

252

Norfolk St.

94.9

Mideastern Athletic

253

Texas Southern

94.9

Southwestern Athl.

254

Cal St. Northridge

94.7

Big West

255

Manhattan

94.7

Metro Atlantic

256

Weber St.

94.6

Big Sky

257

Saint Joseph’s

94.5

Atlantic 10

258

Columbia

94.4

Ivy

259

Milwaukee

94.4

Horizon

260

Mount St. Mary’s

94.4

Northeast

261

Cal St. Fullerton

94.3

Big West

262

Lipscomb

94.2

Atlantic Sun

263

Portland

94.2

West Coast

264

Fordham

94.1

Atlantic 10

265

Purdue Fort Wayne

94.0

Summit

266

Southern Miss.

94.0

Conference USA

267

Army

94.0

Patriot

268

Utah Valley

94.0

Western Athletic

269

UT Rio Grande Valley

93.9

Western Athletic

270

Iona

93.9

Metro Atlantic

271

Lamar

93.7

Southland

272

Hartford

93.6

America East

273

North Alabama

93.6

Atlantic Sun

274

Detroit

93.6

Horizon

275

VMI

93.5

Southern

276

New Hampshire

93.4

America East

277

Evansville

93.3

Missouri Valley

278

NJIT

93.3

Atlantic Sun

279

Cornell

93.3

Ivy

280

Campbell

93.2

Big South

281

Louisiana Monroe

93.2

Sun Belt

282

Troy

93.0

Sun Belt

283

UMass Lowell

93.0

America East

284

Middle Tennessee

93.0

Conference USA

285

UNC Asheville

92.8

Big South

286

Samford

92.8

Southern

287

Loyola (MD)

92.6

Patriot

288

Wyoming

92.5

Mountain West

289

James Madison

92.4

Colonial Athletic

290

Texas A&M CC

92.4

Southland

291

Bethune Cookman

92.3

Mideastern Athletic

292

Niagara

92.2

Metro Atlantic

293

North Carolina Central

92.2

Mideastern Athletic

294

Alcorn St.

92.2

Southwestern Athl.

295

Long Beach St.

92.1

Big West

296

San Jose St.

92.0

Mountain West

297

North Carolina A&T

91.9

Mideastern Athletic

298

Charleston Southern

91.9

Big South

299

UM Baltimore Co.

91.9

America East

300

Morehead St.

91.8

Ohio Valley

301

Idaho St.

91.8

Big Sky

302

Lehigh

91.6

Patriot

303

St. Francis (NY)

91.6

Northeast

304

Central Arkansas

91.5

Southland

305

Stetson

91.5

Atlantic Sun

306

UNC Wilmington

91.4

Colonial Athletic

307

Cleveland St.

91.2

Horizon

308

Eastern Kentucky

91.1

Ohio Valley

309

Fairleigh Dickinson

91.0

Northeast

310

Florida Gulf Coast

91.0

Atlantic Sun

311

Southern

90.8

Southwestern Athl.

312

Denver

90.4

Summit

313

Elon

90.4

Colonial Athletic

314

UT-Martin

90.4

Ohio Valley

315

Hampton

90.3

Big South

316

Morgan St.

90.3

Mideastern Athletic

317

Cal Poly

90.2

Big West

318

Idaho

90.1

Big Sky

319

Florida A&M

90.1

Mideastern Athletic

320

Citadel

90.1

Southern

321

USC Upstate

90.0

Big South

322

Grambling

89.9

Southwestern Athl.

323

Northwestern St.

89.8

Southland

324

New Orleans

89.8

Southland

325

Longwood

89.6

Big South

326

Jackson St.

89.3

Southwestern Athl.

327

IUPUI

89.3

Horizon

328

Wagner

89.0

Northeast

329

South Carolina St.

89.0

Mideastern Athletic

330

Western Illinois

88.9

Summit

331

Maine

88.9

America East

332

Coppin St.

88.7

Mideastern Athletic

333

Marist

88.3

Metro Atlantic

334

Presbyterian

88.2

Big South

335

Binghamton

88.1

America East

336

SE Missouri

88.1

Ohio Valley

337

SE Louisiana

87.8

Southland

338

Tennessee Tech

87.6

Ohio Valley

339

SIU Edwardsville

87.2

Ohio Valley

340

Alabama St.

86.9

Southwestern Athl.

341

Holy Cross

86.9

Patriot

342

Alabama A&M

86.6

Southwestern Athl.

343

High Point

86.1

Big South

344

Houston Baptist

84.4

Southland

345

Arkansas Pine Bluff

83.6

Southwestern Athl.

346

Incarnate Word

82.8

Southland

347

Howard

82.1

Mideastern Athletic

348

Kennesaw St.

81.8

Atlantic Sun

349

Central Connecticut

81.1

Northeast

350

MD Eastern Shore

80.5

Mideastern Athletic

351

Delaware St.

79.8

Mideastern Athletic

352

Mississippi Valley St.

78.6

Southwestern Athl.

353

Chicago St.

76.7

Western Athletic

 

Alphabetical

 

#

Team

PiRate

Conf.

1

Abilene Christian

97.7

Southland

2

Air Force

98.6

Mountain West

3

Akron

107.3

Mid-American

4

Alabama

111.3

Southeastern

5

Alabama A&M

86.6

Southwestern Athl.

6

Alabama St.

86.9

Southwestern Athl.

7

Albany

95.9

America East

8

Alcorn St.

92.2

Southwestern Athl.

9

American

96.4

Patriot

10

Appalachian St.

99.8

Sun Belt

11

Arizona

116.6

Pac-12

12

Arizona St.

108.0

Pac-12

13

Arkansas

112.5

Southeastern

14

Arkansas Pine Bluff

83.6

Southwestern Athl.

15

Arkansas St.

97.2

Sun Belt

16

Army

94.0

Patriot

17

Auburn

112.5

Southeastern

18

Austin Peay

101.2

Ohio Valley

19

Ball St.

104.1

Mid-American

20

Baylor

117.8

Big 12

21

Belmont

105.5

Ohio Valley

22

Bethune Cookman

92.3

Mideastern Athletic

23

Binghamton

88.1

America East

24

Boise St.

106.4

Mountain West

25

Boston College

100.4

Atlantic Coast

26

Boston U

99.5

Patriot

27

Bowling Green

100.9

Mid-American

28

Bradley

104.9

Missouri Valley

29

Brown

96.9

Ivy

30

Bryant

96.3

Northeast

31

Bucknell

96.1

Patriot

32

Buffalo

101.9

Mid-American

33

Butler

114.2

Big East

34

BYU

113.5

West Coast

35

Cal Poly

90.2

Big West

36

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.4

Western Athletic

37

Cal St. Fullerton

94.3

Big West

38

Cal St. Northridge

94.7

Big West

39

California

99.9

Pac-12

40

California Baptist

99.2

Western Athletic

41

Campbell

93.2

Big South

42

Canisius

96.1

Metro Atlantic

43

Central Arkansas

91.5

Southland

44

Central Connecticut

81.1

Northeast

45

Central Florida

103.9

American Athletic

46

Central Michigan

99.3

Mid-American

47

Charleston

101.8

Colonial Athletic

48

Charleston Southern

91.9

Big South

49

Charlotte

100.8

Conference USA

50

Chattanooga

100.2

Southern

51

Chicago St.

76.7

Western Athletic

52

Cincinnati

110.9

American Athletic

53

Citadel

90.1

Southern

54

Clemson

107.0

Atlantic Coast

55

Cleveland St.

91.2

Horizon

56

Coastal Carolina

98.6

Sun Belt

57

Colgate

102.4

Patriot

58

Colorado

112.9

Pac-12

59

Colorado St.

104.6

Mountain West

60

Columbia

94.4

Ivy

61

Connecticut

107.3

American Athletic

62

Coppin St.

88.7

Mideastern Athletic

63

Cornell

93.3

Ivy

64

Creighton

112.2

Big East

65

Dartmouth

97.8

Ivy

66

Davidson

105.6

Atlantic 10

67

Dayton

117.2

Atlantic 10

68

Delaware

98.6

Colonial Athletic

69

Delaware St.

79.8

Mideastern Athletic

70

Denver

90.4

Summit

71

DePaul

107.2

Big East

72

Detroit

93.6

Horizon

73

Drake

101.3

Missouri Valley

74

Drexel

96.1

Colonial Athletic

75

Duke

121.4

Atlantic Coast

76

Duquesne

105.6

Atlantic 10

77

East Carolina

96.1

American Athletic

78

East Tennessee St.

107.5

Southern

79

Eastern Illinois

96.4

Ohio Valley

80

Eastern Kentucky

91.1

Ohio Valley

81

Eastern Michigan

96.4

Mid-American

82

Eastern Washington

100.4

Big Sky

83

Elon

90.4

Colonial Athletic

84

Evansville

93.3

Missouri Valley

85

Fairfield

95.0

Metro Atlantic

86

Fairleigh Dickinson

91.0

Northeast

87

Florida

111.9

Southeastern

88

Florida A&M

90.1

Mideastern Athletic

89

Florida Atlantic

98.2

Conference USA

90

Florida Gulf Coast

91.0

Atlantic Sun

91

Florida Int’l.

99.0

Conference USA

92

Florida St.

113.9

Atlantic Coast

93

Fordham

94.1

Atlantic 10

94

Fresno St.

101.4

Mountain West

95

Furman

106.5

Southern

96

Gardner-Webb

95.2

Big South

97

George Mason

100.0

Atlantic 10

98

George Washington

98.0

Atlantic 10

99

Georgetown

109.6

Big East

100

Georgia

106.0

Southeastern

101

Georgia Southern

101.8

Sun Belt

102

Georgia St.

105.1

Sun Belt

103

Georgia Tech

107.1

Atlantic Coast

104

Gonzaga

120.0

West Coast

105

Grambling

89.9

Southwestern Athl.

106

Grand Canyon

95.7

Western Athletic

107

Green Bay

96.2

Horizon

108

Hampton

90.3

Big South

109

Hartford

93.6

America East

110

Harvard

105.2

Ivy

111

Hawaii

99.3

Big West

112

High Point

86.1

Big South

113

Hofstra

101.9

Colonial Athletic

114

Holy Cross

86.9

Patriot

115

Houston

112.5

American Athletic

116

Houston Baptist

84.4

Southland

117

Howard

82.1

Mideastern Athletic

118

Idaho

90.1

Big Sky

119

Idaho St.

91.8

Big Sky

120

Illinois

113.0

Big Ten

121

Illinois Chicago

96.1

Horizon

122

Illinois St.

96.9

Missouri Valley

123

Incarnate Word

82.8

Southland

124

Indiana

111.4

Big Ten

125

Indiana St.

102.6

Missouri Valley

126

Iona

93.9

Metro Atlantic

127

Iowa

114.4

Big Ten

128

Iowa St.

108.4

Big 12

129

IUPUI

89.3

Horizon

130

Jackson St.

89.3

Southwestern Athl.

131

Jacksonville

95.2

Atlantic Sun

132

Jacksonville St.

94.9

Ohio Valley

133

James Madison

92.4

Colonial Athletic

134

Kansas

121.4

Big 12

135

Kansas St.

106.6

Big 12

136

Kennesaw St.

81.8

Atlantic Sun

137

Kent St.

104.7

Mid-American

138

Kentucky

113.1

Southeastern

139

La Salle

99.4

Atlantic 10

140

Lafayette

98.2

Patriot

141

Lamar

93.7

Southland

142

Lehigh

91.6

Patriot

143

Liberty

106.8

Atlantic Sun

144

Lipscomb

94.2

Atlantic Sun

145

Little Rock

102.3

Sun Belt

146

Long Beach St.

92.1

Big West

147

Long Island

95.5

Northeast

148

Longwood

89.6

Big South

149

Louisiana

95.2

Sun Belt

150

Louisiana Monroe

93.2

Sun Belt

151

Louisiana Tech

108.2

Conference USA

152

Louisville

116.2

Atlantic Coast

153

Loyola (Chi.)

105.7

Missouri Valley

154

Loyola Marymount

97.0

West Coast

155

Loyola (MD)

92.6

Patriot

156

LSU

112.9

Southeastern

157

Maine

88.9

America East

158

Manhattan

94.7

Metro Atlantic

159

Marist

88.3

Metro Atlantic

160

Marquette

113.0

Big East

161

Marshall

101.0

Conference USA

162

Maryland

116.1

Big Ten

163

Massachusetts

98.6

Atlantic 10

164

McNeese St.

96.2

Southland

165

MD Eastern Shore

80.5

Mideastern Athletic

166

Memphis

109.9

American Athletic

167

Mercer

97.2

Southern

168

Merrimack

95.3

Northeast

169

Miami (Fla.)

104.5

Atlantic Coast

170

Miami (O)

96.9

Mid-American

171

Michigan

112.7

Big Ten

172

Michigan St.

118.8

Big Ten

173

Middle Tennessee

93.0

Conference USA

174

Milwaukee

94.4

Horizon

175

Minnesota

111.2

Big Ten

176

Mississippi

104.5

Southeastern

177

Mississippi St.

111.2

Southeastern

178

Mississippi Valley St.

78.6

Southwestern Athl.

179

Missouri

106.5

Southeastern

180

Missouri-KC

96.4

Western Athletic

181

Missouri St.

100.4

Missouri Valley

182

Monmouth

97.2

Metro Atlantic

183

Montana

99.2

Big Sky

184

Montana St.

97.0

Big Sky

185

Morehead St.

91.8

Ohio Valley

186

Morgan St.

90.3

Mideastern Athletic

187

Mount St. Mary’s

94.4

Northeast

188

Murray St.

102.5

Ohio Valley

189

Navy

96.4

Patriot

190

Nebraska

103.1

Big Ten

191

Nevada

106.2

Mountain West

192

New Hampshire

93.4

America East

193

New Mexico

102.2

Mountain West

194

New Mexico St.

104.7

Western Athletic

195

New Orleans

89.8

Southland

196

Niagara

92.2

Metro Atlantic

197

Nicholls St.

98.1

Southland

198

NJIT

93.3

Atlantic Sun

199

Norfolk St.

94.9

Mideastern Athletic

200

North Alabama

93.6

Atlantic Sun

201

North Carolina

108.1

Atlantic Coast

202

North Carolina A&T

91.9

Mideastern Athletic

203

North Carolina Central

92.2

Mideastern Athletic

204

North Carolina St.

109.4

Atlantic Coast

205

North Dakota

95.9

Summit

206

North Dakota St.

101.7

Summit

207

North Florida

99.3

Atlantic Sun

208

North Texas

106.5

Conference USA

209

Northeastern

102.3

Colonial Athletic

210

Northern Arizona

98.4

Big Sky

211

Northern Colorado

103.9

Big Sky

212

Northern Illinois

99.2

Mid-American

213

Northern Iowa

109.4

Missouri Valley

214

Northern Kentucky

102.3

Horizon

215

Northwestern

103.5

Big Ten

216

Northwestern St.

89.8

Southland

217

Notre Dame

109.1

Atlantic Coast

218

Oakland

95.2

Horizon

219

Ohio

97.6

Mid-American

220

Ohio St.

115.4

Big Ten

221

Oklahoma

109.9

Big 12

222

Oklahoma St.

107.4

Big 12

223

Old Dominion

99.9

Conference USA

224

Omaha

97.3

Summit

225

Oral Roberts

101.8

Summit

226

Oregon

113.8

Pac-12

227

Oregon St.

106.5

Pac-12

228

Pacific

101.0

West Coast

229

Penn

101.4

Ivy

230

Penn St.

113.9

Big Ten

231

Pepperdine

100.8

West Coast

232

Pittsburgh

107.0

Atlantic Coast

233

Portland

94.2

West Coast

234

Portland St.

97.6

Big Sky

235

Prairie View A&M

97.5

Southwestern Athl.

236

Presbyterian

88.2

Big South

237

Princeton

98.3

Ivy

238

Providence

107.7

Big East

239

Purdue

112.5

Big Ten

240

Purdue Fort Wayne

94.0

Summit

241

Quinnipiac

95.0

Metro Atlantic

242

Radford

100.0

Big South

243

Rhode Island

109.3

Atlantic 10

244

Rice

95.1

Conference USA

245

Richmond

107.5

Atlantic 10

246

Rider

98.2

Metro Atlantic

247

Robert Morris

96.5

Northeast

248

Rutgers

112.5

Big Ten

249

Sacramento St.

98.0

Big Sky

250

Sacred Heart

97.6

Northeast

251

Saint Joseph’s

94.5

Atlantic 10

252

Saint Louis

105.3

Atlantic 10

253

Saint Mary’s

111.1

West Coast

254

Saint Peter’s

95.7

Metro Atlantic

255

Sam Houston St.

100.2

Southland

256

Samford

92.8

Southern

257

San Diego

96.5

West Coast

258

San Diego St.

115.8

Mountain West

259

San Francisco

106.2

West Coast

260

San Jose St.

92.0

Mountain West

261

Santa Clara

101.7

West Coast

262

SE Louisiana

87.8

Southland

263

SE Missouri

88.1

Ohio Valley

264

Seattle

97.4

Western Athletic

265

Seton Hall

115.5

Big East

266

Siena

97.8

Metro Atlantic

267

SIU Edwardsville

87.2

Ohio Valley

268

SMU

106.8

American Athletic

269

South Alabama

99.5

Sun Belt

270

South Carolina

106.7

Southeastern

271

South Carolina St.

89.0

Mideastern Athletic

272

South Dakota

99.5

Summit

273

South Dakota St.

102.9

Summit

274

South Florida

102.8

American Athletic

275

Southern

90.8

Southwestern Athl.

276

Southern Illinois

100.2

Missouri Valley

277

Southern Miss.

94.0

Conference USA

278

Southern Utah

101.5

Big Sky

279

St. Bonaventure

102.8

Atlantic 10

280

St. Francis (NY)

91.6

Northeast

281

St. Francis (PA)

96.9

Northeast

282

St. John’s

107.5

Big East

283

Stanford

110.1

Pac-12

284

Stephen F. Austin

103.3

Southland

285

Stetson

91.5

Atlantic Sun

286

Stony Brook

102.1

America East

287

Syracuse

109.3

Atlantic Coast

288

TCU

107.8

Big 12

289

Temple

105.4

American Athletic

290

Tennessee

108.9

Southeastern

291

Tennessee St.

95.3

Ohio Valley

292

Tennessee Tech

87.6

Ohio Valley

293

Texas

107.8

Big 12

294

Texas A&M

101.7

Southeastern

295

Texas A&M CC

92.4

Southland

296

Texas Southern

94.9

Southwestern Athl.

297

Texas St.

103.1

Sun Belt

298

Texas Tech

113.1

Big 12

299

Toledo

103.0

Mid-American

300

Towson

100.6

Colonial Athletic

301

Troy

93.0

Sun Belt

302

Tulane

99.1

American Athletic

303

Tulsa

106.8

American Athletic

304

UAB

98.7

Conference USA

305

UC Davis

95.5

Big West

306

UC Irvine

103.4

Big West

307

UC Riverside

97.3

Big West

308

UC Santa Barbara

98.9

Big West

309

UCLA

103.8

Pac-12

310

UM Baltimore Co.

91.9

America East

311

UMass Lowell

93.0

America East

312

UNC Asheville

92.8

Big South

313

UNC Greensboro

107.9

Southern

314

UNC Wilmington

91.4

Colonial Athletic

315

UNLV

102.8

Mountain West

316

USC

109.4

Pac-12

317

USC Upstate

90.0

Big South

318

UT Arlington

103.2

Sun Belt

319

UT Rio Grande Valley

93.9

Western Athletic

320

UT-Martin

90.4

Ohio Valley

321

Utah

104.6

Pac-12

322

Utah St.

110.5

Mountain West

323

Utah Valley

94.0

Western Athletic

324

UTEP

100.2

Conference USA

325

UTSA

98.2

Conference USA

326

Valparaiso

99.9

Missouri Valley

327

Vanderbilt

99.8

Southeastern

328

VCU

111.1

Atlantic 10

329

Vermont

107.4

America East

330

Villanova

114.1

Big East

331

Virginia

109.3

Atlantic Coast

332

Virginia Tech

107.7

Atlantic Coast

333

VMI

93.5

Southern

334

Wagner

89.0

Northeast

335

Wake Forest

104.3

Atlantic Coast

336

Washington

110.1

Pac-12

337

Washington St.

102.8

Pac-12

338

Weber St.

94.6

Big Sky

339

West Virginia

117.3

Big 12

340

Western Carolina

100.0

Southern

341

Western Illinois

88.9

Summit

342

Western Kentucky

104.3

Conference USA

343

Western Michigan

95.4

Mid-American

344

Wichita St.

111.4

American Athletic

345

William & Mary

100.2

Colonial Athletic

346

Winthrop

103.2

Big South

347

Wisconsin

111.7

Big Ten

348

Wofford

101.9

Southern

349

Wright St.

104.4

Horizon

350

Wyoming

92.5

Mountain West

351

Xavier

108.8

Big East

352

Yale

108.7

Ivy

353

Youngstown St.

95.1

Horizon

 

PiRate Ratings By Conference

 

#

America East

PiRate

1

Vermont

107.4

2

Stony Brook

102.1

3

Albany

95.9

4

Hartford

93.6

5

New Hampshire

93.4

6

UMass Lowell

93.0

7

UM Baltimore Co.

91.9

8

Maine

88.9

9

Binghamton

88.1

Avg

America East

94.9

 

 

#

American Athletic

PiRate

1

Houston

112.5

2

Wichita St.

111.4

3

Cincinnati

110.9

4

Memphis

109.9

5

Connecticut

107.3

6

SMU

106.8

7

Tulsa

106.8

8

Temple

105.4

9

Central Florida

103.9

10

South Florida

102.8

11

Tulane

99.1

12

East Carolina

96.1

Avg

American Athletic

106.1

 

 

#

Atlantic 10

PiRate

1

Dayton

117.2

2

VCU

111.1

3

Rhode Island

109.3

4

Richmond

107.5

5

Davidson

105.6

6

Duquesne

105.6

7

Saint Louis

105.3

8

St. Bonaventure

102.8

9

George Mason

100.0

10

La Salle

99.4

11

Massachusetts

98.6

12

George Washington

98.0

13

Saint Joseph’s

94.5

14

Fordham

94.1

Avg.

Atlantic 10

103.5

 

 

#

Atlantic Coast

PiRate

1

Duke

121.4

2

Louisville

116.2

3

Florida St.

113.9

4

North Carolina St.

109.4

5

Virginia

109.3

6

Syracuse

109.3

7

Notre Dame

109.1

8

North Carolina

108.1

9

Virginia Tech

107.7

10

Georgia Tech

107.1

11

Pittsburgh

107.0

12

Clemson

107.0

13

Miami (Fla.)

104.5

14

Wake Forest

104.3

15

Boston College

100.4

Avg

Atlantic Coast

109.0

 

 

#

Atlantic Sun

PiRate

1

Liberty

106.8

2

North Florida

99.3

3

Jacksonville

95.2

4

Lipscomb

94.2

5

North Alabama

93.6

6

NJIT

93.3

7

Stetson

91.5

8

Florida Gulf Coast

91.0

9

Kennesaw St.

81.8

Avg

Atlantic Sun

94.1

 

 

#

Big 12

PiRate

1

Kansas

121.4

2

Baylor

117.8

3

West Virginia

117.3

4

Texas Tech

113.1

5

Oklahoma

109.9

6

Iowa St.

108.4

7

TCU

107.8

8

Texas

107.8

9

Oklahoma St.

107.4

10

Kansas St.

106.6

Avg

Big 12

111.8

 

 

#

Big East

PiRate

1

Seton Hall

115.5

2

Butler

114.2

3

Villanova

114.1

4

Marquette

113.0

5

Creighton

112.2

6

Georgetown

109.6

7

Xavier

108.8

8

Providence

107.7

9

St. John’s

107.5

10

DePaul

107.2

Avg

Big East

111.0

 

 

#

Big Sky

PiRate

1

Northern Colorado

103.9

2

Southern Utah

101.5

3

Eastern Washington

100.4

4

Montana

99.2

5

Northern Arizona

98.4

6

Sacramento St.

98.0

7

Portland St.

97.6

8

Montana St.

97.0

9

Weber St.

94.6

10

Idaho St.

91.8

11

Idaho

90.1

#

Big Sky

97.5

 

 

#

Big South

PiRate

1

Winthrop

103.2

2

Radford

100.0

3

Gardner-Webb

95.2

4

Campbell

93.2

5

UNC Asheville

92.8

6

Charleston Southern

91.9

7

Hampton

90.3

8

USC Upstate

90.0

9

Longwood

89.6

10

Presbyterian

88.2

11

High Point

86.1

Avg

Big South

92.8

 

 

#

Big Ten

PiRate

1

Michigan St.

118.8

2

Maryland

116.1

3

Ohio St.

115.4

4

Iowa

114.4

5

Penn St.

113.9

6

Illinois

113.0

7

Michigan

112.7

8

Purdue

112.5

9

Rutgers

112.5

10

Wisconsin

111.7

11

Indiana

111.4

12

Minnesota

111.2

13

Northwestern

103.5

14

Nebraska

103.1

Avg

Big Ten

112.2

 

 

#

Big West

PiRate

1

UC Irvine

103.4

2

Hawaii

99.3

3

UC Santa Barbara

98.9

4

UC Riverside

97.3

5

UC Davis

95.5

6

Cal St. Northridge

94.7

7

Cal St. Fullerton

94.3

8

Long Beach St.

92.1

9

Cal Poly

90.2

Avg

Big West

96.2

 

 

#

Colonial Athletic

PiRate

1

Northeastern

102.3

2

Hofstra

101.9

3

Charleston

101.8

4

Towson

100.6

5

William & Mary

100.2

6

Delaware

98.6

7

Drexel

96.1

8

James Madison

92.4

9

UNC Wilmington

91.4

10

Elon

90.4

Avg

Colonial Athletic

97.6

 

 

#

Conference USA

PiRate

1

Louisiana Tech

108.2

2

North Texas

106.5

3

Western Kentucky

104.3

4

Marshall

101.0

5

Charlotte

100.8

6

UTEP

100.2

7

Old Dominion

99.9

8

Florida Int’l.

99.0

9

UAB

98.7

10

UTSA

98.2

11

Florida Atlantic

98.2

12

Rice

95.1

13

Southern Miss.

94.0

14

Middle Tennessee

93.0

Avg

Conference USA

99.8

 

 

#

Horizon

PiRate

1

Wright St.

104.4

2

Northern Kentucky

102.3

3

Green Bay

96.2

4

Illinois Chicago

96.1

5

Oakland

95.2

6

Youngstown St.

95.1

7

Milwaukee

94.4

8

Detroit

93.6

9

Cleveland St.

91.2

10

IUPUI

89.3

Avg

Horizon

95.8

 

 

#

Ivy

PiRate

1

Yale

108.7

2

Harvard

105.2

3

Penn

101.4

4

Princeton

98.3

5

Dartmouth

97.8

6

Brown

96.9

7

Columbia

94.4

8

Cornell

93.3

Avg

Ivy

99.5

 

 

#

Metro Atlantic

PiRate

1

Rider

98.2

2

Siena

97.8

3

Monmouth

97.2

4

Canisius

96.1

5

Saint Peter’s

95.7

6

Quinnipiac

95.0

7

Fairfield

95.0

8

Manhattan

94.7

9

Iona

93.9

10

Niagara

92.2

11

Marist

88.3

Avg

Metro Atlantic

94.9

 

 

#

Mid-American

PiRate

1

Akron

107.3

2

Kent St.

104.7

3

Ball St.

104.1

4

Toledo

103.0

5

Buffalo

101.9

6

Bowling Green

100.9

7

Central Michigan

99.3

8

Northern Illinois

99.2

9

Ohio

97.6

10

Miami (O)

96.9

11

Eastern Michigan

96.4

12

Western Michigan

95.4

Avg

Mid-American

100.6

 

 

#

Mideastern Athletic

PiRate

1

Norfolk St.

94.9

2

Bethune Cookman

92.3

3

North Carolina Central

92.2

4

North Carolina A&T

91.9

5

Morgan St.

90.3

6

Florida A&M

90.1

7

South Carolina St.

89.0

8

Coppin St.

88.7

9

Howard

82.1

10

MD Eastern Shore

80.5

11

Delaware St.

79.8

Avg

Mideastern Athletic

88.3

 

 

#

Missouri Valley

PiRate

1

Northern Iowa

109.4

2

Loyola (Chi.)

105.7

3

Bradley

104.9

4

Indiana St.

102.6

5

Drake

101.3

6

Missouri St.

100.4

7

Southern Illinois

100.2

8

Valparaiso

99.9

9

Illinois St.

96.9

10

Evansville

93.3

Avg

Missouri Valley

101.5

 

 

#

Mountain West

PiRate

1

San Diego St.

115.8

2

Utah St.

110.5

3

Boise St.

106.4

4

Nevada

106.2

5

Colorado St.

104.6

6

UNLV

102.8

7

New Mexico

102.2

8

Fresno St.

101.4

9

Air Force

98.6

10

Wyoming

92.5

11

San Jose St.

92.0

Avg

Mountain West

103.0

 

 

#

Northeast

PiRate

1

Sacred Heart

97.6

2

St. Francis (PA)

96.9

3

Robert Morris

96.5

4

Bryant

96.3

5

Long Island

95.5

6

Merrimack

95.3

7

Mount St. Mary’s

94.4

8

St. Francis (NY)

91.6

9

Fairleigh Dickinson

91.0

10

Wagner

89.0

11

Central Connecticut

81.1

Avg

Northeast

93.2

 

 

#

Ohio Valley

PiRate

1

Belmont

105.5

2

Murray St.

102.5

3

Austin Peay

101.2

4

Eastern Illinois

96.4

5

Tennessee St.

95.3

6

Jacksonville St.

94.9

7

Morehead St.

91.8

8

Eastern Kentucky

91.1

9

UT-Martin

90.4

10

SE Missouri

88.1

11

Tennessee Tech

87.6

12

SIU Edwardsville

87.2

Avg

Ohio Valley

94.3

 

 

#

Pac-12

PiRate

1

Arizona

116.6

2

Oregon

113.8

3

Colorado

112.9

4

Stanford

110.1

5

Washington

110.1

6

USC

109.4

7

Arizona St.

108.0

8

Oregon St.

106.5

9

Utah

104.6

10

UCLA

103.8

11

Washington St.

102.8

12

California

99.9

Avg

Pac-12

108.2

 

 

#

Patriot

PiRate

1

Colgate

102.4

2

Boston U

99.5

3

Lafayette

98.2

4

American

96.4

5

Navy

96.4

6

Bucknell

96.1

7

Army

94.0

8

Loyola (MD)

92.6

9

Lehigh

91.6

10

Holy Cross

86.9

Avg

Patriot

95.4

 

 

#

Southeastern

PiRate

1

Kentucky

113.1

2

LSU

112.9

3

Auburn

112.5

4

Arkansas

112.5

5

Florida

111.9

6

Alabama

111.3

7

Mississippi St.

111.2

8

Tennessee

108.9

9

South Carolina

106.7

10

Missouri

106.5

11

Georgia

106.0

12

Mississippi

104.5

13

Texas A&M

101.7

14

Vanderbilt

99.8

Avg

Southeastern

108.5

 

 

#

Southern

PiRate

1

UNC Greensboro

107.9

2

East Tennessee St.

107.5

3

Furman

106.5

4

Wofford

101.9

5

Chattanooga

100.2

6

Western Carolina

100.0

7

Mercer

97.2

8

VMI

93.5

9

Samford

92.8

10

Citadel

90.1

Avg

Southern

99.8

 

 

#

Southland

PiRate

1

Stephen F. Austin

103.3

2

Sam Houston St.

100.2

3

Nicholls St.

98.1

4

Abilene Christian

97.7

5

McNeese St.

96.2

6

Lamar

93.7

7

Texas A&M CC

92.4

8

Central Arkansas

91.5

9

Northwestern St.

89.8

10

New Orleans

89.8

11

SE Louisiana

87.8

12

Houston Baptist

84.4

13

Incarnate Word

82.8

Avg

Southland

92.9

 

 

#

Southwestern Athletic

PiRate

1

Prairie View A&M

97.5

2

Texas Southern

94.9

3

Alcorn St.

92.2

4

Southern

90.8

5

Grambling

89.9

6

Jackson St.

89.3

7

Alabama St.

86.9

8

Alabama A&M

86.6

9

Arkansas Pine Bluff

83.6

10

Mississippi Valley St.

78.6

Avg

Southwestern Athletic

89.0

 

 

#

Summit

PiRate

1

South Dakota St.

102.9

2

Oral Roberts

101.8

3

North Dakota St.

101.7

4

South Dakota

99.5

5

Omaha

97.3

6

North Dakota

95.9

7

Purdue Fort Wayne

94.0

8

Denver

90.4

9

Western Illinois

88.9

Avg

Summit

96.9

 

 

#

Sun Belt

PiRate

1

Georgia St.

105.1

2

UT Arlington

103.2

3

Texas St.

103.1

4

Little Rock

102.3

5

Georgia Southern

101.8

6

Appalachian St.

99.8

7

South Alabama

99.5

8

Coastal Carolina

98.6

9

Arkansas St.

97.2

10

Louisiana

95.2

11

Louisiana Monroe

93.2

12

Troy

93.0

Avg

Sun Belt

99.3

 

 

#

West Coast

PiRate

1

Gonzaga

120.0

2

BYU

113.5

3

Saint Mary’s

111.1

4

San Francisco

106.2

5

Santa Clara

101.7

6

Pacific

101.0

7

Pepperdine

100.8

8

Loyola Marymount

97.0

9

San Diego

96.5

10

Portland

94.2

Avg

West Coast

104.2

 

 

#

Western Athletic

PiRate

1

New Mexico St.

104.7

2

California Baptist

99.2

3

Seattle

97.4

4

Missouri-KC

96.4

5

Cal St. Bakersfield

96.4

6

Grand Canyon

95.7

7

Utah Valley

94.0

8

UT Rio Grande Valley

93.9

9

Chicago St.

76.7

Avg

Western Athletic

94.9

 

Conference Ratings

 

#

Conference

PiRate

1

Big Ten

112.2

2

Big 12

111.8

3

Big East

111.0

4

Atlantic Coast

109.0

5

Southeastern

108.5

6

Pac-12

108.2

7

American Athletic

106.1

8

West Coast

104.2

9

Atlantic 10

103.5

10

Mountain West

103.0

11

Missouri Valley

101.5

12

Mid-American

100.6

13

Conference USA

99.8

14

Southern

99.8

15

Ivy

99.5

16

Sun Belt

99.3

17

Colonial Athletic

97.6

18

Big Sky

97.5

19

Summit

96.9

20

Big West

96.2

21

Horizon

95.8

22

Patriot

95.4

23

Western Athletic

94.9

24

Metro Atlantic

94.9

25

America East

94.9

26

Ohio Valley

94.3

27

Atlantic Sun

94.1

28

Northeast

93.2

29

Southland

92.9

30

Big South

92.8

31

Southwestern Athletic

89.0

32

Mideastern Athletic

88.3

 

Coming Later Today: Updated Bracketology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 16, 2019

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For Sunday, March 17, 2019

Today’s PiRate Ratings Spreads

Home

Rating

HCA

Visitor

Rating

Spread

Houston

114.9

0.0

Cincinnati

111.1

3.8

Saint Louis

102.6

0.0

St. Bonaventure

102.2

0.4

Michigan St.

120.9

0.0

Michigan

118.5

2.4

Yale

106.0

2.5

Harvard

103.0

5.5

Tennessee

119.0

1.0

Auburn

115.8

4.2

Georgia St.

103.2

0.0

UT-Arlington

99.3

3.9

Late Saturday Night Bracketology Update

Includes Oregon’s Championship Win in the Pac-12

March 17, 2019 (AM Edition) 

Seed

Team

Team

Team

Team

1

Duke

Virginia

Gonzaga

North Carolina

2

Michigan St.

Tennessee

Michigan

Kentucky

3

Houston

Purdue

Texas Tech

LSU

4

Florida St.

Kansas St.

Wisconsin

Kansas

5

Auburn

Villanova

Virginia Tech

Mississippi St.

6

Buffalo

Marquette

Cincinnati

Iowa St.

7

Wofford

Maryland

Louisville

Nevada

8

Iowa

Seton Hall

Minnesota

Washington

9

Ole Miss

Syracuse

Baylor

Central Florida

10

Virginia Commonwealth

Utah St.

Ohio St.

Oklahoma

11

Oregon

TCU

Temple/North Carolina St.

St. John’s/Florida

12

Saint Mary’s

Murray St.

New Mexico St.

Vermont

13

Liberty

UC-Irvine

Old Dominion

Montana

14

St. Louis

Northeastern

Northern Kentucky

Georgia St.

15

Yale

Bradley

Colgate

Abilene Christian

16

Gardner-Webb

Prairie View A&M

Iona/Fairleigh-Dickinson

N. Dakota St./UNC Central

 

Last 4 Bye

Virginina Commonwealth

Ohio St.

Oklahoma

TCU

Last 4 In

Temple

Florida

St. John’s

North Carolina St.

 

First 4 Out

Arizona St.

Belmont

UNC Greensboro

Furman

Next 4 Out

Indiana

Alabama

Clemson

Texas

 

The Bracket Gurus Take Over The Bracketology Seeding Sunday

Next Bracketology Update–Sunday Early Afternoon

Final Bracketology Update–Once Big Ten Championship Game Winner is Known

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For Saturday, March 16, 2019

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Today’s PiRate Ratings Spreads

Home

Rating

HCA

Visitor

Rating

Spread

Vermont

105.6

3.0

Maryland Baltimore Co.

96.2

12.4

Memphis

107.1

3.0

Houston

115.4

-5.3

Cincinnati

110.3

0.0

Wichita St.

103.9

6.4

Rhode Island

102.0

0.0

St. Bonaventure

102.3

-0.3

Davidson

106.3

0.0

Saint Louis

102.9

3.4

Duke

123.2

0.5

Florida St.

115.0

8.7

Kansas

114.9

1.5

Iowa St.

114.3

2.1

Seton Hall

108.6

0.5

Villanova

113.1

-4.0

Montana

101.6

0.0

Eastern Washington

96.6

5.0

Wisconsin

115.4

0.5

Michigan St.

120.3

-4.4

Minnesota

110.0

0.0

Michigan

118.7

-8.7

UC-Irvine

105.6

0.0

Cal St. Fullerton

99.0

6.6

Old Dominion

103.4

0.0

Western Kentucky

103.3

0.1

Harvard

102.9

0.0

Penn

102.3

0.6

Yale

106.0

2.5

Princeton

99.3

9.2

Buffalo

115.3

0.0

Bowling Green

104.5

10.8

Norfolk St.

94.3

0.0

North Carolina Central

92.3

2.0

San Diego St.

102.7

0.0

Utah St.

108.6

-5.9

Washington

109.5

0.0

Oregon

109.7

-0.2

Abilene Christian

101.1

0.0

New Orleans

94.6

6.5

Florida

111.4

0.0

Auburn

115.0

-3.6

Kentucky

118.0

0.0

Tennessee

118.5

-0.5

UT-Arlington

100.8

0.0

Georgia Southern

95.9

4.9

Georgia St.

103.2

0.0

Texas St.

102.8

0.4

Prairie View A&M

96.5

0.0

Texas Southern

97.1

-0.6

New Mexico St.

108.1

0.0

Grand Canyon

105.1

3.0

 

Conference Tournaments Update

America East Conference

At Vermont

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

Seed

Home

Seed

Visitor

1

Vermont (26-6)

3

Maryland-Baltimore Co. (21-12)

 

 

American Athletic Conference

Site: Fedex Forum, Memphis, TN

Quarterfinals–Friday, March 15

Houston

84

Connecticut

45

Memphis

79

Central Florida

55

Cincinnati

82

SMU

74

Wichita St.

80

Temple

74

Semifinals–Saturday, March 16

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Houston (30-2)

5

Memphis (21-12)

2

Cincinnati (26-6)

6

Wichita St. (19-13)

 

 

Atlantic 10 Conference

Site: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

Quarterfinals–Friday, March 15

Rhode Island

75

VCU

70

St. Bonaventure

68

George Mason

57

Davidson

70

Saint Joseph’s

60

Saint Louis

64

Dayton

55

Semifinals–Saturday, March 16

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

Rhode Island (18-14)

4

St. Bonaventure (17-15)

2

Davidson (24-8)

6

Saint Louis (21-12)

 

 

Atlantic Coast Conference

Site: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC

Semifinals–Friday, March 15

Florida St.

69

Virginia

59

Duke

74

North Carolina

73

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

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

5

Florida St. (27-6)

3

Duke (28-5)

 

 

Big 12 Conference

Site: Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO

Semifinals–Friday, March 15

Iowa St.

63

Kansas St.

59

Kansas

88

West Virginia

74

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

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

5

Iowa St. (22-11)

3

Kansas (25-8)

 

 

Big East Conference

Site: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Semifinals–Friday, March 15

Villanova

71

Xavier

67 ot

Seton Hall

81

Marquette

79

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

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Villanova (24-9)

3

Seton Hall (20-12)

 

 

Big Sky Conference

Site: Century Link Arena, Boise, ID

Semifinals–Friday, March 15

Montana

78

Weber St.

49

Eastern Washington

77

Southern Utah

61

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

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Montana (25-8)

3

Eastern Washington (16-17)

 

Big Ten Conference

Site: United Center, Chicago, IL

Quarterfinals–Friday, March 15

Michigan St.

77

Ohio St.

70

Wisconsin

66

Nebraska

62

Minnesota

75

Purdue

73

Michigan

74

Iowa

53

Semifinals–Saturday, March 16

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Michigan St. (26-6)

4

Wisconsin (23-9)

7

Minnesota (21-12)

3

Michigan (27-5)

 

 

Big West Conference

Site: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA

Semifinals–Friday, March 15

UC-Irvine

75

Long Beach St.

67

Cal St. Fulerton

64

UC Santa Barbara

58

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

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

UC Irvine (29-5)

3

Cal St. Fullerton (16-16)

 

 

Conference USA

Site: Ford Center, Frisco, TX

Semifinals–Friday, March 15

Old Dominion

61

UAB

59

Western Kentucky

70

Southern Miss.

59

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

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Old Dominion (25-8)

2

Western Kentucky (20-13)

 

Ivy League (Ivy Madness)

Site: John J. Lee Amphitheater, New Haven, CT (Yale)

Semifinals–Saturday, March 16

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Harvard (17-10)

4

Penn (19-11)

2

Yale (20-7)

3

Princeton (16-11)

 

 

Mid-American Conference (MACtion)

Site: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

Semifinals–Friday, March 15

Buffalo

85

Central Michigan

81

Bowling Green

71

Northern Illinois

67

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

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Buffalo (30-3)

3

Bowling Green (22-11)

 

 

Mideastern Athletic Conference

Site: Scope Arena, Norfolk, VA

Semifinals–Friday, March 15

UNC Central

65

North Carolina A&T

63

Norfolk St.

75

Howard

69

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

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Norfolk St. (21-12)

3

North Carolina Central (17-15)

 

 

Mountain West Conference

Site: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV

Semifinals–Friday, March 15

San Diego St.

65

Nevada

56

Utah St.

85

Fresno St.

60

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

Seed

Home Team

Seed

Visitors

4

San Diego St. (21-11)

2

Utah St. (27-6)

 

 

Pac-12 Conference

Site: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV

Semifinals–Friday, March 15

Washington

66

Colorado

61

Oregon

79

Arizona St.

75 ot

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

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Washington (26-7)

6

Oregon (22-12)

 

 

Southland Conference

Site: Leonard E. Merrell Center, Katy, TX

Semifinals–Friday, March 15

New Orleans

79

Sam Houston St.

76

Abilene Christian

69

Southeastern Louisiana

66

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

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

4

New Orleans (19-12)

2

Abilene Christian (26-6)

 

 

Southeastern Conference

Site: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN

Quarterfinals–Friday, March 15

Florida

76

LSU

73

Auburn

73

South Carolina

64

Kentucky

73

Alabama

55

Tennessee

83

Mississippi St.

76

Semifinals–Saturday, March 16

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

Florida (19-14)

5

Auburn (24-9)

2

Kentucky (27-5)

3

Tennessee (28-4)

 

 

Sun Belt Conference

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

Semifinals–Saturday, March 16

Georgia Southern

81

Louisiana Monroe

67

Texas St.

79

South Alabama

67

Semifinals–Saturday, March 16

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

2

UT Arlington (16-15)

3

Georgia Southern (21-11)

1

Georgia St. (22-9)

4

Texas St. (24-8)

 

 

Southwestern Athletic Conference

Site: at Higher Seeds

Semifinals–Friday, March 15

Prairie View A&M

81

Grambling

71

Texas Southern

80

Alabama St.

66

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

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Prairie View A&M (22-12)

2

Texas Southern (21-12)

 

 

Western Athletic Conference

Site: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV

Semifinals–Friday, March 15

New Mexico St.

79

UT RGV

72

Grand Canyon

78

New Mexico St.

74

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

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

New Mexico St. (29-4)

3

Grand Canyon (20-12)

 

 

Automatic Bids To Date

Team

Conf

W-L

Liberty

Atlantic Sun

28-6

Gardner-Webb

Big South

23-11

Murray St.

Ohio Valley

27-4

Bradley

Missouri Valley

20-14

Wofford

Southern

29-4

Iona

Metro Atlantic

17-15

Fairleigh-Dickinson

Northeast

20-13

Northern Kentucky

Horizon

26-8

Northeastern

Colonial

23-10

Saint Mary’s

West Coast

22-11

North Dakota St.

Summit

18-15

Colgate

Patriot

24-10

 

The PiRate Ratings Bracket Gurus Convene

The PiRate Ratings’ Bracket Gurus have gathered (if only electronically) is our bunkers, otherwise known as our man caves and woman caves watching multiple games simultaneously to get better familiar with all the teams still trying to Dance.

Tonight, we will begin putting our opinions together to formulate our final Bracketology selections for Sunday afternoon.  We will publish our initial predicted 68 around 2 PM EDT on Sunday and then a final prediction at the conclusion of the last meaningful conference tournament championship game, if one might affect the seedings.

At the moment, there are games that could wildly swing the bottom of the seed line, affecting who plays in the First Four, and there are a couple of potenial bid-stealers still alive.

Here is our planned schedule for the weekend

Saturday late morning: Bracketology number 1 (Just the Captain’s Selection)

Sunday morning: Bracketology number 2 (Again, Just the Captain’s Selection)

Sunday early afternoon: Bracket Gurus Initial Field of 68 Predictions

Sunday late afternoon: Bracket Gurus Final Field of 68 Predictions (if necessary)

Note: The Captain and the Gurus are making their selections trying to predict what the Selection Committee will do and not by using their own opinions of which 68 teams should be in the field.  One of out methods will include trying to predict political biases of the Committee members.  By political, we don’t mean Liberal vs. Conservative.  We mean Power Conference vs. Mid-Major and Low-Major, or in other words, why State U at 18-16 will beat out Tiny Tech at 29-5 that lost in their conference championship game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 5, 2017

Conference Tournament Update–Sunday, March 5, 2017

First Ticket Punched

Welcome Jacksonville State to the giant Dance Studio of March.  The Gamecocks have been a small football factory at the FCS level, noted for upsetting Ole Miss and almost knocking off Auburn in recent years.  As a basketball member of Division 1, JSU has never been a contender for the NCAA Tournament.  In fact, in a score of seasons at the D1 level, the school has produced just four overall winning records with no conference championships.

Last year, the Gamecocks finished just 8-23 and parted ways with Coach James Green.  Enter Coach Ray Harper, who had just resigned from Western Kentucky following a WKU School suspension of three key players.  Harper came to JSU with two Division II national titles, two NAIA national titles, and two D1 NCAA appearances while with the Hilltoppers.

Even with such a stellar resume, not even Coach K himself could have made the so-called media experts select the Gamecocks to finish first in the Ohio Valley Conference this year, nor even make the upper half of the standings.  JSU was a consensus 12th-place pick out of 12 teams in the league.

Not only did Harper guide the Gamecocks well above last place, he took JSU to a winning record in the league and winning record overall.  Then, he upset top-seed Belmont to make it to the OVC Championship Game, where the Gamecocks looked like they were definitely the best team in the league at this point of the season.

Jacksonville State thus becomes team number one in the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 20-14.  They are likely to be a #16 seed and at best a #15, but they will not lay down and allow a #1 seed to walk all over them.  Expect a tough fight from these Gamecocks.

 

Three More Tickets Issued Today

By the end of the day, there will be a quartet of teams in the Field of 68.  Surprise 7th-seed Campbell (17-16) faces a challenging task, as the Camels must go to top-seed Winthrop (25-6) to decide the Big South Championship.  That game will air on ESPN at 1:00PM Eastern Time.  If Campbell wins, the Camels are virtually assured of knowing they will have to go to Dayton for a First Four game.  If Winthrop wins, the Eagles just might move up to a 13-seed and should be no worse than a 14-seed, and a formidable one at that.

 

An hour later, the finale of Arch Madness (Missouri Valley Conference) tips off on CBS, and the top two seeds have made it to the championship round for their rubber game grudge match.  Top-seed Illinois State (27-5) is actually an underdog to second-seed Wichita State (29-4) and for good reason.  The Shockers look as strong at this point of the season as they did when they advanced to the Final Four a few years back.  Coach Greg Marshall’s WSU team has won 14 games in a row, including an incredible 41-point win over ISU four weeks ago.  Some bracketologists believe that the loser of this game could move outside of the good part of the bubble, but most of our Bracketology Gurus have the Valley sending both teams to the Dance.

 

At 3:00 PM Eastern today, the Atlantic Sun Title Game will tip off in a game between rivals from the Sunshine State.  3-seed North Florida (15-18) visits perennial league champion and top-seed Florida Gulf Coast (25-7).  The two teams played in Fort Myers at the end of January, and FGCU pulled away in the second half to win by 15 thanks to a hot night from guard Brandon Goodwin.  In a semifinal win at 2-seed Lipscomb, you might have been confused and thought that the names on the back of the UNF jerseys read, “Curry,” “Harden,” and “Korver,” as the Ospreys hit three-pointer after three-pointer to pull away from Lipscomb quickly.  They will have to have a repeat performance to have a chance to upset FGCU today.

 

Have We Got Offense For You

We are true hardwood junkies here on the PiRate Ship.  And, we keep a close watch on all the low and mid-major conferences, where there are teams operating under the radar and not getting any national publicity.  If you really love basketball and especially love the style of play that was prevalent in the 1960s and 1970s, when teams raced up and down the floor with 80-possession games, then there is a must watch game for you tonight.

In the Summit League, at 9:30 PM Eastern Time, Fort Wayne will take on Omaha in a quarterfinal match.  The last time these two teams squared off, Ft. Wayne won 108-101 in overtime, and there is no reason to think tonight’s game will be much different.  That 45-minute game saw both teams accumulate 91 possessions, and even if they only play 40 minutes tonight, they could easily top 80 possessions apiece.

 

The Inaugural Ivy League Tournament Is Finally Set

Call us snobbish or traditional, but most of us buckaroos and buckarettes here really like the Ivy League basketball season.  Our head Captain here can remember Bill Bradley playing at Princeton and Jim McMillan playing at Columbia, and he has followed this league like he is the commissioner himself.

Last night, Penn upset Harvard, while Columbia fell to Yale.  The Lions could not protect a five-point second half lead, and then after Yale took a four-point lead, Columbia fought back to tie the game with less than 90 seconds to go.  A missed three-pointer when there was a possible high-percentage two-pointer available led to Yale getting the rebound with the lead in the final minute, and the Bulldogs then held onto the ball, forcing Columbia to foul.  Unfortunately for the Lions, they had yet to put Yale in the bonus, and they did not force the seventh foul until there were less than five seconds remaining.  Miye Oni hit both foul shots for Yale to put the dagger in CU’s hopes.

So, the first ever Ivy League Tournament will feature top-seed Princeton, who went a perfect 14-0 in the league facing fourth-seed Penn in one semifinal match, while Harvard and Yale meet in the other semifinal.  If the Ivy League had wanted to script the perfect first ever tournament, they would have wanted it exactly like this.  Two sets of arch-rivals with the weakest of the four teams hosting the thing at the most venerable Eastern gymnasium, the Palestra.  Hey Ivy League brass–we are waiting for our media pass!  We’ll sit anywhere and even move the dust mop across the floor at halftime and during timeouts.

Today’s Tournament Schedule (by Conference)

Time Network Conference Team vs. Team
3:00 PM ESPN A_Sun TITLE Florida Gulf Coast vs. North Florida
1:00 PM ESPN B-South TITLE Winthrop vs. Campbell
2:00 PM Comcast SN Colonial UNC-Wilmington vs. William & Mary
4:30 PM Comcast SN Colonial College of Charleston vs. Northeastern
5:00 PM ESPN3 Horizon Green Bay vs. Illinois-Chicago
7:30 PM ESPN3 Horizon Northern Kentucky vs. Wright St.
4:30 PM ESPN3 MAAC Monmouth vs. Siena
7:00 PM ESPN3 MAAC St. Peter’s vs. Iona
2:00 PM CBS MVC  TITLE Illinois St. vs. Wichita St.
12:00 PM CBSSN Patriot Boston U vs. Lehigh
2:00 PM CBSSN Patriot Bucknell vs. Navy
5:00 PM ESPN3 SoCon UNC-Greensboro vs. Wofford
7:30 PM ESPN3 SoCon East Tennessee St. vs. Samford
7:00 PM ESPN3 Summit South Dakota St. vs. Denver
9:30 PM ESPN3 Summit Omaha vs. Fort Wayne

Schedule by Tip-off Time

Time Network Conference Team vs. Team
12:00 PM CBSSN Patriot Boston U vs. Lehigh
1:00 PM ESPN Big South Winthrop vs. Campbell
2:00 PM Comcast SN Colonial UNC-Wilmington vs. William & Mary
2:00 PM CBS MVC Illinois St. vs. Wichita St.
2:00 PM CBSSN Patriot Bucknell vs. Navy
3:00 PM ESPN Atlantic Sun Florida Gulf Coast vs. North Florida
4:30 PM Comcast SN Colonial College of Charleston vs. Northeastern
4:30 PM ESPN3 MAAC Monmouth vs. Siena
5:00 PM ESPN3 Horizon Green Bay vs. Illinois-Chicago
5:00 PM ESPN3 SoCon UNC-Greensboro vs. Wofford
7:00 PM ESPN3 MAAC St. Peter’s vs. Iona
7:00 PM ESPN3 Summit South Dakota St. vs. Denver
7:30 PM ESPN3 Horizon Northern Kentucky vs. Wright St.
7:30 PM ESPN3 SoCon East Tennessee St. vs. Samford
9:30 PM ESPN3 Summit Omaha vs. Fort Wayne

Coming Tomorrow: An updated Bracketology Gurus report plus all the tournament brackets and the schedule of games for Monday.

January 27, 2012

PiRate Ratings NCAA Basketball Report for January 28, 2012

Welcome back to College Basketball PiRate style.  We have a unique way of looking at the NCAA Tournament, and as March approaches, we will review what we call Bracketnomics.  Until then, we will concentrate on focusing in on the teams that are in contention for an NCAA berth.

 

In this week’s preview, we will focus on the low-major conferences.  In most years, these leagues would have no shot at sending multiple teams to the Big Dance.  However, that is not an impossible task this year.

 

Before we get to each of the 16 low-major conferences, let’s take a look at which low and mid-major teams appear in the top 50 in the RPI rankings (as of Friday, January 27, 2012).

 

There are 14 teams on the list.  Creighton, Southern Mississippi, and Gonzaga all appear in the second ten, and these teams would appear to be safe at-large teams if they do not win automatic bids.

 

San Diego State, Wichita State, Murray State, and St. Mary’s all have RPIs in the 20’s.  If these four teams continue to play at the same pace, they should have no trouble getting at-large bids as well.

 

Long Beach State, Oral Roberts, Davidson, Middle Tennessee, Harvard, Northern Iowa, and Iona have RPIs in the 40’s.  They need to improve on their resumes in order to be under consideration for at-large bids.

 

Here is our look at the bottom 16 conferences.

 

America East (definite 1-bid conference)

Stony Brook 8-1  13-7

Boston U. 7-2  11-12

Vermont 6-2  12-10

 

Stony Brook defeated Boston last night to take a one game lead over the Terriers.  BU had defeated Stony Brook two weeks earlier in the first contest.

 

Stony Brook is led by blue-collar worker Tommy Brenton.  He does all the dirty work—gets rebounds, makes great passes, and plays excellent defense.

 

Boston U has a big scorer in Darryl Partin, who averages 20 points per game.  D. J. Irving sets him up with crisp passes.  Irving scores 12 points per game and dishes out 5.5 assists per contest.

 

Atlantic Sun (definite 1-bid conference)

Belmont 7-2  14-7

Mercer 7-2  15-7

USC Upstate 7-3  13-9

 

Belmont defeated Mercer earlier this year, so the Bruins technically are in first place.  This Belmont team is not as good as last year’s 30-win squad, but they cannot be overlooked.  Belmont lost by one at Duke.

 

Seven teams are within two games of first in this league, so the conference tournament should be quite interesting. 

 

Big Sky (definite 1-bid conference)

Weber State 8-0  16-3

Montana 7-1  14-6

Montana St. 6-2  11-8

 

Weber State wins games at the free throw line.  The Wildcats lead the nation in free throw percentage at better than 80%, and they have a chance to break the all-time single season mark.  Two Wildcats, Damian Lillard and Scott Bamforth, average better than 90% from the line.  Lillard leads the Big Sky in scoring at 25 points per game.

 

The Wildcats have won 10 games in a row, outscoring opponents by an average of 80.1 to 62.5.

 

Big South (definite 1-bid conference)

UNC-Asheville 10-1  15-7

Coastal Carolina 8-2  15-5

Campbell 8-3  14-9

Charleston Southern 7-3  13-7

V M I 6-5  11-10

 

UNCA is a scoring machine.  The Bulldogs average 83 points per game and shoot close to 50% per game.  They have a great two-man tandem in Matt Dickey and J. P. Primm.  Both average 16 points per game and make it tough for opposing backcourts to matchup.

 

Coastal Carolina has a better inside game and could be the better NCAA Tournament team if they can get there.  CCU owns wins over LSU and Clemson.

 

Big West (possible 2-bid conference)

Long Beach St. 8-0  15-6

 

The 49ers have a 2 ½-game lead over Cal State Fullerton and UCSB.  LBSU defeated Pitt and Xavier and lost close games to San Diego State, Louisville, North Carolina, and Kansas.  The 49ers have three star players capable of starting in big conferences.  T. J. Robinson averages a double-double.  Casper Ware and Larry Anderson make the league’s best guard tandem.  Should LBSU win the regular season title with no or just one conference loss, the 49ers could still get into the Big Dance if they lost in the finals of the Big West Tournament.

 

Ivy League (possible 2-bid conference)

Harvard 3-0  17-2

Penn 2-0  10-9

Yale 2-1  12-5

Princeton 1-1  10-8

 

Harvard trounced Yale last night in New Haven by 30 points.  The Crimson have an RPI rating in the 40’s, and they might have a shot at an at-large bid if they finished tied for first in the Ivy at 13-1 and lost in a conference playoff. 

 

Penn and Princeton are always threats to run off a string of conference victories, but we believe that this is Tommy Amaker’s year in Boston.  Harvard has a win over Florida State.

 

M A A C (possible 2-bid conference)

Iona 8-2  16-5

Loyola (MD) 8-2  15-5

Manhattan 8-2  15-7

 

All three co-leaders won last night.  Iona has the best resume to date, and with an RPI in the high 40’s, the Gaels are on the cusp of at-large status.  They lead the nation in assists per game with 20, and they shoot almost 50% from the field.  They own a 26-point win over Maryland, and they lost by one to Purdue.

 

M E A C (definite 1-bid conference)

Norfolk State  7-0  15-6

Bethune-Cookman 6-1  9-12

Savannah St. 5-2  10-10

 

Norfolk State may be the best MEAC team in the last five years.  They lost by just two points to Marquette earlier this year, and at 15-6, they have a good shot at winning 20 regular season games.  The Spartans must play at Bethune-Cookman in the only meeting of the top two teams.

 

Kyle O’Quinn averages 16 points and 10 rebounds per game, and he shoots 59% from the field.  O’Quinn stands a great chance of winning league MVP honors.

 

N E C (definite 1-bid conference)

Long Island 8-1  14-7

Wagner 7-2  16-4

Robert Morris 7-2  16-6

St. Francis NY 7-2  10-10

 

Long Island is not as good this year as last, but the Blackbirds are still the class of the league.  LIU swept Wagner already, so the Blackbirds would have to lose twice for Wagner to have any chance to win the regular season title.

 

LIU still has three top notch stars.  Julian Boyd and Jamal Olasewere team for 33 points and 17 boards per game, while Jason Brickman averages six assists per game.

 

Wagner defeated Pittsburgh, Penn, and Princeton this year, so the Seahawks might be a better matchup for a major conference opponent in the NCAA Tournament.

 

Ohio Valley (possible 2-bid league)

Murray State 8-0  20-0

 

The Racers have moved up to number nine in the nation, the first OVC team to crack the Top 10 since Western Kentucky was a member in the early 1970’s.  The last undefeated team in the nation has a small chance of running the table in the regular season.

 

The Racers are winning games with excellent outside shooting, where they average 42% from behind the arc.  Isaiah Canaan is the best of those outside shooters, hitting 47% three pointers and 18.7 points per game.

 

Patriot League (definite 1-bid league)

Bucknell 6-0  16-6

Lehigh 4-2  16-6

 

Bucknell may not be strong enough to pull off an epic upset in the first round of the Big Dance, but the Bison will be a tough out in the first round.  They lost by 12 to both Minnesota and Vanderbilt and lost by 19 to Syracuse.  The Bison have won eight games in a row.

 

Southern (possible 2-bid league)

North

Elon 5-3  10-9

UNC-Greensboro 5-4  7-14

 

South

Davidson 9-0  15-4

 

Davidson could possibly earn an at-large bid if the Wildcats failed to earn an automatic bid.  The Wildcats won at Kansas.

 

Southland (definite 1-bid league)

East

Northwestern State 4-2  11-9

McNeese State 4-2  8-10

 

West

UT-Arlington 6-0  14-5

UT-San Antonio 5-1  13-7

 

UT-Arlington has won 10 games in a row after beginning the season at 4-5.  They lost to Baylor by 10 points.  UTA has excellent depth for a low-major team.

 

S W A C (definite 1-bid league)

Mississippi Valley State 7-0  8-11

Southern 6-2  10-11

Texas Southern 5-2  6-13

 

No team in this league has a winning record, so it is a strong chance the winner of the SWAC Tournament will be making a quick trip to Dayton for the play-in round.

 

Mississippi Valley has won seven games in a row after beginning the season 1-11.  Among the teams that beat them are Notre Dame, North Carolina, Florida, Wisconsin, Arkansas, and Ole Miss.

 

Summit League (possible 2-bid league)

Oral Roberts 11-0  19-4

South Dakota State 8-2  16-6

 

Oral Roberts has reeled off 12 straight victories and moved up to the mid 40’s in the RPI rating.  ORU owns a 22-point win over Xavier.  Two of their four losses came at the hands of Gonzaga by six and West Virginia by seven.

 

Sunbelt (possible 2-bid league)

East

Middle Tennessee 9-0  20-2

 

West

Denver 6-2  16-5

 

This could be Middle Tennessee’s best ever team.  The Blue Raiders have made waves in the NCAA Tournament in the past, knocking off Kentucky in 1982.

 

This Middle Tennessee team won by 20 points at UCLA, and if they can knock off Vanderbilt today, the Blue Raiders could move into the Top 25.  They have excellent depth and can go 10 or 11 deep.  Laron Dendy is the leader of the team.

March 12, 2011

NCAA Basketball Conference Tournaments–March 12 Update

Bucknell Joins The Dance Party

The Bucknell Bison earned the Patriot League’s automatic bid Friday with a 72-54 victory over Lafayette.  Versatile big man Mike Muscala led the Bison with 18 points while sharpshooter Bryson Johnson added 15.

 

Bucknell improved to 25-8 on the season.  They project to be a 12 or 13-seed.

 

12 More Bids To Go Out Saturday

 

This is the busiest day of the tournament schedule.  13 conferences will crown their champion, and four other conferences will conduct semifinal rounds.  All told, every single one of the 21 games scheduled will be televised nationally.  Do you have enough televisions and a good high-speed computer?

 

Here is a conference-by-conference look at all the action.

 

All Game Times EST

 

Atlantic Coast Conference—Greensboro, NC

Quarterfinal Round

#1 North Carolina  61  #9 Miami  59

#4 Clemson  70  #5 Boston College  47

#2 Duke  87  #7 Maryland  71

#6 Virginia Tech  52  #3 Florida State  51 

 

Semifinal Round

#1 North Carolina (25-6)  vs. #4 Clemson (21-10)  1:30 PM  ESPN 

#2 Duke (28-4)  vs. #6 Virginia Tech (21-11)  3:45 PM  ESPN

 

All four teams are safely in the NCAA Tournament.  The Hokies secured a spot in the Dance with the nail-biting win over the Seminoles.

 

America East Conference

Championship Round

#5 Stony Brook (15-16)  at #2 Boston U (20-13)  12 Noon  ESPN2

 

Boston U won both regular season meetings.  The Terriers won 67-62 at home and 62-49 on the road.  They win with their defense, as they only shoot 40.6% from the field.

 

Atlantic 10 Conference—Atlantic City, NJ

Quarterfinal Round

#9 Dayton  68  #1 Xavier  67

#12 St. Joseph’s  93  #4 Duquesne  90  ot

#2 Temple  96  #10 LaSalle  76

#3 Richmond  55  #6 Rhode Island 45

 

Semifinal Round

#9 Dayton (21-12)  vs. #12 St. Joseph’s (11-21)  1 PM  CBS College

#2 Temple (25-6)  vs. #3 Richmond (24-7)  3:30 PM  CBS College

 

The Bubble teams will have to sweat it out all the way until Sunday.  At least one long shot will advance to the Championship Game.  Neither St. Joe’s nor Dayton is getting an at-large bid, and one of the two will be playing for an automatic bid Sunday.  Both Temple and Richmond are in the Dance.

 

Big 12 Conference—Kansas City

Semifinal Round

#1 Kansas  90  #5 Colorado  83

#2 Texas  70  #3 Texas A&M  58

 

Championship Game

#1 Kansas (31-2)  vs. #2 Texas (27-6)  6 PM  ESPN

 

The Jayhawks are still playing for the overall number one seed, while Texas is probably locked in on a number two seed.  However, with Notre Dame losing, a Longhorn win could put them in the conversation, especially if Duke does not win the ACC Tournament.

 

Big East Conference—New York City

Semifinal Round

#9 Connecticut  76  #4 Syracuse  71  ot

#3 Louisville 83  #2 Notre Dame  77  ot 

 

Championship Game

#3 Louisville (25-8)  vs. #9 Connecticut (25-9)  9 PM  ESPN

 

Connecticut becomes the first team ever to play five games in five days in modern college basketball history.  Will they have anything left in the tank next week when it really counts?  Louisville’s win more than likely killed any chance for the Irish getting a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament.

 

Big Ten Conference—Indianapolis

Quarterfinal Round

#1 Ohio State  67  #8 Northwestern  61 ot

#4 Michigan  60  #5 Illinois  55

#7 Michigan State  74  #2 Purdue  56

#6 Penn State  36  #3 Wisconsin 33

 

Semifinal Round

#1 Ohio State (30-2)  vs. #4 Michigan (20-12)  1:40 PM  CBS

#6 Penn State (18-13)  vs. #7 Michigan State (19-13)  4 PM  CBS

 

Michigan State has now earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament.  Penn State might move from the Bubble to in the tournament with a win over the Spartans.

 

Big West Conference—Anaheim

Semifinal Round

#1 Long Beach State  74  #7 UC-Riverside  63

#5 UC-Santa Barbara 83  #3 Cal State Northridge 63

 

Championship Game

#1 Long Beach State (22-10)  vs. #5 UC-Santa Barbara (17-13)  8 PM  ESPN2

 

Long Beach State won both meetings against the Gauchos in the regular season, and neither game was close.  The 49ers are not going to become another Butler or even repeat the exploits of Northern Iowa last year, but they could scare a favored team in the first round.  If UCSB wins, then they will make a quick exit in the first round.

 

Conference USA—El Paso, TX

Semifinal Round

#4 Memphis  76  #8 East Carolina  56

#3 U T E P  66  #2 Tulsa  54

 

Championship Game

#3 UTEP (25-8)  vs. #4 Memphis (24-9)  11:30 AM  CBS

 

The host Miners blew Memphis off the floor 74-47 in their only regular season meeting.  That game took place on this court.

 

Ivy League Playoff

Harvard (23-5)  vs. Princeton (24-6)  at Yale University  4 PM  ESPN3.com 

 

If Princeton wins a close game, there is an outside chance that the Ivy League could get two bids.

 

Mid-American Conference—Cleveland

Semifinal Round

#6 Akron  79  #2 Western Michigan  68

#1 Kent State 79  #4 Ball State 68

 

Championship Game

#1 Kent State (23-10)  vs. #6 Akron (22-12)  6 PM  ESPN2

 

The winner goes dancing, while the loser can only hope for a trip to Madison Square Garden in late March.

 

M E A C—Winston-Salem, NC

Semifinal Round

#4 Morgan State  61  #1 Bethune-Cookman  48

#2 Hampton  85  #6 Norfolk State  61

 

Championship Game

#2 Hampton (23-8)  vs. #4 Morgan State (17-13)  2 PM  ESPN2

 

Morgan State goes for a four-peat.  The Bears beat Hampton in the regular season 78-72.

 

Mountain West Conference—Las Vegas

Semifinal Round

#1 B Y U  87  #5 New Mexico  76

#2 San Diego State  74  #3 UNLV 72

 

Championship Game

#1 B Y U  (30-3)  vs. #2 San Diego State (31-2)  7 PM  Versus

 

Is the third time the charm for San Diego State?  The Aztecs’ two losses were to the Cougars.  If they can hold Jimmer Fredette under 35 points, we have a feeling that SDSU will cut down the nets. 

 

Both teams are legitimate threats to make it to the Sweet 16 and possibly a round or two farther.

 

Pac-10 Conference—Los Angeles

Semifinal Round

#1 Arizona  67  #4 Southern Cal  62

#3 Washington 69  #7 Oregon 51

 

Championship Game

#1 Arizona (27-6)  vs. #3 Washington (22-10)  6 PM  CBS

 

This should be an exciting game, even though it will not greatly affect the NCAA Tournament seedings.

 

The two teams split the season series, but the Huskies came close to sweeping.  UW won by 17 at home and fell by a single point in Tucson.  We think this is a tossup game.

 

Southeastern Conference—Atlanta

Quarterfinal Round

1W  Alabama 65  4E Georgia 59  ot

2E  Kentucky  75  3W  Ole Miss 66

1E  Florida  85  5E  Tennessee  74

3E  Vanderbilt  87  2W  Mississippi State  81

 

Semifinal Round

1W  Alabama (21-10)  vs. 2E  Kentucky (23-8)  1 PM  ABC

1E  Florida (25-6)  vs.  3E  Vanderbilt (23-9)  3:30 PM  ABC

 

Alabama played themselves into position to get one of the final at-large bids.  The Crimson Tide fans need to route against a Dayton or St. Joseph’s tournament championship in the Atlantic 10, because there is still little room for error for ‘Bama.

 

Kentucky looks unstoppable at times and then looks like a team that doesn’t belong in the tournament at others.  That’s what you get with a bunch of underclassmen and with no depth.

 

We believe this game will be close for most of the day, but the Wildcats will enjoy one nice spurt in both halves to hold off the Tide by six to 12 points.

 

Florida is playing about as well as either of their two National Champion teams.  It is hard to stop a team with five guys capable of scoring 20 points.  The Gators’ have few weaknesses.

 

Vanderbilt is a lot like Florida, but not as talented.  The Commodores have excellent outside shooters, but they cannot create their own shot like Florida’s outside shooters.  They have a couple of excellent inside scorers, but they can disappear against Florida’s inside players.  We look for the Gators to dominate this one from the beginning and win by double digits.

 

Southland Conference—Katy, TX

Championship Game

#1 McNeese State (21-10)  vs. #7 UT-San Antonio (18-13)  4 PM  ESPN2

 

S W A C—Garland, TX

Semifinal Round

#4 Alabama State  73  #1 Texas Southern  66

#6 Grambling  81  #2 Jackson State  75  ot

 

Championship Game

#4 Alabama State (16-17)  vs. #6 Grambling (12-20)  8:30 PM  ESPNU

 

The winner of this game can definitely plan on heading to Dayton for a First Four game.

 

W A C—Las Vegas

Semifinal Round

#1 Utah State  58  #8 San Jose State  54

#2 Boise State 81  #3 New Mexico State  63

 

Championship Game

#1 Utah State (29-3)  vs. #2 Boise State (20-11) 10 PM  ESPN2

 

Utah State is definitely in the Dance, so if the Broncos can pull off the big upset, another bubble will burst somewhere else.

 

Note: St. Mary’s defeated Weber State Friday night 77-54 in a non-conference game that was scheduled only two months ago.  The Gaels appear to be safe as an at-large team.

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