The Pi-Rate Ratings

March 10, 2019

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For Sunday, March 10, 2019

Today’s PiRate Ratings Spreads

Home

Rating

HCA

Visitor

Rating

Spread

Lipscomb

109.0

3.0

Liberty

105.9

6.1

Radford

102.7

2.5

Gardner-Webb

99.3

5.9

Hofstra

106.5

0.0

James Madison

93.8

12.7

William & Mary

97.6

0.0

Delaware

94.7

2.9

Northeastern

105.6

0.0

UNC Wilmington

94.7

10.9

Charleston

103.4

1.0

Drexel

95.2

9.2

Siena

95.4

2.5

Iona

97.7

0.2

Canisius

95.1

0.0

Monmouth

93.3

1.8

Northern Iowa

99.1

0.0

Bradley

99.5

-0.4

Colgate

102.1

2.5

Navy

92.8

11.8

Bucknell

101.4

2.5

Lehigh

100.3

3.6

Wofford

112.9

0.0

East Tennessee St.

106.6

6.3

UNC Greensboro

105.5

0.0

Furman

107.9

-2.4

North Dakota St.

97.5

0.0

Oral Roberts

92.8

4.7

South Dakota

97.4

1.0

Purdue Fort Wayne

98.7

-0.3

Cincinnati

111.8

3.0

Houston

114.5

0.3

Penn St.

109.9

2.5

Illinois

106.5

5.9

Indiana

110.4

3.0

Rutgers

106.3

7.1

East Carolina

93.7

2.5

Connecticut

105.2

-9.0

Nebraska

110.5

3.0

Iowa

110.8

2.7

South Florida

103.5

3.0

SMU

103.8

2.7

Ohio St.

110.3

3.0

Wisconsin

115.5

-2.2

Conference Tournaments Update

America East Conference

All games at home floor of higher seeds

Quarterfinals–Saturday, March 9

Md.-Baltimore Co.

62

Albany

54

Vermont

73

Maine

57

Binghamton

73

Stony Brook

71

Hartford

78

UMass Lowell

70

 

Semifinals–Tuesday, March 12

Seed

Home

Seed

Visitor

1

Vermont (25-6)

7

Binghamton (10-22)

3

Maryland-Baltimore Co. (20-12)

4

Hartford (18-14)

 

 

Atlantic Sun Conference

*** Championship Game–Sunday, March 10 ***

Seed

Home

Seed

Visitor

1

Lipscomb (25-6)

2

Liberty (27-6)

 

 

Big South Conference

*** Championship Game–Sunday, March 10 (at Radford) ***

Seed

Home Team

Seed

Visitors

2

Radford (22-10)

4

Gardner-Webb (22-11)

 

 

Colonial Athletic Association

Site: North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC

First Round–Saturday, March 9

James Madison

74

Towson

73

UNC Wilmington

93

Elon

86

Quarterfinals–Sunday, March 10

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Hofstra (25-6)

8

James Madison (14-18)

4

William & Mary (14-16)

5

Delaware (16-15)

2

Northeastern (20-10)

10

UNC Wilmington (10-22)

3

Charleston (23-8)

6

Drexel (13-18)

 

 

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Site: Times Union Center, Albany, NY (Siena)

Quarterfinals–Saturday, March 9

Monmouth

98

Quinnipiac

92

Siena

87

Rider

81

 

Semifinals–Sunday, March 10

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Iona (15-15)

5

Siena (17-15)

2

Canisius (15-16)

6

Monmouth (13-20)

 

 

Missouri Valley Conference (Arch Madness)

Site: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, MO

Semifinals–Saturday, March 9

Bradley

53

Loyola (Chi)

51

Northern Iowa

60

Drake

58

*** Championship Game–Sunday, March 10 ***

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

6

Northern Iowa (16-17)

5

Bradley (19-14)

 

Northeast Conference

All games at home floor of higher seeds

Semifinals–Saturday, March 9

St. Francis (PA)

72

Long Island

64

Fairleigh-Dickinson

66

Robert Morris

62

 

Championship Game–Tuesday, March 12

Seed

Home

Seed

Visitor

1

St. Francis (PA) (18-13)

2

Fairleigh-Dickinson (19-13)

 

 

Ohio Valley Conference

*** Championship Game–Saturday, March 9 ***

Murray St.

77

Belmont

65

Champion:  Murray St.  27-4

 

 

 

Patriot League

All games at home floor of higher seeds

Semifinals–Sunday, March 10

Seed

Home

Seed

Visitor

1

Colgate (22-10)

5

Navy (12-18)

2

Bucknell (20-10)

3

Lehigh (20-10)

 

 

Southern Conference

Site: US Cellular Center, Asheville, NC

Quarterfinals–Saturday, March 9

Wofford

99

VMI

72

East Tennessee St.

68

Chattanooga

64

UNC Greensboro

77

Samford

70

Furman

85

Mercer

74

 

Semifinals–Sunday, March 10

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Wofford (27-4)

4/5

East Tennessee St. (24-8)

2

UNC Greensboro (27-5)

3

Furman (25-6)

 

 

Summit League

Site: Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, SD

Quarterfinals–Saturday, March 9

Western Illinois

79

South Dakota St.

76

Omaha

81

North Dakota

76

 

Quarterfinals–Sunday, March 10

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

Purdue Fort Wayne (17-14)

5

South Dakota (13-16)

North Dakota St. (15-15)

6

Oral Roberts (11-20)

 

 

West Coast Conference

Site: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV

Quarterfinals–Saturday, March 9

San Diego

80

BYU

57

Pepperdine

89

San Francisco

72

 

Semifinals–Monday, March 11

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

2

Saint Mary’s (20-11)

6

San Diego (21-13)

1

Gonzaga (29-2)

8

Pepperdine (16-17)

 

Teams In The Big Dance

Murray St.  (OVC)  27-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 7, 2019

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For Thursday, March 7, 2019

Today’s PiRate Ratings Spreads

Home

Rating

HCA

Visitor

Rating

Spread

Radford

103.4

0.0

Presbyterian

98.3

5.1

Winthrop

99.7

0.0

Charleston Southern

99.5

0.2

Campbell

99.1

2.5

Hampton

98.6

3.0

Gardner-Webb

98.2

0.0

High Point

96.7

1.5

Lipscomb

110.1

3.0

NJIT

99.1

14.0

Liberty

106.5

3.0

North Florida

99.0

10.5

Marist

94.2

0.0

Saint Peter’s

91.1

3.1

Manhattan

90.5

0.0

Fairfield

92.5

-2.0

Monmouth

92.4

0.0

Niagara

90.7

1.7

Indiana St.

98.0

0.0

Valparaiso

96.2

1.8

Illinois St.

97.9

0.0

Evansville

96.5

1.4

Austin Peay

102.7

0.0

Morehead St.

95.0

7.7

Jacksonville St.

103.5

0.0

UT-Martin

92.1

11.4

Colgate

102.7

3.0

Boston U

96.1

9.6

Bucknell

101.1

3.0

Holy Cross

95.6

8.5

Lehigh

100.1

2.5

Army

95.3

7.3

American

98.5

2.5

Navy

92.8

8.2

San Diego

104.0

0.0

Portland

89.7

14.3

Pepperdine

99.9

0.0

Pacific

97.2

2.7

Appalachian St.

97.8

2.5

Troy

94.2

6.1

Little Rock

97.2

2.5

Louisiana

98.9

0.8

Central Florida

110.5

3.0

Cincinnati

110.8

2.7

Coastal Carolina

101.1

2.5

South Alabama

96.9

6.7

Connecticut

104.9

3.0

Temple

106.2

1.7

Florida A&M

90.3

2.5

Bethune-Cookman

92.4

0.4

Maryland Eastern Shore

81.0

2.5

Delaware St.

79.1

4.4

Morgan St.

89.0

2.5

Coppin St.

84.1

7.4

North Carolina A&T

91.8

2.5

North Carolina Central

92.4

1.9

South Carolina St.

87.5

2.5

Savannah St.

85.5

4.5

Wisconsin

114.7

3.0

Iowa

111.1

6.6

Arkansas St.

94.7

3.0

Louisiana Monroe

100.9

-3.2

Grambling

93.2

2.5

Alabama St.

90.6

5.1

Illinois

107.6

3.0

Indiana

109.2

1.4

Jackson St.

89.7

2.5

Alabama A&M

85.3

6.9

Norfolk St.

95.3

2.5

Howard

90.8

7.0

Prairie View

95.2

2.5

Southern

87.2

10.5

Southern Utah

92.9

2.5

Northern Colorado

99.5

-4.1

UT Rio Grande Valley

99.5

2.5

California Baptist

97.9

4.1

Texas Southern

98.0

2.5

Alcorn St.

84.6

15.9

Colorado

106.3

3.0

UCLA

105.1

4.2

Houston

114.2

2.5

SMU

102.6

14.1

Idaho St.

90.7

2.5

Eastern Washington

93.6

-0.4

Utah Valley

104.8

2.5

Grand Canyon

105.4

1.9

Weber St.

97.6

2.5

Idaho

84.2

15.9

Cal Poly

89.2

2.5

UC-Irvine

105.1

-13.4

Cal St. Northridge

94.2

2.5

UC Santa Barbara

99.9

-3.2

UC-Davis

95.8

3.5

Hawaii

97.1

2.2

Portland St.

92.3

2.5

Montana

102.6

-7.8

Sacramento St.

93.5

2.5

Montana St.

95.4

0.6

Seattle

98.8

2.5

Cal St. Bakersfield

97.4

3.9

Utah

103.4

3.0

USC

105.4

1.0

Stanford

104.5

1.5

California

94.5

11.5

 

Conference Tournaments Update

Atlantic Sun Conference

Both Games Played at Higher Seed

Semifinals–Thursday, March 7

Seed

Home

Seed

Visitor

1

Lipscomb (24-6)

5

NJIT (21-11)

2

Liberty (26-6)

3

North Florida (16-16)

 

Big South Conference

At Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 7 

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

2

Radford (20-10)

7

Presbyterian (18-14)

3

Winthrop (18-11)

6

Charleston Southern (16-14)

1

Campbell (19-11)

8

Hampton (15-15)

4

Gardner-Webb (20-11)

5

High Point (16-14)

Horizon League  (Motor City Madness)

Wednesday’s Games Played At Higher Seeds

Quarterfinals–Wednesday, March 6

Oakland

88

Youngstown St.

84

Northern Kentucky

99

Detroit

88

Site: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI

Semifinals–Friday, March 15 

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

1

Wright St. (20-12)

4

Green Bay 17-15

2

Northern Kentucky (24-8)

3/6

Oakland (16-16)

 

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Site: Times Union Center, Albany, NY (Siena)

First Round–Thursday, March 7

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

Marist (12-18)

9

Saint Peter’s (9-21)

7

Manhattan (10-20)

10

Fairfield (9-21)

6

Monmouth (11-20)

11

Niagara (13-18)

 

Missouri Valley Conference  (Arch Madness)

Site: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, MO

First Round–Thursday, March 7

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

8

Indiana St. (15-15)

9

Valparaiso (14-17)

7

Illinois St. (16-15)

10

Evansville (11-20)

 

Northeast Conference

All games at home floor of higher seeds

Quarterfinals–Wednesday, March 6

St. Francis (PA)

67

Bryant

63

Fairleigh-Dickinson

84

Wagner

46

Long Island

71

Sacred Heart

62

Robert Morris

69

St. Francis (Bklyn)

65 ot

 

Semifinals–Saturday, March 9

Seed

Home

Seed

Visitor

1

St. Francis (PA) (17-13)

6

Long Island (16-15)

2

Fairleigh-Dickinson (18-13)

4

Robert Morris (17-15)

 

Ohio Valley Conference

Site: Ford Center, Evansville, IN

Morehead St.

72

SIU Edwardsville

68

UT-Martin

78

Eastern Illinois

71

 

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 7

Seed

Team

Seed

Team

4

Austin Peay (21-10)

5

Morehead St. (13-19)

3

Jacksonville St. (23-8)

7

UT-Martin (12-18)

 

Patriot League

All games at home floor of higher seeds

Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 7

Seed

Home

Seed

Visitor

1

Colgate (21-10)

8

Boston U (15-17)

2

Bucknell (19-10)

10

Holy Cross (16-16)

3

Lehigh (19-10)

6

Army (13-18)

4

American (15-14)

5

Navy (11-18)

 

West Coast Conference

Site: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV

First Round–Thursday, March 7

Seed

Home Team

Seed

Visitors

7

San Diego (18-13)

10

Portland (7-24)

8

Pepperdine (13-17)

9

Pacific (14-17)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 18, 2019

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For Monday, February 18, 2019

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Today’s PiRate Ratings (1-353)

Rk

Team

PiRate

Conf

1

Duke

124.8

ACC

2

Gonzaga

123.8

West Coast

3

Virginia

121.8

ACC

4

Michigan St.

120.3

Big Ten

5

North Carolina

119.6

ACC

6

Kentucky

118.3

SEC

7

Tennessee

118.3

SEC

8

Michigan

117.2

Big Ten

9

Texas Tech

116.8

Big 12

10

Purdue

116.5

Big Ten

11

Virginia Tech

116.1

ACC

12

Nevada

116.0

Mtn West

13

Auburn

115.8

SEC

14

Iowa St.

115.7

Big 12

15

Kansas

115.6

Big 12

16

Wisconsin

115.5

Big Ten

17

Louisville

114.8

ACC

18

Houston

114.4

AAC

19

Florida St.

114.4

ACC

20

Villanova

114.0

BEast

21

Maryland

113.7

Big Ten

22

LSU

113.4

SEC

23

Buffalo

113.3

Mid-Amer

24

Mississippi St.

113.2

SEC

25

Marquette

112.9

BEast

26

North Carolina St.

112.6

ACC

27

Iowa

112.4

Big Ten

28

Texas

112.1

Big 12

29

Cincinnati

112.0

AAC

30

Clemson

111.9

ACC

31

Wofford

111.9

Socon

32

Florida

111.8

SEC

33

Nebraska

111.6

Big Ten

34

Kansas St.

111.5

Big 12

35

Oklahoma

111.4

Big 12

36

Ohio St.

110.9

Big Ten

37

Syracuse

110.6

ACC

38

TCU

110.5

Big 12

39

Baylor

110.5

Big 12

40

Mississippi

110.5

SEC

41

Washington

110.4

Pac-12

42

Lipscomb

110.2

Atl Sun

43

Virginia Commonwealth

109.6

Atl 10

44

Saint Mary’s

109.5

West Coast

45

St. John’s

109.5

BEast

46

Indiana

109.5

Big Ten

47

Utah St.

109.4

Mtn West

48

Butler

109.2

BEast

49

Creighton

109.1

BEast

50

Central Florida

108.8

AAC

51

Minnesota

108.6

Big Ten

52

Arizona St.

108.5

Pac-12

53

Seton Hall

108.4

BEast

54

San Francisco

108.4

West Coast

55

Alabama

108.4

SEC

56

Murray St.

108.2

OH Valley

57

Oregon

108.2

Pac-12

58

Fresno St.

107.9

Mtn West

59

Penn St.

107.8

Big Ten

60

Toledo

107.7

Mid-Amer

61

Furman

107.7

Socon

62

Belmont

107.6

OH Valley

63

Arkansas

107.5

SEC

64

Northwestern

107.3

Big Ten

65

New Mexico St.

107.3

WAC

66

Dayton

107.3

Atl 10

67

Miami (Fla)

107.2

ACC

68

Vermont

107.1

Amer East

69

Illinois

107.1

Big Ten

70

Hofstra

106.9

Colonial

71

Temple

106.8

AAC

72

East Tennessee St.

106.5

Socon

73

Liberty

106.5

Atl Sun

74

BYU

106.4

West Coast

75

Colorado

106.4

Pac-12

76

South Dakota St.

106.3

Summit

77

Yale

106.2

Ivy

78

Notre Dame

106.2

ACC

79

Georgetown

106.2

BEast

80

Davidson

106.1

Atl 10

81

Oregon St.

106.1

Pac-12

82

Memphis

106.0

AAC

83

Connecticut

106.0

AAC

84

Arizona

105.9

Pac-12

85

Pittsburgh

105.8

ACC

86

USC

105.8

Pac-12

87

Providence

105.6

BEast

88

South Carolina

105.5

SEC

89

UCLA

105.3

Pac-12

90

UNC Greensboro

105.2

Socon

91

Northern Kentucky

105.2

Horizon

92

Xavier

105.2

BEast

93

San Diego

105.2

West Coast

94

Rutgers

105.1

Big Ten

95

Grand Canyon

105.1

WAC

96

Texas A&M

105.0

SEC

97

Missouri

104.7

SEC

98

Northeastern

104.6

Colonial

99

SMU

104.5

AAC

100

Old Dominion

104.3

CUSA

101

DePaul

104.3

BEast

102

West Virginia

104.3

Big 12

103

Stanford

104.3

Pac-12

104

Georgia Tech

104.3

ACC

105

Bowling Green

104.3

Mid-Amer

106

Oklahoma St.

104.2

Big 12

107

UC Irvine

104.2

Big West

108

Texas St.

104.2

Sun Belt

109

Ball St.

104.2

Mid-Amer

110

Boston College

104.2

ACC

111

Tulsa

104.0

AAC

112

Georgia Southern

104.0

Sun Belt

113

Montana

103.9

Big Sky

114

Loyola (Chi)

103.9

Missouri Vall

115

Utah

103.8

Pac-12

116

Akron

103.7

Mid-Amer

117

San Diego St.

103.7

Mtn West

118

Harvard

103.6

Ivy

119

Austin Peay

103.6

OH Valley

120

Wichita St.

103.6

AAC

121

Jacksonville St.

103.4

OH Valley

122

Charleston

103.4

Colonial

123

Utah Valley

103.4

WAC

124

South Florida

103.4

AAC

125

Georgia

103.4

SEC

126

Georgia St.

103.3

Sun Belt

127

Saint Louis

103.2

Atl 10

128

Vanderbilt

103.1

SEC

129

Western Kentucky

103.1

CUSA

130

Penn

103.0

Ivy

131

Boise St.

102.8

Mtn West

132

Radford

102.5

Big Sth

133

Southern Miss

102.5

CUSA

134

North Texas

102.3

CUSA

135

Drake

102.2

Missouri Vall

136

St. Bonaventure

102.1

Atl 10

137

Rhode Island

102.1

Atl 10

138

Louisiana Tech

102.0

CUSA

139

Loyola Marymount

101.9

West Coast

140

Bucknell

101.9

Patriot

141

Wright St.

101.8

Horizon

142

George Mason

101.7

Atl 10

143

Central Michigan

101.5

Mid-Amer

144

Kent St.

101.5

Mid-Amer

145

Miami (O)

101.4

Mid-Amer

146

Southern Illinois

101.3

Missouri Vall

147

Brown

101.2

Ivy

148

Missouri St.

101.1

Missouri Vall

149

Colgate

101.1

Patriot

150

Louisiana Monroe

101.0

Sun Belt

151

Lehigh

100.9

Patriot

152

UC Santa Barbara

100.8

Big West

153

Northern Illinois

100.7

Mid-Amer

154

UNLV

100.6

Mtn West

155

Abilene Christian

100.6

Sthland

156

Duquesne

100.6

Atl 10

157

Coastal Carolina

100.6

Sun Belt

158

Samford

100.5

Socon

159

Cal St. Fullerton

100.4

Big West

160

Stony Brook

100.3

Amer East

161

Winthrop

100.2

Big Sth

162

UTSA

100.1

CUSA

163

Pepperdine

100.0

West Coast

164

New Mexico

100.0

Mtn West

165

Northern Colorado

99.9

Big Sky

166

Eastern Michigan

99.8

Mid-Amer

167

Princeton

99.8

Ivy

168

Omaha

99.7

Summit

169

Weber St.

99.6

Big Sky

170

UAB

99.6

CUSA

171

Purdue Fort Wayne

99.6

Summit

172

Mercer

99.5

Socon

173

Bradley

99.4

Missouri Vall

174

Sam Houston St.

99.3

Sthland

175

Wake Forest

99.1

ACC

176

Florida Atlantic

99.1

CUSA

177

Richmond

99.0

Atl 10

178

Hawaii

99.0

Big West

179

Gardner Webb

99.0

Big Sth

180

NJIT

98.9

Atl Sun

181

UT Arlington

98.9

Sun Belt

182

Louisiana

98.8

Sun Belt

183

Northern Iowa

98.6

Missouri Vall

184

Dartmouth

98.6

Ivy

185

Illinois St.

98.6

Missouri Vall

186

Hartford

98.6

Amer East

187

Saint Joseph’s

98.6

Atl 10

188

Rider

98.6

Metro Atl

189

Washington St.

98.5

Pac-12

190

Seattle

98.5

WAC

191

Appalachian St.

98.5

Sun Belt

192

Valparaiso

98.5

Missouri Vall

193

Massachusetts

98.5

Atl 10

194

Campbell

98.4

Big Sth

195

Presbyterian

98.4

Big Sth

196

IUPUI

98.3

Horizon

197

Marshall

98.1

CUSA

198

North Dakota St.

98.0

Summit

199

American

97.9

Patriot

200

UT Rio Grande Valley

97.8

WAC

201

Colorado St.

97.8

Mtn West

202

Green Bay

97.6

Horizon

203

Pacific

97.6

West Coast

204

Maryland Baltimore Co.

97.4

Amer East

205

Charleston Southern

97.4

Big Sth

206

Little Rock

97.4

Sun Belt

207

Oakland

97.4

Horizon

208

Cal St. Bakersfield

97.3

WAC

209

California Baptist

97.3

WAC

210

Texas Southern

97.3

SWAC

211

La Salle

97.2

Atl 10

212

Illinois Chicago

97.2

Horizon

213

Santa Clara

97.2

West Coast

214

North Florida

97.1

Atl Sun

215

William & Mary

97.0

Colonial

216

South Alabama

96.9

Sun Belt

217

Holy Cross

96.9

Patriot

218

High Point

96.9

Big Sth

219

Quinnipiac

96.9

Metro Atl

220

Indiana St.

96.8

Missouri Vall

221

Ohio

96.8

Mid-Amer

222

Fordham

96.7

Atl 10

223

Cornell

96.6

Ivy

224

Iona

96.6

Metro Atl

225

Long Beach St.

96.6

Big West

226

Troy

96.5

Sun Belt

227

Hampton

96.5

Big Sth

228

Lamar

96.5

Sthland

229

Florida Int’l.

96.5

CUSA

230

UC Davis

96.3

Big West

231

Evansville

96.3

Missouri Vall

232

Marist

96.2

Metro Atl

233

St. Francis (PA)

96.0

Northeast

234

South Dakota

96.0

Summit

235

Boston U

96.0

Patriot

236

UMass Lowell

95.9

Amer East

237

Columbia

95.9

Ivy

238

Army

95.7

Patriot

239

Jacksonville

95.5

Atl Sun

240

Drexel

95.5

Colonial

241

Fairleigh Dickinson

95.5

Northeast

242

Delaware

95.4

Colonial

243

Missouri Kansas City

95.4

WAC

244

Sacred Heart

95.3

Northeast

245

Florida Gulf Coast

95.3

Atl Sun

246

The Citadel

95.3

Socon

247

Canisius

95.2

Metro Atl

248

Prairie View A&M

95.0

SWAC

249

Robert Morris

95.0

Northeast

250

UNC Wilmington

95.0

Colonial

251

Siena

95.0

Metro Atl

252

Eastern Kentucky

94.9

OH Valley

253

Detroit

94.9

Horizon

254

Towson

94.9

Colonial

255

Norfolk St.

94.9

MEAC

256

Montana St.

94.9

Big Sky

257

Sacramento St.

94.8

Big Sky

258

St. Francis (Bklyn)

94.7

Northeast

259

Morehead St.

94.7

OH Valley

260

Air Force

94.5

Mtn West

261

Grambling St.

94.5

SWAC

262

Southeastern Louisiana

94.4

Sthland

263

Middle Tennessee

94.4

CUSA

264

Chattanooga

94.4

Socon

265

Arkansas St.

94.4

Sun Belt

266

Long Island

94.3

Northeast

267

Western Michigan

94.2

Mid-Amer

268

Rice

94.2

CUSA

269

James Madison

94.2

Colonial

270

Eastern Washington

94.2

Big Sky

271

George Washington

94.2

Atl 10

272

Wagner

94.1

Northeast

273

Portland St.

93.9

Big Sky

274

North Dakota

93.9

Summit

275

Youngstown St.

93.9

Horizon

276

East Carolina

93.8

AAC

277

California

93.8

Pac-12

278

New Orleans

93.6

Sthland

279

Southern Utah

93.5

Big Sky

280

Loyola (MD)

93.5

Patriot

281

UTEP

93.5

CUSA

282

North Carolina Central

93.4

MEAC

283

Monmouth

93.4

Metro Atl

284

Texas A&M CC

93.4

Sthland

285

Albany

93.3

Amer East

286

Bethune Cookman

93.3

MEAC

287

Eastern Illinois

93.2

OH Valley

288

Lafayette

93.2

Patriot

289

Fairfield

93.2

Metro Atl

290

Houston Baptist

93.1

Sthland

291

Stephen F. Austin

93.1

Sthland

292

Western Carolina

93.1

Socon

293

Western Illinois

93.0

Summit

294

Tennessee St.

93.0

OH Valley

295

UT Martin

92.9

OH Valley

296

Oral Roberts

92.8

Summit

297

Cal St. Northridge

92.8

Big West

298

Longwood

92.7

Big Sth

299

Niagara

92.6

Metro Atl

300

Milwaukee

92.6

Horizon

301

Tulane

92.5

AAC

302

Central Connecticut

92.3

Northeast

303

Central Arkansas

92.2

Sthland

304

Charlotte

92.2

CUSA

305

Navy

92.2

Patriot

306

Cleveland St.

92.0

Horizon

307

North Carolina A&T

92.0

MEAC

308

UC Riverside

91.9

Big West

309

Denver

91.6

Summit

310

Idaho St.

91.6

Big Sky

311

Howard

91.4

MEAC

312

Northern Arizona

91.4

Big Sky

313

Manhattan

91.3

Metro Atl

314

Southeast Missouri St.

91.2

OH Valley

315

Saint Peter’s

91.2

Metro Atl

316

Alabama St.

91.2

SWAC

317

VMI

90.9

Socon

318

Nicholls St.

90.7

Sthland

319

Maine

90.7

Amer East

320

Wyoming

90.4

Mtn West

321

Florida A&M

90.3

MEAC

322

Elon

90.2

Colonial

323

North Alabama

90.2

Atl Sun

324

Portland

89.8

West Coast

325

McNeese St.

89.8

Sthland

326

Mount St. Mary’s

89.7

Northeast

327

Arkansas Pine Bluff

89.7

SWAC

328

Tennessee Tech

89.1

OH Valley

329

Jackson St.

89.1

SWAC

330

Cal Poly

88.9

Big West

331

USC Upstate

88.9

Big Sth

332

Bryant

88.7

Northeast

333

Morgan St.

88.5

MEAC

334

Binghamton

88.2

Amer East

335

SIU Edwardsville

88.0

OH Valley

336

Northwestern St.

88.0

Sthland

337

Stetson

87.5

Atl Sun

338

South Carolina St.

87.3

MEAC

339

Southern

87.2

SWAC

340

Kennesaw St.

86.3

Atl Sun

341

San Jose St.

86.0

Mtn West

342

Incarnate Word

85.8

Sthland

343

New Hampshire

85.6

Amer East

344

UNC Asheville

85.6

Big Sth

345

Idaho

85.4

Big Sky

346

Alabama A&M

85.3

SWAC

347

Coppin St.

85.3

MEAC

348

Alcorn St.

85.0

SWAC

349

Savannah St.

84.5

MEAC

350

Mississippi Valley St.

82.7

SWAC

351

Maryland Eastern Shore

80.9

MEAC

352

Delaware St.

79.8

MEAC

353

Chicago St.

79.5

WAC

 

PiRate Ratings (Alphabetically)

Rk

Team

PiRate

Conf

155

Abilene Christian

100.6

Sthland

260

Air Force

94.5

Mtn West

116

Akron

103.7

Mid-Amer

55

Alabama

108.4

SEC

346

Alabama A&M

85.3

SWAC

316

Alabama St.

91.2

SWAC

285

Albany

93.3

Amer East

348

Alcorn St.

85.0

SWAC

199

American

97.9

Patriot

191

Appalachian St.

98.5

Sun Belt

84

Arizona

105.9

Pac-12

52

Arizona St.

108.5

Pac-12

63

Arkansas

107.5

SEC

327

Arkansas Pine Bluff

89.7

SWAC

265

Arkansas St.

94.4

Sun Belt

238

Army

95.7

Patriot

13

Auburn

115.8

SEC

119

Austin Peay

103.6

OH Valley

109

Ball St.

104.2

Mid-Amer

39

Baylor

110.5

Big 12

62

Belmont

107.6

OH Valley

286

Bethune Cookman

93.3

MEAC

334

Binghamton

88.2

Amer East

131

Boise St.

102.8

Mtn West

110

Boston College

104.2

ACC

235

Boston University

96.0

Patriot

105

Bowling Green

104.3

Mid-Amer

173

Bradley

99.4

Missouri Vall

147

Brown

101.2

Ivy

332

Bryant

88.7

Northeast

140

Bucknell

101.9

Patriot

23

Buffalo

113.3

Mid-Amer

48

Butler

109.2

BEast

74

BYU

106.4

West Coast

330

Cal Poly

88.9

Big West

208

Cal St. Bakersfield

97.3

WAC

159

Cal St. Fullerton

100.4

Big West

297

Cal St. Northridge

92.8

Big West

277

California

93.8

Pac-12

209

California Baptist

97.3

WAC

194

Campbell

98.4

Big Sth

247

Canisius

95.2

Metro Atl

303

Central Arkansas

92.2

Sthland

302

Central Connecticut

92.3

Northeast

50

Central Florida

108.8

AAC

143

Central Michigan

101.5

Mid-Amer

122

Charleston

103.4

Colonial

205

Charleston Southern

97.4

Big Sth

304

Charlotte

92.2

CUSA

264

Chattanooga

94.4

Socon

353

Chicago St.

79.5

WAC

29

Cincinnati

112.0

AAC

30

Clemson

111.9

ACC

306

Cleveland St.

92.0

Horizon

157

Coastal Carolina

100.6

Sun Belt

149

Colgate

101.1

Patriot

75

Colorado

106.4

Pac-12

201

Colorado St.

97.8

Mtn West

237

Columbia

95.9

Ivy

83

Connecticut

106.0

AAC

347

Coppin St.

85.3

MEAC

223

Cornell

96.6

Ivy

49

Creighton

109.1

BEast

184

Dartmouth

98.6

Ivy

80

Davidson

106.1

Atl 10

66

Dayton

107.3

Atl 10

242

Delaware

95.4

Colonial

352

Delaware St.

79.8

MEAC

309

Denver

91.6

Summit

101

DePaul

104.3

BEast

253

Detroit

94.9

Horizon

135

Drake

102.2

Missouri Vall

240

Drexel

95.5

Colonial

1

Duke

124.8

ACC

156

Duquesne

100.6

Atl 10

276

East Carolina

93.8

AAC

72

East Tennessee St.

106.5

Socon

287

Eastern Illinois

93.2

OH Valley

252

Eastern Kentucky

94.9

OH Valley

166

Eastern Michigan

99.8

Mid-Amer

270

Eastern Washington

94.2

Big Sky

322

Elon

90.2

Colonial

231

Evansville

96.3

Missouri Vall

289

Fairfield

93.2

Metro Atl

241

Fairleigh Dickinson

95.5

Northeast

32

Florida

111.8

SEC

321

Florida A&M

90.3

MEAC

176

Florida Atlantic

99.1

CUSA

245

Florida Gulf Coast

95.3

Atl Sun

229

Florida Int’l.

96.5

CUSA

19

Florida St.

114.4

ACC

222

Fordham

96.7

Atl 10

58

Fresno St.

107.9

Mtn West

61

Furman

107.7

Socon

179

Gardner Webb

99.0

Big Sth

142

George Mason

101.7

Atl 10

271

George Washington

94.2

Atl 10

79

Georgetown

106.2

BEast

125

Georgia

103.4

SEC

112

Georgia Southern

104.0

Sun Belt

126

Georgia St.

103.3

Sun Belt

104

Georgia Tech

104.3

ACC

2

Gonzaga

123.8

West Coast

261

Grambling St.

94.5

SWAC

95

Grand Canyon

105.1

WAC

202

Green Bay

97.6

Horizon

227

Hampton

96.5

Big Sth

186

Hartford

98.6

Amer East

118

Harvard

103.6

Ivy

178

Hawaii

99.0

Big West

218

High Point

96.9

Big Sth

70

Hofstra

106.9

Colonial

217

Holy Cross

96.9

Patriot

18

Houston

114.4

AAC

290

Houston Baptist

93.1

Sthland

311

Howard

91.4

MEAC

345

Idaho

85.4

Big Sky

310

Idaho St.

91.6

Big Sky

69

Illinois

107.1

Big Ten

212

Illinois Chicago

97.2

Horizon

185

Illinois St.

98.6

Missouri Vall

342

Incarnate Word

85.8

Sthland

46

Indiana

109.5

Big Ten

220

Indiana St.

96.8

Missouri Vall

224

Iona

96.6

Metro Atl

27

Iowa

112.4

Big Ten

14

Iowa St.

115.7

Big 12

196

IUPUI

98.3

Horizon

329

Jackson St.

89.1

SWAC

239

Jacksonville

95.5

Atl Sun

121

Jacksonville St.

103.4

OH Valley

269

James Madison

94.2

Colonial

15

Kansas

115.6

Big 12

34

Kansas St.

111.5

Big 12

340

Kennesaw St.

86.3

Atl Sun

144

Kent St.

101.5

Mid-Amer

6

Kentucky

118.3

SEC

211

La Salle

97.2

Atl 10

288

Lafayette

93.2

Patriot

228

Lamar

96.5

Sthland

151

Lehigh

100.9

Patriot

73

Liberty

106.5

Atl Sun

42

Lipscomb

110.2

Atl Sun

206

Little Rock

97.4

Sun Belt

225

Long Beach St.

96.6

Big West

266

Long Island

94.3

Northeast

298

Longwood

92.7

Big Sth

182

Louisiana

98.8

Sun Belt

150

Louisiana Monroe

101.0

Sun Belt

138

Louisiana Tech

102.0

CUSA

17

Louisville

114.8

ACC

114

Loyola (Chi)

103.9

Missouri Vall

280

Loyola (MD)

93.5

Patriot

139

Loyola Marymount

101.9

West Coast

22

LSU

113.4

SEC

319

Maine

90.7

Amer East

313

Manhattan

91.3

Metro Atl

232

Marist

96.2

Metro Atl

25

Marquette

112.9

BEast

197

Marshall

98.1

CUSA

21

Maryland

113.7

Big Ten

204

Maryland Baltimore Co.

97.4

Amer East

351

Maryland Eastern Shore

80.9

MEAC

193

Massachusetts

98.5

Atl 10

325

McNeese St.

89.8

Sthland

82

Memphis

106.0

AAC

172

Mercer

99.5

Socon

67

Miami (Fla)

107.2

ACC

145

Miami (O)

101.4

Mid-Amer

8

Michigan

117.2

Big Ten

4

Michigan St.

120.3

Big Ten

263

Middle Tennessee

94.4

CUSA

300

Milwaukee

92.6

Horizon

51

Minnesota

108.6

Big Ten

40

Mississippi

110.5

SEC

24

Mississippi St.

113.2

SEC

350

Mississippi Valley St.

82.7

SWAC

97

Missouri

104.7

SEC

243

Missouri Kansas City

95.4

WAC

148

Missouri St.

101.1

Missouri Vall

283

Monmouth

93.4

Metro Atl

113

Montana

103.9

Big Sky

256

Montana St.

94.9

Big Sky

259

Morehead St.

94.7

OH Valley

333

Morgan St.

88.5

MEAC

326

Mount St. Mary’s

89.7

Northeast

56

Murray St.

108.2

OH Valley

305

Navy

92.2

Patriot

33

Nebraska

111.6

Big Ten

12

Nevada

116.0

Mtn West

343

New Hampshire

85.6

Amer East

164

New Mexico

100.0

Mtn West

65

New Mexico St.

107.3

WAC

278

New Orleans

93.6

Sthland

299

Niagara

92.6

Metro Atl

318

Nicholls St.

90.7

Sthland

180

NJIT

98.9

Atl Sun

255

Norfolk St.

94.9

MEAC

323

North Alabama

90.2

Atl Sun

5

North Carolina

119.6

ACC

307

North Carolina A&T

92.0

MEAC

282

North Carolina Central

93.4

MEAC

26

North Carolina St.

112.6

ACC

274

North Dakota

93.9

Summit

198

North Dakota St.

98.0

Summit

214

North Florida

97.1

Atl Sun

134

North Texas

102.3

CUSA

98

Northeastern

104.6

Colonial

312

Northern Arizona

91.4

Big Sky

165

Northern Colorado

99.9

Big Sky

153

Northern Illinois

100.7

Mid-Amer

183

Northern Iowa

98.6

Missouri Vall

91

Northern Kentucky

105.2

Horizon

64

Northwestern

107.3

Big Ten

336

Northwestern St.

88.0

Sthland

78

Notre Dame

106.2

ACC

207

Oakland

97.4

Horizon

221

Ohio

96.8

Mid-Amer

36

Ohio St.

110.9

Big Ten

35

Oklahoma

111.4

Big 12

106

Oklahoma St.

104.2

Big 12

100

Old Dominion

104.3

CUSA

168

Omaha

99.7

Summit

296

Oral Roberts

92.8

Summit

57

Oregon

108.2

Pac-12

81

Oregon St.

106.1

Pac-12

203

Pacific

97.6

West Coast

130

Penn

103.0

Ivy

59

Penn St.

107.8

Big Ten

163

Pepperdine

100.0

West Coast

85

Pittsburgh

105.8

ACC

324

Portland

89.8

West Coast

273

Portland St.

93.9

Big Sky

248

Prairie View A&M

95.0

SWAC

195

Presbyterian

98.4

Big Sth

167

Princeton

99.8

Ivy

87

Providence

105.6

BEast

10

Purdue

116.5

Big Ten

171

Purdue Fort Wayne

99.6

Summit

219

Quinnipiac

96.9

Metro Atl

132

Radford

102.5

Big Sth

137

Rhode Island

102.1

Atl 10

268

Rice

94.2

CUSA

177

Richmond

99.0

Atl 10

188

Rider

98.6

Metro Atl

249

Robert Morris

95.0

Northeast

94

Rutgers

105.1

Big Ten

257

Sacramento St.

94.8

Big Sky

244

Sacred Heart

95.3

Northeast

187

Saint Joseph’s

98.6

Atl 10

127

Saint Louis

103.2

Atl 10

44

Saint Mary’s

109.5

West Coast

315

Saint Peter’s

91.2

Metro Atl

174

Sam Houston St.

99.3

Sthland

158

Samford

100.5

Socon

93

San Diego

105.2

West Coast

117

San Diego St.

103.7

Mtn West

54

San Francisco

108.4

West Coast

341

San Jose St.

86.0

Mtn West

213

Santa Clara

97.2

West Coast

349

Savannah St.

84.5

MEAC

190

Seattle

98.5

WAC

53

Seton Hall

108.4

BEast

251

Siena

95.0

Metro Atl

335

SIU Edwardsville

88.0

OH Valley

99

SMU

104.5

AAC

216

South Alabama

96.9

Sun Belt

88

South Carolina

105.5

SEC

338

South Carolina St.

87.3

MEAC

234

South Dakota

96.0

Summit

76

South Dakota St.

106.3

Summit

124

South Florida

103.4

AAC

314

Southeast Missouri St.

91.2

OH Valley

262

Southeastern Louisiana

94.4

Sthland

339

Southern

87.2

SWAC

146

Southern Illinois

101.3

Missouri Vall

133

Southern Miss

102.5

CUSA

279

Southern Utah

93.5

Big Sky

136

St. Bonaventure

102.1

Atl 10

258

St. Francis (Bklyn)

94.7

Northeast

233

St. Francis PA

96.0

Northeast

45

St. John’s

109.5

BEast

103

Stanford

104.3

Pac-12

291

Stephen F. Austin

93.1

Sthland

337

Stetson

87.5

Atl Sun

160

Stony Brook

100.3

Amer East

37

Syracuse

110.6

ACC

38

TCU

110.5

Big 12

71

Temple

106.8

AAC

7

Tennessee

118.3

SEC

294

Tennessee St.

93.0

OH Valley

328

Tennessee Tech

89.1

OH Valley

28

Texas

112.1

Big 12

96

Texas A&M

105.0

SEC

284

Texas A&M CC

93.4

Sthland

210

Texas Southern

97.3

SWAC

108

Texas St.

104.2

Sun Belt

9

Texas Tech

116.8

Big 12

246

The Citadel

95.3

Socon

60

Toledo

107.7

Mid-Amer

254

Towson

94.9

Colonial

226

Troy

96.5

Sun Belt

301

Tulane

92.5

AAC

111

Tulsa

104.0

AAC

170

UAB

99.6

CUSA

230

UC Davis

96.3

Big West

107

UC Irvine

104.2

Big West

308

UC Riverside

91.9

Big West

152

UC Santa Barbara

100.8

Big West

89

UCLA

105.3

Pac-12

236

UMass Lowell

95.9

Amer East

344

UNC Asheville

85.6

Big Sth

90

UNC Greensboro

105.2

Socon

250

UNC Wilmington

95.0

Colonial

154

UNLV

100.6

Mtn West

86

USC

105.8

Pac-12

331

USC Upstate

88.9

Big Sth

181

UT Arlington

98.9

Sun Belt

295

UT Martin

92.9

OH Valley

200

UT Rio Grande Valley

97.8

WAC

115

Utah

103.8

Pac-12

47

Utah St.

109.4

Mtn West

123

Utah Valley

103.4

WAC

281

UTEP

93.5

CUSA

162

UTSA

100.1

CUSA

192

Valparaiso

98.5

Missouri Vall

128

Vanderbilt

103.1

SEC

68

Vermont

107.1

Amer East

20

Villanova

114.0

BEast

3

Virginia

121.8

ACC

43

Virginia Commonwealth

109.6

Atl 10

11

Virginia Tech

116.1

ACC

317

VMI

90.9

Socon

272

Wagner

94.1

Northeast

175

Wake Forest

99.1

ACC

41

Washington

110.4

Pac-12

189

Washington St.

98.5

Pac-12

169

Weber St.

99.6

Big Sky

102

West Virginia

104.3

Big 12

292

Western Carolina

93.1

Socon

293

Western Illinois

93.0

Summit

129

Western Kentucky

103.1

CUSA

267

Western Michigan

94.2

Mid-Amer

120

Wichita St.

103.6

AAC

215

William & Mary

97.0

Colonial

161

Winthrop

100.2

Big Sth

16

Wisconsin

115.5

Big Ten

31

Wofford

111.9

Socon

141

Wright St.

101.8

Horizon

320

Wyoming

90.4

Mtn West

92

Xavier

105.2

BEast

77

Yale

106.2

Ivy

275

Youngstown St.

93.9

Horizon

 

PiRate Ratings By Conference

#

America East

PiRate

68

Vermont

107.1

160

Stony Brook

100.3

186

Hartford

98.6

204

Maryland Baltimore Co.

97.4

236

UMass Lowell

95.9

285

Albany

93.3

319

Maine

90.7

334

Binghamton

88.2

343

New Hampshire

85.6

#

American Athletic

PiRate

18

Houston

114.4

29

Cincinnati

112.0

50

Central Florida

108.8

71

Temple

106.8

82

Memphis

106.0

83

Connecticut

106.0

99

SMU

104.5

111

Tulsa

104.0

120

Wichita St.

103.6

124

South Florida

103.4

276

East Carolina

93.8

301

Tulane

92.5

#

Atlantic 10

PiRate

43

Virginia Commonwealth

109.6

66

Dayton

107.3

80

Davidson

106.1

127

Saint Louis

103.2

136

St. Bonaventure

102.1

137

Rhode Island

102.1

142

George Mason

101.7

156

Duquesne

100.6

177

Richmond

99.0

187

Saint Joseph’s

98.6

193

Massachusetts

98.5

211

La Salle

97.2

222

Fordham

96.7

271

George Washington

94.2

#

Atlantic Coast

PiRate

1

Duke

124.8

3

Virginia

121.8

5

North Carolina

119.6

11

Virginia Tech

116.1

17

Louisville

114.8

19

Florida St.

114.4

26

North Carolina St.

112.6

30

Clemson

111.9

37

Syracuse

110.6

67

Miami (Fla)

107.2

78

Notre Dame

106.2

85

Pittsburgh

105.8

104

Georgia Tech

104.3

110

Boston College

104.2

175

Wake Forest

99.1

#

Atlantic Sun

PiRate

42

Lipscomb

110.2

73

Liberty

106.5

180

NJIT

98.9

214

North Florida

97.1

239

Jacksonville

95.5

245

Florida Gulf Coast

95.3

323

North Alabama

90.2

337

Stetson

87.5

340

Kennesaw St.

86.3

#

Big 12

PiRate

9

Texas Tech

116.8

14

Iowa St.

115.7

15

Kansas

115.6

28

Texas

112.1

34

Kansas St.

111.5

35

Oklahoma

111.4

38

TCU

110.5

39

Baylor

110.5

102

West Virginia

104.3

106

Oklahoma St.

104.2

#

Big East

PiRate

20

Villanova

114.0

25

Marquette

112.9

45

St. John’s

109.5

48

Butler

109.2

49

Creighton

109.1

53

Seton Hall

108.4

79

Georgetown

106.2

87

Providence

105.6

92

Xavier

105.2

101

DePaul

104.3

#

Big Sky

PiRate

113

Montana

103.9

165

Northern Colorado

99.9

169

Weber St.

99.6

256

Montana St.

94.9

257

Sacramento St.

94.8

270

Eastern Washington

94.2

273

Portland St.

93.9

279

Southern Utah

93.5

310

Idaho St.

91.6

312

Northern Arizona

91.4

345

Idaho

85.4

#

Big South

PiRate

132

Radford

102.5

161

Winthrop

100.2

179

Gardner Webb

99.0

194

Campbell

98.4

195

Presbyterian

98.4

205

Charleston Southern

97.4

218

High Point

96.9

227

Hampton

96.5

298

Longwood

92.7

331

USC Upstate

88.9

344

UNC Asheville

85.6

#

Big Ten

PiRate

4

Michigan St.

120.3

8

Michigan

117.2

10

Purdue

116.5

16

Wisconsin

115.5

21

Maryland

113.7

27

Iowa

112.4

33

Nebraska

111.6

36

Ohio St.

110.9

46

Indiana

109.5

51

Minnesota

108.6

59

Penn St.

107.8

64

Northwestern

107.3

69

Illinois

107.1

94

Rutgers

105.1

#

Big West

PiRate

107

UC Irvine

104.2

152

UC Santa Barbara

100.8

159

Cal St. Fullerton

100.4

178

Hawaii

99.0

225

Long Beach St.

96.6

230

UC Davis

96.3

297

Cal St. Northridge

92.8

308

UC Riverside

91.9

330

Cal Poly

88.9

#

Colonial Athletic

PiRate

70

Hofstra

106.9

98

Northeastern

104.6

122

Charleston

103.4

215

William & Mary

97.0

240

Drexel

95.5

242

Delaware

95.4

250

UNC Wilmington

95.0

254

Towson

94.9

269

James Madison

94.2

322

Elon

90.2

#

Conference USA

PiRate

100

Old Dominion

104.3

129

Western Kentucky

103.1

133

Southern Miss

102.5

134

North Texas

102.3

138

Louisiana Tech

102.0

162

UTSA

100.1

170

UAB

99.6

176

Florida Atlantic

99.1

197

Marshall

98.1

229

Florida Int’l.

96.5

263

Middle Tennessee

94.4

268

Rice

94.2

281

UTEP

93.5

304

Charlotte

92.2

#

Horizon

PiRate

91

Northern Kentucky

105.2

141

Wright St.

101.8

196

IUPUI

98.3

202

Green Bay

97.6

207

Oakland

97.4

212

Illinois Chicago

97.2

253

Detroit

94.9

275

Youngstown St.

93.9

300

Milwaukee

92.6

306

Cleveland St.

92.0

#

Ivy

PiRate

77

Yale

106.2

118

Harvard

103.6

130

Penn

103.0

147

Brown

101.2

167

Princeton

99.8

184

Dartmouth

98.6

223

Cornell

96.6

237

Columbia

95.9

#

Metro Atlantic

PiRate

188

Rider

98.6

219

Quinnipiac

96.9

224

Iona

96.6

232

Marist

96.2

247

Canisius

95.2

251

Siena

95.0

283

Monmouth

93.4

289

Fairfield

93.2

299

Niagara

92.6

313

Manhattan

91.3

315

Saint Peter’s

91.2

#

Mid-American

PiRate

23

Buffalo

113.3

60

Toledo

107.7

105

Bowling Green

104.3

109

Ball St.

104.2

116

Akron

103.7

143

Central Michigan

101.5

144

Kent St.

101.5

145

Miami (O)

101.4

153

Northern Illinois

100.7

166

Eastern Michigan

99.8

221

Ohio

96.8

267

Western Michigan

94.2

#

Mideastern Athletic

PiRate

255

Norfolk St.

94.9

282

North Carolina Central

93.4

286

Bethune Cookman

93.3

307

North Carolina A&T

92.0

311

Howard

91.4

321

Florida A&M

90.3

333

Morgan St.

88.5

338

South Carolina St.

87.3

347

Coppin St.

85.3

349

Savannah St.

84.5

351

Maryland Eastern Shore

80.9

352

Delaware St.

79.8

#

Missouri Valley

PiRate

114

Loyola (Chi)

103.9

135

Drake

102.2

146

Southern Illinois

101.3

148

Missouri St.

101.1

173

Bradley

99.4

183

Northern Iowa

98.6

185

Illinois St.

98.6

192

Valparaiso

98.5

220

Indiana St.

96.8

231

Evansville

96.3

#

Mountain West

PiRate

12

Nevada

116.0

47

Utah St.

109.4

58

Fresno St.

107.9

117

San Diego St.

103.7

131

Boise St.

102.8

154

UNLV

100.6

164

New Mexico

100.0

201

Colorado St.

97.8

260

Air Force

94.5

320

Wyoming

90.4

341

San Jose St.

86.0

#

Northeast

PiRate

233

St. Francis PA

96.0

241

Fairleigh Dickinson

95.5

244

Sacred Heart

95.3

249

Robert Morris

95.0

258

St. Francis (Bklyn)

94.7

266

Long Island

94.3

272

Wagner

94.1

302

Central Connecticut

92.3

326

Mount St. Mary’s

89.7

332

Bryant

88.7

#

Ohio Valley

PiRate

56

Murray St.

108.2

62

Belmont

107.6

119

Austin Peay

103.6

121

Jacksonville St.

103.4

252

Eastern Kentucky

94.9

259

Morehead St.

94.7

287

Eastern Illinois

93.2

294

Tennessee St.

93.0

295

UT Martin

92.9

314

Southeast Missouri St.

91.2

328

Tennessee Tech

89.1

335

SIU Edwardsville

88.0

#

Pac-12

PiRate

41

Washington

110.4

52

Arizona St.

108.5

57

Oregon

108.2

75

Colorado

106.4

81

Oregon St.

106.1

84

Arizona

105.9

86

USC

105.8

89

UCLA

105.3

103

Stanford

104.3

115

Utah

103.8

189

Washington St.

98.5

277

California

93.8

#

Patriot

PiRate

140

Bucknell

101.9

149

Colgate

101.1

151

Lehigh

100.9

199

American

97.9

217

Holy Cross

96.9

235

Boston University

96.0

238

Army

95.7

280

Loyola (MD)

93.5

288

Lafayette

93.2

305

Navy

92.2

#

Southeastern

PiRate

6

Kentucky

118.3

7

Tennessee

118.3

13

Auburn

115.8

22

LSU

113.4

24

Mississippi St.

113.2

32

Florida

111.8

40

Mississippi

110.5

55

Alabama

108.4

63

Arkansas

107.5

88

South Carolina

105.5

96

Texas A&M

105.0

97

Missouri

104.7

125

Georgia

103.4

128

Vanderbilt

103.1

#

Southern

PiRate

31

Wofford

111.9

61

Furman

107.7

72

East Tennessee St.

106.5

90

UNC Greensboro

105.2

158

Samford

100.5

172

Mercer

99.5

246

The Citadel

95.3

264

Chattanooga

94.4

292

Western Carolina

93.1

317

VMI

90.9

#

Southland

PiRate

155

Abilene Christian

100.6

174

Sam Houston St.

99.3

228

Lamar

96.5

262

Southeastern Louisiana

94.4

278

New Orleans

93.6

284

Texas A&M CC

93.4

290

Houston Baptist

93.1

291

Stephen F. Austin

93.1

303

Central Arkansas

92.2

318

Nicholls St.

90.7

325

McNeese St.

89.8

336

Northwestern St.

88.0

342

Incarnate Word

85.8

#

Southwestern Athletic

PiRate

210

Texas Southern

97.3

248

Prairie View A&M

95.0

261

Grambling St.

94.5

316

Alabama St.

91.2

327

Arkansas Pine Bluff

89.7

329

Jackson St.

89.1

339

Southern

87.2

346

Alabama A&M

85.3

348

Alcorn St.

85.0

350

Mississippi Valley St.

82.7

#

Summit

PiRate

76

South Dakota St.

106.3

168

Omaha

99.7

171

Purdue Fort Wayne

99.6

198

North Dakota St.

98.0

234

South Dakota

96.0

274

North Dakota

93.9

293

Western Illinois

93.0

296

Oral Roberts

92.8

309

Denver

91.6

#

Sun Belt

PiRate

108

Texas St.

104.2

112

Georgia Southern

104.0

126

Georgia St.

103.3

150

Louisiana Monroe

101.0

157

Coastal Carolina

100.6

181

UT Arlington

98.9

182

Louisiana

98.8

191

Appalachian St.

98.5

206

Little Rock

97.4

216

South Alabama

96.9

226

Troy

96.5

265

Arkansas St.

94.4

#

West Coast

PiRate

2

Gonzaga

123.8

44

Saint Mary’s

109.5

54

San Francisco

108.4

74

BYU

106.4

93

San Diego

105.2

139

Loyola Marymount

101.9

163

Pepperdine

100.0

203

Pacific

97.6

213

Santa Clara

97.2

324

Portland

89.8

#

Western Athletic

PiRate

65

New Mexico St.

107.3

95

Grand Canyon

105.1

123

Utah Valley

103.4

190

Seattle

98.5

200

UT Rio Grande Valley

97.8

208

Cal St. Bakersfield

97.3

209

California Baptist

97.3

243

Missouri Kansas City

95.4

353

Chicago St.

79.5

 

Rating of Conferences

#

League

PiRate Avg.

1

Big Ten

111.7

2

Atlantic Coast

111.6

3

Big 12

111.3

4

Southeastern

109.9

5

Big East

108.4

6

Pac-12

104.7

7

American Athletic

104.7

8

West Coast

104.0

9

Mid-American

102.4

10

Atlantic 10

101.2

11

Mountain West

100.8

12

Ivy

100.6

13

Southern

100.5

14

Missouri Valley

99.7

15

Sun Belt

99.5

16

Conference USA

98.7

17

Western Athletic

97.9

18

Colonial Athletic

97.7

19

Horizon

97.1

20

Patriot

96.9

21

Summit

96.8

22

Big West

96.8

23

Ohio Valley

96.7

24

Atlantic Sun

96.4

25

Big South

96.0

26

America East

95.2

27

Big Sky

94.8

28

Metro Atlantic

94.6

29

Northeast

93.6

30

Southland

93.1

31

Southwestern Athletic

89.7

32

Mideastern Athletic

88.5

 

Conference Tournament Play Begins in just two weeks, when the Atlantic Sun Conference kicks off Championship Fortnight.

We will once again feature wall-to-wall coverage of the conference tournaments with daily Bracketology updates starting two weeks from today (March 4).

We have already formatted our text-based brackets for all 32 tournaments, and we will present the pairings in a much easier to read format.  Here is a sample of what each conference tournament bracket will look like.

Big 12 Conference
Site: Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
First Round–Wednesday, March 13
Seed Team Seed Team
8 Oklahoma 18-13 9 West Virginia 15-16
7 Baylor 17-14 10 Oklahoma State 14-17
Quarterfinals–Thursday, March 14
Seed Team Seed Team
1 Iowa St. 24-7 8/9 Oklahoma/West Virginia
4 Texas Tech 22-9 5 TCU 20-11
2 Kansas 24-7 7/10 Baylor/Oklahoma St.
3 Kansas St. 23-8 6 Texas 17-14
Semifinals–Friday, March 15
Seed Team Seed Team
1/8/9 ISU/OKL/WVU 4/5 TTU/TCU
2/7/10 KU/BU/OK ST 3/6 KST/TEX
Championship Game–Saturday, March 16
Seed Team Seed Team

 

Here is the list of conferences with the beginning and championship dates and the locations of their festivities.

League Start Finals City
American East March 9 March 16 Campus
American Athletic March 14 March 17 Memphis
Atlantic 10 March 13 March 17 Brooklyn
Atlantic Coast March 12 March 16 Charlotte
Atlantic Sun March 4 March 10 Campus
Big 12 March 13 March 16 Kansas City
Big East March 13 March 16 New York
Big Sky March 13 March 16 Boise, ID
Big South March 5 March 10 Campus
Big Ten March 13 March 17 Chicago
Big West March 14 March 16 Anaheim
Colonial March 9 March 12 N. Charleston, SC
Conference USA March 13 March 16 Frisco, TX
Horizon March 5 March 16 Detroit
Ivy March 16 March 17 New Haven,CT
Metro Atlantic March 7 March 11 Albany, NY
Mid-American March 11 March 16 Cleveland
Mideastern Athletic March 12 March 16 Norfolk, VA
Missouri Valley March 7 March 10 St. Louis
Mountain West March 13 March 16 Las Vegas
Northeast March 6 March 12 Campus
Ohio Valley March 6 March 9 Evansville, IN
Pac-12 March 13 March 16 Las Vegas
Patriot March 5 March 13 Campus
Southeastern March 13 March 17 Nashville
Southern March 8 March 11 Asheville, NC
Southland March 13 March 16 Katy, TX
Summit March 9 March 12 Sioux Falls, SD
Sun Belt March 12 March 17 New Orleans
Southwestern Athletic March 12 March 16 Birmingham
Western Athletic March 14 March 16 Las Vegas
West Coast March 7 March 12 Las Vegas

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 26, 2017

PiRate Ratings Money Line Parlays for October 26-28, 2017

Oh brother!  I leave my ladies in charge of the website for a few days, and when I return from a nice long weekend, they have rearranged all the e-furniture.  Worse, they exchanged the Money Line picks I had left with their own, and they actually enjoyed a winning week.  They issued four selections (totally different than what I had left to be published), and they won two of the four for a return on investment of 28%.

Believe me, I have not heard the end of this.  Mrs. Captain, of course, sided with her gender, and so this week, I must defer to the ladies to pick the parlays yet again.  All I have done is to organize their picks into the best possible parlay odds by sourcing the best odds from the available books.  What you have as a result are four more parlays, each returning greater than +120 odds (actually this week better than +150) while playing no more than three games per parlay.

Because the ladies selected to teams to win outright as underdogs, and to minimize risk, I have combined these two underdogs in one parlay that, if it wins, it would return an incredible payoff at +375 (a $100 investment would return $475).

One preface to this before you look at the parlays.  Two of the ladies here bleed scarlet and gray and believe that the Giant Horseshoe is a basilica, tabernacle, shrine, and temple.  They believe that script Ohio is akin to the holy scriptures.  Their key pick this week is Ohio State over Penn State, and to add to their partiality, they refer to the opponent at State Pen, and they believe James Franklin was set on Earth by Lucifer.

Personally, I see the Buckeyes ready to get their revenge, but I know Coach Franklin and have seen him work miracles at Vanderbilt.  If he could win at Georgia and Florida as a bigger underdog than his Nittany Lions will be tomorrow, then he can certainly channel his inner Tom Lasorda and get his team ready to run through the walls at said horseshoe.  I would not have selected this game as part of a parlay, but then I have ceded control of this submission to the lasses.

#1 @ +152  
Must Win Must Lose
Northern Illinois
Eastern Michigan
Appalachian St. Marshall
Georgia Florida
#2 @ +162  
Must Win Must Lose
South Carolina Vanderbilt
Notre Dame NC State
Texas Baylor
#3 @ +152  
Must Win Must Lose
SMU Tulsa
Iowa Minnesota
Ohio St. Penn St.
#4 @ +375  
Must Win Must Lose
Northwestern Michigan St.
Wyoming New Mexico

Money Line Parlay Tutorial for newcomers to this site

If you are new to Money Lines and Parlays, hopefully this will explain it well enough for you to understand what is going on above.

When two sports teams play, the more familiar way to provide options for wagering is a pointspread.  For instance, say that Notre Dame is playing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.  Alabama might be favored to win by 6 1/2 points.  In order for Alabama to win the game for those that bet on the Crimson Tide, they would have to win by 7 or more points.  If Notre Dame won or lost by 6 points or less, then those that wagered on Notre Dame would win their bets.

There is another way to bet on this game.  It is called the “Money Line.”  Pointspreads are not used.  Instead, you simply pick either Alabama or Notre Dame to win the game.  If you can bet on Alabama to win this game, even by one point, it sounds too good to be true.  Yes, there is a catch here.  In order to bet on Alabama, you must put up more money than the sports book, but if you bet on the underdog Irish to win the game, the book puts up more money than you.  This is why the wager is called a “money line.”

When you look at money line odds, the favorite will have a minus number, and the underdog will have a plus number, although there are times when a tossup game will have two minus numbers.  The reason for this is that the sports books must get their cut or vigorish.

Let’s look at a couple games to be played tonight.  Northern Illinois hosts Eastern Michigan, and NIU is a modest favorite.  The Money Line is available at about 15 sports books where one could make a wager in one’s home via the Internet.  The line may vary from site to sire, so it is best to shop around to find the best odds.

For our purposes in this tutorial, we will use one famous online sports book, Five Dimes.  At the present time, the Money Line odds at 5D for the NIU-EMU game is listed at:   Northern Illinois -275, Eastern Michigan +235.

If you want to wager on NIU, you must put up $275 for every $100 5 Dimes puts up.  If you wager $100 on NIU to win, you will $36.36 profit and receive back $136.36 if NIU wins, and you will be out $100 if they lose.  If you wager $100 on EMU to win, you will receive $275 profit and receive back $375 if EMU wins, and you will be out $100 if they lose.

When you combine two or more games into one money line wager, your odds improve, but your chances of winning all the games in the one wager go down.  Let’s say you want to combine three favorites into one betting wager.  Let’s say you are going to play a parlay that includes Favorite #1 at -250, Favorite #2 at -225, and Favorite #3 at -180.

How do yo determine what the odds would be on this parlay of three favorites, all of whom would have to win their games for you to win your wager?  I won’t bore you with the mathematical formula.  There is an easy way to figure the odds, and it is called a parlay calculator.  You don’t have to buy this from a Las Vegas book store.  They are available for free in many places online.  In our opinion, the parlay calculator at Vegasinsider.com is the easiest one to use.  You can find this calculator at: http://www.vegasinsider.com/parlay-calculator/

First, we select $100 for the bet amount (you can put any other amount in this spot, but all of the PiRate Rating parlays are played at $100 per wager.  We simply input -250, -225-, and -180 adjacent to Team #1 Money Line, Team #2 Money Line, and Team #3 Money Line.  Then we click on “Calculate”, and we see the number $214.57 returned.  This means that if these three favorites we have selected all win their games, we will make a $214.57 profit and receive $314.57 in our account (The profit plus what we wagered).  If the three teams do not all win their games, we will be out the $100 we invested on this game.  It can be a headache to see two teams win their games, and then your final favored team loses in an upset due to a fourth quarter field goal, but it happens, and you have to live with it.

Our goal at the PiRate Ratings is to select parlays that return better than +120 odds, while betting mostly on favored teams.  We prefer to play no more than three games in a parlay, but there are times when we might play 6 or 7 prohibitive favorites when the odds look preferable.  We won a 7-team parlay once that returned +200 odds, and all 7 teams won by double-digits.  Of course, this is a rare event.  Every week, some big underdog will upset a favorite.  In recent weeks, we had some considerable underdogs pulling off big upsets.  Syracuse surprised Clemson.  Arizona State beat up on Washington, Arizona took out Washington State, Tulsa whipped Houston, Iowa State beat Oklahoma, and Troy beat LSU.  These sure things that could have been included on parlays destroyed the selections.

As usual, read this and understand it: The PiRates never wager real currency on our selections.  We enjoy the fun that mathematics married to athletics brings a group of math geeks.  We only wager imaginary money on these games, and thus we have no worries about issuing these picks.  They are strictly for the fun of it, and enjoying a winning week is a win for mathematics and not our bank accounts.

Enjoy the games, but be just as wealthy on Sunday morning as you are on Saturday morning.

 

September 28, 2017

PiRate Ratings Money Line Parlays for September 28-October 2, 2017

After four weeks of the football season, our readers might just want to take a knee; then again, they might want to place that knee firmly in some PiRate groin!  Ouch!  1,000 apologies if you took our ill-adivsed advice!

Another losing week, and we are now in the hole to the tune of -25% return on our investment for the season.  We won only one of last week’s four selections, returning $245 on $400 invested.  The -25% return for the season comes from $899 returned on $1,200 invested, quite a hole to try to emerge from before the season runs out of dates.

Our one solace, and we hope this is yours as well, is that these are imaginary dollars.  We can continue to select a liberal amount of games and be a bit wild with our selections, because we are only out the time it takes to pick these games.

This week, you will notice that all of our selections are college football games.  There are no NFL picks.  Make of this what you want, and you will be partially correct.  For one, we just didn’t feel like looking at the NFL Money Lines.  None of us will attend any games this week, and as far as we know, none of us will be watching on TV or listening on the radio.  Another reason why we didn’t select any NFL games is that the league is extremely erratic this year.  The supposed sure-thing 0-16 Jets won big over a playoff contender, and the Texans with a rookie QB almost beat New England, so let’s just walk away from the NFL for now.  The politics can only make the outcomes more unpredictable.

That leaves us with college football, and there are a lot of good games this week.  By good, we mean games in which the favorite is in the 5 to 10 point range, which presents us excellent Money Line potentials.  We actually like one underdog winning outright on the road, and we are going to put that one out as a single entry.

Here are our 5 parlay selections for this week.  Remember this: The members of the PiRate Ratings are not foolish enough to wager real currency on these selections.  We are nervous enough with our value stock selections, which are real, so we don’t need the added stress.  You to should avoid the stress of worrying about losing $500 real dollars on these selections, so only wager imaginary money if you must.

#1 @ +155  
Must Win Must Lose
Georgia Tech North Carolina
Georgia Tennessee
Nebraska Illinois
#2 @ +150  
Must Win Must Lose
Iowa Michigan St.
#3 @ +146  
Must Win Must Lose
Central Florida Memphis
Cincinnati Marshall
#4 @ +128  
Must Win Must Lose
Kentucky Eastern Mich.
Western Mich. Ball St.
La. Tech South Alabama
Boston College Central Mich.
#5 @ +135  
Must Win Must Lose
UNLV San Jose St.
Florida Intl. Charlotte
San Diego St. N. Illinois
Florida Vanderbilt

 

 

 

 

September 28, 2016

PiRate Ratings Money Line Parlay Picks–September 29-October 3, 2016

First Big Payday (even if it wasn’t real)

After failing miserably in the opening two weeks, and then failing minimally in week three, the PiRates reaped quite an imaginary booty of riches last week when our money line parlays returned 75% on investment. Thanks to winning big on the NFL Parlay of Indianapolis, Oakland, and Dallas, and to the nice college parlay of Arizona State, Cincinnati, Minnesota, and Memphis, our imaginary $400 wagered returned us $699 for a profit of $299 and ROI of 75%.
For the season, we are still in the hole to the tune of $193 on $1,600 wagered and an ROI of -12%. Let’s hope that like last year, once we began to win, we won consistently every week. On the other hand, one winning week out of four, even if it was big, is not enough to convince us that we are on to something again this year.

In fact, this week’s games do not excite us very much. We had to peruse the odds carefully multiple times just to come up with three parlays. At least, these parlays go off at such odds that winning just one of any of these three would make our week profitable. The glass half-empty types, which represents 95% of the players, might say that the odds on these three games are so stacked against us that there is no way any of them could win. Since our wagers are imaginary, we can see that our glass is half-full with liquids about to be poured to fill it up. In other words, we don’t feel any stress going with these three parlays this week.

1. College Parlay at +218
Ohio U over Miami of Ohio
Louisiana-Lafayette over New Mexico State
Iowa over Northwestern

You may notice that a high percentage of our college plays is made in games involving teams outside the Power Five. It is our opinion that the odds can be off more in these Group of Five games than in games where the nations’ sports eyes are more focused. Whereas games like Michigan and Wisconsin are perused carefully by the betting public, games from the MAC or Sun Belt don’t see the same amount of action, and thus we feel like the odds are a little bit off. UL-Lafayette is properly favored over New Mexico State, but we think they should be favored by more than what the line says. We feel the same way about Ohio over Miami. The Iowa-Northwestern line is about where we feel it should be, but in this case, we think the Hawkeyes have a strong chance of winning and completing the triplet parlay for a $318 return on $100 invested.

2. College Parlay at +273
Tennessee over Georgia
Akron over Kent St.
Old Dominion over Charlotte
Florida over Vanderbilt

This parlay presents us with three separate psychologies, as well as the belief that the favorites are just plain better than the underdogs and should win without any added psychologies. The public expects Tennessee to venture between the hedges and come out flat, while Georgia rebounds in a big way after losing to Ole Miss by more than 30. We feel that Georgia is just much weaker than normal this year, and the loss in Oxford was not an anamoly. The talent in Athens is just not what it normally has been in typical years. Thus, we believe that the Volunteers will win by up to two touchdowns in this game.

The Akron and Old Dominion games are further examples of Group of Five game odds being off. We believe the two favorites should be more heavily favored and choose to take advantage of the odds being favored in our direction for higher potential payouts.

The Florida-Vanderbilt game is the polar opposite of the Tennessee-Georgia game in one way, and the exact same thing in the other way. Florida had the Tennessee game secured by halftime and then saw an orange tornado vanquish their Gator bite in the second half. They can ill afford to lose two games in a row in the Volunteer State. Vanderbilt won a hard-fought overtime game at Western Kentucky last week after the Hilltoppers squandered opportunities to put the game away.

Last year, a shanked punt allowed Florida to kick a field goal and win a sloppy game 9-7 in the Swamp. The public is looking at this game and believes this one could be similar with a possible upset. However, this Vanderbilt team lacks the defense that last year’s team had. In fact, it is one of the weakest among the Power Five teams, and Florida should play four quarters similar to how they played the first two in Knoxville last week.

3. NFL Parlay at +331
Cincinnati over Miami
Houston over Tennessee
Baltimore over Oakland
Pittsburgh over Kansas City

The Dolphins had to go to overtime to beat a lowly Browns’ team using a third string quarterback. Now, they must face Cincinnati on Thursday night on national television after the Bengals dropped back-to-back games against two tough teams. Cinti should win by 10 or more.

Houston can take a commanding lead in the AFC South this week by winning this game and hoping Jacksonville can dispense of Indianapolis. The Texans had an extra three days to prepare for a team they have owned in recent years. Tennessee has a potentially potent offense hiding behind an ineffective smashmouth offense. When Marcus Mariota is forced into a quick score situation, he guides the Titans like he did at Oregon. But, the Titans refuse to use this gameplan until all hope is lost or close to lost. Expect Houston to shoot out to a double-digit lead, and then when the Titans have to play catch-up, they will make the game closer but not close enough.

Baltimore looks to begin the season at 4-0 as they host Oakland. The Raiders are having to make a 2,000-mile trip for the second week in a row, and the Raiders may show signs of fatigue after having to play last week in the oppressive heat with temperatures in the 90’s. We believe the Raiders will be just a tad slow to react on defense and not quite as explosive on offense, leading to a Ravens’ win.

The Steelers are in the same boat as the Texans this week. Following an embarrassing loss in which they were manhandled by Philly, look for Pittsburgh to bounce back with their best performance of the season.

September 8, 2016

PiRate Ratings Money Line Parlay Picks–September 8-12, 2016

Did you heed our biggest piece of advice given here last week? If so, then you were smart and lost none of your hard-earned money by following our selections. Our two picks both lost in the opening week. Army did not upset Temple. The Black Knights won impressively enough to prove that their win was no fluke. It wasn’t Davis and Blanchard running over opponents, but this has the look of a bowl-bound team. The Cadets entertain Rice at Michie Stadium this week, and chances for a 2-0 start are strong.

The other loss came about when LSU got Lambeau Leapt by Wisconsin. One late fumble sent our mythological winning week down the tubes.

We start out the season down 200 imaginary dollars in our fake bankroll.

Oh well, a new week brings new fun only picks, and with the NFL season beginning in a matter of hours from the time this is written, we have more opportunities to wager our fake bankroll. These days, a fake bankroll is what so many of us tend to have.

We are going with five parlay picks this week, two with college games, and three with NFL games. Usually, we like to be overly conservative at the start of the NFL season, because there is enough parity that a 4-12 team from the year before could become a playoff team this year, while a playoff team last year could swoon to 4-12 this year. However, we are going with three NFL parlays because we were able to get better than even money odds by parlaying just two teams in each selection.

Our two college parlays both contain rivalry games within each selection. It is not the norm for rivals to play so soon in the season, but it happens when said rivals are not members of the same conference. Thus, in week two, New Mexico plays New Mexico State, and Iowa plays Iowa State. We believe these are almost free games, as the favorites are overwhelmingly superior to their rival. Of course, this can bite us on the fanny, because weaker rivals can play well over their heads, especially early in the year before injury and other attrition has decimated their already thin-talented rosters.

There is also an issue with taking a slow-starting team against a quick-starting team, because sometimes, the quick-starting underdog might score so many points early that the slow-starting favorite cannot come back from the deficit. However, we are still going with two slow-starting Sunshine State schools. South Florida, and their smashmouth style of play, hosts Northern Illinois, and the Bulls were a bit sluggish on the defensive side in their season opening win over FCS member Towson State. However, NIU lost at Wyoming last week, and USF is considerably more talented than the Cowboys. Also, playing in muggy Tampa might give the Bulls an extra couple points of home field advantage.

Florida has not been the offensive juggernaut under Coach Jim McElwain that they were under Steve Spurrier or Urban Meyer, but the Gators won the SEC East Division by taking care of business with strong defense. The Gators gave up just 73 points in their seven SEC wins last year. Meanwhile, Kentucky scored 35 points quickly against Southern Miss last week, before watching like a deer in the headlights as the Eagles stormed back and scored on the porous Wildcat defense like it was just a skeleton unit. We believe the Gators will win this game by 7-17 points, as McElwain knows that he only needs his offense to play it safe and avoid turnovers, while the defense and special teams sets up the offense for low-risk scoring drives.

Now to the NFL. We begin tonight by taking the Super Bowl loser from last year. You no doubt are familiar with the recent trend of Super Bowl losers performing considerably worse the following year. However, this on the surface looks like a gift tonight. Both teams lost some key talent since the last time they played, but Denver clearly lost more. Even though Peyton Manning was like Babe Ruth with the Boston Braves in 1935, the Broncos will have a totally untested quarterback and rookie backup trying to face the NFC’s best defense. Peyton might have guided Denver to 17 points. Trevor and/or Paxton will be lucky to score 17 and might give the Panthers a score with costly mistakes. Also, we have seen Wade Phillips’ defenses regress the year after they dominate, and we feel that Cam Newton is going to play this game like it is the Super Bowl again. We believe Carolina wins an ugly game tonight.

Miami could be a surprise team this year, but they still have a lot to prove. New Coach Adam Gase is already considered to be the top new coach in the league, and he has been tagged as a potential superstar in the business. However, even superstar coaches must have decent talent to succeed, and the Dolphins still have a lot of questions. Having to travel as far away as they can without playing at a neutral site, and having that game come against the team with the best home field advantage in the NFL makes us believe that Seattle is a gift choice. Of course, we could be wrong, but when there are just 16 NFL games, you have to isolate the couple that look the most promising and offer a good rate of return on your investment, even if said investment is as real as the Man in the Moon.

The second game of the Monday Night doubleheader looks to us to be a gift as well, but what do we know? The Los Angeles Rams (doesn’t that sound so wonderful again) go up the coast to take on their former and future arch-rival San Francisco 49ers, and the 49ers look like a train wreck. However, Chip Kelly can coach offense, and Jeff Fisher-coached teams have a history of starting out slow. In this game featuring recycled quarterbacks, we believe that Case Keenum has more weapons at his disposal than Blaine Gabbert, and the Rams’ defense is worth an extra touchdown saved over the 49ers’ defense, so in our possibly deluded mind, we think the Rams at low odds offer us an excellent base for a parlay.

Now to the turnaround game in our minds. We think that Baltimore is ready to rebound to at least a better than mediocre season, while Buffalo takes a small step backward this year. The Ravens have enough offense to score on Rob Ryan’s defense, while brother Rex’s offense does not offer very much.

Once again, when you see the odds, you will notice that all 5 games present better than even money.

When you see that money line at +X, add $100 to the X, and this would show you how much money you would receive if the parlay wins, and you invested $100, because when you win, you get back your initial investment plus your winnings, just like with paramutuel wagering at the horse track.

For instance, if you play a money line game or money line parlay at +120, and you invest $100 in this selection, if you win, you will receive $220 ($120 profit plus your $100 investment). If you lose, you are out your $100 investment.

Here are our parlays for the week.

#1–College Parlay at +118
Navy over Connecticut
New Mexico over New Mexico State
Florida over Kentucky

#2–College Parlay at +134
Duke over Wake Forest
Louisville over Syracuse
South Florida over Northern Illinois
Iowa over Iowa State

#3–NFL Parlay at +106
Los Angeles Rams over San Francisco
Seattle over Miami

#4–NFL Parlay at +121
Carolina over Denver
Kansas City over San Diego

#5–NFL Parlay at +131
Baltimore over Buffalo
Green Bay over Jacksonville

August 20, 2016

2016 Big Ten Conference Football Preview

The Power 5 Conference previews begin today, and in the unusual spot of lowest ranked of the Big 5 stands the 14-member Big Ten. In actuality, just three points separates the fifth best conference from the second best this year, so the Big Ten is basically in a four-way tie for second best conference this year.

Being the fifth best league does not mean the Big Ten will not have a team in the third FBS College Football Playoffs. In fact, three teams have the talent to run the table and earn one of the four coveted spots. And overall, the PiRates believe 11 teams could be bowl eligible this year. This means that at least one and probably two teams will fill vacant spots as at-large candidates.

The power once again rests in the East Division, where six of the seven members have a chance to get to six wins. In recent years, it has come down to the Ohio State-Michigan State game, but this year we believe a third team will crash the party. Second year head coach Jim Harbaugh has quickly rebuilt the Michigan Wolverines to a point where the Maize and Blue are ready to return to greatness not seen in a decade. The Wolverines improved immediately in year one, becoming tougher on both sides of the ball and doubling their wins from the year before from five to ten.

The same improvement in year two could make Michigan a national title contender. The offense loses a good quarterback in Jake Rudock, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions, but unlike recent years, there is a competition among multiple quality quarterbacks, and whoever wins the battle will be a talented and competent leader. Expect Michigan’s passing game to remain as strong as last year, whether former Houston QB John O’Korn or Wilton Speight wins the job.

Whoever winst that job will have a bevy of highly-talented receivers catching the passes. Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh combined for 108 catches and 14 touchdowns as the starting wideouts last year, while tight end Jake Butt added 51 catches.

Running back De’Veon Smith is another pass-catching weapon, but his main goal is continuing to improve as a multi-talented runner who can plunge forward up the middle for an extra yard or two and break a long run to the outside. Backup Ty Isaac is capable of taking over a game if he can become more consistent.

Where Michigan should win most games this year is up front, as their offensive line has no peers inside the league. There is talent throughout the two-deep, led by center Mason Cole, guard Kyle Kalis, and tackle Erik Magnuson.

The other side of the ball is strong and potentially dominating up front, as the defensive line has a quartet of brick walls. Opponents will run away from the side end Chris Wormly lines up on, and quarterbacks will worry about his rushing when dropping back to pass. Taco Charlton will see improved stats this year, as he faces more plays to his end of the line.

The pass defense was a little vulnerable at times, but the back seven should be better this year, led by potential All-American cornerback Jabrill Peppers.

If it wasn’t for a schedule that includes road games with Michigan State, Iowa, and Ohio State, the media and other experts might be calling for a 12-0 regular season. Maybe, just the Pirates believe it is possible this year.

Ohio State looks to be in a rebuild season, but in Columbus, rebuilding means a possible 9-3 season. The Buckeyes lost so much from last year’s 12-1 season on both sides of the ball. Sure, there is still a ton of talent left on this squad, but we believe OSU will be about a touchdown weaker overall.

J.T. Barrett returns at quarterback after splitting the job with Cardale Jones, who was drafted by the Buffalo Bills. Barrett is a better fit in Coach Urban Meyer’s spread offense, but defenses might be able to sneak defenders toward the line without worrying as much about being beaten deep by the arm of Jones.

The biggest replacement Meyer must make is at running back, where Ezekiel Elliott might be the leading candidate for NFL Rookie of the Year in Dallas. Finding capable receivers to replace Michael Thomas, Jalen Marshall, and Braxton Miller will be nearly as difficult.

The offensive line must replace three starters, but there was a lot of talented depth here last year, and we don’t see this becoming much of a problem this year.

Defensively, the Buckeyes return one starter to the line, one at linebacker, and one in the secondary. Middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan and end Tyquan Lewis could both become All-Americans, while end Sam Hubbard has all-league potential.

Road games with Oklahoma and Michigan State should be too much for the inexperienced Buckeyes to handle this year, so it could be a bowl other than the New Year’s 6 this year.

Michigan State faces a similar but less rebuilding effort this year after making the NCAA Playoffs in 2015. Coach Mark Dantonio’s Spartans won a lot of close games last year in their road to the Big Ten title, and a small rebuild should mean that some of those close wins last year could become close losses this year. Replacing quarterback Connor Cook may be the toughest replacement in the entire league, and number two might be finding one or more players to replace the production of defensive star Shilique Calhoun.

Penn State coach James Franklin is 14-12 in his first two seasons in Happy Valley, and another 7-6 year will leave Nittany Lion fans very unhappy. Although most of the offense returns this year, one player missing is quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Although Hackenberg had issues with the Franklin offense, he still was good enough to become an NFL Draft pick, and nobody on the current roster has his skills.

The Defense loses a lot of talent, but possibly more important is the loss of defensive coordinator Bob Shoop, who will be directing the defense at Tennessee this year. September 10 could be an important Saturday for Franklin’s future in State College. A loss at Pittsburgh could get the alumni moving to find a replacement.

Indiana and Maryland don’t figure to contend for an upper division spot this year, but both teams have enough talent to go 3-0 outside of league play and find three more wins to get to 6-6. Rutgers is not in that same boat. The Scarlet Knights will be fortunate to avoid double digit losses.

Although the West Division is not as strong, the competition might be fiercer. Four teams have the potential to end up in the Big Ten Championship Game, while a fifth should be bowl eligible.

Iowa is the slight favorite to repeat as division champions, but Nebraska might be the most improved team in the division. The two rivals meet in Iowa City on Black Friday.

Wisconsin has the talent to win double digit games in most years, but not this year with a schedule that only a masochist could design. The Badgers face the two Michigan schools on the road and must face Ohio State at home, and then add a game at Lambeau Stadium against national title contender LSU. They also play at Iowa, and all of these games occur by October 22.

Northwestern is a mystery team this year to some extent. The Wildcats return a lot of talent from a 10-3 team, but overall that talent is not as strong as the other contenders. Coach Pat Fitzgerald finds a way to squeeze every yard and point out of his offense, while the defense always plays better on the whole than the sum of its parts.

Minnesota begins its first full season under Coach Tracy Claeys, who took over after Jerry Kill retired after the season began last year. The Gophers should be about as good this year as last, which means a probable lower-tier bowl.

Illinois and Purdue do not have the talent to compete for bowl eligibility, but both teams are capable of pulling off an upset. Last year, they both upset Nebraska and could have knocked the Cornhuskers out of a bowl.

The Big Ten does not sanction an official media preseason poll, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer does the job for the league in an unofficial capacity. Here is that Cleveland.com poll.

Big Ten–East Division
# Team 1st Pl. Total Champ.
1 Ohio St. 31 260.5 27
2 Michigan 14 241 11
3 Michigan St. 1 195.5  
4 Penn St. 0 155.5  
5 Indiana 0 110  
6 Maryland 0 81.5  
7 Rutgers 0 52  
         
Big Ten–West Division
# Team 1st Pl. Total Champ.
1 Iowa 33 265 1
2 Nebraska 3 206  
3 Wisconsin 2 194.5  
4 Northwestern 1 171.5  
5 Minnesota 1 132  
6 Illinois 0 76.5  
7 Purdue 0 46.5  

 

Here are our initial PiRate Ratings for the league.

Big Ten Conference
East Division        
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
Michigan 120.0 118.0 120.4 119.5
Ohio St. 113.3 113.5 113.5 113.4
Michigan St. 113.1 112.4 111.1 112.2
Penn St. 109.5 111.3 108.0 109.6
Indiana 101.5 106.0 100.9 102.8
Maryland 100.9 104.2 98.1 101.1
Rutgers 99.0 96.2 97.3 97.5
         
West Division        
Team PiRate Mean Bias Average
Iowa 114.6 110.9 114.2 113.2
Nebraska 110.4 105.9 110.5 108.9
Wisconsin 109.1 105.9 109.5 108.2
Northwestern 109.7 103.5 108.1 107.1
Minnesota 104.8 102.8 104.7 104.1
Illinois 100.6 97.2 99.8 99.2
Purdue 99.4 96.6 98.3 98.1

 

The PiRate Ratings are meant to be used only to predict the outcomes of the next week of games, and are not best used to predict beyond that point. Because we use algorithms that include automatic adjustments by each team based on depth and experience, two different teams can win by the exact score we predict, and their new ratings might change differently.

Thus, using our ratings to predict won-loss records and bowl projections is a bit comical, but then we all need some laughs every now and then. So, laugh away at our projected standings and bowls.

Big Ten Conference Projected Standings
Team Conference Overall Bowl
East Division      
Michigan 9-0 13-0 * Playoffs–Fiesta
Ohio St. 7-2 9-3 Citrus
Michigan St. 7-2 9-3 Outback
Penn St. 6-3 8-4 Music City
Indiana 3-6 6-6 [Cactus] *
Maryland 3-6 6-6 [Birmingham] *
Rutgers 1-8 3-9  
       
Team Conference Overall Bowl
West Division      
Iowa 7-2 10-3 Holiday
Nebraska 5-4 8-4 Pinstripe
Northwestern 5-4 8-4 Foster Farms
Wisconsin 5-4 7-5 Quick Lane
Minnesota 4-5 7-5 Heart of Dallas
Illinois 1-8 3-9  
Purdue 0-9 3-9  
       
* Indiana’s Cactus Bowl Bid is an at-large selection
* Maryland’s Birmingham Bowl Bid is an at-lerge selection

Coming up tomorrow: The Big 12 Conference was close to going on life support until Oklahoma made the playoffs last year.  Now, with the possibility of new blood coming soon, and the likelihood that the Sooners could be better this year, there’s hope for the league.  Find out which teams are contenders, which are pretenders, and what team could surprise a lot of people this season.

 

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