The Pi-Rate Ratings

March 7, 2022

PiRate Ratings College Basketball–Monday, March 7, 2022

Monday’s Conference Tournaments
Colonial Athletic Association–Semifinals
Charlotte
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
TowsonDelaware6.5
UNC WilmingtonCharleston-2.0
Horizon League–Semifinals
Indianapolis
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
Cleveland St.Wright St.-0.1
Purdue Ft. WayneNorthern Kentucky-1.2
Southern Conference–CHAMPIONSHIP
Asheville, NC
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
ChattanoogaFurman-0.2
Summit League–Semifinals
Sioux Falls, SD
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
South Dakota St.South Dakota8.9
North Dakota St.Oral Roberts-1.2
Sun Belt Conference–CHAMPIONSHIP
Pensacola, FL
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
Georgia St.Louisiana1.7
West Coast Conference–Semifinals
Las Vegas
Higher SeedLower SeedSpread
GonzagaSan Francisco11.7
Saint Mary’sSanta Clara5.4

Dance Tickets Punched

1Murray St.Ohio Valley27-2
2LongwoodBig South26-6
3Loyola (Chi.)Missouri Valley25-7

Monday’s PiRate Ratings

#TeamPiRateConference
1Gonzaga124.6West Coast
2Arizona120.8Pac-12
3Kentucky119.4Southeastern
4Baylor119.2Big 12
5Auburn118.4Southeastern
6Duke118.1Atlantic Coast
7Houston118.1American Athletic
8Kansas118.0Big 12
9UCLA117.7Pac-12
10Purdue117.3Big Ten
11Tennessee117.2Southeastern
12Villanova117.1Big East
13Texas Tech116.9Big 12
14Iowa116.6Big Ten
15Illinois115.5Big Ten
16LSU114.9Southeastern
17Texas114.6Big 12
18Arkansas114.5Southeastern
19Connecticut114.1Big East
20Alabama113.6Southeastern
21Saint Mary’s113.3West Coast
22San Francisco112.9West Coast
23Memphis112.7American Athletic
24Ohio St.112.7Big Ten
25Michigan112.6Big Ten
26Seton Hall112.2Big East
27North Carolina112.2Atlantic Coast
28Loyola Chicago112.0Missouri Valley
29Virginia Tech111.8Atlantic Coast
30Wisconsin111.8Big Ten
31San Diego St.111.7Mountain West
32Wake Forest111.7Atlantic Coast
33Michigan St.111.5Big Ten
34USC111.4Pac-12
35Indiana111.3Big Ten
36Oklahoma St.111.3Big 12
37Providence111.2Big East
38Oklahoma111.0Big 12
39Xavier110.9Big East
40Marquette110.9Big East
41Murray St.110.6Ohio Valley
42Boise St.110.6Mountain West
43Florida110.5Southeastern
44Colorado St.110.4Mountain West
45TCU110.2Big 12
46UAB110.1Conference USA
47Notre Dame110.1Atlantic Coast
48Mississippi St.109.9Southeastern
49Washington St.109.9Pac-12
50Iowa St.109.9Big 12
51SMU109.6American Athletic
52St. John’s109.6Big East
53BYU109.3West Coast
54Dayton109.2Atlantic 10
55VCU109.2Atlantic 10
56Davidson109.2Atlantic 10
57Miami FL109.2Atlantic Coast
58Utah St.109.2Mountain West
59Texas A&M109.1Southeastern
60Saint Louis109.0Atlantic 10
61Oregon108.8Pac-12
62West Virginia108.7Big 12
63Kansas St.108.7Big 12
64Northwestern108.7Big Ten
65Toledo108.5Mid-American
66Rutgers108.4Big Ten
67Maryland108.3Big Ten
68Creighton108.3Big East
69Missouri St.108.2Missouri Valley
70North Texas108.2Conference USA
71Colorado108.2Pac-12
72Virginia108.1Atlantic Coast
73Vermont108.1America East
74Wyoming108.1Mountain West
75Clemson107.9Atlantic Coast
76Santa Clara107.9West Coast
77South Dakota St.107.8Summit
78Vanderbilt107.6Southeastern
79Penn St.107.4Big Ten
80Belmont107.4Ohio Valley
81St. Bonaventure107.3Atlantic 10
82Syracuse107.3Atlantic Coast
83Fresno St.107.3Mountain West
84Towson107.2Colonial Athletic
85Furman107.2Southern
86Chattanooga107.0Southern
87Wichita St.106.8American Athletic
88Drake106.6Missouri Valley
89Florida St.106.5Atlantic Coast
90Arizona St.106.5Pac-12
91Richmond106.5Atlantic 10
92South Carolina106.2Southeastern
93UNLV106.1Mountain West
94DePaul106.1Big East
95Iona106.0Metro Atlantic
96New Mexico St.105.8Western Athletic
97UCF105.8American Athletic
98Cincinnati105.7American Athletic
99Northern Iowa105.6Missouri Valley
100Mississippi105.6Southeastern
101Tulane105.3American Athletic
102Grand Canyon105.3Western Athletic
103Bradley105.2Missouri Valley
104Louisiana Tech105.1Conference USA
105Minnesota104.9Big Ten
106Stanford104.7Pac-12
107Princeton104.3Ivy League
108Utah104.1Pac-12
109Buffalo104.0Mid-American
110Western Kentucky103.9Conference USA
111Middle Tennessee103.8Conference USA
112Ohio103.8Mid-American
113Washington103.6Pac-12
114Nevada103.6Mountain West
115Colgate103.5Patriot League
116George Mason103.5Atlantic 10
117Temple103.3American Athletic
118UC Irvine103.3Big West
119Louisville103.2Atlantic Coast
120Stephen F. Austin103.2Western Athletic
121Wofford103.2Southern
122Butler103.0Big East
123N.C. State102.9Atlantic Coast
124Rhode Island102.8Atlantic 10
125Utah Valley102.8Western Athletic
126Liberty102.7Atlantic Sun
127Hofstra102.7Colonial Athletic
128Morehead St.102.7Ohio Valley
129Nebraska102.6Big Ten
130Southern Illinois102.5Missouri Valley
131Wagner102.5Northeast
132Florida Atlantic102.5Conference USA
133UC Santa Barbara102.5Big West
134California102.4Pac-12
135Kent St.102.3Mid-American
136Saint Peter’s102.0Metro Atlantic
137Seattle102.0Western Athletic
138Abilene Christian102.0Western Athletic
139Georgia Tech101.8Atlantic Coast
140Oral Roberts101.8Summit
141South Alabama101.8Sun Belt
142Boston College101.7Atlantic Coast
143Jacksonville St.101.6Atlantic Sun
144Akron101.6Mid-American
145Missouri101.6Southeastern
146Yale101.5Ivy League
147Texas St.101.5Sun Belt
148Montana St.101.3Big Sky
149Longwood101.2Big South
150Georgia St.101.2Sun Belt
151Charleston101.1Colonial Athletic
152Southern Utah101.0Big Sky
153Tulsa100.9American Athletic
154Appalachian St.100.8Sun Belt
155Coastal Carolina100.8Sun Belt
156Drexel100.8Colonial Athletic
157Delaware100.7Colonial Athletic
158Monmouth100.7Metro Atlantic
159North Dakota St.100.6Summit
160Hawaii100.5Big West
161Sam Houston St.100.5Western Athletic
162Saint Joseph’s100.4Atlantic 10
163Weber St.100.4Big Sky
164Georgetown100.3Big East
165Winthrop100.1Big South
166New Mexico100.1Mountain West
167UC Riverside100.0Big West
168VMI99.9Southern
169UTEP99.9Conference USA
170Oakland99.9Horizon
171Old Dominion99.9Conference USA
172Jacksonville99.8Atlantic Sun
173Navy99.8Patriot League
174Long Beach St.99.8Big West
175Wright St.99.8Horizon
176Cleveland St.99.7Horizon
177Pittsburgh99.7Atlantic Coast
178Cal St. Fullerton99.6Big West
179UNC Greensboro99.6Southern
180Norfolk St.99.5Mideastern Athletic
181East Carolina99.5American Athletic
182Louisiana99.5Sun Belt
183Portland99.3West Coast
184Charlotte99.2Conference USA
185Gardner Webb99.2Big South
186UNC Wilmington99.1Colonial Athletic
187East Tennessee St.99.1Southern
188Massachusetts99.1Atlantic 10
189Loyola Marymount99.0West Coast
190Arkansas St.98.9Sun Belt
191South Dakota98.9Summit
192Fordham98.9Atlantic 10
193Illinois St.98.8Missouri Valley
194Troy98.7Sun Belt
195Northern Kentucky98.7Horizon
196Bryant98.6Northeast
197Valparaiso98.6Missouri Valley
198Bellarmine98.5Atlantic Sun
199Georgia98.5Southeastern
200Mercer98.5Southern
201Niagara98.5Metro Atlantic
202Cornell98.5Ivy League
203Florida Gulf Coast98.4Atlantic Sun
204Marist98.3Metro Atlantic
205Northern Colorado98.3Big Sky
206Boston University98.3Patriot League
207Nicholls St.98.2Southland
208Samford98.2Southern
209UMKC98.1Summit
210Cal Baptist98.1Western Athletic
211Texas Southern98.0Southwestern Athletic
212Oregon St.98.0Pac-12
213Dartmouth97.9Ivy League
214Penn97.9Ivy League
215Brown97.8Ivy League
216Eastern Washington97.7Big Sky
217San Diego97.7West Coast
218Purdue Fort Wayne97.5Horizon
219UC Davis97.5Big West
220Rice97.5Conference USA
221James Madison97.4Colonial Athletic
222Campbell97.3Big South
223Fairfield97.3Metro Atlantic
224Tarleton St.97.3Western Athletic
225UT Arlington97.2Sun Belt
226Detroit Mercy97.2Horizon
227Southern97.2Southwestern Athletic
228Montana97.1Big Sky
229UNC Asheville97.1Big South
230Harvard96.9Ivy League
231Kennesaw St.96.9Atlantic Sun
232Indiana St.96.8Missouri Valley
233George Washington96.8Atlantic 10
234La Salle96.7Atlantic 10
235Marshall96.4Conference USA
236New Hampshire96.4America East
237UMBC96.2America East
238LIU96.2Northeast
239UMass Lowell96.1America East
240Western Illinois96.0Summit
241Howard95.9Mideastern Athletic
242Mount St. Mary’s95.9Northeast
243Stony Brook95.9America East
244Miami OH95.9Mid-American
245South Florida95.7American Athletic
246Northeastern95.7Colonial Athletic
247Siena95.6Metro Atlantic
248Eastern Kentucky95.4Atlantic Sun
249Rider95.4Metro Atlantic
250The Citadel95.3Southern
251Georgia Southern95.3Sun Belt
252Youngstown St.95.1Horizon
253Portland St.95.0Big Sky
254High Point94.9Big South
255FIU94.9Conference USA
256Elon94.9Colonial Athletic
257Quinnipiac94.9Metro Atlantic
258Canisius94.8Metro Atlantic
259Ball St.94.8Mid-American
260Southeast Missouri St.94.8Ohio Valley
261Tennessee Tech94.7Ohio Valley
262Air Force94.5Mountain West
263Loyola MD94.4Patriot League
264North Florida94.4Atlantic Sun
265New Orleans94.4Southland
266Louisiana Monroe94.4Sun Belt
267Manhattan94.3Metro Atlantic
268UC San Diego94.3Big West
269Hartford94.3America East
270Cal St. Bakersfield94.2Big West
271Texas A&M Corpus Chris94.2Southland
272Bowling Green94.2Mid-American
273Lipscomb94.0Atlantic Sun
274Tennessee St.94.0Ohio Valley
275Alcorn St.93.9Southwestern Athletic
276Presbyterian93.8Big South
277Illinois Chicago93.8Horizon
278Duquesne93.8Atlantic 10
279Pepperdine93.7West Coast
280Binghamton93.4America East
281Pacific93.4West Coast
282Albany93.4America East
283Jackson St.93.3Southwestern Athletic
284Merrimack93.2Northeast
285Radford93.1Big South
286Dixie St.92.9Western Athletic
287Southeastern Louisiana92.8Southland
288Army92.8Patriot League
289Prairie View A&M92.7Southwestern Athletic
290USC Upstate92.7Big South
291Austin Peay92.5Ohio Valley
292North Carolina Central92.5Mideastern Athletic
293North Carolina A&T92.3Big South
294Northern Illinois92.2Mid-American
295Stetson92.1Atlantic Sun
296Morgan St.92.1Mideastern Athletic
297San Jose St.92.1Mountain West
298Lehigh92.0Patriot League
299SIU Edwardsville91.9Ohio Valley
300Cal Poly91.8Big West
301Denver91.8Summit
302Western Carolina91.7Southern
303Sacramento St.91.5Big Sky
304North Alabama91.4Atlantic Sun
305UTSA91.4Conference USA
306St. Thomas91.2Summit
307UT Rio Grande Valley91.1Western Athletic
308Florida A&M91.0Southwestern Athletic
309Sacred Heart90.9Northeast
310Eastern Michigan90.9Mid-American
311Grambling St.90.8Southwestern Athletic
312Evansville90.8Missouri Valley
313Robert Morris90.8Horizon
314Tennessee Martin90.7Ohio Valley
315Coppin St.90.7Mideastern Athletic
316Maryland Eastern Shore90.7Mideastern Athletic
317Lafayette90.6Patriot League
318St. Francis PA90.6Northeast
319St. Francis NY90.5Northeast
320McNeese St.90.5Southland
321Central Michigan90.5Mid-American
322Little Rock90.3Sun Belt
323Western Michigan89.9Mid-American
324Idaho89.7Big Sky
325Cal St. Northridge89.6Big West
326South Carolina St.89.6Mideastern Athletic
327Central Arkansas89.6Atlantic Sun
328Milwaukee89.5Horizon
329American89.5Patriot League
330Idaho St.89.4Big Sky
331Alabama St.89.3Southwestern Athletic
332Hampton89.2Big South
333Northern Arizona89.1Big Sky
334Alabama A&M89.1Southwestern Athletic
335Bucknell88.8Patriot League
336Southern Miss88.7Conference USA
337Northwestern St.88.7Southland
338NJIT88.6America East
339Green Bay88.6Horizon
340Bethune Cookman88.2Southwestern Athletic
341William & Mary88.0Colonial Athletic
342Houston Baptist87.5Southland
343Holy Cross87.1Patriot League
344Central Connecticut86.9Northeast
345Chicago St.86.8Western Athletic
346North Dakota86.7Summit
347Lamar86.7Western Athletic
348Fairleigh Dickinson86.5Northeast
349Nebraska Omaha86.4Summit
350Maine85.7America East
351Charleston Southern85.7Big South
352Columbia85.5Ivy League
353Incarnate Word85.3Southland
354Arkansas Pine Bluff84.0Southwestern Athletic
355Eastern Illinois82.7Ohio Valley
356Delaware St.81.6Mideastern Athletic
357Mississippi Valley St.81.2Southwestern Athletic
358IUPUI80.4Horizon

Alphabetical

#TeamPiRateConference
138Abilene Christian102.0Western Athletic
262Air Force94.5Mountain West
144Akron101.6Mid-American
20Alabama113.6Southeastern
334Alabama A&M89.1Southwestern Athletic
331Alabama St.89.3Southwestern Athletic
282Albany93.4America East
275Alcorn St.93.9Southwestern Athletic
329American89.5Patriot League
154Appalachian St.100.8Sun Belt
2Arizona120.8Pac-12
90Arizona St.106.5Pac-12
18Arkansas114.5Southeastern
354Arkansas Pine Bluff84.0Southwestern Athletic
190Arkansas St.98.9Sun Belt
288Army92.8Patriot League
5Auburn118.4Southeastern
291Austin Peay92.5Ohio Valley
259Ball St.94.8Mid-American
4Baylor119.2Big 12
198Bellarmine98.5Atlantic Sun
80Belmont107.4Ohio Valley
340Bethune Cookman88.2Southwestern Athletic
280Binghamton93.4America East
42Boise St.110.6Mountain West
142Boston College101.7Atlantic Coast
206Boston University98.3Patriot League
272Bowling Green94.2Mid-American
103Bradley105.2Missouri Valley
215Brown97.8Ivy League
196Bryant98.6Northeast
335Bucknell88.8Patriot League
109Buffalo104.0Mid-American
122Butler103.0Big East
53BYU109.3West Coast
210Cal Baptist98.1Western Athletic
300Cal Poly91.8Big West
270Cal St. Bakersfield94.2Big West
178Cal St. Fullerton99.6Big West
325Cal St. Northridge89.6Big West
134California102.4Pac-12
222Campbell97.3Big South
258Canisius94.8Metro Atlantic
327Central Arkansas89.6Atlantic Sun
344Central Connecticut86.9Northeast
321Central Michigan90.5Mid-American
151Charleston101.1Colonial Athletic
351Charleston Southern85.7Big South
184Charlotte99.2Conference USA
86Chattanooga107.0Southern
345Chicago St.86.8Western Athletic
98Cincinnati105.7American Athletic
75Clemson107.9Atlantic Coast
176Cleveland St.99.7Horizon
155Coastal Carolina100.8Sun Belt
115Colgate103.5Patriot League
71Colorado108.2Pac-12
44Colorado St.110.4Mountain West
352Columbia85.5Ivy League
19Connecticut114.1Big East
315Coppin St.90.7Mideastern Athletic
202Cornell98.5Ivy League
68Creighton108.3Big East
213Dartmouth97.9Ivy League
56Davidson109.2Atlantic 10
54Dayton109.2Atlantic 10
157Delaware100.7Colonial Athletic
356Delaware St.81.6Mideastern Athletic
301Denver91.8Summit
94DePaul106.1Big East
226Detroit Mercy97.2Horizon
286Dixie St.92.9Western Athletic
88Drake106.6Missouri Valley
156Drexel100.8Colonial Athletic
6Duke118.1Atlantic Coast
278Duquesne93.8Atlantic 10
181East Carolina99.5American Athletic
187East Tennessee St.99.1Southern
355Eastern Illinois82.7Ohio Valley
248Eastern Kentucky95.4Atlantic Sun
310Eastern Michigan90.9Mid-American
216Eastern Washington97.7Big Sky
256Elon94.9Colonial Athletic
312Evansville90.8Missouri Valley
223Fairfield97.3Metro Atlantic
348Fairleigh Dickinson86.5Northeast
255FIU94.9Conference USA
43Florida110.5Southeastern
308Florida A&M91.0Southwestern Athletic
132Florida Atlantic102.5Conference USA
203Florida Gulf Coast98.4Atlantic Sun
89Florida St.106.5Atlantic Coast
192Fordham98.9Atlantic 10
83Fresno St.107.3Mountain West
85Furman107.2Southern
185Gardner Webb99.2Big South
116George Mason103.5Atlantic 10
233George Washington96.8Atlantic 10
164Georgetown100.3Big East
199Georgia98.5Southeastern
251Georgia Southern95.3Sun Belt
150Georgia St.101.2Sun Belt
139Georgia Tech101.8Atlantic Coast
1Gonzaga124.6West Coast
311Grambling St.90.8Southwestern Athletic
102Grand Canyon105.3Western Athletic
339Green Bay88.6Horizon
332Hampton89.2Big South
269Hartford94.3America East
230Harvard96.9Ivy League
160Hawaii100.5Big West
254High Point94.9Big South
127Hofstra102.7Colonial Athletic
343Holy Cross87.1Patriot League
7Houston118.1American Athletic
342Houston Baptist87.5Southland
241Howard95.9Mideastern Athletic
324Idaho89.7Big Sky
330Idaho St.89.4Big Sky
15Illinois115.5Big Ten
277Illinois Chicago93.8Horizon
193Illinois St.98.8Missouri Valley
353Incarnate Word85.3Southland
35Indiana111.3Big Ten
232Indiana St.96.8Missouri Valley
95Iona106.0Metro Atlantic
14Iowa116.6Big Ten
50Iowa St.109.9Big 12
358IUPUI80.4Horizon
283Jackson St.93.3Southwestern Athletic
172Jacksonville99.8Atlantic Sun
143Jacksonville St.101.6Atlantic Sun
221James Madison97.4Colonial Athletic
8Kansas118.0Big 12
63Kansas St.108.7Big 12
231Kennesaw St.96.9Atlantic Sun
135Kent St.102.3Mid-American
3Kentucky119.4Southeastern
234La Salle96.7Atlantic 10
317Lafayette90.6Patriot League
347Lamar86.7Western Athletic
298Lehigh92.0Patriot League
126Liberty102.7Atlantic Sun
273Lipscomb94.0Atlantic Sun
322Little Rock90.3Sun Belt
238LIU96.2Northeast
174Long Beach St.99.8Big West
149Longwood101.2Big South
182Louisiana99.5Sun Belt
266Louisiana Monroe94.4Sun Belt
104Louisiana Tech105.1Conference USA
119Louisville103.2Atlantic Coast
28Loyola Chicago112.0Missouri Valley
189Loyola Marymount99.0West Coast
263Loyola MD94.4Patriot League
16LSU114.9Southeastern
350Maine85.7America East
267Manhattan94.3Metro Atlantic
204Marist98.3Metro Atlantic
40Marquette110.9Big East
235Marshall96.4Conference USA
67Maryland108.3Big Ten
316Maryland Eastern Shore90.7Mideastern Athletic
188Massachusetts99.1Atlantic 10
320McNeese St.90.5Southland
23Memphis112.7American Athletic
200Mercer98.5Southern
284Merrimack93.2Northeast
57Miami FL109.2Atlantic Coast
244Miami OH95.9Mid-American
25Michigan112.6Big Ten
33Michigan St.111.5Big Ten
111Middle Tennessee103.8Conference USA
328Milwaukee89.5Horizon
105Minnesota104.9Big Ten
100Mississippi105.6Southeastern
48Mississippi St.109.9Southeastern
357Mississippi Valley St.81.2Southwestern Athletic
145Missouri101.6Southeastern
69Missouri St.108.2Missouri Valley
158Monmouth100.7Metro Atlantic
228Montana97.1Big Sky
148Montana St.101.3Big Sky
128Morehead St.102.7Ohio Valley
296Morgan St.92.1Mideastern Athletic
242Mount St. Mary’s95.9Northeast
41Murray St.110.6Ohio Valley
123N.C. State102.9Atlantic Coast
173Navy99.8Patriot League
129Nebraska102.6Big Ten
349Nebraska Omaha86.4Summit
114Nevada103.6Mountain West
236New Hampshire96.4America East
166New Mexico100.1Mountain West
96New Mexico St.105.8Western Athletic
265New Orleans94.4Southland
201Niagara98.5Metro Atlantic
207Nicholls St.98.2Southland
338NJIT88.6America East
180Norfolk St.99.5Mideastern Athletic
304North Alabama91.4Atlantic Sun
27North Carolina112.2Atlantic Coast
293North Carolina A&T92.3Big South
292North Carolina Central92.5Mideastern Athletic
346North Dakota86.7Summit
159North Dakota St.100.6Summit
264North Florida94.4Atlantic Sun
70North Texas108.2Conference USA
246Northeastern95.7Colonial Athletic
333Northern Arizona89.1Big Sky
205Northern Colorado98.3Big Sky
294Northern Illinois92.2Mid-American
99Northern Iowa105.6Missouri Valley
195Northern Kentucky98.7Horizon
64Northwestern108.7Big Ten
337Northwestern St.88.7Southland
47Notre Dame110.1Atlantic Coast
170Oakland99.9Horizon
112Ohio103.8Mid-American
24Ohio St.112.7Big Ten
38Oklahoma111.0Big 12
36Oklahoma St.111.3Big 12
171Old Dominion99.9Conference USA
140Oral Roberts101.8Summit
61Oregon108.8Pac-12
212Oregon St.98.0Pac-12
281Pacific93.4West Coast
214Penn97.9Ivy League
79Penn St.107.4Big Ten
279Pepperdine93.7West Coast
177Pittsburgh99.7Atlantic Coast
183Portland99.3West Coast
253Portland St.95.0Big Sky
289Prairie View A&M92.7Southwestern Athletic
276Presbyterian93.8Big South
107Princeton104.3Ivy League
37Providence111.2Big East
10Purdue117.3Big Ten
218Purdue Fort Wayne97.5Horizon
257Quinnipiac94.9Metro Atlantic
285Radford93.1Big South
124Rhode Island102.8Atlantic 10
220Rice97.5Conference USA
91Richmond106.5Atlantic 10
249Rider95.4Metro Atlantic
313Robert Morris90.8Horizon
66Rutgers108.4Big Ten
303Sacramento St.91.5Big Sky
309Sacred Heart90.9Northeast
162Saint Joseph’s100.4Atlantic 10
60Saint Louis109.0Atlantic 10
21Saint Mary’s113.3West Coast
136Saint Peter’s102.0Metro Atlantic
161Sam Houston St.100.5Western Athletic
208Samford98.2Southern
217San Diego97.7West Coast
31San Diego St.111.7Mountain West
22San Francisco112.9West Coast
297San Jose St.92.1Mountain West
76Santa Clara107.9West Coast
137Seattle102.0Western Athletic
26Seton Hall112.2Big East
247Siena95.6Metro Atlantic
299SIU Edwardsville91.9Ohio Valley
51SMU109.6American Athletic
141South Alabama101.8Sun Belt
92South Carolina106.2Southeastern
326South Carolina St.89.6Mideastern Athletic
191South Dakota98.9Summit
77South Dakota St.107.8Summit
245South Florida95.7American Athletic
260Southeast Missouri St.94.8Ohio Valley
287Southeastern Louisiana92.8Southland
227Southern97.2Southwestern Athletic
130Southern Illinois102.5Missouri Valley
336Southern Miss88.7Conference USA
152Southern Utah101.0Big Sky
81St. Bonaventure107.3Atlantic 10
319St. Francis NY90.5Northeast
318St. Francis PA90.6Northeast
52St. John’s109.6Big East
306St. Thomas91.2Summit
106Stanford104.7Pac-12
120Stephen F. Austin103.2Western Athletic
295Stetson92.1Atlantic Sun
243Stony Brook95.9America East
82Syracuse107.3Atlantic Coast
224Tarleton St.97.3Western Athletic
45TCU110.2Big 12
117Temple103.3American Athletic
11Tennessee117.2Southeastern
314Tennessee Martin90.7Ohio Valley
274Tennessee St.94.0Ohio Valley
261Tennessee Tech94.7Ohio Valley
17Texas114.6Big 12
59Texas A&M109.1Southeastern
271Texas A&M Corpus Chris94.2Southland
211Texas Southern98.0Southwestern Athletic
147Texas St.101.5Sun Belt
13Texas Tech116.9Big 12
250The Citadel95.3Southern
65Toledo108.5Mid-American
84Towson107.2Colonial Athletic
194Troy98.7Sun Belt
101Tulane105.3American Athletic
153Tulsa100.9American Athletic
46UAB110.1Conference USA
219UC Davis97.5Big West
118UC Irvine103.3Big West
167UC Riverside100.0Big West
268UC San Diego94.3Big West
133UC Santa Barbara102.5Big West
97UCF105.8American Athletic
9UCLA117.7Pac-12
239UMass Lowell96.1America East
237UMBC96.2America East
209UMKC98.1Summit
229UNC Asheville97.1Big South
179UNC Greensboro99.6Southern
186UNC Wilmington99.1Colonial Athletic
93UNLV106.1Mountain West
34USC111.4Pac-12
290USC Upstate92.7Big South
225UT Arlington97.2Sun Belt
307UT Rio Grande Valley91.1Western Athletic
108Utah104.1Pac-12
58Utah St.109.2Mountain West
125Utah Valley102.8Western Athletic
169UTEP99.9Conference USA
305UTSA91.4Conference USA
197Valparaiso98.6Missouri Valley
78Vanderbilt107.6Southeastern
55VCU109.2Atlantic 10
73Vermont108.1America East
12Villanova117.1Big East
72Virginia108.1Atlantic Coast
29Virginia Tech111.8Atlantic Coast
168VMI99.9Southern
131Wagner102.5Northeast
32Wake Forest111.7Atlantic Coast
113Washington103.6Pac-12
49Washington St.109.9Pac-12
163Weber St.100.4Big Sky
62West Virginia108.7Big 12
302Western Carolina91.7Southern
240Western Illinois96.0Summit
110Western Kentucky103.9Conference USA
323Western Michigan89.9Mid-American
87Wichita St.106.8American Athletic
341William & Mary88.0Colonial Athletic
165Winthrop100.1Big South
30Wisconsin111.8Big Ten
121Wofford103.2Southern
175Wright St.99.8Horizon
74Wyoming108.1Mountain West
39Xavier110.9Big East
146Yale101.5Ivy League
252Youngstown St.95.1Horizon

PiRate Ratings By Conference

America East
TeamRating
Vermont108.1
New Hampshire96.4
UMBC96.2
UMass Lowell96.1
Stony Brook95.9
Hartford94.3
Binghamton93.4
Albany93.4
NJIT88.6
Maine85.7
American Athletic
TeamRating
Houston118.1
Memphis112.7
SMU109.6
Wichita St.106.8
UCF105.8
Cincinnati105.7
Tulane105.3
Temple103.3
Tulsa100.9
East Carolina99.5
South Florida95.7
Atlantic 10
TeamRating
Dayton109.2
VCU109.2
Davidson109.2
Saint Louis109.0
St. Bonaventure107.3
Richmond106.5
George Mason103.5
Rhode Island102.8
Saint Joseph’s100.4
Massachusetts99.1
Fordham98.9
George Washington96.8
La Salle96.7
Duquesne93.8
Atlantic Coast
TeamRating
Duke118.1
North Carolina112.2
Virginia Tech111.8
Wake Forest111.7
Notre Dame110.1
Miami FL109.2
Virginia108.1
Clemson107.9
Syracuse107.3
Florida St.106.5
Louisville103.2
N.C. State102.9
Georgia Tech101.8
Boston College101.7
Pittsburgh99.7
Atlantic Sun
TeamRating
Liberty102.7
Jacksonville St.101.6
Jacksonville99.8
Bellarmine98.5
Florida Gulf Coast98.4
Kennesaw St.96.9
Eastern Kentucky95.4
North Florida94.4
Lipscomb94.0
Stetson92.1
North Alabama91.4
Central Arkansas89.6
Big 12
TeamRating
Baylor119.2
Kansas118.0
Texas Tech116.9
Texas114.6
Oklahoma St.111.3
Oklahoma111.0
TCU110.2
Iowa St.109.9
West Virginia108.7
Kansas St.108.7
Big East
TeamRating
Villanova117.1
Connecticut114.1
Seton Hall112.2
Providence111.2
Xavier110.9
Marquette110.9
St. John’s109.6
Creighton108.3
DePaul106.1
Butler103.0
Georgetown100.3
Big Sky
TeamRating
Montana St.101.3
Southern Utah101.0
Weber St.100.4
Northern Colorado98.3
Eastern Washington97.7
Montana97.1
Portland St.95.0
Sacramento St.91.5
Idaho89.7
Idaho St.89.4
Northern Arizona89.1
Big South
TeamRating
Longwood101.2
Winthrop100.1
Gardner Webb99.2
Campbell97.3
UNC Asheville97.1
High Point94.9
Presbyterian93.8
Radford93.1
USC Upstate92.7
North Carolina A&T92.3
Hampton89.2
Charleston Southern85.7
Big Ten
TeamRating
Purdue117.3
Iowa116.6
Illinois115.5
Ohio St.112.7
Michigan112.6
Wisconsin111.8
Michigan St.111.5
Indiana111.3
Northwestern108.7
Rutgers108.4
Maryland108.3
Penn St.107.4
Minnesota104.9
Nebraska102.6
Big West
TeamRating
UC Irvine103.3
UC Santa Barbara102.5
Hawaii100.5
UC Riverside100.0
Long Beach St.99.8
Cal St. Fullerton99.6
UC Davis97.5
UC San Diego94.3
Cal St. Bakersfield94.2
Cal Poly91.8
Cal St. Northridge89.6
Colonial Athletic
TeamRating
Towson107.2
Hofstra102.7
Charleston101.1
Drexel100.8
Delaware100.7
UNC Wilmington99.1
James Madison97.4
Northeastern95.7
Elon94.9
William & Mary88.0
Conference USA
TeamRating
UAB110.1
North Texas108.2
Louisiana Tech105.1
Western Kentucky103.9
Middle Tennessee103.8
Florida Atlantic102.5
UTEP99.9
Old Dominion99.9
Charlotte99.2
Rice97.5
Marshall96.4
FIU94.9
UTSA91.4
Southern Miss88.7
Horizon
TeamRating
Oakland99.9
Wright St.99.8
Cleveland St.99.7
Northern Kentucky98.7
Purdue Fort Wayne97.5
Detroit Mercy97.2
Youngstown St.95.1
Illinois Chicago93.8
Robert Morris90.8
Milwaukee89.5
Green Bay88.6
IUPUI80.4
Ivy League
TeamRating
Princeton104.3
Yale101.5
Cornell98.5
Dartmouth97.9
Penn97.9
Brown97.8
Harvard96.9
Columbia85.5
Metro Atlantic
TeamRating
Iona106.0
Saint Peter’s102.0
Monmouth100.7
Niagara98.5
Marist98.3
Fairfield97.3
Siena95.6
Rider95.4
Quinnipiac94.9
Canisius94.8
Manhattan94.3
Mid-American
TeamRating
Toledo108.5
Buffalo104.0
Ohio103.8
Kent St.102.3
Akron101.6
Miami OH95.9
Ball St.94.8
Bowling Green94.2
Northern Illinois92.2
Eastern Michigan90.9
Central Michigan90.5
Western Michigan89.9
Mideastern Athletic
TeamRating
Norfolk St.99.5
Howard95.9
North Carolina Central92.5
Morgan St.92.1
Coppin St.90.7
Maryland Eastern Shore90.7
South Carolina St.89.6
Delaware St.81.6
Missouri Valley
TeamRating
Loyola Chicago112.0
Missouri St.108.2
Drake106.6
Northern Iowa105.6
Bradley105.2
Southern Illinois102.5
Illinois St.98.8
Valparaiso98.6
Indiana St.96.8
Evansville90.8
Mountain West
TeamRating
San Diego St.111.7
Boise St.110.6
Colorado St.110.4
Utah St.109.2
Wyoming108.1
Fresno St.107.3
UNLV106.1
Nevada103.6
New Mexico100.1
Air Force94.5
San Jose St.92.1
Northeast
TeamRating
Wagner102.5
Bryant98.6
LIU96.2
Mount St. Mary’s95.9
Merrimack93.2
Sacred Heart90.9
St. Francis PA90.6
St. Francis NY90.5
Central Connecticut86.9
Fairleigh Dickinson86.5
Ohio Valley
TeamRating
Murray St.110.6
Belmont107.4
Morehead St.102.7
Southeast Missouri St.94.8
Tennessee Tech94.7
Tennessee St.94.0
Austin Peay92.5
SIU Edwardsville91.9
Tennessee Martin90.7
Eastern Illinois82.7
Pac-12
TeamRating
Arizona120.8
UCLA117.7
USC111.4
Washington St.109.9
Oregon108.8
Colorado108.2
Arizona St.106.5
Stanford104.7
Utah104.1
Washington103.6
California102.4
Oregon St.98.0
Patriot League
TeamRating
Colgate103.5
Navy99.8
Boston University98.3
Loyola MD94.4
Army92.8
Lehigh92.0
Lafayette90.6
American89.5
Bucknell88.8
Holy Cross87.1
Southeastern
TeamRating
Kentucky119.4
Auburn118.4
Tennessee117.2
LSU114.9
Arkansas114.5
Alabama113.6
Florida110.5
Mississippi St.109.9
Texas A&M109.1
Vanderbilt107.6
South Carolina106.2
Mississippi105.6
Missouri101.6
Georgia98.5
Southern
TeamRating
Furman107.2
Chattanooga107.0
Wofford103.2
VMI99.9
UNC Greensboro99.6
East Tennessee St.99.1
Mercer98.5
Samford98.2
The Citadel95.3
Western Carolina91.7
Southland
TeamRating
Nicholls St.98.2
New Orleans94.4
Texas A&M Corpus Chris94.2
Southeastern Louisiana92.8
McNeese St.90.5
Northwestern St.88.7
Houston Baptist87.5
Incarnate Word85.3
Southwestern Athletic
TeamRating
Texas Southern98.0
Southern97.2
Alcorn St.93.9
Jackson St.93.3
Prairie View A&M92.7
Florida A&M91.0
Grambling St.90.8
Alabama St.89.3
Alabama A&M89.1
Bethune Cookman88.2
Arkansas Pine Bluff84.0
Mississippi Valley St.81.2
Summit
TeamRating
South Dakota St.107.8
Oral Roberts101.8
North Dakota St.100.6
South Dakota98.9
UMKC98.1
Western Illinois96.0
Denver91.8
St. Thomas91.2
North Dakota86.7
Nebraska Omaha86.4
Sun Belt
TeamRating
South Alabama101.8
Texas St.101.5
Georgia St.101.2
Appalachian St.100.8
Coastal Carolina100.8
Louisiana99.5
Arkansas St.98.9
Troy98.7
UT Arlington97.2
Georgia Southern95.3
Louisiana Monroe94.4
Little Rock90.3
West Coast
TeamRating
Gonzaga124.6
Saint Mary’s113.3
San Francisco112.9
BYU109.3
Santa Clara107.9
Portland99.3
Loyola Marymount99.0
San Diego97.7
Pepperdine93.7
Pacific93.4
Western Athletic
TeamRating
New Mexico St.105.8
Grand Canyon105.3
Stephen F. Austin103.2
Utah Valley102.8
Seattle102.0
Abilene Christian102.0
Sam Houston St.100.5
Cal Baptist98.1
Tarleton St.97.3
Dixie St.92.9
UT Rio Grande Valley91.1
Chicago St.86.8
Lamar86.7

Coming Later Today–Updated Bracketology

March 8, 2021

PiRate Ratings College Basketball Spreads

Monday, March 8, 2021

HomeVisitorSpread
HofstraElon2.9
NortheasternDrexel0.1
Cleveland St.Milwaukee3.3
OaklandNorthern Kentucky-1.7
CanisiusRider4.8
UNC GreensboroMercer2.5
South Dakota St.Oral Roberts3.8
South DakotaNorth Dakota St.-1.3
Georgia St.Appalachian St.4.8
GonzagaSaint Mary’s20.1
BYUPepperdine10.1

This Week’s PiRate Ratings

Rk.TeamRatings
1Gonzaga128.0
2Baylor122.4
3Illinois121.5
4Michigan121.4
5Iowa121.3
6Houston118.9
7Alabama118.6
8Ohio St.117.5
9Arkansas116.7
10Florida St.116.7
11Creighton115.9
12Loyola Chicago115.9
13Purdue115.8
14USC115.8
15Villanova115.7
16Wisconsin115.6
17Colorado115.6
18BYU115.0
19Kansas114.9
20San Diego St.114.9
21West Virginia114.8
22Texas114.7
23Tennessee114.6
24Virginia114.4
25Texas Tech114.4
26Connecticut114.4
27LSU114.3
28North Carolina113.9
29St. Bonaventure113.7
30Oklahoma St.113.4
31Florida113.4
32Penn St.113.3
33Georgia Tech113.1
34Rutgers113.0
35Maryland112.8
36Oregon112.7
37Memphis112.5
38Oklahoma112.3
39VCU111.9
40Duke111.9
41Indiana111.7
42Utah St.111.6
43Clemson111.4
44Missouri111.4
45Arizona111.3
46Kentucky111.3
47Saint Louis111.2
48UCLA111.1
49Syracuse111.0
50Virginia Tech110.9
51SMU110.8
52Seton Hall110.6
53Michigan St.110.6
54Louisville110.5
55Boise St.110.5
56Mississippi110.4
57St. John’s110.4
58Drake110.4
59Colorado St.110.3
60Toledo110.3
61Xavier110.2
62Minnesota110.2
63Auburn110.1
64Buffalo109.9
65Wright St.109.9
66N.C. State109.5
67Richmond109.5
68Davidson109.4
69Notre Dame109.3
70Northwestern109.2
71Wichita St.109.0
72Mississippi St.108.8
73Providence108.7
74Marquette108.6
75Stanford108.6
76Utah108.5
77UC Santa Barbara108.2
78Louisiana Tech108.1
79Marshall107.9
80Saint Mary’s107.9
81Dayton107.9
82North Texas107.5
83Pittsburgh107.4
84Missouri St.107.2
85Winthrop107.2
86Georgia107.2
87Georgetown107.1
88Colgate107.1
89Nebraska106.9
90Kent St.106.8
91Furman106.7
92Abilene Christian106.5
93Nevada106.5
94Vanderbilt106.4
95Belmont106.2
96UAB106.2
97Western Kentucky106.1
98Rhode Island106.1
99Liberty106.1
100UCF106.0
101UNC Greensboro105.9
102San Francisco105.8
103Loyola Marymount105.8
104Akron105.7
105Oregon St.105.7
106Ohio105.7
107Washington St.105.6
108UC Riverside105.4
109South Carolina105.3
110Massachusetts105.2
111UC Irvine105.2
112Cincinnati105.1
113Arizona St.105.0
114Butler104.9
115Pepperdine104.9
116South Dakota St.104.9
117Bowling Green104.5
118Eastern Washington104.5
119Duquesne104.5
120Indiana St.104.4
121Tulsa104.3
122Pacific103.8
123Wofford103.7
124Weber St.103.7
125Mercer103.4
126DePaul103.4
127East Tennessee St.103.3
128TCU103.3
129Morehead St.103.2
130Vermont103.2
131Boston College103.2
132Texas A&M103.1
133George Mason103.0
134Grand Canyon102.9
135UTEP102.7
136Temple102.7
137Georgia St.102.2
138Southern Utah102.1
139Cal St. Bakersfield102.1
140Bradley102.0
141Miami FL102.0
142Ball St.102.0
143Miami OH101.9
144Detroit101.8
145North Dakota St.101.7
146VMI101.7
147Tulane101.6
148Stephen F. Austin101.4
149Old Dominion101.4
150East Carolina101.3
151Santa Clara101.3
152Chattanooga101.3
153Northeastern101.1
154Cleveland St.101.1
155Jacksonville St.101.1
156New Mexico St.101.1
157Oral Roberts101.1
158Drexel101.0
159Northern Iowa101.0
160Navy100.9
161California100.8
162UTSA100.8
163UMBC100.7
164Murray St.100.7
165Bryant100.7
166Eastern Kentucky100.6
167Coastal Carolina100.6
168Wake Forest100.5
169UNLV100.5
170South Dakota100.4
171James Madison100.3
172Sam Houston St.100.2
173Hofstra100.2
174Washington100.2
175Gardner Webb100.1
176South Florida100.1
177Iowa St.99.9
178Bellarmine99.9
179Siena99.9
180Wyoming99.7
181Kansas St.99.7
182Texas St.99.7
183Fresno St.99.4
184Florida Atlantic99.2
185Northern Kentucky99.1
186Army99.0
187Valparaiso98.9
188Montana98.8
189Southern Illinois98.8
190Nicholls St.98.7
191La Salle98.6
192Hawaii98.4
193Rice98.4
194Hartford98.3
195Illinois St.98.3
196Saint Joseph’s98.3
197Evansville98.1
198Iona98.0
199Louisiana97.9
200Monmouth97.8
201Utah Valley97.8
202Campbell97.8
203Milwaukee97.8
204San Diego97.7
205Saint Peter’s97.5
206Oakland97.4
207South Alabama97.4
208Appalachian St.97.4
209Austin Peay97.4
210Wagner97.4
211UMKC97.4
212Elon97.3
213The Citadel97.1
214Loyola MD97.0
215UMass Lowell97.0
216Delaware96.9
217George Washington96.9
218Charlotte96.8
219Charleston96.8
220Mount St. Mary’s96.7
221UC Davis96.7
222Stony Brook96.6
223Youngstown St.96.4
224Albany96.2
225Radford96.2
226Longwood96.2
227Cal Baptist96.1
228Canisius96.1
229Norfolk St.96.0
230UNC Asheville96.0
231Little Rock96.0
232Montana St.96.0
233Lipscomb95.9
234Seattle95.9
235Western Carolina95.9
236UC San Diego95.9
237Niagara95.8
238Green Bay95.8
239UNC Wilmington95.8
240Prairie View A&M95.7
241Stetson95.6
242Northern Colorado95.4
243Portland St.95.3
244Arkansas St.95.3
245UT Arlington95.1
246Southern Miss95.1
247Sacramento St.95.1
248Boston University95.0
249Morgan St.94.9
250Marist94.8
251Lafayette94.8
252Cal St. Fullerton94.8
253Texas Southern94.7
254IUPUI94.6
255American94.5
256New Hampshire94.5
257Tarleton St.94.4
258Idaho St.94.4
259Western Michigan94.4
260Cal St. Northridge94.3
261Georgia Southern94.1
262Samford94.0
263Southeast Missouri St.93.9
264Bucknell93.9
265Purdue Fort Wayne93.7
266LIU93.7
267Florida A&M93.7
268Merrimack93.6
269Jackson St.93.6
270Quinnipiac93.5
271Illinois Chicago93.5
272Eastern Michigan93.4
273High Point93.4
274Long Beach St.93.4
275Central Michigan93.3
276UT Rio Grande Valley93.2
277New Mexico93.1
278North Carolina A&T93.1
279North Alabama93.0
280Robert Morris92.9
281Fordham92.9
282North Dakota92.8
283Towson92.8
284Florida Gulf Coast92.7
285NJIT92.7
286New Orleans92.7
287Fairleigh Dickinson92.4
288William & Mary92.4
289Louisiana Monroe92.4
290Holy Cross92.3
291FIU92.3
292Jacksonville92.3
293St. Francis NY92.2
294North Florida92.2
295Troy92.2
296St. Francis PA92.1
297Middle Tennessee92.0
298Eastern Illinois91.7
299Southern91.7
300Western Illinois91.7
301Coppin St.91.4
302Lamar91.4
303Howard91.4
304North Carolina Central91.4
305Tennessee Tech91.3
306Rider91.3
307Manhattan91.2
308Sacred Heart91.0
309Air Force91.0
310Nebraska Omaha90.9
311Fairfield90.9
312Binghamton90.8
313USC Upstate90.7
314SIU Edwardsville90.7
315Presbyterian90.6
316Northwestern St.90.5
317Tennessee St.90.5
318San Jose St.90.0
319Grambling St.90.0
320Hampton89.7
321Northern Illinois89.3
322Northern Arizona89.3
323Central Arkansas89.0
324Portland89.0
325Lehigh88.9
326Southeastern Louisiana88.7
327Incarnate Word88.5
328Dixie St.88.5
329Kennesaw St.88.2
330Cal Poly88.1
331Maine88.1
332McNeese St.88.0
333Charleston Southern88.0
334Alcorn St.87.6
335Central Connecticut87.5
336Texas A&M Corpus Chris87.0
337Tennessee Martin86.6
338Denver86.5
339Houston Baptist86.4
340Alabama A&M86.1
341Arkansas Pine Bluff84.6
342Idaho83.5
343South Carolina St.82.9
344Delaware St.82.0
345Alabama St.81.8
346Chicago St.80.8
347Mississippi Valley St.70.8

PiRate Ratings By Conference

Atlantic 10
TeamRating
St. Bonaventure113.7
VCU111.9
Saint Louis111.2
Richmond109.5
Davidson109.4
Dayton107.9
Rhode Island106.1
Massachusetts105.2
Duquesne104.5
George Mason103.0
La Salle98.6
Saint Joseph’s98.3
George Washington96.9
Fordham92.9
American
TeamRating
Houston118.9
Memphis112.5
SMU110.8
Wichita St.109.0
UCF106.0
Cincinnati105.1
Tulsa104.3
Temple102.7
Tulane101.6
East Carolina101.3
South Florida100.1
Atlantic Coast
TeamRating
Florida St.116.7
Virginia114.4
North Carolina113.9
Georgia Tech113.1
Duke111.9
Clemson111.4
Syracuse111.0
Virginia Tech110.9
Louisville110.5
N.C. State109.5
Notre Dame109.3
Pittsburgh107.4
Boston College103.2
Miami FL102.0
Wake Forest100.5
America East
TeamRating
Vermont103.2
UMBC100.7
Hartford98.3
UMass Lowell97.0
Stony Brook96.6
Albany96.2
New Hampshire94.5
NJIT92.7
Binghamton90.8
Maine88.1
Atlantic Sun
TeamRating
Liberty106.1
Bellarmine99.9
Lipscomb95.9
Stetson95.6
North Alabama93.0
Florida Gulf Coast92.7
Jacksonville92.3
North Florida92.2
Kennesaw St.88.2
Big 12
TeamRating
Baylor122.4
Kansas114.9
West Virginia114.8
Texas114.7
Texas Tech114.4
Oklahoma St.113.4
Oklahoma112.3
TCU103.3
Iowa St.99.9
Kansas St.99.7
Big East
TeamRating
Creighton115.9
Villanova115.7
Connecticut114.4
Seton Hall110.6
St. John’s110.4
Xavier110.2
Providence108.7
Marquette108.6
Georgetown107.1
Butler104.9
DePaul103.4
Big Sky
TeamRating
Eastern Washington104.5
Weber St.103.7
Southern Utah102.1
Montana98.8
Montana St.96.0
Northern Colorado95.4
Portland St.95.3
Sacramento St.95.1
Idaho St.94.4
Northern Arizona89.3
Idaho83.5
Big South
TeamRating
Winthrop107.2
Gardner Webb100.1
Campbell97.8
Radford96.2
Longwood96.2
UNC Asheville96.0
High Point93.4
USC Upstate90.7
Presbyterian90.6
Hampton89.7
Charleston Southern88.0
Big Ten
TeamRating
Illinois121.5
Michigan121.4
Iowa121.3
Ohio St.117.5
Purdue115.8
Wisconsin115.6
Penn St.113.3
Rutgers113.0
Maryland112.8
Indiana111.7
Michigan St.110.6
Minnesota110.2
Northwestern109.2
Nebraska106.9
Big West
TeamRating
UC Santa Barbara108.2
UC Riverside105.4
UC Irvine105.2
Cal St. Bakersfield102.1
Hawaii98.4
UC Davis96.7
UC San Diego95.9
Cal St. Fullerton94.8
Cal St. Northridge94.3
Long Beach St.93.4
Cal Poly88.1
Colonial
TeamRating
Northeastern101.1
Drexel101.0
James Madison100.3
Hofstra100.2
Elon97.3
Delaware96.9
Charleston96.8
UNC Wilmington95.8
Towson92.8
William & Mary92.4
Conference USA
TeamRating
Louisiana Tech108.1
Marshall107.9
North Texas107.5
UAB106.2
Western Kentucky106.1
UTEP102.7
Old Dominion101.4
UTSA100.8
Florida Atlantic99.2
Rice98.4
Charlotte96.8
Southern Miss95.1
FIU92.3
Middle Tennessee92.0
Horizon
TeamRating
Wright St.109.9
Detroit101.8
Cleveland St.101.1
Northern Kentucky99.1
Milwaukee97.8
Oakland97.4
Youngstown St.96.4
Green Bay95.8
IUPUI94.6
Purdue Fort Wayne93.7
Illinois Chicago93.5
Robert Morris92.9
Metro Atlantic
TeamRating
Siena99.9
Iona98.0
Monmouth97.8
Saint Peter’s97.5
Canisius96.1
Niagara95.8
Marist94.8
Quinnipiac93.5
Rider91.3
Manhattan91.2
Fairfield90.9
Mid-American
TeamRating
Toledo110.3
Buffalo109.9
Kent St.106.8
Akron105.7
Ohio105.7
Bowling Green104.5
Ball St.102.0
Miami OH101.9
Western Michigan94.4
Eastern Michigan93.4
Central Michigan93.3
Northern Illinois89.3
Mideastern Athletic
TeamRating
Norfolk St.96.0
Morgan St.94.9
Florida A&M93.7
North Carolina A&T93.1
Coppin St.91.4
Howard91.4
North Carolina Central91.4
South Carolina St.82.9
Delaware St.82.0
Missouri Valley
TeamRating
Loyola Chicago115.9
Drake110.4
Missouri St.107.2
Indiana St.104.4
Bradley102.0
Northern Iowa101.0
Valparaiso98.9
Southern Illinois98.8
Illinois St.98.3
Evansville98.1
Mountain West
TeamRating
San Diego St.114.9
Utah St.111.6
Boise St.110.5
Colorado St.110.3
Nevada106.5
UNLV100.5
Wyoming99.7
Fresno St.99.4
New Mexico93.1
Air Force91.0
San Jose St.90.0
Northeast
TeamRating
Bryant100.7
Wagner97.4
Mount St. Mary’s96.7
LIU93.7
Merrimack93.6
Fairleigh Dickinson92.4
St. Francis NY92.2
St. Francis PA92.1
Sacred Heart91.0
Central Connecticut87.5
Ohio Valley
TeamRating
Belmont106.2
Morehead St.103.2
Jacksonville St.101.1
Murray St.100.7
Eastern Kentucky100.6
Austin Peay97.4
Southeast Missouri St.93.9
Eastern Illinois91.7
Tennessee Tech91.3
SIU Edwardsville90.7
Tennessee St.90.5
Tennessee Martin86.6
Pac-12
TeamRating
USC115.8
Colorado115.6
Oregon112.7
Arizona111.3
UCLA111.1
Stanford108.6
Utah108.5
Oregon St.105.7
Washington St.105.6
Arizona St.105.0
California100.8
Washington100.2
Patriot
TeamRating
Colgate107.1
Navy100.9
Army99.0
Loyola MD97.0
Boston University95.0
Lafayette94.8
American94.5
Bucknell93.9
Holy Cross92.3
Lehigh88.9
Southeastern
TeamRating
Alabama118.6
Arkansas116.7
Tennessee114.6
LSU114.3
Florida113.4
Missouri111.4
Kentucky111.3
Mississippi110.4
Auburn110.1
Mississippi St.108.8
Georgia107.2
Vanderbilt106.4
South Carolina105.3
Texas A&M103.1
Southern
TeamRating
Furman106.7
UNC Greensboro105.9
Wofford103.7
Mercer103.4
East Tennessee St.103.3
VMI101.7
Chattanooga101.3
The Citadel97.1
Western Carolina95.9
Samford94.0
Southland
TeamRating
Abilene Christian106.5
Stephen F. Austin101.4
Sam Houston St.100.2
Nicholls St.98.7
New Orleans92.7
Lamar91.4
Northwestern St.90.5
Central Arkansas89.0
Southeastern Louisiana88.7
Incarnate Word88.5
McNeese St.88.0
Texas A&M Corpus Chris87.0
Houston Baptist86.4
Summit
TeamRating
South Dakota St.104.9
North Dakota St.101.7
Oral Roberts101.1
South Dakota100.4
UMKC97.4
North Dakota92.8
Western Illinois91.7
Nebraska Omaha90.9
Denver86.5
Southwestern Athletic
TeamRating
Prairie View A&M95.7
Texas Southern94.7
Jackson St.93.6
Southern91.7
Grambling St.90.0
Alcorn St.87.6
Alabama A&M86.1
Arkansas Pine Bluff84.6
Alabama St.81.8
Mississippi Valley St.70.8
Sun Belt
TeamRating
Georgia St.102.2
Coastal Carolina100.6
Texas St.99.7
Louisiana97.9
South Alabama97.4
Appalachian St.97.4
Little Rock96.0
Arkansas St.95.3
UT Arlington95.1
Georgia Southern94.1
Louisiana Monroe92.4
Troy92.2
Western Athletic
TeamRating
Grand Canyon102.9
New Mexico St.101.1
Utah Valley97.8
Cal Baptist96.1
Seattle95.9
Tarleton St.94.4
UT Rio Grande Valley93.2
Dixie St.88.5
Chicago St.80.8
West Coast
TeamRating
Gonzaga128.0
BYU115.0
Saint Mary’s107.9
San Francisco105.8
Loyola Marymount105.8
Pepperdine104.9
Pacific103.8
Santa Clara101.3
San Diego97.7
Portland89.0

PiRate Ratings Alphabetically

RkTeamRating
92Abilene Christian106.5
309Air Force91.0
104Akron105.7
7Alabama118.6
340Alabama A&M86.1
345Alabama St.81.8
224Albany96.2
334Alcorn St.87.6
255American94.5
208Appalachian St.97.4
45Arizona111.3
113Arizona St.105.0
9Arkansas116.7
341Arkansas Pine Bluff84.6
244Arkansas St.95.3
186Army99.0
63Auburn110.1
209Austin Peay97.4
142Ball St.102.0
2Baylor122.4
178Bellarmine99.9
95Belmont106.2
312Binghamton90.8
55Boise St.110.5
131Boston College103.2
248Boston University95.0
117Bowling Green104.5
140Bradley102.0
165Bryant100.7
264Bucknell93.9
64Buffalo109.9
114Butler104.9
18BYU115.0
227Cal Baptist96.1
330Cal Poly88.1
139Cal St. Bakersfield102.1
252Cal St. Fullerton94.8
260Cal St. Northridge94.3
161California100.8
202Campbell97.8
228Canisius96.1
323Central Arkansas89.0
335Central Connecticut87.5
275Central Michigan93.3
219Charleston96.8
333Charleston Southern88.0
218Charlotte96.8
152Chattanooga101.3
346Chicago St.80.8
112Cincinnati105.1
43Clemson111.4
154Cleveland St.101.1
167Coastal Carolina100.6
88Colgate107.1
17Colorado115.6
59Colorado St.110.3
26Connecticut114.4
301Coppin St.91.4
11Creighton115.9
68Davidson109.4
81Dayton107.9
216Delaware96.9
344Delaware St.82.0
338Denver86.5
126DePaul103.4
144Detroit101.8
328Dixie St.88.5
58Drake110.4
158Drexel101.0
40Duke111.9
119Duquesne104.5
150East Carolina101.3
127East Tennessee St.103.3
298Eastern Illinois91.7
166Eastern Kentucky100.6
272Eastern Michigan93.4
118Eastern Washington104.5
212Elon97.3
197Evansville98.1
311Fairfield90.9
287Fairleigh Dickinson92.4
291FIU92.3
31Florida113.4
267Florida A&M93.7
184Florida Atlantic99.2
284Florida Gulf Coast92.7
10Florida St.116.7
281Fordham92.9
183Fresno St.99.4
91Furman106.7
175Gardner Webb100.1
133George Mason103.0
217George Washington96.9
87Georgetown107.1
86Georgia107.2
261Georgia Southern94.1
137Georgia St.102.2
33Georgia Tech113.1
1Gonzaga128.0
319Grambling St.90.0
134Grand Canyon102.9
238Green Bay95.8
320Hampton89.7
194Hartford98.3
192Hawaii98.4
273High Point93.4
173Hofstra100.2
290Holy Cross92.3
6Houston118.9
339Houston Baptist86.4
303Howard91.4
342Idaho83.5
258Idaho St.94.4
3Illinois121.5
271Illinois Chicago93.5
195Illinois St.98.3
327Incarnate Word88.5
41Indiana111.7
120Indiana St.104.4
198Iona98.0
5Iowa121.3
177Iowa St.99.9
254IUPUI94.6
269Jackson St.93.6
292Jacksonville92.3
155Jacksonville St.101.1
171James Madison100.3
19Kansas114.9
181Kansas St.99.7
329Kennesaw St.88.2
90Kent St.106.8
46Kentucky111.3
191La Salle98.6
251Lafayette94.8
302Lamar91.4
325Lehigh88.9
99Liberty106.1
233Lipscomb95.9
231Little Rock96.0
266LIU93.7
274Long Beach St.93.4
226Longwood96.2
199Louisiana97.9
289Louisiana Monroe92.4
78Louisiana Tech108.1
54Louisville110.5
12Loyola Chicago115.9
103Loyola Marymount105.8
214Loyola MD97.0
27LSU114.3
331Maine88.1
307Manhattan91.2
250Marist94.8
74Marquette108.6
79Marshall107.9
35Maryland112.8
110Massachusetts105.2
332McNeese St.88.0
37Memphis112.5
125Mercer103.4
268Merrimack93.6
141Miami FL102.0
143Miami OH101.9
4Michigan121.4
53Michigan St.110.6
297Middle Tennessee92.0
203Milwaukee97.8
62Minnesota110.2
56Mississippi110.4
72Mississippi St.108.8
347Mississippi Valley St.70.8
44Missouri111.4
84Missouri St.107.2
200Monmouth97.8
188Montana98.8
232Montana St.96.0
129Morehead St.103.2
249Morgan St.94.9
220Mount St. Mary’s96.7
164Murray St.100.7
66N.C. State109.5
160Navy100.9
89Nebraska106.9
310Nebraska Omaha90.9
93Nevada106.5
256New Hampshire94.5
277New Mexico93.1
156New Mexico St.101.1
286New Orleans92.7
237Niagara95.8
190Nicholls St.98.7
285NJIT92.7
229Norfolk St.96.0
279North Alabama93.0
28North Carolina113.9
278North Carolina A&T93.1
304North Carolina Central91.4
282North Dakota92.8
145North Dakota St.101.7
294North Florida92.2
82North Texas107.5
153Northeastern101.1
322Northern Arizona89.3
242Northern Colorado95.4
321Northern Illinois89.3
159Northern Iowa101.0
185Northern Kentucky99.1
70Northwestern109.2
316Northwestern St.90.5
69Notre Dame109.3
206Oakland97.4
106Ohio105.7
8Ohio St.117.5
38Oklahoma112.3
30Oklahoma St.113.4
149Old Dominion101.4
157Oral Roberts101.1
36Oregon112.7
105Oregon St.105.7
122Pacific103.8
32Penn St.113.3
115Pepperdine104.9
83Pittsburgh107.4
324Portland89.0
243Portland St.95.3
240Prairie View A&M95.7
315Presbyterian90.6
73Providence108.7
13Purdue115.8
265Purdue Fort Wayne93.7
270Quinnipiac93.5
225Radford96.2
98Rhode Island106.1
193Rice98.4
67Richmond109.5
306Rider91.3
280Robert Morris92.9
34Rutgers113.0
247Sacramento St.95.1
308Sacred Heart91.0
196Saint Joseph’s98.3
47Saint Louis111.2
80Saint Mary’s107.9
205Saint Peter’s97.5
172Sam Houston St.100.2
262Samford94.0
204San Diego97.7
20San Diego St.114.9
102San Francisco105.8
318San Jose St.90.0
151Santa Clara101.3
234Seattle95.9
52Seton Hall110.6
179Siena99.9
314SIU Edwardsville90.7
51SMU110.8
207South Alabama97.4
109South Carolina105.3
343South Carolina St.82.9
170South Dakota100.4
116South Dakota St.104.9
176South Florida100.1
263Southeast Missouri St.93.9
326Southeastern Louisiana88.7
299Southern91.7
189Southern Illinois98.8
246Southern Miss95.1
138Southern Utah102.1
29St. Bonaventure113.7
293St. Francis NY92.2
296St. Francis PA92.1
57St. John’s110.4
75Stanford108.6
148Stephen F. Austin101.4
241Stetson95.6
222Stony Brook96.6
49Syracuse111.0
257Tarleton St.94.4
128TCU103.3
136Temple102.7
23Tennessee114.6
337Tennessee Martin86.6
317Tennessee St.90.5
305Tennessee Tech91.3
22Texas114.7
132Texas A&M103.1
336Texas A&M Corpus Chris87.0
253Texas Southern94.7
182Texas St.99.7
25Texas Tech114.4
213The Citadel97.1
60Toledo110.3
283Towson92.8
295Troy92.2
147Tulane101.6
121Tulsa104.3
96UAB106.2
221UC Davis96.7
111UC Irvine105.2
108UC Riverside105.4
236UC San Diego95.9
77UC Santa Barbara108.2
100UCF106.0
48UCLA111.1
215UMass Lowell97.0
163UMBC100.7
211UMKC97.4
230UNC Asheville96.0
101UNC Greensboro105.9
239UNC Wilmington95.8
169UNLV100.5
14USC115.8
313USC Upstate90.7
245UT Arlington95.1
276UT Rio Grande Valley93.2
76Utah108.5
42Utah St.111.6
201Utah Valley97.8
135UTEP102.7
162UTSA100.8
187Valparaiso98.9
94Vanderbilt106.4
39VCU111.9
130Vermont103.2
15Villanova115.7
24Virginia114.4
50Virginia Tech110.9
146VMI101.7
210Wagner97.4
168Wake Forest100.5
174Washington100.2
107Washington St.105.6
124Weber St.103.7
21West Virginia114.8
235Western Carolina95.9
300Western Illinois91.7
97Western Kentucky106.1
259Western Michigan94.4
71Wichita St.109.0
288William & Mary92.4
85Winthrop107.2
16Wisconsin115.6
123Wofford103.7
65Wright St.109.9
180Wyoming99.7
61Xavier110.2
223Youngstown St.96.4

Coming Later Today

  1. Conference Tournament Update
  2. Updated Bracketology

January 29, 2019

The PiRate Ratings Look At The One Bid Leagues

Mid-Major teams have been pulling off big time upsets for many years longer than the 68-team field era.  Back in the days when just 32 teams made the NCAA Tournament, Cal State Fullerton snuck into the Elite 8 and came within a couple possessions of advancing to the Final Four in 1978.  Before that, Texas Western had to be considered a Mid-Major team in their run to the National Championship in 1966, even though the Miners were no surprise team that year as they entered the NCAA Tournament as the number two-ranked team in the polls.

In the recent era, all the fun with Mid-Majors began with George Mason in 2006.  That GMU team was a controversial at-large pick after they lost in the Colonial Athletic Tournament.  Since then, Virginia Commonwealth, Wichita State, and most recently Loyola of Chicago have made it to the Final Four.  Of course, Butler made it to within a couple inches of a National Championship on its way to back-to-back Championship Game appearances.

Is there a Mid-Major in 2019 that could do the unthinkable and go all the way?  If you consider Nevada or Buffalo a Mid-Major, then it could happen. If you consider Nevada and Buffalo like Gonzaga, then probably not, but there are many teams that could win an opening round game and a couple that could sneak into the Sweet 16.  Here’s a breakdown of the potential one-bid leagues.

 

America East Conference

Four teams have separated themselves from the rest of the pack, but for now this is a three-team race between Vermont (6-1/16-5) and Stony Brook (5-1/17-4) , the two teams that have dominated this league in the past and and Maryland-Baltimore County (5-2/13-9), the team that won the conference tournament last year before becoming the first ever 16-seed to beat a 1-seed.
Last week, UMBC beat Vermont, and then Vermont blew Stony Brook off their own floor, giving every team a loss in league play. Wednesday night UMBC host Stony Brook, so this race will see movement in the upper half of the standings.
Fourth place U Mass-Lowell (4-2/12-9) has a four-game winning streak, which includes a win over UMBC. The River Hawks host Vermont this Saturday, so this race could be a tight four-way competition by the weekend.

 

Atlantic 10 Conference

The A-10 moves into Mid-Major territory this year, because this looks like a one-bid league. In a 14-team league with some weak teams bringing up the pack, it is obvious that there must also be either a few really strong teams or several competitive teams, and in this case, the league has eight competing for the conference championship and six that are legitimate threats as potential first round NCAA Tournament underdogs. Former Final Four surprise team George Mason (7-1/13-8) looks better than their overall record. The Patriots lost by one point at Kansas State, and they competed with Cincinnati, Baylor, and Vermont. Coach Dave Paulsen did a great job at Bucknell, and he has slowly brought GMU back to the top of the standings in the league.
Davidson (6-1/15-5) has turned up the defensive intensity in league play, and the Wildcats are limiting league foes to 39% shooting, 26% three-point shooting, and 59 points per game. Coach Bob McKillop is in his 30th season at DC, and he has the talent to take his 10th team to the Big Dance.
If you are looking for a team on the rise, look no further than Duquesne (5-2/14-6), where Coach Keith Dambrot has quickly turned the fortunes around in this once strong program. Dambrot owned the MAC at Akron with eight league titles in 11 years, and he is working his magic with the Dukes, making them the equal of big brother Pitt in the Steel City.
Saint Lous (5-2/14-6) lost a heart-breaker by a point against Davidson this past Saturday, and the Billikens could be a half-game out of first place had the breaks gone their way at the end. Former Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford has revived this program that suffered three consecutive 21-loss seasons.
Virginia Commonwealth (5-2/14-6) didn’t skip a beat when Will Wade left for LSU, and Mike Rhoades took over the program and brought back the Havoc Defense. VCU is killing it on the defensive end of the floor, limiting opponents to 38% shooting and forcing a lot of turnovers. The offense began to look competent in the Rams’ big win at Duquesne last time out. Keep an eye on VCU. If their offense continued to improve, they might be the team to beat in this league, and they have the defense to upset an opponent in the NCAA Tournament.
A Former VCU coach, Anthony Grant has resurrected his coaching career at Dayton (5-2/13-7), where the Flyers have won eight of 10 games riding the backs of their two big men, Josh Cunningham and Obadiah Toppin. The two forwards are instant offense in the paint, but they have excellent range and can drain the three if left open.

 

Atlantic Sun Conference

This may be the best two-team race in all of college basketball, and you should make a note to tune into ESPN+ tonight and catch the big game between the two league powers vying for the top spot in the league. There might be consideration to take both teams in the NCAA Tournament if they continue to dominate this league.
Liberty (7-0/18-4) hosts Lipscomb (7-0/16-4) at 7:00 PM Eastern Time, and the winner will find itself in the top 35 in the NET Ratings if they also win Saturday. This game will feature the high-flying offense of Lipscomb against the tough defense of Liberty.
In their eight-game winning streak that started with the big upset of UCLA, the Flames have limited opponents to 55 points per game while scoring 71 points per game. Liberty is undefeated at home, and they have an experienced coach in Ritchie McKay, who took New Mexico to the NCAA Tournament in the previous decade.
Lipscomb is the reigning conference tournament champions, under Coach Casey Alexander. The Bisons program was once the Duke of NAIA, and Alexander continues to win with a roster full of local players in the talent-rich Nashville area. Lipscomb scores 85 points per game by following the basic rules of the new advanced metrics–their offense is designed to get a lot of open three-point shots and to draw a lot of fouls with quick and straight moves to the basket.
NJIT (5-2/17-5) is the one team that could sneak past the two top teams in the conference tournament, but still must play Liberty twice, as well as play at Lipscomb, so the Highlanders might be fighting just to earn the number three seed in the A-Sun Tournament.

 

Big Sky Conference

An exciting three-team race has developed in this league, which is down a bit this year and probably will not field a team capable of challenging for an opening round win in the Big Dance. Northern Colorado (8-2/14-7) has a half-game lead over Montana (7-2/14-6) and Weber St. (7-2/13-7).
Northern Colorado has the top player in the league in Jordan Davis, who averages 24 points per game and has scored in double figures in every game this year. The problem with the Bears is that sometimes the rest of the team relies too much on Davis to do everything, and it leads to offensive lapses.
Montana has won eight of 10 games with balanced scoring and by taking care of the ball. The Grizzlies have four players averaging between 13 and 16 points per game. The Grizzlies went on a big winning streak in January and February last year to sweep the regular season and tournament championships.
Weber State may be the best equipped to play tough against a power conference team in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats have the second best scorer in the Big Sky in Jerrick Harding, who scores better than 21 points per game. Inside, they have the league’s two best rebounders. Brekkot Chapman clears the glass on the defensive end, and Zach Braxton gets a lot of offensive boards and second chance points.

 

Big South Conference

Radford (7-0/15-6) is the clear best team in this league, and the Highlanders own a top 25 win this year having won at Texas after Thanksgiving. All five starters returned from last year’s conference tournament champion team that unfortunately had to play Villanova in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Coach Mike Jones has one of the most unique backgrounds with a wide range of coaching styles in his days as an assistant. He has been on staffs coached by Shaka Smart, John Beilein, and he was on Dennis Felton’s staff at Georgia, when the Bulldogs pulled off one of the most incredible feats in modern basketball history. In 2008, he helped guide Georgia to the SEC Tournament Championship after the tournament was forced to move from the Georgia Dome to Georgia Tech’s Alexander Coliseum following the direct hit from a tornado that rendered the Georgia Dome too dangerous to continue. Georgia was forced to play two games in one day and win four games in three days in order to earn an NCAA Tournament bid, and the Bulldogs did it.

In addition Jones is the son of a former ABA basketball star Jimmie Jones, who I saw play for the Memphis Pros in the early 1970’s.

 

Big West Conference

This league will probably only garner a 15-seed in the NCAA Tournament, but there is some really good basketball being played in the Big West, and more than one head coach might be in line for a pay raise and move to a power conference.
UC-Irvine (5-1/17-5) and UC Santa Barbara (4-1/15-4) are the heavy co-favorites, but there is enough parity in the Big West for somebody else to earn the league’s automatic bid.
Former Alabama and North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried has resurfaced at Cal State Northridge (3-2/9-12), and the Matadors play at a frenetic pace that might cause another earthquake one night. CSUN has two big scorers averaging better than 20 points per game in Lamine Diane (23.5ppg) and Terrell Gomez (20.1 ppg). Diane averages a double-double, and CSUN has a roster to watch out for in a three-day tournament.

Hawaii (3-2/12-7) is always handicapped by having to play difficult road trips. For those that do not pay attention to geography, the Rainbow Warriors basically have to fly the equivalent of New York City to Phoenix, Arizona, every time they go from the island to LAX, and then they must travel by bus to places like Irvine, Fullerton, and Santa Barbara.

 

Colonial Athletic Association

What team has the nation’s longest winning streak? If you said the current number one Tennessee Volunteers, you are wrong by two games. The Vols have won 14 in a row, but Hofstra (9-0/19-3) has won 16 games in a row. The Pride have fielded some great teams in the past under former coaches Jay Wright (that Jay Wright) and Butch Van Breda Kolff. Current Coach Joe Mihalich comes from the Paul Westhead coaching tree, but Hofstra does not play anything like the legendary offensive mastermind.
Mihalich’s team is one of the most efficient on the offensive side of the ball, as the Pride average about 120 points for every 100 possessions in CAA play. They connect on almost 51% of their field goal attempts, 42% of their three-point attempts, and better than 80% of their free throw attempts in conference play. The name of the game is to put the ball through the hoop, and the Pride certainly accomplishes that most nights. Add the best turnover ratio with a high percentage of forced turnovers coming by the all important steal, and you have a team with the ability to sneak into the Sweet 16 with the right matchup.

 

Conference USA

This has been a league where outstanding coaches have made major impacts before going to bigger and better Power Conference programs. Kermit Davis, Jr. has taken his genius to Ole Miss. Michael White is now at Florida. Jerod Haase is at Stanford.
The current hot coach is Grant McCasland, who has guided North Texas to a 6-2/18-3 mark so far this year. McCasland has a history of producing powerful teams at lower classifications including a national junior college championship. The Mean Green lead the league, but they have a brutal finish to their schedule. Aside from the fact that they must play four of their next six games on the road in some difficult places to win, this league is experimenting with a new scheduling method, where the final two weeks of games will be scheduled based on conference standings. So, North Texas will likely have to play the best three teams in the league to finish the regular season, while a team like Western Kentucky (4-4/11-10) will get to play middle of the pack teams and arrive at the CUSA Tournament without having to play the same schedule.

WKU has the talent (highest two rated players, including 5-star center Charles Bassey) to win the league’s automatic bid, but that talent has not gelled. Teams can gain confidence entering conference tournament play by mopping up against mediocre competition, so I expect the eventual conference champion to come from off the pace due to the new scheduling experiment.

Other middle of the pack teams that should compete for the lone bid are Marshall (5-3/12-9), Lousiana Tech (5-4/15-7), and Florida International (4-4/13-8)

 

Horizon League

Northern Kentucky (8-1/18-4) has the talent and coaching to pull off a first round NCAA Tournament shocker. The Norse have not been a Division 1 program for very long, after being a division two power for years. Coach John Brannen has his team prepared to play hard night after night, and he could be in line for promotion to a big program with a good showing in March. In these times, seldom do you see a team that can pass the ball as well as great teams from the past like North Carolina under Dean Smith and Indiana under Bob Knight. NKU is one of the few remaining teams that know how to move the ball rather than dribble for 15 seconds of fake offense. If the Norse can get a little more rebounding power, they have the tools to be a dangerous 14-seed against a 3-seed that overlooks them.

 

Ivy League

As per usual, this league brings up the rear in playing its conference schedule. Here we are at the end of January, and the eight Ivy teams have played two conference games each. It is too early to get a grip on this race, because last place Penn (0-2/12-6) has played rival Princeton (2-0/10-5) in both conference games, losing two close games. At the same time, the Quakers own the Big Five this year with wins over Villanova, La Salle, St. Joe’s, and Temple. They also own a blowout win over Miami of Florida.
Princeton won at Arizona State, but they also lost at Duke by 51 points. With four consecutive conference road games coming up, expect the Tigers to be no better than 4-2 in a couple weeks.
Yale (2-0/12-3) swept travel partner Brown (0-2/12-6) in two close games. The Bulldogs have the most balanced scoring in the East with five players scoring double figures per game and two more averaging better than eight per game. Yale’s big liability is there inability to hold onto the ball. The Bulldogs turn the ball over too many times, and that will keep them from advancing if they win the Ivy League Tournament.

 

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

The MAAC has been mired near the bottom of the conferences for many years, and this league will most likely produce a 16-seed in this year’s tournament with a decent chance that said qualifier will be forced to play a First Four game in Dayton. The problem with the MAAC is that the regular season champion has not won the conference tournament since 2010!
That is not good news for the league’s only decent team. Rider (6-1/11-8) won the regular season championship last year with a similar strong offensive efficiency, but the Broncos laid an egg agaist 9th seed Saint Peter’s in the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament with a 30% shooting effort.
In recent years, the 4-seed has won more conference tournament titles with around 11 or 12 conference wins. This year, that could be Siena (4-3/9-11), Iona (5-3/7-12), or Canisius (5-2/8-11). If any of these three win the bid, it’s Dayton here they come.

 

Mid-American Conference

The MAC has a chance to move to a two-bid conference two different ways. Buffalo (6-1/18-2) is going to the Dance unless the Bulls totally collapse, so if another team wins the always competitive conference tournament, there definitely will be two MAC teams in the Field of 68. If Buffalo wins both the regular season and conference tournament, there is a chance that Toledo (4-3/16-4) or Bowling Green (6-1/14-6) could sneak in as an at-large team if there are no upsets in the Power Conference tournaments.
Northern Illinois (4-3/11-9) was the team that knocked off Buffalo, which is a reason why the MAC Tournament every year is exciting with a lot of plot twists. The regular season division champions always have a rough going in Cleveland.

 

Mideastern Athletic Conference

The MEAC owns three of the five 15-seed NCAA Tournament victories over 2-seeds, but the champion in recent years has not only been placed on the 16-seed line, they have had to play a First Four game in Dayton.
This year, Norfolk State (7-0/12-10) (Beat 2-seed Missouri in 2012 Dance) and North Carolina A&T (6-0/11-9) lead the pack and figure to contend for that spot in Dayton. The two co-leaders use different methods to win, and if they should meet in the MEAC Championship Game, it will be one not to miss. Norfolk State has the inside punch and rebounding ability, but the Spartans sometimes have a difficult time taking care of the ball. NC A&T has some liabilities in the paint, but the Aggies can guard the perimeter and know how to take care of the ball.

 

Missouri Valley Conference

Arch Madness is always fun in Saint Louis every year, and this year should be one of the better in recent years. Loyola of Chicago (6-2/13-8) became the nation’s darling last year in their run to the Final Four, and the Ramblers lead the way again this season, but this team is not clicking like last year’s team. Drake (5-3/16-5) also has a Final Four team in its past, which by the way came the closest to beating a Kareem Abdul Jabbar-led UCLA team.
This Valley has balance, and the next four teams after the two above have enough talent to get hot for three days and steal the lone bid. Keep an eye on Missouri State (4-4/10-11). Coach Dana Ford was a Gregg Marshall assistant at Wichita State, when the Shockers owned the Valley, and in the last week, the Bears looked just like one of those Wichita teams in blowout victories over Loyola and Bradley. MSU outscored the two victims 125-72. They out-shot Loyola 63%-37%, and they held the Ramblers to an incredible eight rebounds for the game!

 

Northeast Conference

Short of some other low major conferences sending 20-loss teams to the Big Dance, the champion of the NEC is doomed to play a First Four game in Dayton. There isn’t a particularly strong team in the league this year.
Robert Morris (7-1/12-9) is one team that has won a game in Dayton before losing big as a 16-seed in the next game. St. Francis of Brooklyn (5-3/13-8) has never been in the NCAA Tournament. There isn’t another league team with the talent to win a game in Dayton this year.

 

Ohio Valley Conference

Like its first cousin, the Atlantic Sun Conference, the OVC has multiple teams capable of winning in the NCAA Tournament. There are actually four talented teams this year, as well as a potential top three draft pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Murray State (7-1/16-3) has been sort of like the Kentucky of the OVC. The Racers have won the conference championship under nine different head coaches, one of them being current head man Matt McMahon. Led by superstar Ja Morant, the Racers have competed on the road against good SEC teams. Morant might be the best and toughest point guard in the nation. He averages 24 points and 10.5 assists per game, and he does it without taking ill-advised shots. He does tend to make some bad decisions passing the ball, but he is tough as nails. Against top rival Belmont (6-2/15-4), he played 37 minutes, 35 of them with a sprained ankle.
Speaking of Belmont, the Bruins hit a rough spot for a week, but they have rebounded to win by double digits at Murray. Coach Rick Byrd’s teams always pass and shoot brilliantly, but in recent years, he has been able to bring in and train big guys to compete against the power conference teams inside the paint.
Jacksonville State (7-1/15-6) owns both of the wins over Belmont, and former Western Kentucky coach Ray Harper has taken three teams to the NCAA Tournament in his previous seven years as a Division 1 coach. The Gamecocks know how to play tough man-to-man defense, and teams like JSU tend to play their best in conference tournament play.
Don’t overlook Austin Peay (6-2/14-7). The Governors can fill it up from outside, and a hot streak in March could send this team to its first NCAA Tournament berth in four years. Coach Matt Figgers comes from the Frank Martin coaching tree, and Martin’s teams always peak at the right time. If this APSU team peaks in March, they are just talented enough to win the conference tournament.

 

Patriot League

It’s a down year in the Patriot League this season, but there could be something exciting that comes from the lack of having that one rather good team. Army (6-2/11-10) is tied for first with Lehigh (6-2/13-6) and perennial champion Bucknell (6-2/12-8). The Black Knights have never appeared in the NCAA Tournament, even when Bob Knight or Mike Krzyzewski coached the Academy. In 29 years in the Patriot League, Army has finished with a winning conference record just one time, so if Coach Jimmy Allen can guide his roster of 20 players (yes, you read that correctly) to the Big Dance this year, it will be quite a milestone. Army’s two conference losses were by one and two points, and in their current four-game winning streak, they have outscore their conference rivals by 11.5 points per game.

 

Southern Conference

The Socon has four teams this year strong enough to do damage in the NCAA Tournament, possibly even contend for a Sweet 16 berth. The league will most likely get just one bid, but there could be a second team that sneaks into the Dance. The problem is that with four really good teams, the second best team is going to lose too many games, or all four teams will see their won-loss records affected by the parity.
Wofford (9-0/17-4) has been to four NCAA Tournaments during Coach Mike Young’s tenure, with the Terriers coming close twice against power conference teams. This is Young’s best team in Spartanburg, and the Terriers haven’t lost since Christmas. In their eight-game winning streak, Wofford has a scoring margin of 84-66. Three of their four losses were to top 25 teams.
UNC-Greensboro (8-1/19-3) and East Tennessee State (7-2/17-5) might be better NCAA Tournament representatives than Wofford due to unique playing styles and the makeup of their rosters. UNCG’s one conference loss was a devastating one, as Wofford beat them by 29 points. On the other hand, the Spartans played SEC powers Kentucky and LSU rather closely before losing.
ETSU has won nine of their last 10 games, and the Buccaneers still have a home game with Wofford. Coach Steve Forbes took the 2016 Bucs to the NCAA Tournament after losing to UNCG and Wofford in the regular season, so don’t discount the chance that the Bucs can repeat the feat in 2019.
As good as these three teams are, one other team actually has a top 25 win this year. Furman (5-4/16-5) won at Villanova and began the season with a 12-0 record. They are just 4-5 in their last nine games, including losses to the other three top teams.

 

Southland Conference

This league has fallen back near the bottom of the conference pack the last couple of years, and unless there are some really bad teams pulling off upsets to get to the Big Dance, the league’s qualifier will most likely be placed in Dayton in the First Four.
Sam Houston State (7-0/12-8) has emerged from the shadows of Abilene Christian (6-2/17-4) to take command of the conference race, but the Bearkats have road games to play against the top contenders and could relinquish their game and a half lead over ACU.

 

Southwestern Athletic Conference

In recent years, this has been the lowest ranked conference in Division 1, but this league has a storied history with teams that have outperformed their expectations. Almost every team must play “paycheck” road games in November and December to fund their programs, so usually every single team begins conference play with a winning percentage under 30%.
Prairie View (7-0/9-11) played its first 12 games on the road and began the season 1-11. The Panthers have since won eight games in a row by better than 10 points per game. Alabama State (6-1/8-10) played two home games early, but they were against two non-scholarship Division 3 teams. The Hornets will get a chance to sting Prairie View on the Panthers’ home floor a week from tonight.
Texas Southern (4-3/9-11) has a history of getting hot at the right time and winning the SWAC Tournament. The Tigers might be the potential most competitive league team in the NCAA Tournament, as they own a win at Baylor, at Oregon, and at Georgia, as well as competitive losses at Iowa State and Arizona State. Coach Johnny Jones has taken LSU and North Texas to past NCAA Tournaments.

 

Summit League

South Dakota State (7-1/17-6) has become one of those teams that the nation knows about because they seem to win their conference every year. The Jackrabbits have won five of the last seven conference tournaments, but they have yet to put a mark on the left side of the won-loss ledger once they arrived at the Dance. They have come close in the first round against two Big Ten teams in recent years, and this year might give SDSU a third try against a Michigan, Michigan State, or Purdue as a 15-seed against a 2-seed.
SDSU’s chief rivals this year are Omaha (6-2/12-9) and Purdue Fort Wayne (5-3/13-10). Both teams have the potential to run off 100 points on a given night, but neither has the defense to win three games in three days, unless SDSU falters, and their path to the automatic bid comes against weak opponents.

 

Sun Belt Conference

This may be the most balanced league in college basketball as seven teams are not that different from each other. Georgia State (6-2/15-6) and Texas State (6-2/17-4) lead the rest of the pack, but neither team is strong enough to dominate the rest of the league.
Texas-Arlington (5-3/9-12), Georgia Southern (5-3/13-8), UL-Monroe (4-3/11-8), Louisiana (4-3/13-7), and Coastal Carolina (4-3/10-9) could just as easily get hot and win the SBC Tournament, but whoever wins is likely to quickly exit as a 14 or 15-seed.
Georgia State has won the automatic bid two of the last four seasons, and Coach Ron Hunter has the one of the league’s two most recent NCAA Tournament victories, knocking off 3-seed Baylor in 2015. Texas State has the best defense of the top contenders, but the Bobcats have the weakest offense of the contenders.

Georgia Southern Coach Mark Byington comes from the Bobby Cremins coaching tree, which makes him a branch of the Frank McGuire tree. The Eagles can pick teams apart with steal after steal and get out and run in transition. Many times, teams like this begin to gel in February and early March, so watch out for Georgia Southern come SBC Tournament time. The only possible pitfall is that sometimes teams like this get to March very fatigued.

 

Western Athletic Conference

In recent years, New Mexico State (5-1/16-4) has enjoyed a dynasty in the WAC with NCAA Tournament berths six out of the last seven seasons and eight in the last dozen years. NMSU has done this with four different head coaches, but the best of the quartet might be current head man Chris Jans. The Aggies could have a team capable of breaking through in the NCAA Tournament this year, as they scared the daylights out of Kansas, leading the Jayhawks into the second half.
NMSU will not be handed the conference championship of tournament championship, as there are two or three other teams that can knock them off. In recent years, Grand Canyon (6-1/13-7) has been the Aggies’ chief nemesis. Former NBA Mr. Hustle Dan Majerle has built GCU in his own image, and the Antelopes “hit the dirt” as often as Vince Coleman and Maury Wills used to do on the diamond. Teams that don’t hustle pay the price against the Antelopes, and now Majerle has enough talent to get to the Big Dance.

The team that has emerged as the surprise leader in the league is Cal State Bakersfield (6-1/14-6). Coach Rod Barnes has experience taking teams picked to finish in the middle of the pack to the conference penthouse in the past. He won an SEC championship at Ole Miss and took three Rebel teams to the NCAA Tournament. He has already upset New Mexico State in the WAC Championship Game to earn a bid at Bakersfield.

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