The Pi-Rate Ratings

March 4, 2019

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For Monday, March 4, 2019

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Monday’s PiRate Ratings Spreads

Home

Rating

HCA

Visitor

Rating

Spread

Syracuse

111.3

3.0

Virginia

121.3

-7.0

North Florida

99.0

2.5

North Alabama

92.8

8.7

Liberty

106.5

3.0

Jacksonville

94.5

15.0

Florida Gulf Coast

97.1

3.0

NJIT

99.1

1.0

Maryland Eastern Shore

81.0

2.5

Morgan St.

89.0

-5.5

Delaware St.

79.1

2.5

Norfolk St.

95.3

-13.7

Lipscomb

110.1

3.0

Kennesaw St.

86.5

26.6

Arkansas Pine Bluff

90.3

2.5

Jackson St.

89.7

3.1

Mississippi Valley St.

83.8

2.5

Grambling

93.2

-6.9

Alabama A&M

85.3

2.5

Texas Southern

98.0

-10.2

Texas Tech

117.7

2.5

Texas

112.8

7.4

TCU

109.8

3.0

Kansas St.

111.9

0.9

Alabama St.

90.6

2.5

Prairie View A&M

95.2

-2.1

Montana

102.6

3.0

Northern Arizona

91.1

14.5

Montana St.

95.4

2.5

Southern Utah

92.9

5.0

Idaho St.

90.7

2.5

Weber St.

97.6

-4.4

 

The PiRate Ratings (1-353)

Rk

Team

PiRate

Conf

1

Duke

124.7

ACC

2

Gonzaga

124.5

West Coast

3

Virginia

121.3

ACC

4

North Carolina

121.2

ACC

5

Michigan St.

120.5

Big Ten

6

Tennessee

118.7

SEC

7

Michigan

118.4

Big Ten

8

Kentucky

117.9

SEC

9

Texas Tech

117.7

Big 12

10

Purdue

117.6

Big Ten

11

Virginia Tech

115.7

ACC

12

Buffalo

115.1

Mid-Amer

13

Kansas

115.1

Big 12

14

Wisconsin

114.7

Big Ten

15

Iowa St.

114.7

Big 12

16

Auburn

114.7

SEC

17

Florida St.

114.4

ACC

18

LSU

114.3

SEC

19

Houston

114.2

AAC

20

Nevada

113.8

Mtn West

21

Mississippi St.

113.6

SEC

22

Maryland

113.4

Big Ten

23

Louisville

113.4

ACC

24

Wofford

113.1

SoCon

25

Texas

112.8

Big 12

26

Marquette

112.8

Big East

27

Villanova

112.0

Big East

28

Kansas St.

111.9

Big 12

29

North Carolina St.

111.8

ACC

30

Clemson

111.6

ACC

31

Syracuse

111.3

ACC

32

Florida

111.1

SEC

33

Iowa

111.1

Big Ten

34

Utah St.

110.9

Mtn West

35

Oklahoma

110.9

Big 12

36

Baylor

110.8

Big 12

37

Cincinnati

110.8

AAC

38

Ohio St.

110.5

Big Ten

39

Central Florida

110.5

AAC

40

Virginia Commonwealth

110.4

Atl 10

41

Penn St.

110.3

Big Ten

42

Mississippi

110.3

SEC

43

Saint Mary’s

110.3

West Coast

44

Washington

110.1

Pac-12

45

Lipscomb

110.1

Atl Sun

46

TCU

109.8

Big 12

47

Nebraska

109.7

Big Ten

48

Minnesota

109.6

Big Ten

49

Belmont

109.3

OH Valley

50

Creighton

109.3

Big East

51

Indiana

109.2

Big Ten

52

Murray St.

108.6

OH Valley

53

Furman

108.6

SoCon

54

Toledo

108.5

Mid-Amer

55

Alabama

108.3

SEC

56

New Mexico St.

108.1

WAC

57

Arkansas

107.8

SEC

58

Oregon

107.8

Pac-12

59

San Francisco

107.6

West Coast

60

Illinois

107.6

Big Ten

61

Arizona St.

107.5

Pac-12

62

Seton Hall

107.5

Big East

63

Butler

107.5

Big East

64

Memphis

107.4

AAC

65

St. John’s

107.3

Big East

66

Dayton

107.0

Atl 10

67

East Tennessee St.

106.9

SoCon

68

Rutgers

106.6

Big Ten

69

Liberty

106.5

Atl Sun

70

Fresno St.

106.5

Mtn West

71

Georgetown

106.4

Big East

72

BYU

106.4

West Coast

73

Miami (Fla)

106.3

ACC

74

Colorado

106.3

Pac-12

75

Temple

106.2

AAC

76

Xavier

106.2

Big East

77

Northwestern

106.0

Big Ten

78

Texas A&M

105.8

SEC

79

Davidson

105.7

Atl 10

80

Yale

105.6

Ivy

81

South Dakota St.

105.6

Summit

82

Hofstra

105.6

Colonial

83

Providence

105.5

Big East

84

Oregon St.

105.4

Pac-12

85

UNC Greensboro

105.4

SoCon

86

USC

105.4

Pac-12

87

Grand Canyon

105.4

WAC

88

South Carolina

105.4

SEC

89

Arizona

105.3

Pac-12

90

Vermont

105.2

Amer East

91

Notre Dame

105.2

ACC

92

Northeastern

105.2

Colonial

93

UC Irvine

105.1

Big West

94

Missouri

105.1

SEC

95

UCLA

105.1

Pac-12

96

Georgia Southern

105.1

Sun Belt

97

Connecticut

104.9

AAC

98

Pittsburgh

104.8

ACC

99

Utah Valley

104.8

WAC

100

Bowling Green

104.7

Mid-Amer

101

Boston College

104.7

ACC

102

Georgia

104.6

SEC

103

Wichita St.

104.6

AAC

104

Stanford

104.5

Pac-12

105

Old Dominion

104.3

CUSA

106

Northern Kentucky

104.3

Horizon

107

South Florida

104.2

AAC

108

Oklahoma St.

104.2

Big 12

109

San Diego

104.0

West Coast

110

DePaul

103.7

Big East

111

Georgia Tech

103.6

ACC

112

Harvard

103.6

Ivy

113

Jacksonville St.

103.5

OH Valley

114

West Virginia

103.4

Big 12

115

Utah

103.4

Pac-12

116

Texas St.

103.4

Sun Belt

117

Radford

103.4

Big South

118

Charleston

103.3

Colonial

119

Central Michigan

103.2

Mid-Amer

120

Akron

103.2

Mid-Amer

121

Ball St.

103.1

Mid-Amer

122

Western Kentucky

103.1

CUSA

123

Southern Miss

103.0

CUSA

124

Tulsa

102.9

AAC

125

Georgia St.

102.8

Sun Belt

126

Penn

102.8

Ivy

127

Wright St.

102.7

Horizon

128

Drake

102.7

Mo Valley

129

Colgate

102.7

Patriot

130

San Diego St.

102.7

Mtn West

131

St. Bonaventure

102.7

Atl 10

132

Austin Peay

102.7

OH Valley

133

Loyola (Chi)

102.6

Mo Valley

134

Saint Louis

102.6

Atl 10

135

Miami (O)

102.6

Mid-Amer

136

Montana

102.6

Big Sky

137

SMU

102.6

AAC

138

Vanderbilt

102.5

SEC

139

Loyola Marymount

102.4

West Coast

140

UTSA

102.0

CUSA

141

Kent St.

101.7

Mid-Amer

142

Louisiana Tech

101.7

CUSA

143

George Mason

101.4

Atl 10

144

Brown

101.3

Ivy

145

Southern Illinois

101.2

Mo Valley

146

Boise St.

101.2

Mtn West

147

Northern Illinois

101.1

Mid-Amer

148

Bucknell

101.1

Patriot

149

Coastal Carolina

101.1

Sun Belt

150

Samford

101.0

SoCon

151

Louisiana Monroe

100.9

Sun Belt

152

Rhode Island

100.9

Atl 10

153

Eastern Michigan

100.9

Mid-Amer

154

North Texas

100.8

CUSA

155

Florida Atlantic

100.8

CUSA

156

Abilene Christian

100.7

Sthland

157

UT Arlington

100.6

Sun Belt

158

Omaha

100.3

Summit

159

Princeton

100.2

Ivy

160

Sam Houston St.

100.1

Sthland

161

UAB

100.1

CUSA

162

Lehigh

100.1

Patriot

163

Stony Brook

100.0

Amer East

164

UNLV

99.9

Mtn West

165

Duquesne

99.9

Atl 10

166

UC Santa Barbara

99.9

Big West

167

Pepperdine

99.9

West Coast

168

Winthrop

99.7

Big South

169

Charleston Southern

99.5

Big South

170

UT Rio Grande Valley

99.5

WAC

171

Colorado St.

99.5

Mtn West

172

Northern Colorado

99.5

Big Sky

173

Missouri St.

99.4

Mo Valley

174

Bradley

99.4

Mo Valley

175

Santa Clara

99.3

West Coast

176

NJIT

99.1

Atl Sun

177

Northern Iowa

99.1

Mo Valley

178

Campbell

99.1

Big South

179

Hartford

99.0

Amer East

180

North Florida

99.0

Atl Sun

181

New Mexico

99.0

Mtn West

182

Marshall

98.9

CUSA

183

Louisiana

98.9

Sun Belt

184

Seattle

98.8

WAC

185

Cal St. Fullerton

98.7

Big West

186

Ohio

98.6

Mid-Amer

187

Hampton

98.6

Big South

188

Saint Joseph’s

98.6

Atl 10

189

Wake Forest

98.6

ACC

190

Oakland

98.6

Horizon

191

American

98.5

Patriot

192

IUPUI

98.3

Horizon

193

Presbyterian

98.3

Big South

194

Gardner Webb

98.2

Big South

195

Mercer

98.2

SoCon

196

Richmond

98.0

Atl 10

197

Indiana St.

98.0

Mo Valley

198

Texas Southern

98.0

SWAC

199

Illinois St.

97.9

Mo Valley

200

California Baptist

97.9

WAC

201

Florida Int’l.

97.8

CUSA

202

Appalachian St.

97.8

Sun Belt

203

Illinois Chicago

97.8

Horizon

204

Washington St.

97.6

Pac-12

205

Weber St.

97.6

Big Sky

206

Purdue Fort Wayne

97.5

Summit

207

Dartmouth

97.5

Ivy

208

Cal St. Bakersfield

97.4

WAC

209

Green Bay

97.4

Horizon

210

Pacific

97.2

West Coast

211

William & Mary

97.2

Colonial

212

Little Rock

97.2

Sun Belt

213

North Dakota St.

97.1

Summit

214

Hawaii

97.1

Big West

215

Florida Gulf Coast

97.1

Atl Sun

216

South Dakota

97.0

Summit

217

La Salle

97.0

Atl 10

218

Rider

97.0

Metro Atl

219

South Alabama

96.9

Sun Belt

220

Columbia

96.9

Ivy

221

Lamar

96.8

Sthland

222

Iona

96.8

Metro Atl

223

High Point

96.7

Big South

224

Evansville

96.5

Mo Valley

225

Quinnipiac

96.5

Metro Atl

226

Maryland Baltimore Co.

96.3

Amer East

227

Valparaiso

96.2

Mo Valley

228

Fairleigh Dickinson

96.2

Northeast

229

Massachusetts

96.2

Atl 10

230

Boston University

96.1

Patriot

231

Long Beach St.

96.0

Big West

232

Sacred Heart

95.9

Northeast

233

Air Force

95.9

Mtn West

234

UC Davis

95.8

Big West

235

Missouri Kansas City

95.8

WAC

236

Cornell

95.7

Ivy

237

Holy Cross

95.6

Patriot

238

Southeastern Louisiana

95.5

Sthland

239

Detroit

95.5

Horizon

240

Rice

95.5

CUSA

241

Montana St.

95.4

Big Sky

242

Siena

95.3

Metro Atl

243

Norfolk St.

95.3

MEAC

244

Army

95.3

Patriot

245

Prairie View A&M

95.2

SWAC

246

The Citadel

95.1

SoCon

247

St. Francis (PA)

95.1

Northeast

248

Drexel

95.1

Colonial

249

Fordham

95.0

Atl 10

250

Morehead St.

95.0

OH Valley

251

New Orleans

94.9

Sthland

252

UMass Lowell

94.9

Amer East

253

Middle Tennessee

94.8

CUSA

254

Western Michigan

94.8

Mid-Amer

255

Eastern Kentucky

94.7

OH Valley

256

Arkansas St.

94.7

Sun Belt

257

California

94.5

Pac-12

258

Jacksonville

94.5

Atl Sun

259

Chattanooga

94.4

SoCon

260

Robert Morris

94.3

Northeast

261

Delaware

94.3

Colonial

262

Youngstown St.

94.3

Horizon

263

Cal St. Northridge

94.2

Big West

264

Loyola (MD)

94.2

Patriot

265

Troy

94.2

Sun Belt

266

Marist

94.2

Metro Atl

267

Long Island

94.1

Northeast

268

East Carolina

94.0

AAC

269

Western Carolina

94.0

SoCon

270

Texas A&M CC

93.9

Sthland

271

UNC Wilmington

93.9

Colonial

272

North Dakota

93.8

Summit

273

Canisius

93.8

Metro Atl

274

St. Francis (Bklyn)

93.7

Northeast

275

Eastern Washington

93.6

Big Sky

276

Sacramento St.

93.5

Big Sky

277

James Madison

93.5

Colonial

278

Towson

93.4

Colonial

279

Houston Baptist

93.3

Sthland

280

Grambling St.

93.2

SWAC

281

George Washington

93.1

Atl 10

282

Longwood

93.0

Big South

283

Albany

93.0

Amer East

284

Cleveland St.

93.0

Horizon

285

Oral Roberts

93.0

Summit

286

UTEP

93.0

CUSA

287

Southern Utah

92.9

Big Sky

288

Navy

92.8

Patriot

289

North Alabama

92.8

Atl Sun

290

Charlotte

92.6

CUSA

291

Fairfield

92.5

Metro Atl

292

Lafayette

92.5

Patriot

293

Milwaukee

92.5

Horizon

294

Wagner

92.4

Northeast

295

North Carolina Central

92.4

MEAC

296

Bethune Cookman

92.4

MEAC

297

Monmouth

92.4

Metro Atl

298

VMI

92.3

SoCon

299

Portland St.

92.3

Big Sky

300

Tennessee St.

92.1

OH Valley

301

UT Martin

92.1

OH Valley

302

Elon

91.9

Colonial

303

Tulane

91.9

AAC

304

Western Illinois

91.8

Summit

305

North Carolina A&T

91.8

MEAC

306

Eastern Illinois

91.8

OH Valley

307

Stephen F. Austin

91.6

Sthland

308

Southeast Missouri St.

91.3

OH Valley

309

Denver

91.2

Summit

310

Northern Arizona

91.1

Big Sky

311

Saint Peter’s

91.1

Metro Atl

312

Howard

90.8

MEAC

313

Niagara

90.7

Metro Atl

314

Idaho St.

90.7

Big Sky

315

Alabama St.

90.6

SWAC

316

Central Arkansas

90.5

Sthland

317

Manhattan

90.5

Metro Atl

318

UC Riverside

90.4

Big West

319

Nicholls St.

90.4

Sthland

320

Arkansas Pine Bluff

90.3

SWAC

321

Florida A&M

90.3

MEAC

322

Mount St. Mary’s

90.0

Northeast

323

Wyoming

90.0

Mtn West

324

Central Connecticut

89.9

Northeast

325

McNeese St.

89.8

Sthland

326

Portland

89.7

West Coast

327

Jackson St.

89.7

SWAC

328

Tennessee Tech

89.4

OH Valley

329

Bryant

89.4

Northeast

330

Binghamton

89.3

Amer East

331

Cal Poly

89.2

Big West

332

Stetson

89.1

Atl Sun

333

Morgan St.

89.0

MEAC

334

Maine

88.4

Amer East

335

SIU Edwardsville

88.3

OH Valley

336

USC Upstate

87.5

Big South

337

South Carolina St.

87.5

MEAC

338

Northwestern St.

87.3

Sthland

339

Southern

87.2

SWAC

340

Kennesaw St.

86.5

Atl Sun

341

San Jose St.

86.3

Mtn West

342

UNC Asheville

85.7

Big South

343

Savannah St.

85.5

MEAC

344

Incarnate Word

85.4

Sthland

345

Alabama A&M

85.3

SWAC

346

New Hampshire

84.8

Amer East

347

Alcorn St.

84.6

SWAC

348

Idaho

84.2

Big Sky

349

Coppin St.

84.1

MEAC

350

Mississippi Valley St.

83.8

SWAC

351

Maryland Eastern Shore

81.0

MEAC

352

Chicago St.

80.7

WAC

353

Delaware St.

79.1

MEAC

 

PiRate Ratings (Alphabetical)

Rk

Team

PiRate

Conf

156

Abilene Christian

100.7

Sthland

233

Air Force

95.9

Mtn West

120

Akron

103.2

Mid-Amer

55

Alabama

108.3

SEC

345

Alabama A&M

85.3

SWAC

315

Alabama St.

90.6

SWAC

283

Albany

93.0

Amer East

347

Alcorn St.

84.6

SWAC

191

American

98.5

Patriot

202

Appalachian St.

97.8

Sun Belt

89

Arizona

105.3

Pac-12

61

Arizona St.

107.5

Pac-12

57

Arkansas

107.8

SEC

320

Arkansas Pine Bluff

90.3

SWAC

256

Arkansas St.

94.7

Sun Belt

244

Army

95.3

Patriot

16

Auburn

114.7

SEC

132

Austin Peay

102.7

OH Valley

121

Ball St.

103.1

Mid-Amer

36

Baylor

110.8

Big 12

49

Belmont

109.3

OH Valley

296

Bethune Cookman

92.4

MEAC

330

Binghamton

89.3

Amer East

146

Boise St.

101.2

Mtn West

101

Boston College

104.7

ACC

230

Boston University

96.1

Patriot

100

Bowling Green

104.7

Mid-Amer

174

Bradley

99.4

Mo Valley

144

Brown

101.3

Ivy

329

Bryant

89.4

Northeast

148

Bucknell

101.1

Patriot

12

Buffalo

115.1

Mid-Amer

63

Butler

107.5

Big East

72

BYU

106.4

West Coast

331

Cal Poly

89.2

Big West

208

Cal St. Bakersfield

97.4

WAC

185

Cal St. Fullerton

98.7

Big West

263

Cal St. Northridge

94.2

Big West

257

California

94.5

Pac-12

200

California Baptist

97.9

WAC

178

Campbell

99.1

Big South

273

Canisius

93.8

Metro Atl

316

Central Arkansas

90.5

Sthland

324

Central Connecticut

89.9

Northeast

39

Central Florida

110.5

AAC

119

Central Michigan

103.2

Mid-Amer

118

Charleston

103.3

Colonial

169

Charleston Southern

99.5

Big South

290

Charlotte

92.6

CUSA

259

Chattanooga

94.4

SoCon

352

Chicago St.

80.7

WAC

37

Cincinnati

110.8

AAC

30

Clemson

111.6

ACC

284

Cleveland St.

93.0

Horizon

149

Coastal Carolina

101.1

Sun Belt

129

Colgate

102.7

Patriot

74

Colorado

106.3

Pac-12

171

Colorado St.

99.5

Mtn West

220

Columbia

96.9

Ivy

97

Connecticut

104.9

AAC

349

Coppin St.

84.1

MEAC

236

Cornell

95.7

Ivy

50

Creighton

109.3

Big East

207

Dartmouth

97.5

Ivy

79

Davidson

105.7

Atl 10

66

Dayton

107.0

Atl 10

261

Delaware

94.3

Colonial

353

Delaware St.

79.1

MEAC

309

Denver

91.2

Summit

110

DePaul

103.7

Big East

239

Detroit

95.5

Horizon

128

Drake

102.7

Mo Valley

248

Drexel

95.1

Colonial

1

Duke

124.7

ACC

165

Duquesne

99.9

Atl 10

268

East Carolina

94.0

AAC

67

East Tennessee St.

106.9

SoCon

306

Eastern Illinois

91.8

OH Valley

255

Eastern Kentucky

94.7

OH Valley

153

Eastern Michigan

100.9

Mid-Amer

275

Eastern Washington

93.6

Big Sky

302

Elon

91.9

Colonial

224

Evansville

96.5

Mo Valley

291

Fairfield

92.5

Metro Atl

228

Fairleigh Dickinson

96.2

Northeast

32

Florida

111.1

SEC

321

Florida A&M

90.3

MEAC

155

Florida Atlantic

100.8

CUSA

215

Florida Gulf Coast

97.1

Atl Sun

201

Florida Int’l.

97.8

CUSA

17

Florida St.

114.4

ACC

249

Fordham

95.0

Atl 10

70

Fresno St.

106.5

Mtn West

53

Furman

108.6

SoCon

194

Gardner Webb

98.2

Big South

143

George Mason

101.4

Atl 10

281

George Washington

93.1

Atl 10

71

Georgetown

106.4

Big East

102

Georgia

104.6

SEC

96

Georgia Southern

105.1

Sun Belt

125

Georgia St.

102.8

Sun Belt

111

Georgia Tech

103.6

ACC

2

Gonzaga

124.5

West Coast

280

Grambling St.

93.2

SWAC

87

Grand Canyon

105.4

WAC

209

Green Bay

97.4

Horizon

187

Hampton

98.6

Big South

179

Hartford

99.0

Amer East

112

Harvard

103.6

Ivy

214

Hawaii

97.1

Big West

223

High Point

96.7

Big South

82

Hofstra

105.6

Colonial

237

Holy Cross

95.6

Patriot

19

Houston

114.2

AAC

279

Houston Baptist

93.3

Sthland

312

Howard

90.8

MEAC

348

Idaho

84.2

Big Sky

314

Idaho St.

90.7

Big Sky

60

Illinois

107.6

Big Ten

203

Illinois Chicago

97.8

Horizon

199

Illinois St.

97.9

Mo Valley

344

Incarnate Word

85.4

Sthland

51

Indiana

109.2

Big Ten

197

Indiana St.

98.0

Mo Valley

222

Iona

96.8

Metro Atl

33

Iowa

111.1

Big Ten

15

Iowa St.

114.7

Big 12

192

IUPUI

98.3

Horizon

327

Jackson St.

89.7

SWAC

258

Jacksonville

94.5

Atl Sun

113

Jacksonville St.

103.5

OH Valley

277

James Madison

93.5

Colonial

13

Kansas

115.1

Big 12

28

Kansas St.

111.9

Big 12

340

Kennesaw St.

86.5

Atl Sun

141

Kent St.

101.7

Mid-Amer

8

Kentucky

117.9

SEC

217

La Salle

97.0

Atl 10

292

Lafayette

92.5

Patriot

221

Lamar

96.8

Sthland

162

Lehigh

100.1

Patriot

69

Liberty

106.5

Atl Sun

45

Lipscomb

110.1

Atl Sun

212

Little Rock

97.2

Sun Belt

231

Long Beach St.

96.0

Big West

267

Long Island

94.1

Northeast

282

Longwood

93.0

Big South

183

Louisiana

98.9

Sun Belt

151

Louisiana Monroe

100.9

Sun Belt

142

Louisiana Tech

101.7

CUSA

23

Louisville

113.4

ACC

133

Loyola (Chi)

102.6

Mo Valley

264

Loyola (MD)

94.2

Patriot

139

Loyola Marymount

102.4

West Coast

18

LSU

114.3

SEC

334

Maine

88.4

Amer East

317

Manhattan

90.5

Metro Atl

266

Marist

94.2

Metro Atl

26

Marquette

112.8

Big East

182

Marshall

98.9

CUSA

22

Maryland

113.4

Big Ten

226

Maryland Baltimore Co.

96.3

Amer East

351

Maryland Eastern Shore

81.0

MEAC

229

Massachusetts

96.2

Atl 10

325

McNeese St.

89.8

Sthland

64

Memphis

107.4

AAC

195

Mercer

98.2

SoCon

73

Miami (Fla)

106.3

ACC

135

Miami (O)

102.6

Mid-Amer

7

Michigan

118.4

Big Ten

5

Michigan St.

120.5

Big Ten

253

Middle Tennessee

94.8

CUSA

293

Milwaukee

92.5

Horizon

48

Minnesota

109.6

Big Ten

42

Mississippi

110.3

SEC

21

Mississippi St.

113.6

SEC

350

Mississippi Valley St.

83.8

SWAC

94

Missouri

105.1

SEC

235

Missouri Kansas City

95.8

WAC

173

Missouri St.

99.4

Mo Valley

297

Monmouth

92.4

Metro Atl

136

Montana

102.6

Big Sky

241

Montana St.

95.4

Big Sky

250

Morehead St.

95.0

OH Valley

333

Morgan St.

89.0

MEAC

322

Mount St. Mary’s

90.0

Northeast

52

Murray St.

108.6

OH Valley

288

Navy

92.8

Patriot

47

Nebraska

109.7

Big Ten

20

Nevada

113.8

Mtn West

346

New Hampshire

84.8

Amer East

181

New Mexico

99.0

Mtn West

56

New Mexico St.

108.1

WAC

251

New Orleans

94.9

Sthland

313

Niagara

90.7

Metro Atl

319

Nicholls St.

90.4

Sthland

176

NJIT

99.1

Atl Sun

243

Norfolk St.

95.3

MEAC

289

North Alabama

92.8

Atl Sun

4

North Carolina

121.2

ACC

305

North Carolina A&T

91.8

MEAC

295

North Carolina Central

92.4

MEAC

29

North Carolina St.

111.8

ACC

272

North Dakota

93.8

Summit

213

North Dakota St.

97.1

Summit

180

North Florida

99.0

Atl Sun

154

North Texas

100.8

CUSA

92

Northeastern

105.2

Colonial

310

Northern Arizona

91.1

Big Sky

172

Northern Colorado

99.5

Big Sky

147

Northern Illinois

101.1

Mid-Amer

177

Northern Iowa

99.1

Mo Valley

106

Northern Kentucky

104.3

Horizon

77

Northwestern

106.0

Big Ten

338

Northwestern St.

87.3

Sthland

91

Notre Dame

105.2

ACC

190

Oakland

98.6

Horizon

186

Ohio

98.6

Mid-Amer

38

Ohio St.

110.5

Big Ten

35

Oklahoma

110.9

Big 12

108

Oklahoma St.

104.2

Big 12

105

Old Dominion

104.3

CUSA

158

Omaha

100.3

Summit

285

Oral Roberts

93.0

Summit

58

Oregon

107.8

Pac-12

84

Oregon St.

105.4

Pac-12

210

Pacific

97.2

West Coast

126

Penn

102.8

Ivy

41

Penn St.

110.3

Big Ten

167

Pepperdine

99.9

West Coast

98

Pittsburgh

104.8

ACC

326

Portland

89.7

West Coast

299

Portland St.

92.3

Big Sky

245

Prairie View A&M

95.2

SWAC

193

Presbyterian

98.3

Big South

159

Princeton

100.2

Ivy

83

Providence

105.5

Big East

10

Purdue

117.6

Big Ten

206

Purdue Fort Wayne

97.5

Summit

225

Quinnipiac

96.5

Metro Atl

117

Radford

103.4

Big South

152

Rhode Island

100.9

Atl 10

240

Rice

95.5

CUSA

196

Richmond

98.0

Atl 10

218

Rider

97.0

Metro Atl

260

Robert Morris

94.3

Northeast

68

Rutgers

106.6

Big Ten

276

Sacramento St.

93.5

Big Sky

232

Sacred Heart

95.9

Northeast

188

Saint Joseph’s

98.6

Atl 10

134

Saint Louis

102.6

Atl 10

43

Saint Mary’s

110.3

West Coast

311

Saint Peter’s

91.1

Metro Atl

160

Sam Houston St.

100.1

Sthland

150

Samford

101.0

SoCon

109

San Diego

104.0

West Coast

130

San Diego St.

102.7

Mtn West

59

San Francisco

107.6

West Coast

341

San Jose St.

86.3

Mtn West

175

Santa Clara

99.3

West Coast

343

Savannah St.

85.5

MEAC

184

Seattle

98.8

WAC

62

Seton Hall

107.5

Big East

242

Siena

95.3

Metro Atl

335

SIU Edwardsville

88.3

OH Valley

137

SMU

102.6

AAC

219

South Alabama

96.9

Sun Belt

88

South Carolina

105.4

SEC

337

South Carolina St.

87.5

MEAC

216

South Dakota

97.0

Summit

81

South Dakota St.

105.6

Summit

107

South Florida

104.2

AAC

308

Southeast Missouri St.

91.3

OH Valley

238

Southeastern Louisiana

95.5

Sthland

339

Southern

87.2

SWAC

145

Southern Illinois

101.2

Mo Valley

123

Southern Miss

103.0

CUSA

287

Southern Utah

92.9

Big Sky

131

St. Bonaventure

102.7

Atl 10

274

St. Francis (Bklyn)

93.7

Northeast

247

St. Francis (PA)

95.1

Northeast

65

St. John’s

107.3

Big East

104

Stanford

104.5

Pac-12

307

Stephen F. Austin

91.6

Sthland

332

Stetson

89.1

Atl Sun

163

Stony Brook

100.0

Amer East

31

Syracuse

111.3

ACC

46

TCU

109.8

Big 12

75

Temple

106.2

AAC

6

Tennessee

118.7

SEC

300

Tennessee St.

92.1

OH Valley

328

Tennessee Tech

89.4

OH Valley

25

Texas

112.8

Big 12

78

Texas A&M

105.8

SEC

270

Texas A&M CC

93.9

Sthland

198

Texas Southern

98.0

SWAC

116

Texas St.

103.4

Sun Belt

9

Texas Tech

117.7

Big 12

246

The Citadel

95.1

SoCon

54

Toledo

108.5

Mid-Amer

278

Towson

93.4

Colonial

265

Troy

94.2

Sun Belt

303

Tulane

91.9

AAC

124

Tulsa

102.9

AAC

161

UAB

100.1

CUSA

234

UC Davis

95.8

Big West

93

UC Irvine

105.1

Big West

318

UC Riverside

90.4

Big West

166

UC Santa Barbara

99.9

Big West

95

UCLA

105.1

Pac-12

252

UMass Lowell

94.9

Amer East

342

UNC Asheville

85.7

Big South

85

UNC Greensboro

105.4

SoCon

271

UNC Wilmington

93.9

Colonial

164

UNLV

99.9

Mtn West

86

USC

105.4

Pac-12

336

USC Upstate

87.5

Big South

157

UT Arlington

100.6

Sun Belt

301

UT Martin

92.1

OH Valley

170

UT Rio Grande Valley

99.5

WAC

115

Utah

103.4

Pac-12

34

Utah St.

110.9

Mtn West

99

Utah Valley

104.8

WAC

286

UTEP

93.0

CUSA

140

UTSA

102.0

CUSA

227

Valparaiso

96.2

Mo Valley

138

Vanderbilt

102.5

SEC

90

Vermont

105.2

Amer East

27

Villanova

112.0

Big East

3

Virginia

121.3

ACC

40

Virginia Commonwealth

110.4

Atl 10

11

Virginia Tech

115.7

ACC

298

VMI

92.3

SoCon

294

Wagner

92.4

Northeast

189

Wake Forest

98.6

ACC

44

Washington

110.1

Pac-12

204

Washington St.

97.6

Pac-12

205

Weber St.

97.6

Big Sky

114

West Virginia

103.4

Big 12

269

Western Carolina

94.0

SoCon

304

Western Illinois

91.8

Summit

122

Western Kentucky

103.1

CUSA

254

Western Michigan

94.8

Mid-Amer

103

Wichita St.

104.6

AAC

211

William & Mary

97.2

Colonial

168

Winthrop

99.7

Big South

14

Wisconsin

114.7

Big Ten

24

Wofford

113.1

SoCon

127

Wright St.

102.7

Horizon

323

Wyoming

90.0

Mtn West

76

Xavier

106.2

Big East

80

Yale

105.6

Ivy

262

Youngstown St.

94.3

Horizon

 

PiRate Ratings (Conference)

#

America East

PiRate

90

Vermont

105.2

163

Stony Brook

100.0

179

Hartford

99.0

226

Maryland Baltimore Co.

96.3

252

UMass Lowell

94.9

283

Albany

93.0

330

Binghamton

89.3

334

Maine

88.4

346

New Hampshire

84.8

#

American Athletic

PiRate

19

Houston

114.2

37

Cincinnati

110.8

39

Central Florida

110.5

64

Memphis

107.4

75

Temple

106.2

97

Connecticut

104.9

103

Wichita St.

104.6

107

South Florida

104.2

124

Tulsa

102.9

137

SMU

102.6

268

East Carolina

94.0

303

Tulane

91.9

#

Atlantic 10

PiRate

40

Virginia Commonwealth

110.4

66

Dayton

107.0

79

Davidson

105.7

131

St. Bonaventure

102.7

134

Saint Louis

102.6

143

George Mason

101.4

152

Rhode Island

100.9

165

Duquesne

99.9

188

Saint Joseph’s

98.6

196

Richmond

98.0

217

La Salle

97.0

229

Massachusetts

96.2

249

Fordham

95.0

281

George Washington

93.1

#

Atlantic Coast

PiRate

1

Duke

124.7

3

Virginia

121.3

4

North Carolina

121.2

11

Virginia Tech

115.7

17

Florida St.

114.4

23

Louisville

113.4

29

North Carolina St.

111.8

30

Clemson

111.6

31

Syracuse

111.3

73

Miami (Fla)

106.3

91

Notre Dame

105.2

98

Pittsburgh

104.8

101

Boston College

104.7

111

Georgia Tech

103.6

189

Wake Forest

98.6

#

Atlantic Sun

PiRate

45

Lipscomb

110.1

69

Liberty

106.5

176

NJIT

99.1

180

North Florida

99.0

215

Florida Gulf Coast

97.1

258

Jacksonville

94.5

289

North Alabama

92.8

332

Stetson

89.1

340

Kennesaw St.

86.5

#

Big 12

PiRate

9

Texas Tech

117.7

13

Kansas

115.1

15

Iowa St.

114.7

25

Texas

112.8

28

Kansas St.

111.9

35

Oklahoma

110.9

36

Baylor

110.8

46

TCU

109.8

108

Oklahoma St.

104.2

114

West Virginia

103.4

#

Big East

PiRate

26

Marquette

112.8

27

Villanova

112.0

50

Creighton

109.3

62

Seton Hall

107.5

63

Butler

107.5

65

St. John’s

107.3

71

Georgetown

106.4

76

Xavier

106.2

83

Providence

105.5

110

DePaul

103.7

#

Big Sky

PiRate

136

Montana

102.6

172

Northern Colorado

99.5

205

Weber St.

97.6

241

Montana St.

95.4

275

Eastern Washington

93.6

276

Sacramento St.

93.5

287

Southern Utah

92.9

299

Portland St.

92.3

310

Northern Arizona

91.1

314

Idaho St.

90.7

348

Idaho

84.2

#

Big South

PiRate

117

Radford

103.4

168

Winthrop

99.7

169

Charleston Southern

99.5

178

Campbell

99.1

187

Hampton

98.6

193

Presbyterian

98.3

194

Gardner Webb

98.2

223

High Point

96.7

282

Longwood

93.0

336

USC Upstate

87.5

342

UNC Asheville

85.7

#

Big Ten

PiRate

5

Michigan St.

120.5

7

Michigan

118.4

10

Purdue

117.6

14

Wisconsin

114.7

22

Maryland

113.4

33

Iowa

111.1

38

Ohio St.

110.5

41

Penn St.

110.3

47

Nebraska

109.7

48

Minnesota

109.6

51

Indiana

109.2

60

Illinois

107.6

68

Rutgers

106.6

77

Northwestern

106.0

#

Big West

PiRate

93

UC Irvine

105.1

166

UC Santa Barbara

99.9

185

Cal St. Fullerton

98.7

214

Hawaii

97.1

231

Long Beach St.

96.0

234

UC Davis

95.8

263

Cal St. Northridge

94.2

318

UC Riverside

90.4

331

Cal Poly

89.2

#

Colonial Athletic

PiRate

82

Hofstra

105.6

92

Northeastern

105.2

118

Charleston

103.3

211

William & Mary

97.2

248

Drexel

95.1

261

Delaware

94.3

271

UNC Wilmington

93.9

277

James Madison

93.5

278

Towson

93.4

302

Elon

91.9

#

Conference USA

PiRate

105

Old Dominion

104.3

122

Western Kentucky

103.1

123

Southern Miss

103.0

140

UTSA

102.0

142

Louisiana Tech

101.7

154

North Texas

100.8

155

Florida Atlantic

100.8

161

UAB

100.1

182

Marshall

98.9

201

Florida Int’l.

97.8

240

Rice

95.5

253

Middle Tennessee

94.8

286

UTEP

93.0

290

Charlotte

92.6

#

Horizon

PiRate

106

Northern Kentucky

104.3

127

Wright St.

102.7

190

Oakland

98.6

192

IUPUI

98.3

203

Illinois Chicago

97.8

209

Green Bay

97.4

239

Detroit

95.5

262

Youngstown St.

94.3

284

Cleveland St.

93.0

293

Milwaukee

92.5

#

Ivy

PiRate

80

Yale

105.6

112

Harvard

103.6

126

Penn

102.8

144

Brown

101.3

159

Princeton

100.2

207

Dartmouth

97.5

220

Columbia

96.9

236

Cornell

95.7

#

Metro Atlantic

PiRate

218

Rider

97.0

222

Iona

96.8

225

Quinnipiac

96.5

242

Siena

95.3

266

Marist

94.2

273

Canisius

93.8

291

Fairfield

92.5

297

Monmouth

92.4

311

Saint Peter’s

91.1

313

Niagara

90.7

317

Manhattan

90.5

#

Mid-American

PiRate

12

Buffalo

115.1

54

Toledo

108.5

100

Bowling Green

104.7

119

Central Michigan

103.2

120

Akron

103.2

121

Ball St.

103.1

135

Miami (O)

102.6

141

Kent St.

101.7

147

Northern Illinois

101.1

153

Eastern Michigan

100.9

186

Ohio

98.6

254

Western Michigan

94.8

#

Mideastern Athletic

PiRate

243

Norfolk St.

95.3

295

North Carolina Central

92.4

296

Bethune Cookman

92.4

305

North Carolina A&T

91.8

312

Howard

90.8

321

Florida A&M

90.3

333

Morgan St.

89.0

337

South Carolina St.

87.5

343

Savannah St.

85.5

349

Coppin St.

84.1

351

Maryland Eastern Shore

81.0

353

Delaware St.

79.1

#

Missouri Valley

PiRate

128

Drake

102.7

133

Loyola (Chi)

102.6

145

Southern Illinois

101.2

173

Missouri St.

99.4

174

Bradley

99.4

177

Northern Iowa

99.1

197

Indiana St.

98.0

199

Illinois St.

97.9

224

Evansville

96.5

227

Valparaiso

96.2

#

Mountain West

PiRate

20

Nevada

113.8

34

Utah St.

110.9

70

Fresno St.

106.5

130

San Diego St.

102.7

146

Boise St.

101.2

164

UNLV

99.9

171

Colorado St.

99.5

181

New Mexico

99.0

233

Air Force

95.9

323

Wyoming

90.0

341

San Jose St.

86.3

#

Northeast

PiRate

228

Fairleigh Dickinson

96.2

232

Sacred Heart

95.9

247

St. Francis (PA)

95.1

260

Robert Morris

94.3

267

Long Island

94.1

274

St. Francis (Bklyn)

93.7

294

Wagner

92.4

322

Mount St. Mary’s

90.0

324

Central Connecticut

89.9

329

Bryant

89.4

#

Ohio Valley

PiRate

49

Belmont

109.3

52

Murray St.

108.6

113

Jacksonville St.

103.5

132

Austin Peay

102.7

250

Morehead St.

95.0

255

Eastern Kentucky

94.7

300

Tennessee St.

92.1

301

UT Martin

92.1

306

Eastern Illinois

91.8

308

Southeast Missouri St.

91.3

328

Tennessee Tech

89.4

335

SIU Edwardsville

88.3

#

Pac-12

PiRate

44

Washington

110.1

58

Oregon

107.8

61

Arizona St.

107.5

74

Colorado

106.3

84

Oregon St.

105.4

86

USC

105.4

89

Arizona

105.3

95

UCLA

105.1

104

Stanford

104.5

115

Utah

103.4

204

Washington St.

97.6

257

California

94.5

#

Patriot

PiRate

129

Colgate

102.7

148

Bucknell

101.1

162

Lehigh

100.1

191

American

98.5

230

Boston University

96.1

237

Holy Cross

95.6

244

Army

95.3

264

Loyola (MD)

94.2

288

Navy

92.8

292

Lafayette

92.5

#

Southeastern

PiRate

6

Tennessee

118.7

8

Kentucky

117.9

16

Auburn

114.7

18

LSU

114.3

21

Mississippi St.

113.6

32

Florida

111.1

42

Mississippi

110.3

55

Alabama

108.3

57

Arkansas

107.8

78

Texas A&M

105.8

88

South Carolina

105.4

94

Missouri

105.1

102

Georgia

104.6

138

Vanderbilt

102.5

#

Southern

PiRate

24

Wofford

113.1

53

Furman

108.6

67

East Tennessee St.

106.9

85

UNC Greensboro

105.4

150

Samford

101.0

195

Mercer

98.2

246

The Citadel

95.1

259

Chattanooga

94.4

269

Western Carolina

94.0

298

VMI

92.3

#

Southland

PiRate

156

Abilene Christian

100.7

160

Sam Houston St.

100.1

221

Lamar

96.8

238

Southeastern Louisiana

95.5

251

New Orleans

94.9

270

Texas A&M CC

93.9

279

Houston Baptist

93.3

307

Stephen F. Austin

91.6

316

Central Arkansas

90.5

319

Nicholls St.

90.4

325

McNeese St.

89.8

338

Northwestern St.

87.3

344

Incarnate Word

85.4

#

Southwestern Athletic

PiRate

198

Texas Southern

98.0

245

Prairie View A&M

95.2

280

Grambling St.

93.2

315

Alabama St.

90.6

320

Arkansas Pine Bluff

90.3

327

Jackson St.

89.7

339

Southern

87.2

345

Alabama A&M

85.3

347

Alcorn St.

84.6

350

Mississippi Valley St.

83.8

#

Summit

PiRate

81

South Dakota St.

105.6

158

Omaha

100.3

206

Purdue Fort Wayne

97.5

213

North Dakota St.

97.1

216

South Dakota

97.0

272

North Dakota

93.8

285

Oral Roberts

93.0

304

Western Illinois

91.8

309

Denver

91.2

#

Sun Belt

PiRate

96

Georgia Southern

105.1

116

Texas St.

103.4

125

Georgia St.

102.8

149

Coastal Carolina

101.1

151

Louisiana Monroe

100.9

157

UT Arlington

100.6

183

Louisiana

98.9

202

Appalachian St.

97.8

212

Little Rock

97.2

219

South Alabama

96.9

256

Arkansas St.

94.7

265

Troy

94.2

#

West Coast

PiRate

2

Gonzaga

124.5

43

Saint Mary’s

110.3

59

San Francisco

107.6

72

BYU

106.4

109

San Diego

104.0

139

Loyola Marymount

102.4

167

Pepperdine

99.9

175

Santa Clara

99.3

210

Pacific

97.2

326

Portland

89.7

#

Western Athletic

PiRate

56

New Mexico St.

108.1

87

Grand Canyon

105.4

99

Utah Valley

104.8

170

UT Rio Grande Valley

99.5

184

Seattle

98.8

200

California Baptist

97.9

208

Cal St. Bakersfield

97.4

235

Missouri Kansas City

95.8

352

Chicago St.

80.7

#

League

PiRate Avg.

1

Big Ten

111.8

2

Atlantic Coast

111.2

3

Big 12

111.1

4

Southeastern

110.0

5

Big East

107.8

6

American Athletic

104.5

7

Pac-12

104.4

8

West Coast

104.1

9

Mid-American

103.1

10

Southern

100.9

11

Atlantic 10

100.6

12

Mountain West

100.5

13

Ivy

100.4

14

Sun Belt

99.5

15

Missouri Valley

99.3

16

Conference USA

99.2

17

Western Athletic

98.7

18

Horizon

97.4

19

Colonial Athletic

97.3

20

Atlantic Sun

97.2

21

Patriot

96.9

22

Ohio Valley

96.6

23

Summit

96.4

24

Big South

96.3

25

Big West

96.3

26

America East

94.6

27

Big Sky

93.9

28

Metro Atlantic

93.7

29

Northeast

93.1

30

Southland

93.1

31

Southwestern Athletic

89.8

32

Mideastern Athletic

88.3

 

Today’s Conference Tournament Schedule

 

Atlantic Sun Conference

All Games Played on the home floor of the higher-seeded team.

Quarterfinals–Monday, March 4

Seed

Home

Seed

Visitor

1

Lipscomb (23-6)

8

Kennesaw St. (6-25)

2

Liberty (25-6)

7

Jacksonville (12-19)

3

North Florida (15-16)

6

North Alabama (10-21)

4

Florida Gulf Coast (14-17)

5

NJIT (20-11)

 

Coming Later Today: Updated Bracketology

 

 

 

 

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February 22, 2019

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For Friday, February 22, 2019

PiRate Ratings Spreads

For Major Conferences and Top 25 Teams

Games Scheduled for:

Saturday

Home

Rating

HCA

Visitor

Rating

Spread

Louisville

114.1

3.0

Virginia

122.0

-4.9

Clemson

111.4

3.0

Boston College

104.2

10.2

Miami (Fla)

107.3

2.5

Georgia Tech

104.4

5.4

North Carolina

120.4

3.0

Florida St.

114.9

8.5

Notre Dame

105.5

3.0

Virginia Tech

116.0

-7.5

Syracuse

111.3

3.0

Duke

124.1

-9.8

Temple

106.8

3.0

Tulsa

103.2

6.6

Houston

114.4

3.0

South Florida

103.5

13.9

Tulane

92.3

2.0

East Carolina

93.9

0.4

Wichita St.

104.5

3.0

Memphis

106.2

1.3

Oklahoma

111.4

3.0

Texas

112.2

2.2

Baylor

111.0

3.0

West Virginia

103.9

10.1

TCU

110.3

3.0

Iowa St.

115.3

-2.0

Kansas St.

111.8

3.0

Oklahoma St.

104.5

10.3

Texas Tech

116.7

3.0

Kansas

115.5

4.2

Providence

106.2

2.5

Marquette

112.9

-4.2

Creighton

109.3

3.0

Georgetown

106.8

5.5

St. John’s

108.9

2.0

Seton Hall

108.1

2.8

Illinois

107.2

2.5

Penn St.

108.6

1.1

Maryland

113.7

3.0

Ohio St.

111.2

5.5

Nebraska

110.9

3.0

Purdue

116.4

-2.5

Northwestern

107.1

2.0

Wisconsin

115.3

-6.2

Nevada

115.3

2.5

Fresno St.

107.2

10.6

USC

106.3

3.0

Oregon St.

106.0

3.3

Washington St.

98.7

3.0

Utah

103.5

-1.8

UCLA

105.2

3.0

Oregon

107.6

0.6

Washington

110.6

3.0

Colorado

106.3

7.3

LSU

113.1

3.0

Tennessee

118.2

-2.1

Kentucky

118.2

3.0

Auburn

116.2

5.0

Ole Miss

109.9

3.0

Georgia

103.5

9.4

Florida

112.2

3.0

Missouri

104.6

10.6

Mississippi St.

112.9

3.0

South Carolina

106.1

9.8

Alabama

108.1

3.0

Vanderbilt

103.3

7.8

Arkansas

107.2

3.0

Texas A&M

105.4

4.8

Gonzaga

123.8

3.0

BYU

106.1

20.7

 

Games Scheduled for:

Sunday

Home

Rating

HCA

Visitor

Rating

Spread

North Carolina St.

112.6

2.5

Wake Forest

99.8

15.3

Central Florida

108.8

3.0

SMU

105.0

6.8

Connectucut

105.5

3.0

Cincinnati

112.0

-3.5

Xavier

105.5

3.0

Villanova

113.5

-5.0

Michigan

117.4

1.5

Michigan St.

120.2

-1.3

Rutgers

105.4

2.5

Minnesota

108.5

-0.6

Arizona St.

108.8

3.0

California

93.6

18.2

Arizona

106.2

3.0

Stanford

104.0

5.2

 

Current PiRate Ratings (1-353)

Rk

Team

PiRate

Conf

1

Duke

124.1

ACC

2

Gonzaga

123.8

West Coast

3

Virginia

122.0

ACC

4

North Carolina

120.4

ACC

5

Michigan St.

120.2

Big Ten

6

Kentucky

118.2

SEC

7

Tennessee

118.2

SEC

8

Michigan

117.4

Big Ten

9

Texas Tech

116.7

Big 12

10

Purdue

116.4

Big Ten

11

Auburn

116.2

SEC

12

Virginia Tech

116.0

ACC

13

Kansas

115.5

Big 12

14

Nevada

115.3

Mtn West

15

Wisconsin

115.3

Big Ten

16

Iowa St.

115.3

Big 12

17

Florida St.

114.9

ACC

18

Houston

114.4

AAC

19

Louisville

114.1

ACC

20

Buffalo

113.9

Mid-Amer

21

Maryland

113.7

Big Ten

22

Villanova

113.5

Big East

23

LSU

113.1

SEC

24

Marquette

112.9

Big East

25

Mississippi St.

112.9

SEC

26

North Carolina St.

112.6

ACC

27

Iowa

112.3

Big Ten

28

Florida

112.2

SEC

29

Texas

112.2

Big 12

30

Cincinnati

112.0

AAC

31

Wofford

111.9

SoCon

32

Kansas St.

111.8

Big 12

33

Oklahoma

111.4

Big 12

34

Clemson

111.4

ACC

35

Syracuse

111.3

ACC

36

Ohio St.

111.2

Big Ten

37

Baylor

111.0

Big 12

38

Nebraska

110.9

Big Ten

39

Washington

110.6

Pac-12

40

Virginia Commonwealth

110.4

Atl 10

41

TCU

110.3

Big 12

42

Saint Mary’s

110.0

West Coast

43

Mississippi

109.9

SEC

44

Utah St.

109.6

Mtn West

45

Lipscomb

109.5

Atl Sun

46

Indiana

109.4

Big Ten

47

Creighton

109.3

Big East

48

Butler

109.1

Big East

49

St. John’s

108.9

Big East

50

Arizona St.

108.8

Pac-12

51

Central Florida

108.8

AAC

52

San Francisco

108.7

West Coast

53

Penn St.

108.6

Big Ten

54

Minnesota

108.5

Big Ten

55

Belmont

108.2

OH Valley

56

Alabama

108.1

SEC

57

Seton Hall

108.1

Big East

58

Murray St.

107.9

OH Valley

59

Furman

107.7

SoCon

60

Oregon

107.6

Pac-12

61

Dayton

107.5

Atl 10

62

Toledo

107.4

Mid-Amer

63

New Mexico St.

107.3

WAC

64

Miami (Fla)

107.3

ACC

65

Illinois

107.2

Big Ten

66

Arkansas

107.2

SEC

67

Fresno St.

107.2

Mtn West

68

Northwestern

107.1

Big Ten

69

East Tennessee St.

106.9

SoCon

70

Georgetown

106.8

Big East

71

Temple

106.8

AAC

72

Hofstra

106.6

Colonial

73

Vermont

106.6

Am East

74

Liberty

106.5

Atl Sun

75

South Dakota St.

106.3

Summit

76

USC

106.3

Pac-12

77

Colorado

106.3

Pac-12

78

Memphis

106.2

AAC

79

Providence

106.2

Big East

80

Yale

106.2

Ivy

81

Arizona

106.2

Pac-12

82

BYU

106.1

West Coast

83

South Carolina

106.1

SEC

84

Oregon St.

106.0

Pac-12

85

Davidson

106.0

Atl 10

86

Pittsburgh

105.7

ACC

87

Grand Canyon

105.7

WAC

88

Notre Dame

105.5

ACC

89

Xavier

105.5

Big East

90

Connecticut

105.5

AAC

91

Texas A&M

105.4

SEC

92

Rutgers

105.4

Big Ten

93

UCLA

105.2

Pac-12

94

SMU

105.0

AAC

95

Northern Kentucky

105.0

Horizon

96

San Diego

104.9

West Coast

97

UNC Greensboro

104.8

SoCon

98

Northeastern

104.7

Colonial

99

Missouri

104.6

SEC

100

Wichita St.

104.5

AAC

101

Oklahoma St.

104.5

Big 12

102

Old Dominion

104.5

CUSA

103

Georgia Tech

104.4

ACC

104

UC Irvine

104.4

Big West

105

Bowling Green

104.3

Mid-Amer

106

Georgia Southern

104.2

Sun Belt

107

Boston College

104.2

ACC

108

San Diego St.

104.2

Mtn West

109

Ball St.

104.1

Mid-Amer

110

Stanford

104.0

Pac-12

111

West Virginia

103.9

Big 12

112

Montana

103.9

Big Sky

113

Loyola (Chi)

103.9

Mo Valley

114

Texas St.

103.8

Sun Belt

115

DePaul

103.8

Big East

116

Akron

103.6

Mid-Amer

117

Harvard

103.6

Ivy

118

South Florida

103.5

AAC

119

Utah

103.5

Pac-12

120

Austin Peay

103.5

OH Valley

121

Georgia St.

103.5

Sun Belt

122

Georgia

103.5

SEC

123

Utah Valley

103.4

WAC

124

Vanderbilt

103.3

SEC

125

Charleston

103.3

Colonial

126

Tulsa

103.2

AAC

127

Jacksonville St.

103.2

OH Valley

128

Saint Louis

103.2

Atl 10

129

Penn

103.1

Ivy

130

Western Kentucky

103.1

CUSA

131

Boise St.

102.7

Mtn West

132

Southern Miss

102.6

CUSA

133

Radford

102.5

Big South

134

North Texas

102.3

CUSA

135

Wright St.

102.3

Horizon

136

Drake

102.3

Mo Valley

137

Louisiana Tech

102.1

CUSA

138

St. Bonaventure

101.9

Atl 10

139

Loyola Marymount

101.8

West Coast

140

Central Michigan

101.7

Mid-Amer

141

George Mason

101.7

Atl 10

142

Bucknell

101.6

Patriot

143

Colgate

101.5

Patriot

144

Miami (O)

101.4

Mid-Amer

145

Louisiana Monroe

101.3

Sun Belt

146

Kent St.

101.3

Mid-Amer

147

Southern Illinois

101.3

Mo Valley

148

Rhode Island

101.2

Atl 10

149

UC Santa Barbara

101.2

Big West

150

Brown

101.1

Ivy

151

Lehigh

100.9

Patriot

152

UNLV

100.8

Mtn West

153

Northern Illinois

100.7

Mid-Amer

154

Abilene Christian

100.6

Sthland

155

Duquesne

100.6

Atl 10

156

Samford

100.6

SoCon

157

Coastal Carolina

100.5

Sun Belt

158

Missouri St.

100.4

Mo Valley

159

Cal St. Fullerton

100.3

Big West

160

Winthrop

100.3

Big South

161

Eastern Michigan

100.3

Mid-Amer

162

UTSA

100.2

CUSA

163

Pepperdine

100.0

West Coast

164

Stony Brook

100.0

Am East

165

Omaha

99.9

Summit

166

New Mexico

99.9

Mtn West

167

Northern Colorado

99.8

Big Sky

168

Wake Forest

99.8

ACC

169

Princeton

99.8

Ivy

170

UAB

99.6

CUSA

171

Purdue Fort Wayne

99.6

Summit

172

Mercer

99.6

SoCon

173

Weber St.

99.5

Big Sky

174

Northern Iowa

99.4

Mo Valley

175

Sam Houston St.

99.3

Sthland

176

Bradley

99.2

Mo Valley

177

Louisiana

99.2

Sun Belt

178

Florida Atlantic

99.1

CUSA

179

Gardner Webb

99.0

Big South

180

Richmond

99.0

Atl 10

181

Hartford

98.8

Am East

182

Washington St.

98.7

Pac-12

183

NJIT

98.7

Atl Sun

184

Dartmouth

98.6

Ivy

185

Saint Joseph’s

98.6

Atl 10

186

Campbell

98.6

Big South

187

Rider

98.6

Metro Atl

188

Valparaiso

98.5

Mo Valley

189

Hawaii

98.5

Big West

190

Appalachian St.

98.4

Sun Belt

191

IUPUI

98.4

Horizon

192

Seattle

98.3

WAC

193

UT Arlington

98.3

Sun Belt

194

Presbyterian

98.3

Big South

195

Colorado St.

98.2

Mtn West

196

Marshall

98.1

CUSA

197

Massachusetts

98.0

Atl 10

198

North Dakota St.

98.0

Summit

199

Illinois St.

97.9

Mo Valley

200

Charleston Southern

97.9

Big South

201

Maryland Baltimore Co.

97.9

Am East

202

American

97.8

Patriot

203

Green Bay

97.7

Horizon

204

UT Rio Grande Valley

97.7

WAC

205

Indiana St.

97.6

Mo Valley

206

Texas Southern

97.5

SWAC

207

North Florida

97.5

Atl Sun

208

La Salle

97.4

Atl 10

209

Oakland

97.4

Horizon

210

Cal St. Bakersfield

97.3

WAC

211

Little Rock

97.3

Sun Belt

212

Santa Clara

97.2

West Coast

213

William & Mary

97.2

Colonial

214

Illinois Chicago

97.1

Horizon

215

Pacific

97.1

West Coast

216

Hampton

97.0

Big South

217

South Alabama

97.0

Sun Belt

218

Lamar

97.0

Sthland

219

Fordham

96.9

Atl 10

220

Iona

96.8

Metro Atl

221

High Point

96.7

Big South

222

Cornell

96.7

Ivy

223

South Dakota

96.7

Summit

224

Troy

96.6

Sun Belt

225

Florida Int’l.

96.6

CUSA

226

UC Davis

96.5

Big West

227

Quinnipiac

96.5

Metro Atl

228

California Baptist

96.5

WAC

229

Boston University

96.5

Patriot

230

Long Beach St.

96.4

Big West

231

Holy Cross

96.4

Patriot

232

Evansville

96.3

Mo Valley

233

Ohio

96.3

Mid-Amer

234

Marist

96.2

Metro Atl

235

St. Francis (PA)

96.2

Northeast

236

Columbia

96.0

Ivy

237

Fairleigh Dickinson

95.9

Northeast

238

Florida Gulf Coast

95.9

Atl Sun

239

Army

95.7

Patriot

240

Drexel

95.5

Colonial

241

Missouri Kansas City

95.4

WAC

242

Delaware

95.4

Colonial

243

Robert Morris

95.3

Northeast

244

Prairie View A&M

95.3

SWAC

245

Jacksonville

95.2

Atl Sun

246

Norfolk St.

95.2

MEAC

247

Canisius

95.1

Metro Atl

248

Air Force

95.1

Mtn West

249

The Citadel

95.1

SoCon

250

Siena

95.0

Metro Atl

251

Towson

95.0

Colonial

252

Sacramento St.

95.0

Big Sky

253

Morehead St.

95.0

OH Valley

254

UMass Lowell

95.0

Am East

255

Detroit

94.9

Horizon

256

Eastern Kentucky

94.9

OH Valley

257

UNC Wilmington

94.8

Colonial

258

Montana St.

94.8

Big Sky

259

Sacred Heart

94.8

Northeast

260

George Washington

94.7

Atl 10

261

Chattanooga

94.6

SoCon

262

St. Francis (Bklyn)

94.4

Northeast

263

Middle Tennessee

94.4

CUSA

264

Eastern Washington

94.4

Big Sky

265

Arkansas St.

94.4

Sun Belt

266

Rice

94.3

CUSA

267

Western Michigan

94.3

Mid-Amer

268

New Orleans

94.2

Sthland

269

James Madison

94.2

Colonial

270

Grambling St.

94.1

SWAC

271

Youngstown St.

94.1

Horizon

272

Houston Baptist

94.0

Sthland

273

Long Island

94.0

Northeast

274

Wagner

93.9

Northeast

275

Portland St.

93.9

Big Sky

276

North Dakota

93.9

Summit

277

Texas A&M CC

93.9

Sthland

278

East Carolina

93.9

AAC

279

Southeastern Louisiana

93.8

Sthland

280

Southern Utah

93.8

Big Sky

281

North Carolina Central

93.7

MEAC

282

Albany

93.6

Am East

283

Loyola (MD)

93.6

Patriot

284

California

93.6

Pac-12

285

UTEP

93.5

CUSA

286

Monmouth

93.4

Metro Atl

287

Western Carolina

93.4

SoCon

288

Lafayette

93.3

Patriot

289

Fairfield

93.1

Metro Atl

290

UT Martin

93.0

OH Valley

291

Cal St. Northridge

93.0

Big West

292

Western Illinois

92.9

Summit

293

Eastern Illinois

92.9

OH Valley

294

Oral Roberts

92.8

Summit

295

Tennessee St.

92.8

OH Valley

296

Bethune Cookman

92.8

MEAC

297

Milwaukee

92.6

Horizon

298

Niagara

92.6

Metro Atl

299

Stephen F. Austin

92.6

Sthland

300

Longwood

92.4

Big South

301

Tulane

92.3

AAC

302

Charlotte

92.2

CUSA

303

Navy

92.0

Patriot

304

Central Arkansas

91.9

Sthland

305

UC Riverside

91.9

Big West

306

Cleveland St.

91.8

Horizon

307

Central Connecticut

91.7

Northeast

308

Northern Arizona

91.6

Big Sky

309

North Carolina A&T

91.6

MEAC

310

Idaho St.

91.6

Big Sky

311

Manhattan

91.3

Metro Atl

312

Southeast Missouri St.

91.3

OH Valley

313

Alabama St.

91.1

SWAC

314

Saint Peter’s

91.1

Metro Atl

315

Howard

91.0

MEAC

316

Denver

91.0

Summit

317

Nicholls St.

90.8

Sthland

318

Maine

90.7

Am East

319

North Alabama

90.7

Atl Sun

320

VMI

90.7

SoCon

321

Elon

90.4

Colonial

322

Florida A&M

90.2

MEAC

323

Wyoming

90.2

Mtn West

324

Mount St. Mary’s

90.1

Northeast

325

McNeese St.

90.1

Sthland

326

Portland

89.9

West Coast

327

Arkansas Pine Bluff

89.8

SWAC

328

Tennessee Tech

89.3

OH Valley

329

Jackson St.

88.8

SWAC

330

Binghamton

88.8

Am East

331

Bryant

88.7

Northeast

332

Cal Poly

88.6

Big West

333

Morgan St.

88.5

MEAC

334

USC Upstate

88.5

Big South

335

SIU Edwardsville

88.2

OH Valley

336

Stetson

87.8

Atl Sun

337

South Carolina St.

87.3

MEAC

338

Northwestern St.

87.3

Sthland

339

Southern

86.6

SWAC

340

Kennesaw St.

85.7

Atl Sun

341

UNC Asheville

85.6

Big South

342

San Jose St.

85.5

Mtn West

343

Incarnate Word

85.4

Sthland

344

Coppin St.

85.3

MEAC

345

New Hampshire

85.3

Am East

346

Alabama A&M

85.3

SWAC

347

Savannah St.

85.1

MEAC

348

Alcorn St.

84.9

SWAC

349

Idaho

84.8

Big Sky

350

Mississippi Valley St.

83.0

SWAC

351

Maryland Eastern Shore

80.8

MEAC

352

Delaware St.

79.8

MEAC

353

Chicago St.

79.3

WAC

PiRate Ratings (Alphabetical)

Rk

Team

PiRate

Conf

154

Abilene Christian

100.6

Sthland

248

Air Force

95.1

Mtn West

116

Akron

103.6

Mid-Amer

56

Alabama

108.1

SEC

346

Alabama A&M

85.3

SWAC

313

Alabama St.

91.1

SWAC

282

Albany

93.6

Am East

348

Alcorn St.

84.9

SWAC

202

American

97.8

Patriot

190

Appalachian St.

98.4

Sun Belt

81

Arizona

106.2

Pac-12

50

Arizona St.

108.8

Pac-12

66

Arkansas

107.2

SEC

327

Arkansas Pine Bluff

89.8

SWAC

265

Arkansas St.

94.4

Sun Belt

239

Army

95.7

Patriot

11

Auburn

116.2

SEC

120

Austin Peay

103.5

OH Valley

109

Ball St.

104.1

Mid-Amer

37

Baylor

111.0

Big 12

55

Belmont

108.2

OH Valley

296

Bethune Cookman

92.8

MEAC

330

Binghamton

88.8

Am East

131

Boise St.

102.7

Mtn West

107

Boston College

104.2

ACC

229

Boston University

96.5

Patriot

105

Bowling Green

104.3

Mid-Amer

176

Bradley

99.2

Mo Valley

150

Brown

101.1

Ivy

331

Bryant

88.7

Northeast

142

Bucknell

101.6

Patriot

20

Buffalo

113.9

Mid-Amer

48

Butler

109.1

Big East

82

BYU

106.1

West Coast

332

Cal Poly

88.6

Big West

210

Cal St. Bakersfield

97.3

WAC

159

Cal St. Fullerton

100.3

Big West

291

Cal St. Northridge

93.0

Big West

284

California

93.6

Pac-12

228

California Baptist

96.5

WAC

186

Campbell

98.6

Big South

247

Canisius

95.1

Metro Atl

304

Central Arkansas

91.9

Sthland

307

Central Connecticut

91.7

Northeast

51

Central Florida

108.8

AAC

140

Central Michigan

101.7

Mid-Amer

125

Charleston

103.3

Colonial

200

Charleston Southern

97.9

Big South

302

Charlotte

92.2

CUSA

261

Chattanooga

94.6

SoCon

353

Chicago St.

79.3

WAC

30

Cincinnati

112.0

AAC

34

Clemson

111.4

ACC

306

Cleveland St.

91.8

Horizon

157

Coastal Carolina

100.5

Sun Belt

143

Colgate

101.5

Patriot

77

Colorado

106.3

Pac-12

195

Colorado St.

98.2

Mtn West

236

Columbia

96.0

Ivy

90

Connecticut

105.5

AAC

344

Coppin St.

85.3

MEAC

222

Cornell

96.7

Ivy

47

Creighton

109.3

Big East

184

Dartmouth

98.6

Ivy

85

Davidson

106.0

Atl 10

61

Dayton

107.5

Atl 10

242

Delaware

95.4

Colonial

352

Delaware St.

79.8

MEAC

316

Denver

91.0

Summit

115

DePaul

103.8

Big East

255

Detroit

94.9

Horizon

136

Drake

102.3

Mo Valley

240

Drexel

95.5

Colonial

1

Duke

124.1

ACC

155

Duquesne

100.6

Atl 10

278

East Carolina

93.9

AAC

69

East Tennessee St.

106.9

SoCon

293

Eastern Illinois

92.9

OH Valley

256

Eastern Kentucky

94.9

OH Valley

161

Eastern Michigan

100.3

Mid-Amer

264

Eastern Washington

94.4

Big Sky

321

Elon

90.4

Colonial

232

Evansville

96.3

Mo Valley

289

Fairfield

93.1

Metro Atl

237

Fairleigh Dickinson

95.9

Northeast

28

Florida

112.2

SEC

322

Florida A&M

90.2

MEAC

178

Florida Atlantic

99.1

CUSA

238

Florida Gulf Coast

95.9

Atl Sun

225

Florida Int’l.

96.6

CUSA

17

Florida St.

114.9

ACC

219

Fordham

96.9

Atl 10

67

Fresno St.

107.2

Mtn West

59

Furman

107.7

SoCon

179

Gardner Webb

99.0

Big South

141

George Mason

101.7

Atl 10

260

George Washington

94.7

Atl 10

70

Georgetown

106.8

Big East

122

Georgia

103.5

SEC

106

Georgia Southern

104.2

Sun Belt

121

Georgia St.

103.5

Sun Belt

103

Georgia Tech

104.4

ACC

2

Gonzaga

123.8

West Coast

270

Grambling St.

94.1

SWAC

87

Grand Canyon

105.7

WAC

203

Green Bay

97.7

Horizon

216

Hampton

97.0

Big South

181

Hartford

98.8

Am East

117

Harvard

103.6

Ivy

189

Hawaii

98.5

Big West

221

High Point

96.7

Big South

72

Hofstra

106.6

Colonial

231

Holy Cross

96.4

Patriot

18

Houston

114.4

AAC

272

Houston Baptist

94.0

Sthland

315

Howard

91.0

MEAC

349

Idaho

84.8

Big Sky

310

Idaho St.

91.6

Big Sky

65

Illinois

107.2

Big Ten

214

Illinois Chicago

97.1

Horizon

199

Illinois St.

97.9

Mo Valley

343

Incarnate Word

85.4

Sthland

46

Indiana

109.4

Big Ten

205

Indiana St.

97.6

Mo Valley

220

Iona

96.8

Metro Atl

27

Iowa

112.3

Big Ten

16

Iowa St.

115.3

Big 12

191

IUPUI

98.4

Horizon

329

Jackson St.

88.8

SWAC

245

Jacksonville

95.2

Atl Sun

127

Jacksonville St.

103.2

OH Valley

269

James Madison

94.2

Colonial

13

Kansas

115.5

Big 12

32

Kansas St.

111.8

Big 12

340

Kennesaw St.

85.7

Atl Sun

146

Kent St.

101.3

Mid-Amer

6

Kentucky

118.2

SEC

208

La Salle

97.4

Atl 10

288

Lafayette

93.3

Patriot

218

Lamar

97.0

Sthland

151

Lehigh

100.9

Patriot

74

Liberty

106.5

Atl Sun

45

Lipscomb

109.5

Atl Sun

211

Little Rock

97.3

Sun Belt

230

Long Beach St.

96.4

Big West

273

Long Island

94.0

Northeast

300

Longwood

92.4

Big South

177

Louisiana

99.2

Sun Belt

145

Louisiana Monroe

101.3

Sun Belt

137

Louisiana Tech

102.1

CUSA

19

Louisville

114.1

ACC

113

Loyola (Chi)

103.9

Mo Valley

283

Loyola (MD)

93.6

Patriot

139

Loyola Marymount

101.8

West Coast

23

LSU

113.1

SEC

318

Maine

90.7

Am East

311

Manhattan

91.3

Metro Atl

234

Marist

96.2

Metro Atl

24

Marquette

112.9

Big East

196

Marshall

98.1

CUSA

21

Maryland

113.7

Big Ten

201

Maryland Baltimore Co.

97.9

Am East

351

Maryland Eastern Shore

80.8

MEAC

197

Massachusetts

98.0

Atl 10

325

McNeese St.

90.1

Sthland

78

Memphis

106.2

AAC

172

Mercer

99.6

SoCon

64

Miami (Fla)

107.3

ACC

144

Miami (O)

101.4

Mid-Amer

8

Michigan

117.4

Big Ten

5

Michigan St.

120.2

Big Ten

263

Middle Tennessee

94.4

CUSA

297

Milwaukee

92.6

Horizon

54

Minnesota

108.5

Big Ten

43

Mississippi

109.9

SEC

25

Mississippi St.

112.9

SEC

350

Mississippi Valley St.

83.0

SWAC

99

Missouri

104.6

SEC

241

Missouri Kansas City

95.4

WAC

158

Missouri St.

100.4

Mo Valley

286

Monmouth

93.4

Metro Atl

112

Montana

103.9

Big Sky

258

Montana St.

94.8

Big Sky

253

Morehead St.

95.0

OH Valley

333

Morgan St.

88.5

MEAC

324

Mount St. Mary’s

90.1

Northeast

58

Murray St.

107.9

OH Valley

303

Navy

92.0

Patriot

38

Nebraska

110.9

Big Ten

14

Nevada

115.3

Mtn West

345

New Hampshire

85.3

Am East

166

New Mexico

99.9

Mtn West

63

New Mexico St.

107.3

WAC

268

New Orleans

94.2

Sthland

298

Niagara

92.6

Metro Atl

317

Nicholls St.

90.8

Sthland

183

NJIT

98.7

Atl Sun

246

Norfolk St.

95.2

MEAC

319

North Alabama

90.7

Atl Sun

4

North Carolina

120.4

ACC

309

North Carolina A&T

91.6

MEAC

281

North Carolina Central

93.7

MEAC

26

North Carolina St.

112.6

ACC

276

North Dakota

93.9

Summit

198

North Dakota St.

98.0

Summit

207

North Florida

97.5

Atl Sun

134

North Texas

102.3

CUSA

98

Northeastern

104.7

Colonial

308

Northern Arizona

91.6

Big Sky

167

Northern Colorado

99.8

Big Sky

153

Northern Illinois

100.7

Mid-Amer

174

Northern Iowa

99.4

Mo Valley

95

Northern Kentucky

105.0

Horizon

68

Northwestern

107.1

Big Ten

338

Northwestern St.

87.3

Sthland

88

Notre Dame

105.5

ACC

209

Oakland

97.4

Horizon

233

Ohio

96.3

Mid-Amer

36

Ohio St.

111.2

Big Ten

33

Oklahoma

111.4

Big 12

101

Oklahoma St.

104.5

Big 12

102

Old Dominion

104.5

CUSA

165

Omaha

99.9

Summit

294

Oral Roberts

92.8

Summit

60

Oregon

107.6

Pac-12

84

Oregon St.

106.0

Pac-12

215

Pacific

97.1

West Coast

129

Penn

103.1

Ivy

53

Penn St.

108.6

Big Ten

163

Pepperdine

100.0

West Coast

86

Pittsburgh

105.7

ACC

326

Portland

89.9

West Coast

275

Portland St.

93.9

Big Sky

244

Prairie View A&M

95.3

SWAC

194

Presbyterian

98.3

Big South

169

Princeton

99.8

Ivy

79

Providence

106.2

Big East

10

Purdue

116.4

Big Ten

171

Purdue Fort Wayne

99.6

Summit

227

Quinnipiac

96.5

Metro Atl

133

Radford

102.5

Big South

148

Rhode Island

101.2

Atl 10

266

Rice

94.3

CUSA

180

Richmond

99.0

Atl 10

187

Rider

98.6

Metro Atl

243

Robert Morris

95.3

Northeast

92

Rutgers

105.4

Big Ten

252

Sacramento St.

95.0

Big Sky

259

Sacred Heart

94.8

Northeast

185

Saint Joseph’s

98.6

Atl 10

128

Saint Louis

103.2

Atl 10

42

Saint Mary’s

110.0

West Coast

314

Saint Peter’s

91.1

Metro Atl

175

Sam Houston St.

99.3

Sthland

156

Samford

100.6

SoCon

96

San Diego

104.9

West Coast

108

San Diego St.

104.2

Mtn West

52

San Francisco

108.7

West Coast

342

San Jose St.

85.5

Mtn West

212

Santa Clara

97.2

West Coast

347

Savannah St.

85.1

MEAC

192

Seattle

98.3

WAC

57

Seton Hall

108.1

Big East

250

Siena

95.0

Metro Atl

335

SIU Edwardsville

88.2

OH Valley

94

SMU

105.0

AAC

217

South Alabama

97.0

Sun Belt

83

South Carolina

106.1

SEC

337

South Carolina St.

87.3

MEAC

223

South Dakota

96.7

Summit

75

South Dakota St.

106.3

Summit

118

South Florida

103.5

AAC

312

Southeast Missouri St.

91.3

OH Valley

279

Southeastern Louisiana

93.8

Sthland

339

Southern

86.6

SWAC

147

Southern Illinois

101.3

Mo Valley

132

Southern Miss

102.6

CUSA

280

Southern Utah

93.8

Big Sky

138

St. Bonaventure

101.9

Atl 10

262

St. Francis (Bklyn)

94.4

Northeast

235

St. Francis (PA)

96.2

Northeast

49

St. John’s

108.9

Big East

110

Stanford

104.0

Pac-12

299

Stephen F. Austin

92.6

Sthland

336

Stetson

87.8

Atl Sun

164

Stony Brook

100.0

Am East

35

Syracuse

111.3

ACC

41

TCU

110.3

Big 12

71

Temple

106.8

AAC

7

Tennessee

118.2

SEC

295

Tennessee St.

92.8

OH Valley

328

Tennessee Tech

89.3

OH Valley

29

Texas

112.2

Big 12

91

Texas A&M

105.4

SEC

277

Texas A&M CC

93.9

Sthland

206

Texas Southern

97.5

SWAC

114

Texas St.

103.8

Sun Belt

9

Texas Tech

116.7

Big 12

249

The Citadel

95.1

SoCon

62

Toledo

107.4

Mid-Amer

251

Towson

95.0

Colonial

224

Troy

96.6

Sun Belt

301

Tulane

92.3

AAC

126

Tulsa

103.2

AAC

170

UAB

99.6

CUSA

226

UC Davis

96.5

Big West

104

UC Irvine

104.4

Big West

305

UC Riverside

91.9

Big West

149

UC Santa Barbara

101.2

Big West

93

UCLA

105.2

Pac-12

254

UMass Lowell

95.0

Am East

341

UNC Asheville

85.6

Big South

97

UNC Greensboro

104.8

SoCon

257

UNC Wilmington

94.8

Colonial

152

UNLV

100.8

Mtn West

76

USC

106.3

Pac-12

334

USC Upstate

88.5

Big South

193

UT Arlington

98.3

Sun Belt

290

UT Martin

93.0

OH Valley

204

UT Rio Grande Valley

97.7

WAC

119

Utah

103.5

Pac-12

44

Utah St.

109.6

Mtn West

123

Utah Valley

103.4

WAC

285

UTEP

93.5

CUSA

162

UTSA

100.2

CUSA

188

Valparaiso

98.5

Mo Valley

124

Vanderbilt

103.3

SEC

73

Vermont

106.6

Am East

22

Villanova

113.5

Big East

3

Virginia

122.0

ACC

40

Virginia Commonwealth

110.4

Atl 10

12

Virginia Tech

116.0

ACC

320

VMI

90.7

SoCon

274

Wagner

93.9

Northeast

168

Wake Forest

99.8

ACC

39

Washington

110.6

Pac-12

182

Washington St.

98.7

Pac-12

173

Weber St.

99.5

Big Sky

111

West Virginia

103.9

Big 12

287

Western Carolina

93.4

SoCon

292

Western Illinois

92.9

Summit

130

Western Kentucky

103.1

CUSA

267

Western Michigan

94.3

Mid-Amer

100

Wichita St.

104.5

AAC

213

William & Mary

97.2

Colonial

160

Winthrop

100.3

Big South

15

Wisconsin

115.3

Big Ten

31

Wofford

111.9

SoCon

135

Wright St.

102.3

Horizon

323

Wyoming

90.2

Mtn West

89

Xavier

105.5

Big East

80

Yale

106.2

Ivy

271

Youngstown St.

94.1

Horizon

 

PiRate Ratings (by Conference)

#

America East

PiRate

73

Vermont

106.6

164

Stony Brook

100.0

181

Hartford

98.8

201

Maryland Baltimore Co.

97.9

254

UMass Lowell

95.0

282

Albany

93.6

318

Maine

90.7

330

Binghamton

88.8

345

New Hampshire

85.3

#

American Athletic

PiRate

18

Houston

114.4

30

Cincinnati

112.0

51

Central Florida

108.8

71

Temple

106.8

78

Memphis

106.2

90

Connecticut

105.5

94

SMU

105.0

100

Wichita St.

104.5

118

South Florida

103.5

126

Tulsa

103.2

278

East Carolina

93.9

301

Tulane

92.3

#

Atlantic 10

PiRate

40

Virginia Commonwealth

110.4

61

Dayton

107.5

85

Davidson

106.0

128

Saint Louis

103.2

138

St. Bonaventure

101.9

141

George Mason

101.7

148

Rhode Island

101.2

155

Duquesne

100.6

180

Richmond

99.0

185

Saint Joseph’s

98.6

197

Massachusetts

98.0

208

La Salle

97.4

219

Fordham

96.9

260

George Washington

94.7

#

Atlantic Coast

PiRate

1

Duke

124.1

3

Virginia

122.0

4

North Carolina

120.4

12

Virginia Tech

116.0

17

Florida St.

114.9

19

Louisville

114.1

26

North Carolina St.

112.6

34

Clemson

111.4

35

Syracuse

111.3

64

Miami (Fla)

107.3

86

Pittsburgh

105.7

88

Notre Dame

105.5

103

Georgia Tech

104.4

107

Boston College

104.2

168

Wake Forest

99.8

#

Atlantic Sun

PiRate

45

Lipscomb

109.5

74

Liberty

106.5

183

NJIT

98.7

207

North Florida

97.5

238

Florida Gulf Coast

95.9

245

Jacksonville

95.2

319

North Alabama

90.7

336

Stetson

87.8

340

Kennesaw St.

85.7

#

Big 12

PiRate

9

Texas Tech

116.7

13

Kansas

115.5

16

Iowa St.

115.3

29

Texas

112.2

32

Kansas St.

111.8

33

Oklahoma

111.4

37

Baylor

111.0

41

TCU

110.3

101

Oklahoma St.

104.5

111

West Virginia

103.9

#

Big East

PiRate

22

Villanova

113.5

24

Marquette

112.9

47

Creighton

109.3

48

Butler

109.1

49

St. John’s

108.9

57

Seton Hall

108.1

70

Georgetown

106.8

79

Providence

106.2

89

Xavier

105.5

115

DePaul

103.8

#

Big Sky

PiRate

112

Montana

103.9

167

Northern Colorado

99.8

173

Weber St.

99.5

252

Sacramento St.

95.0

258

Montana St.

94.8

264

Eastern Washington

94.4

275

Portland St.

93.9

280

Southern Utah

93.8

308

Northern Arizona

91.6

310

Idaho St.

91.6

349

Idaho

84.8

#

Big South

PiRate

133

Radford

102.5

160

Winthrop

100.3

179

Gardner Webb

99.0

186

Campbell

98.6

194

Presbyterian

98.3

200

Charleston Southern

97.9

216

Hampton

97.0

221

High Point

96.7

300

Longwood

92.4

334

USC Upstate

88.5

341

UNC Asheville

85.6

#

Big Ten

PiRate

5

Michigan St.

120.2

8

Michigan

117.4

10

Purdue

116.4

15

Wisconsin

115.3

21

Maryland

113.7

27

Iowa

112.3

36

Ohio St.

111.2

38

Nebraska

110.9

46

Indiana

109.4

53

Penn St.

108.6

54

Minnesota

108.5

65

Illinois

107.2

68

Northwestern

107.1

92

Rutgers

105.4

#

Big West

PiRate

104

UC Irvine

104.4

149

UC Santa Barbara

101.2

159

Cal St. Fullerton

100.3

189

Hawaii

98.5

226

UC Davis

96.5

230

Long Beach St.

96.4

291

Cal St. Northridge

93.0

305

UC Riverside

91.9

332

Cal Poly

88.6

#

Colonial Athletic

PiRate

72

Hofstra

106.6

98

Northeastern

104.7

125

Charleston

103.3

213

William & Mary

97.2

240

Drexel

95.5

242

Delaware

95.4

251

Towson

95.0

257

UNC Wilmington

94.8

269

James Madison

94.2

321

Elon

90.4

#

Conference USA

PiRate

102

Old Dominion

104.5

130

Western Kentucky

103.1

132

Southern Miss

102.6

134

North Texas

102.3

137

Louisiana Tech

102.1

162

UTSA

100.2

170

UAB

99.6

178

Florida Atlantic

99.1

196

Marshall

98.1

225

Florida Int’l.

96.6

263

Middle Tennessee

94.4

266

Rice

94.3

285

UTEP

93.5

302

Charlotte

92.2

#

Horizon

PiRate

95

Northern Kentucky

105.0

135

Wright St.

102.3

191

IUPUI

98.4

203

Green Bay

97.7

209

Oakland

97.4

214

Illinois Chicago

97.1

255

Detroit

94.9

271

Youngstown St.

94.1

297

Milwaukee

92.6

306

Cleveland St.

91.8

#

Ivy

PiRate

80

Yale

106.2

117

Harvard

103.6

129

Penn

103.1

150

Brown

101.1

169

Princeton

99.8

184

Dartmouth

98.6

222

Cornell

96.7

236

Columbia

96.0

#

Metro Atlantic

PiRate

187

Rider

98.6

220

Iona

96.8

227

Quinnipiac

96.5

234

Marist

96.2

247

Canisius

95.1

250

Siena

95.0

286

Monmouth

93.4

289

Fairfield

93.1

298

Niagara

92.6

311

Manhattan

91.3

314

Saint Peter’s

91.1

#

Mid-American

PiRate

20

Buffalo

113.9

62

Toledo

107.4

105

Bowling Green

104.3

109

Ball St.

104.1

116

Akron

103.6

140

Central Michigan

101.7

144

Miami (O)

101.4

146

Kent St.

101.3

153

Northern Illinois

100.7

161

Eastern Michigan

100.3

233

Ohio

96.3

267

Western Michigan

94.3

#

Mideastern Athletic

PiRate

246

Norfolk St.

95.2

281

North Carolina Central

93.7

296

Bethune Cookman

92.8

309

North Carolina A&T

91.6

315

Howard

91.0

322

Florida A&M

90.2

333

Morgan St.

88.5

337

South Carolina St.

87.3

344

Coppin St.

85.3

347

Savannah St.

85.1

351

Maryland Eastern Shore

80.8

352

Delaware St.

79.8

#

Missouri Valley

PiRate

113

Loyola (Chi)

103.9

136

Drake

102.3

147

Southern Illinois

101.3

158

Missouri St.

100.4

174

Northern Iowa

99.4

176

Bradley

99.2

188

Valparaiso

98.5

199

Illinois St.

97.9

205

Indiana St.

97.6

232

Evansville

96.3

#

Mountain West

PiRate

14

Nevada

115.3

44

Utah St.

109.6

67

Fresno St.

107.2

108

San Diego St.

104.2

131

Boise St.

102.7

152

UNLV

100.8

166

New Mexico

99.9

195

Colorado St.

98.2

248

Air Force

95.1

323

Wyoming

90.2

342

San Jose St.

85.5

#

Northeast

PiRate

235

St. Francis (PA)

96.2

237

Fairleigh Dickinson

95.9

243

Robert Morris

95.3

259

Sacred Heart

94.8

262

St. Francis (Bklyn)

94.4

273

Long Island

94.0

274

Wagner

93.9

307

Central Connecticut

91.7

324

Mount St. Mary’s

90.1

331

Bryant

88.7

#

Ohio Valley

PiRate

55

Belmont

108.2

58

Murray St.

107.9

120

Austin Peay

103.5

127

Jacksonville St.

103.2

253

Morehead St.

95.0

256

Eastern Kentucky

94.9

290

UT Martin

93.0

293

Eastern Illinois

92.9

295

Tennessee St.

92.8

312

Southeast Missouri St.

91.3

328

Tennessee Tech

89.3

335

SIU Edwardsville

88.2

#

Pac-12

PiRate

39

Washington

110.6

50

Arizona St.

108.8

60

Oregon

107.6

76

USC

106.3

77

Colorado

106.3

81

Arizona

106.2

84

Oregon St.

106.0

93

UCLA

105.2

110

Stanford

104.0

119

Utah

103.5

182

Washington St.

98.7

284

California

93.6

#

Patriot

PiRate

142

Bucknell

101.6

143

Colgate

101.5

151

Lehigh

100.9

202

American

97.8

229

Boston University

96.5

231

Holy Cross

96.4

239

Army

95.7

283

Loyola (MD)

93.6

288

Lafayette

93.3

303

Navy

92.0

#

Southeastern

PiRate

6

Kentucky

118.2

7

Tennessee

118.2

11

Auburn

116.2

23

LSU

113.1

25

Mississippi St.

112.9

28

Florida

112.2

43

Mississippi

109.9

56

Alabama

108.1

66

Arkansas

107.2

83

South Carolina

106.1

91

Texas A&M

105.4

99

Missouri

104.6

122

Georgia

103.5

124

Vanderbilt

103.3

#

Southern

PiRate

31

Wofford

111.9

59

Furman

107.7

69

East Tennessee St.

106.9

97

UNC Greensboro

104.8

156

Samford

100.6

172

Mercer

99.6

249

The Citadel

95.1

261

Chattanooga

94.6

287

Western Carolina

93.4

320

VMI

90.7

#

Southland

PiRate

154

Abilene Christian

100.6

175

Sam Houston St.

99.3

218

Lamar

97.0

268

New Orleans

94.2

272

Houston Baptist

94.0

277

Texas A&M CC

93.9

279

Southeastern Louisiana

93.8

299

Stephen F. Austin

92.6

304

Central Arkansas

91.9

317

Nicholls St.

90.8

325

McNeese St.

90.1

338

Northwestern St.

87.3

343

Incarnate Word

85.4

#

Southwestern Athletic

PiRate

206

Texas Southern

97.5

244

Prairie View A&M

95.3

270

Grambling St.

94.1

313

Alabama St.

91.1

327

Arkansas Pine Bluff

89.8

329

Jackson St.

88.8

339

Southern

86.6

346

Alabama A&M

85.3

348

Alcorn St.

84.9

350

Mississippi Valley St.

83.0

#

Summit

PiRate

75

South Dakota St.

106.3

165

Omaha

99.9

171

Purdue Fort Wayne

99.6

198

North Dakota St.

98.0

223

South Dakota

96.7

276

North Dakota

93.9

292

Western Illinois

92.9

294

Oral Roberts

92.8

316

Denver

91.0

#

Sun Belt

PiRate

106

Georgia Southern

104.2

114

Texas St.

103.8

121

Georgia St.

103.5

145

Louisiana Monroe

101.3

157

Coastal Carolina

100.5

177

Louisiana

99.2

190

Appalachian St.

98.4

193

UT Arlington

98.3

211

Little Rock

97.3

217

South Alabama

97.0

224

Troy

96.6

265

Arkansas St.

94.4

#

West Coast

PiRate

2

Gonzaga

123.8

42

Saint Mary’s

110.0

52

San Francisco

108.7

82

BYU

106.1

96

San Diego

104.9

139

Loyola Marymount

101.8

163

Pepperdine

100.0

212

Santa Clara

97.2

215

Pacific

97.1

326

Portland

89.9

#

Western Athletic

PiRate

63

New Mexico St.

107.3

87

Grand Canyon

105.7

123

Utah Valley

103.4

192

Seattle

98.3

204

UT Rio Grande Valley

97.7

210

Cal St. Bakersfield

97.3

228

California Baptist

96.5

241

Missouri Kansas City

95.4

353

Chicago St.

79.3

 

Ratings of the 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

98.8

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

96.1

26

America East

95.2

27

Big Sky

94.8

28

Metro Atlantic

94.5

29

Northeast

93.5

30

Southland

93.1

31

Southwestern Athletic

89.6

32

Mideastern Athletic

88.5

 

Note About The PiRate Basketball Ratings

So that we don’t have to answer this question multiple times, and there are always newcomers to this website who might wonder about this, let us re-state from past years that the basketball PiRate Ratings do not account for player injuries like Zion Williamson at Duke.  Our ratings do not account for issues with the coaching staffs, such as what is going on with an interim coach Murray Bartow at UCLA, or even the repercussions of the situation at Syracuse with Coach Jim Boeheim.

The basketball ratings use strength of schedules and Four Factors statistics with an algorithm that is slightly tweaked after every season.  How we calculate strengths of schedule is also slightly tweaked after every season.

If you follow us during football season, our football ratings do account for player injuries and mid-season coaching changes, since they are calculated differently.

 

Coming Later Today: Our Updated Bracketology 

Beginning Monday, March 4: Daily Bracketology Updates & Intensive Conference Tournament Reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 25, 2019

PiRate Ratings Bracketology For Friday, January 25, 2019

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January 25, 2019

Seed Line

Seed SCHOOL Conf.
1 Virginia ACC
1 Duke ACC
1 Michigan St. Big Ten
1 Gonzaga West Coast
2 Tennessee SEC
2 Michigan Big Ten
2 Houston American
2 Kentucky SEC
3 North Carolina ACC
3 Purdue Big Ten
3 Virginia Tech ACC
3 LSU SEC
4 Louisville ACC
4 Kansas Big 12
4 Wisconsin Big Ten
4 Iowa St. Big 12
5 Texas Tech Big 12
5 Nevada Mountain West
5 Maryland Big Ten
5 Marquette Big East
6 Nebraska Big Ten
6 Iowa Big Ten
6 Buffalo MAC
6 Villanova Big East
7 Auburn SEC
7 Wofford Southern
7 NC State ACC
7 TCU Big 12
8 Oklahoma Big 12
8 Kansas St. Big 12
8 Mississippi St. SEC
8 Ole Miss SEC
9 Cincinnati American
9 Florida St. ACC
9 UCF American
9 Indiana Big Ten
10 Florida SEC
10 Utah St. Mountain West
10 Washington Pac-12
10 St. John’s (NY) Big East
11 Alabama SEC
11 San Francisco West Coast
11 Texas Big 12
11 Murray St. Ohio Valley
12 Lipscomb ASUN
12 Ohio St. Big Ten
12 Butler Big East
12 Syracuse ACC
12 Arizona Pac-12
12 Hofstra Colonial
13 VCU Atlantic 10
13 Yale Ivy
13 New Mexico St. WAC
13 North Texas CUSA
14 Radford Big South
14 Vermont America East
14 Texas St. Sun Belt
14 Northern Ky. Horizon
15 Montana Big Sky
15 South Dakota St. Summit
15 Loyola Chicago Missouri Valley
15 UC Irvine Big West
16 Colgate Patriot
16 Rider Metro Atlantic
16 Abilene Christian Southland
16 Texas Southern SWAC
16 St. Francis Brooklyn Northeast
16 N.C. A&T MEAC

 

First 4 Out
Baylor
Northwestern
Seton Hall
Pittsburgh
Next 4 Out
Clemson
Creighton
Temple
UNC Greensboro
Last 4 In
Ohio St.
Butler
Syracuse
Arizona
Last 4 Byes
St. John’s (NY)
Alabama
San Francisco
Texas
First 4 #16 Seeds
Abilene Christian
Texas Southern
St. Francis Brooklyn
N.C. A&T
5 Potential At-large Mid-Majors
UNC-Greensboro
Liberty
Saint Mary’s
Furman

 

Multiple Bid Leagues

Conference Bids
Big Ten 9
ACC 8
SEC 8
Big 12 7
Big East 4
AAC 3
MWC 2
Pac-12 2
West Coast 2

 

Coming Next Week

Monday: New Ratings and Bracketology

Tuesday: A closer look at the one-bid leagues and their top competitors

Friday: New Ratings and Bracketology

 

March 23, 2018

PiRate Ratings Spreads For NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Games of Friday, March 23

Sweet 16–Friday, March 23

Higher Seed Lower Seed Spread
Kansas Clemson 1.7
Villanova West Virginia 6.4
Duke Syracuse 5.1
Purdue Texas Tech 3.3

Friday Night’s Schedule

Friday, Mar 23, 2018
TIME (EDT) Higher Seed Lower Seed City TV
7:07 PM 1 Kansas 5 Clemson Omaha CBS
7:27 PM 1 Villanova 5 West Virginia Boston TBS
9:37 PM 2 Duke 11 Syracuse Omaha CBS
9:57 PM 2 Purdue 3 Texas Tech Boston TBS

 

 

 

 

March 14, 2018

PiRate Ratings Spreads For NCAA Tournament Games of Wed., March 14

Higher Seed Lower Seed Spread
UNC-Central Texas Southern -2.8
Arizona St. Syracuse 1.9

Tournament Schedule

All Times Eastern Daylight

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2018
TIME Higher Seed Lower Seed City TV
6:40 PM 16 UNC-Central 16 Texas Southern Dayton, OH truTV
9:10 PM 11 Arizona St. 11 Syracuse Dayton, OH truTV

 

Thursday, Mar 15, 2018
TIME Higher Seed Lower Seed City TV
12:15 PM 7 Rhode Island 10 Oklahoma Pittsburgh CBS
12:40 PM 3 Tennessee 14 Wright St. Dallas truTV
1:30 PM 4 Gonzaga 13 UNC-Greensboro Boise, ID TNT
2:00 PM 1 Kansas 16 Penn Wichita, KS TBS
2:45 PM 2 Duke 15 Iona Pittsburgh CBS
3:10 PM 6 Miami (Fla.) 11 Loyola (Chi.) Dallas truTV
4:00 PM 5 Ohio St. 12 South Dakota St. Boise, ID TNT
4:30 PM 8 Seton Hall 9 North Carolina St. Wichita, KS TBS
6:50 PM 1 Villanova 16 Radford Pittsburgh TNT
7:10 PM 5 Kentucky 12 Davidson Boise, ID CBS
7:20 PM 6 Houston 11 San Diego St Wichita, KS TBS
7:27 PM 3 Texas Tech 14 Stephen F. Austin Dallas truTV
9:20 PM 8 Virginia Tech 9 Alabama Pittsburgh TNT
9:40 PM 4 Arizona 13 Buffalo Boise, ID CBS
9:50 PM 3 Michigan 14 Montana Wichita, KS TBS
9:57 PM 6 Florida 11 St. Bonaventure Dallas truTV

 

Friday, Mar 16, 2018
TIME Higher Seed Lower Seed City TV
12:15 PM 7 Texas A&M 10 Providence Charlotte CBS
12:40 PM 2 Purdue 15 Cal St. Fullerton Detroit truTV
1:30 PM 4 Wichita St. 13 Marshall San Diego TNT
2:00 PM 2 Cincinnati 15 Georgia St. Nashville TBS
2:45 PM 2 North Carolina 15 Lipscomb Charlotte CBS
3:10 PM 7 Arkansas 10 Butler Detroit truTV
4:00 PM 5 West Virginia 12 Murray St. San Diego TNT
4:30 PM 7 Nevada 10 Texas Nashville TBS
6:50 PM 8 Creighton 9 Kansas St. Charlotte TNT
7:10 PM 3 Michigan St. 14 Bucknell Detroit CBS
7:20 PM 1 Xavier 16 UNCC/Tex Sou. Nashville TBS
7:27 PM 4 Auburn 13 Charleston San Diego truTV
9:20 PM 1 Virginia 16 MD-Baltimore Co. Charlotte TNT
9:40 PM 6 TCU 11 Ariz.St./Syracuse Detroit CBS
9:50 PM 8 Missouri 9 Florida St. Nashville TBS
9:57 PM 5 Clemson 12 New Mexico St. San Diego truTV

 

Note: Virginia’s outstanding 6th Man De’Andre Hunter is out for the season, and this will knock the Cavaliers down a few notches in our criteria.  If you have not submitted your brackets yet, you might take this into consideration, as the Cavaliers have lost a potent weapon that could play anywhere on the floor.  He was to Virginia what John Havlicek was to the Boston Celtics in the 1960’s, the 6th man that was the secret sauce of Red Auerbach’s extended success.  Without Hunter, Virginia reverts back to a great defensive team that lacks enough offensive power to beat an athletic opponent the likes of Arizona or Cincinnati.  Hunter was instrumental in helping the Cavs secure two wins over Syracuse, and road wins against Miami and Virginia Tech.

 

The PiRates New Criteria Shows Beginner’s Luck

Did you read our lengthy piece yesterday pertaining to our brand new paradigm?  The PiRates scrapped our old, archaic system of picking brackets and debuted our new mostly statistical metric based criteria.

We were not sure how successful it might be in the first year of its existence, and we are sure we will need to tweak it some in the ensuing years, but we started out with a bang last night.

We hit both games and basically called how St. Bonaventure would send the Sons of Westwood home to SoCal.  We wrote that we believed the Bonnies would force turnovers on the Bruins, which would be the deciding factor in the game, and it was spot on.

We are reminded that a broken watch is also correct twice a day.

 

 

 

 

 

March 12, 2018

Selection Committee Got It Right–Only Because The Criteria Was Wrong

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Selection Committee is under fire today for how teams like Oklahoma, Arizona State,  and Syracuse made the tournament, while teams like Saint Mary’s, Middle Tennessee State, and USC did not.

Don’t blame this Committee.  They did not create the criteria that they use to select the teams.  You wouldn’t blame a jury if the judge orders them not to consider the most convincing evidence in a trial, and it produces the opposite verdict.

We are hearing interesting rumors that Louisville and USC received punitive treatment due to the impending FBI probe, but we do not buy into this rumor.

The reality is that Oklahoma, Arizona State, and Syracuse are in the field, and USC, Saint Mary’s, and Middle Tennessee are not.

The PiRate Bracket Gurus correctly picked 67 of the 68 teams, missing on USC versus Syracuse.  They don’t want to make this sound like sour grapes here, and they are not responsible in the least for our comments, but we find it a laughing joke that the Trojans did not make the tournament, while Arizona State did make the tournament.

Again, it is not the Committee’s fault that the most convincing evidence that would show the superior team was not admissible in this case.  USC finished in 2nd place in the Pac-12, while Arizona State finished tied for 8th place, with only three teams below the Sun Devils in the standings.  USC bested ASU by four games in the conference standings!

How can a team finish 22.2% better in the majority part of an identical schedule than another team and see the weaker team make the tournament, while they did not?  This is why March Madness is more mad due to inferior selection criteria.

We repeat a comparison we made earlier this season.  Take the NFL Playoffs.  Let’s say that during the first month of the season, The New York Giants beat Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh and lead the NFC East at 4-0, while The Eagles are 2-2, with victories over Washington and Tampa Bay.

At this point in the season, the Giants are the best team in the NFL, while Philly is in the bottom half.  Now, from this point on, the Giants finish 5-7 for a 9-7 record.  The Eagles go 9-3 for an 11-5 record.

So, in the playoffs, the Giants are selected by the NFL Selection Committee due to their Quadrant 1 NFL wins in September, while the Eagles have to go to the Bert Bell Playoff Bowl in Miami (Google It–There really was a bowl game in the NFL).

If the NFL stages its playoffs this way, the league would be the laughingstock of sports.  The playoffs would be a big joke.  Yet, in college basketball, the public is brainwashed into believing that this giant tournament of mostly mediocrity is can’t miss entertainment.

The PiRates can easily miss seeing almost all these games where one or more of the combatants fared so poorly in the regular season that in decades past, their coaches might have been fired or put on a hot seat.

Allowing the 8th best team in a rather weak conference to have a chance to play for the national championship is par for the course in this everybody gets a trophy society.  When it comes down to it, neither USC nor Arizona State should have been invited to the NCAA Tournament.  Likewise, no team that did not win a conference championship should have been invited.  There are 32 conferences.  There should be 32 teams invited to the tournament, the 32 champions.

Before you say, “Hey Bucakroo, you cannot be serious about including Radford but not Duke,” let us preface that we favor just the 32 conference champions, but we also would favor handicapping the tournament so that the top 10 conference champions would receive byes to the Sweet 16, while the other 22 conference champions would have to compete in a play-in tournament to narrow from 22 to 12 to 6.  The 6 play-in winners would fill out the Sweet 16.

This is exactly how the NCAA Tournament used to be conducted.  Back in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, six to eight conference champions received automatic byes to the Sweet 16, while 14 to 18 other conference champions (and top Independents) were forced to play-in to the Sweet 16.  The bye conferences were determined by the past 5 years results in prior NCAA Tournaments.

Four plus decades ago, over half of the division 1 teams in the East were independents, playing in a loosely-knit organization called the ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference).  Prior to 1975, the ECAC was guaranteed two spots in the NCAA Tournament, while other Independents from the South, Midwest, and West could only be selected as at-large entries if and when the NCAA determined they were worthy.

Usually, 24 teams were selected for the NCAA Tournament.  There were eight teams that received byes and 16 teams that played into the Sweet 16.  On the third Saturday of March, the play-in games were played on neutral sites.  Then, on the following Thursday night (Friday night until 1968), the Sweet 16 Round was played, and the Elite 8 Round was played on Saturday.  There were regional consolation games to give each region four total games.

Then, the Final Four was played the following Thursday night with a consolation game and National Championship Game played on Saturday afternoon.  Starting in 1973, the Final Four moved to its present Saturday afternoon-Monday night format.

The explanation that the tournament became huge when it moved to 64 and then 68 teams is not actual fact.  The tournament was already big before it began to expand.  It would have continued to gain fan support if it had stayed exactly the same, and it is our opinion that it would be even bigger than it is today had it remained a tournament of conference champions.

With today’s format, a lot of really fantastic marquee games never happen.  The so-called media darling long shots that pull off a first round upset or sneak into the Sweet 16 eventually get blown out by a power conference team, giving the power conference team somewhat of a breather to the next round.  With 32 first round games, there are going to be a handful of upsets when a power team either overlooks the smaller school or comes out flat, while the other team plays the game of its lives.

The 1927 New York Yankees occasionally had an off day and lost to the Washington Senators (8 times that year).  They even lost a game to the St. Louis Browns.  There is always that odd day or night where things just don’t go the way they should 99% of the time.  It actually hurts the tournament when a #2 seed loses to a #15 seed, because the #15 seed isn’t going anywhere, while the #2 seed could have given the public a really incredible Elite 8 game against a #1 seed.

With that in mind, the PiRates have two separate ideas that would make the NCAA Basketball Tournament much better than it is now.  It would still give the Radford’s a real chance to compete for the title, and it would eliminate the ridiculous, human-error-laced, Selection Committee trying to create a reason why the 12-6 number two team from a power conference stays home, while the 8-10 number eight place (tied for 8th) team from that same conference makes the field.

Option A: Split Division 1 into D1 Large and D1 Small.  D1 Large would be the top 16 conferences, while D1 Small would be the bottom 16 conferences.

Conduct separate 16-team playoffs in the same manner that the NBA now uses.  4 rounds of best of 7 playoffs with the higher-ranked team getting home court advantage.  This option allows the home town fans a chance to see their team play on its home court, whereas only a handful of fans can afford to travel all over the map to watch them play in far away outposts.  How many Buffalo Bulls fans will make the trip to Boise, Idaho?

You could add a twist to the playoff formats and incorporate the relegation and promotion rules from soccer, where the conference of the Small Champion is promoted to Large, and the conference with the weakest-rated Large Champion being relegated to Small.

Imagine a Final Four with Arizona playing Kansas in a best of 7, and Virginia playing Michigan State in a best of 7.  What would the TV ratings be on these series rather than seeing a Sweet 16 game between one of these powers and a long shot low-major team that will lose by 20+ in the Sweet 16?  The two series would dwarf the ratings of today’s earlier rounds where teams are forced to play in the mornings and afternoons of weekdays.

Option B would be to revert back to how the tournament was conducted in the 1960’s and early 1970’s.  Take the 22 weakest conferences and send their champions to a 22 to 12 to 6 play-in.  Send the other 10 top conference champions expressly to the Sweet 16.

Sure, teams like North Carolina, Villanova, and Michigan would not be in the tournament, but then neither would be 8-10 Arizona State or 8-10 Syracuse.  Villanova, Michigan, Purdue, Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas Tech, West Virginia, and USC among others would give the 16-team (like it was when it was great) NIT a great group of teams, so great that they could return to playing all 15 games at Madison Square Garden.

Most of you reading this today are wondering what our schedule will be for the NCAA Tournament.  Usually, today is the day we release our annual Bracketnomics report showing what back-tested data has been successful in isolating past NCAA Tournament winners.

The PiRates have made some sweeping changes this year, as advanced metrics have made our past bracket-picking criteria somewhat obsolete.  We still have our exceptional R+T weighted rating, and it still represents a huge chunk of what works for us, but we have dropped a lot of the other former data.  With advanced metrics like true shooting% and a better way to compare teams based on strength of schedule, we will be releasing an all-inclusive, somewhat explanatory reveal Tuesday afternoon.

March 11, 2018

PiRate Ratings’ Bracket Gurus’ Final Predictions For the Field of 68

That Darn Davidson
Call it the Steph Curry Effect. It would happen that the one bid-stealing team in the Conference Tournament part of March Madness would be a team from a conference that played its championship game on Selection Sunday afternoon.

 
At least the Selection Committee had to deal with this contingency as well. If our Bracket Gurus know their stuff, they believe that bubble burst popping sound you just heard emanated from Moraga, California, and Saint Mary’s just became a number one seed in the NIT.

What about the other near miss teams?  Our gurus believe (but not unanimously) the bubbles had already burst on Louisville, Middle Tennessee State, Syracuse, Marquette, Baylor, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma St.

Now, with Davidson getting in with the automatic bid, some non-guru bracketologists might simple place the Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament and remove A-10 member St. Bonaventure. It doesn’t work like that. All of our Gurus already locked the Bonnies into the field. Saint Mary’s had the bottom score of the 68 teams, and with the Gaels sulking as they prepare to host an NIT game (or if our Gurus miss), now the #68 team is Arizona St. The Sun Devils are not really affected by the upset in D.C., if our Gurus have it right. They were already headed to Dayton as one of the Last Four in.

The team other than Saint Mary’s that suffered from Davidson’s win is the former last team in with a bye. USC was the number 64 team on the seed line, but after Davidson removed Saint Mary’s from the 11-seed line, it knocked the Trojans down to the fourth weakest Guru score. Thus, the Trojans are picked to join Arizona State, St. Bonaventure, and Texas in First Four games in Dayton.

Our Gurus had a difficult time narrowing the field of 68 from a field of 71. Word leaked out of the Selection Committee early Sunday morning, that all but one at-large spot had been determined prior to any games this afternoon. Our Gurus took that as a slap across 14 faces. If the Committee had it down to 69, then they could too. Between 8AM and Noon Eastern Time today, the Gurus agreed to vote Louisville, Middle Tennessee St., Marquette, and Syracuse off the Madness Island. Pending the outcome of the Davidson-Rhode Island game, the Gurus had the teams selected. A couple of late games might have affected a couple of seeds, as Cincinnati and Tennessee could swap with a Volunteer win and Bearcat loss. Tennessee lost to Kentucky in the SEC Championship, so Cincinnati should stay where they are, win or lose in the AAC Championship Game, which is about to tip off.
Since we are going to press before the American Athletic Conference Tournament ends, we told our Gurus to assume that Cincinnati wins the game and keeps their high seed.  There is a chance a Cinti loss could elevate another team from three to two seed, but we believe the Committee doesn’t want to mess with this contingency this late in the game.  We figured that time was more of the essence than waiting for the last game to finish.
So, with that in mind, here is the PiRate Ratings Bracket Gurus’ Final Prediction. If we get 68 out of 68 again this year, it will be a minor miracle. It wasn’t easy for the Gurus to come close to a consensus. Middle Tennessee, Louisville, Syracuse, Marquette, and Baylor all received at least one vote out of 14 Guru lists. Saint Mary’s, Arizona St., and Texas were left off at least 3 of the 14 ballots.

 

Seed Team Conference
1 Virginia ACC
1 Villanova B-EAST
1 Xavier B-EAST
1 Kansas B12
2 Duke ACC
2 Purdue B-TEN
2 North Carolina ACC
2 Cincinnati AAC
3 Michigan St. B-TEN
3 Tennessee SEC
3 Michigan B-TEN
3 Auburn SEC
4 West Virginia B12
4 Arizona PAC-12
4 Texas Tech B12
4 Wichita St. AAC
5 Clemson ACC
5 Gonzaga WCC
5 Kentucky SEC
5 Ohio St. B-TEN
6 Houston AAC
6 Florida SEC
6 Miami (Fla.) ACC
6 Arkansas SEC
7 Texas A&M SEC
7 TCU B12
7 Rhode Island A-10
7 Seton Hall B-EAST
8 Nevada MWC
8 Virginia Tech ACC
8 Missouri SEC
8 Providence B-EAST
9 Alabama SEC
9 Butler B-EAST
9 Florida St. ACC
9 Creighton B-EAST
10 North Carolina St. ACC
10 Kansas St. B12
10 UCLA PAC-12
10 Oklahoma B12
11 USC PAC-12
11 Texas B12
11 St. Bonaventure A-10
11 Arizona St. PAC-12
11 Loyola (Chi.) MVC
11 San Diego St. MWC
12 New Mexico St. WAC
12 South Dakota St. SUMMIT
12 Buffalo MAC
12 Davidson A-10
13 Murray St. OVC
13 UNC-Greensboro SOCON
13 Marshall CUSA
13 Charleston CAA
14 Bucknell PATRIOT
14 Montana B-SKY
14 Wright St. HORIZON
14 Georgia St./UT-Arlington SBC
15 Stephen F. Austin SLC
15 Lipscomb A-SUN
15 Iona MAAC
15 Penn IVY
16 MD-Baltimore Co. A-EAST
16 Cal St. Fullerton B-WEST
16 Long Island NEC
16 Radford B-SOUTH
16 UNC-Central MEAC
16 Texas Southern SWAC

Our Gurus’ Additional Picks

First Four Round in Dayton

11-seed line: Texas vs. Arizona St.

11-seed line: USC vs. St. Bonaventure

16-seed line: Long Island vs. Texas Southern

16-seed line: Radford vs. UNC-Central

 

Last 4 Byes

61. North Carolina St.

62. Kansas St.

63. UCLA

64. Oklahoma

 

First Four Out

69. Saint Mary’s

70. Middle Tennessee St.

71. Louisville

72. Syracuse

March 6, 2018

PiRate Ratings Conference Tournament Update–March 6, 2018

PiRate Rating Spreads for Tuesday’s Conference Tournament Games

Home Team Visitor  
or Higher Seed Lower Seed Spread
Vermont Stony Brook 14.1
UMBC Hartford 4.7
Boston College Georgia Tech 3.5
Notre Dame Pittsburgh 16.4
Syracuse Wake Forest 3.3
North Dakota Montana St. 0.7
Northern Colorado Northern Arizona 14.8
Idaho St. Southern Utah 2.9
Portland St. Sacramento St. 9.1
Charleston Northeastern -0.5
Wright St. Cleveland St. 9.8
Howard Florida A&M 2.3
UNC-Central Coppin St. 7.8
Morgan St. South Carolina St. 5.2
Wagner Long Island 8.7
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Mississippi Valley St. 9.3
Southern Jackson St. 5.9
Texas Southern Alabama St. 12.0
Prairie View A&M Alcorn St. 9.6
South Dakota St. South Dakota -1.4
Gonzaga BYU 9.4

Games in RED are Championship Games for NCAA Tournament Bids

Teams That Won Conference Championships Last Night

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament
Iona 83 Fairfield 71
Southern Conference Tournament
UNC-Greensboro 62 East Tennessee St. 47

List of Teams In the Field as of Tuesday Morning

Team Bid Conf. W-L
Iona AUTO MAAC 20-13
Lipscomb AUTO A-SUN 23-9
Loyola (Chi.) AUTO MVC 28-5
Michigan AUTO BTen 28-7
Murray St. AUTO OVC 26-5
Radford AUTO B-South 22-12
UNC-Greensboro AUTO SoCon 27-7

 

NCAA Bids Up For Grabs Tonight

All Times EST

Colonial Athletic Association Tournament
Championship–March 6  
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM #1 Charleston #2 Northeastern CBSSN

 

Horizon League Tournament
Championship–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM #2 Wright St. #8 Cleveland St. ESPN

Note: Cleveland State comes into this game tonight sporting a 12-22 record.  If they upset Wright State (24-9), the Vikings will most likely become one of the 16-seeds that must play a First Four game in Dayton.

Northeast Conference Tournament
Championship–March 6
Time Home Team Visitors TV
7:00 PM #1 Wagner #4 Long Island ESPN2

 

Summit League Tournament
Championship–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
8:00 PM #1 South Dakota St. #2 South Dakota ESPN2

 

West Coast Conference Tournament
Championship–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #1 Gonzaga #3 BYU ESPN

Note:  BYU is a potential Bid Stealer.  If the Cougars upset the Bulldogs tonight at Orleans Arena, then the West Coast Conference would most likely send three teams instead of two to the NCAA Tournament, bursting the bubble of one of the teams on the fence, such as Alabama, Kansas St., USC, or UCLA.

Conference Tournaments Beginning Today

Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament
Brooklyn
All Times EST
       
First Round–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #12 Boston College #13 Georgia Tech ESPN2
2:00 PM #10 Notre Dame #15 Pittsburgh ESPN2
7:00 PM #11 Syracuse #14 Wake Forest ESPNU
       
Second Round–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #8 Florida St. #9 Louisville ESPN
2:00 PM #5 North Carolina St. Boston Coll. or Ga. Tech ESPN
7:00 PM #7 Virginia Tech N.Dame or Pitt ESPN2
9:00 PM #6 North Carolina Syracuse or Wake Forest ESPN2
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 Virginia Fla. St. or Louis. ESPN
2:00 PM #4 Clemson NCSt/BC/GaT ESPN
7:00 PM #2 Duke VaT/N.Dame/Pitt ESPN
9:00 PM #3 Miami (Fla.) UNC/Syr/Wake For ESPN
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
7:00 PM UVa/FSU/Louis. Clem/NCSt/BC/GaT TBA
9:00 PM Duke/VaT/ND/Pitt Mia.UNC/Syr/WF TBA
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
8:30 PM     ESPN

Note: #10 Seed Notre Dame is a team to monitor in this tournament.  With star forward Bonzie Colson returning to the lineup after missing 15 games, the Irish could sneak into the semifinals of this tournament.  They should quickly dismiss hapless Pittsburgh today.  The game with Virginia Tech tomorrow would most likely be a must-win for Notre Dame’s at-large hopes.  If the Irish win that game, they would face Duke in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

 

Big Sky Conference Tournament
Reno, NV
All Times PST
       
First Round–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #8 North Dakota #9 Montana St. Pluto tv
2:30 PM #5 Northern Colorado #12 Northern Arizona Pluto tv
5:30 PM #7 Idaho St. #10 Southern Utah Pluto tv
8:00 PM #6 Portland St. #11 Sacramento St. Pluto tv
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
12:00 PM #1 Montana UND or MSU Pluto tv
2:30 PM #4 Weber St. UNC or NAU Pluto tv
5:30 PM #2 Idaho ISU or S. Utah Pluto tv
8:00 PM #3 Eastern Washington PSU or Sac St. Pluto tv
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:30 PM Mont/UND/MSU Web/UNC/NAU Pluto tv
8:00 PM Ida/ISU/S.Utah EWU/PSU/Sac. St. Pluto tv
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
5:00 PM     ESPNU

Note: Montana comes into the tournament riding a 16-2 record in conference play.  The Grizzlies sport the best defense in the league, including the top ball-hawking perimeter players.

 

Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament
First Round at Higher Seed, Semifinal and Final Round in Houston
Grambling and Alabama A&M are ineligible due to low APR Scores
All Times CST
       
Quarterfinals–March 6
Time Home Visitors TV
7:30 PM #1 Arkansas-Pine Bluff #8 Mississippi Valley St. TBA
7:30 PM #4 Southern U #5 Jackson St. TBA
8:00 PM #3 Texas Southern #6 Alabama St. TBA
8:30 PM #2 Prairie View A&M #7 Alcorn St. TBA
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
2:30 PM UAPB or MVSU Southern or JSU TBA
8:30 PM PVAM or Alcorn TSU or ASU TBA
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
3:00 PM     ESPN2

Note:  There is no complete team in this tournament.  The best team in the league, Grambling, is ineligible due to low APR Scores.  Prairie View is the only team with a chance of getting its record over .500 by winning the tournament, and then the won-loss record would be 18-17.  Unless 4, 20-loss mid-major teams win conference tournaments, the automatic bid will go to a team that must quickly head to Dayton for a First Four game.

Conference Tournaments Continuing Today

America East Conference Tournament
Semifinals–March 6  All Times EST
Time Home Visitors TV
7:00 PM #1 Vermont #5 Stony Brook ESPN3
7:30 PM #2 UMBC #3 Hartford ESPN3
       
Championship–March 10
Time Home Visitors TV
11:00 AM Higher Seed Lower Seed ESPN2

 

Mideastern Athletic Conference Tournament
First Round–March 6
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
4:00 PM #8 Howard #9 Florida A&M ESPN3
6:30 PM #6 UNC-Central #11 Coppin St. ESPN3
9:00 PM #7 Morgan St. #10 South Carolina St. ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 7
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #1 Hampton Howard or FAMU ESPN3
8:00 PM #2 Bethune-Cookman MSU or SCSU ESPN3
       
Quarterfinals–March 8
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM #3 Savannah St. UNCC or Coppin ESPN3
8:00 PM #4 North Carolina A&T #5 Norfolk St. ESPN3
       
Semifinals–March 9
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
6:00 PM Hampton/Howard/FAMU NCAT/Norfolk St ESPN3
8:00 PM BCU/MSU/SCSU Sav/UNCC/Coppin ESPN3
       
Championship–March 10
Time Higher Seed Lower Seed TV
1:00 PM     ESPN2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 12, 2017

Selection Sunday Ayem–March 12, 2017

Like Xmas Day For A Basketball Junkie

5:30 PM Eastern DAYLIGHT Time cannot come quickly enough.  Today is the day fans of 68 teams get to open their March Madness presents.  Most of the teams that will be dancing know they are in, be it with an automatic bid or a for sure at-large bid.  The Bubble has shrunk to just a few teams, and our Bracketology Gurus believe they have the 68 teams this morning before any games are played today.  Only the seeding may be altered by today’s games, but they agree in 100% unison that the teams we will list are the 68 teams that will continue to pursue their National Championship dreams.

THE FINAL BUBBLE

California

Illinois St.

Iowa

Kansas St.

Rhode Island

Syracuse

USC

Vanderbilt

Wake Forest

Xavier

Room at the Inn for six of these 10 teams, so which six make it, and which 4 are number one seeds in the NIT?

The six we have in are (alphabetically): Kansas State, Rhode Island, USC, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and Xavier.

The four that will need tissues to wipe their tears are: California, Illinois State, Iowa, and Syracuse

The one that the Gurus believe should be in over one that should be out is Illinois State rather than USC.  However, the Gurus are selecting based on how they predict the Selection Committee will select, and even through the rules state that teams are not chosen within a conference by conference basis, subconsciously the members will look and see that they cannot exclude both Cal and the Trojans.  USC’s win over SMU is the reason the men of Troy get in over the men of Berkeley.

 

There are six games left to be played, and the seed lines could change based on who wins, but the Committee does not change their final seedings within the last two hours, so the final scores of some of the games will be official after the final seeding has been done.  Thus, the AAC and Big Ten Championship Games will still be underway when the final seeds are completed.  Only the name of the Sun Belt Conference Champion will have to be added late, and the Committee can already put the first letter of that champion on the board–a “T” (Texas State or Troy).

 

Here is today’s schedule.

American Athletic Conference Championship
Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
1 SMU 29-4 vs. 2 Cincinnati 29-4 3:15 PM ESPN
                 
Atlantic 10 Conference Championship
Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
4 Rhode Island 23-9 vs. 2 VCU 26-7 12:30 PM CBS
                 
Big Ten Conference Championship
Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
8 Michigan 23-11 vs. 2 Wisconsin 25-8 3:00 PM CBS
                 
Ivy League Conference Championship
Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
1 Princeton 22-6 vs. 3 Yale 18-10 12:00 PM ESPN2
                 
Southeastern Conference Championship
Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
1 Kentucky 28-5 vs. 3 Arkansas 25-8 1:00 PM ESPN
                 
Sun Belt Conference Championship
Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
4 Texas St. 20-12 vs. 6 Troy 21-14 2:00 PM ESPN2
                 
Selection Sunday
5:30 PM EDT on CBS
 
NCAA Tournament
First Four: March 14-15
                 
Second Round: March 16-17
                 
Third Round: March 18-19
                 
Sweet 16: March 23-24
                 
Elite Eight: March 25-26
                 
Final Four: April 1
                 
National Championship: April 3

The Bracketology Gurus Field of 68

  1. Villanova, Gonzaga, Kansas, North Carolina
  2. Duke, Arizona, Kentucky, Oregon
  3. Baylor, Louisville, Florida St., UCLA
  4. West Virginia, Butler, Notre Dame, Cincinnati
  5. Florida, Iowa St., Virginia, Purdue
  6. Wisconsin, SMU, Minnesota, Michigan
  7. Creighton, Arkansas, Saint Mary’s, Wichita St.
  8. Maryland, Miami (Fla.), VCU, Virginia Tech
  9. Northwestern, Oklahoma St., Dayton, Seton Hall
  10. Michigan St., South Carolina, Marquette, Providence
  11. Middle Tennessee, Xavier, Vanderbilt, USC, Wake Forest
  12. UNC-Wilmington, Nevada, Vermont, Rhode Island, Kansas St.
  13. Bucknell, Princeton, Winthrop, East Tennessee St.
  14. Florida Gulf Coast, New Mexico St., Iona, Northern Kentucky
  15. Texas Southern, Kent State, Jacksonville St., North Dakota
  16. Texas St., UNC-Central, New Orleans, South Dakota St., UC-Davis, Mount St. Mary’s

Last Four Byes: Marquette, Providence, Vanderbilt, Xavier

Last Four In (Dayton Bound): USC vs. Wake Forest, Rhode Island vs. Kansas St.

First Four Out (#1 Seeds in NIT): California, Illinois St., Iowa, and Syracuse

 

Coming Next:  We go dark for 48 hours.  Tuesday morning, we will premier PiRate Bracketnomics for 2017 with a total primer on how we handle our bracket picking and outright winners of games for you that failed to heed our warnings and chose to wager your hard-earned dollars in Vegas or offshore.  FWIW, we have heard from a half-dozen of you that you have found something in our Blue Ratings that have made you handsome profits this year.  We hope that continues for you, but please do not rely on just our ratings to wager money with books in Vegas.  We don’t want the guilt trip when you cannot pay your April Mortgage or car payment.

In addition to Bracketnomics, we will also give you all the raw data to use for yourself.  We will have a spreadsheet of all 68 teams with their Four Factors, their PiRate Specific Ratings, and then follow that up with how the teams fit in our Final Four footprint.  We have backtested the data we use as far back as each statistic allows us to do, and we will include that in our preview.

Tell all your friends to check us out.  The Tuesday preview is our most visited entry of the year, even more than our Super Bowl and College Playoff National Championship football editions.

 

But remember our axiom: We are just a bunch of math nerds doing this for fun.  Please wager responsibly, or like us just wager a lunch with your friend.  Also, remember that you have a better chance of being abducted by aliens from space while being struck by lightning, as you hold the winning Power Ball and Mega Millions lottery tickets while getting a kiss from a supermodel (all at the same time) than you do of picking a perfect bracket.

Note: Special Congrats go to Renato Nunez on his impressive home run at Hohokam Park yesterday against the Rangers.

February 27, 2017

The Pirate Ratings Bracketology Gurus Report For February 27, 2017

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Gonzaga’s Loss–Good or Bad

Minutes after Gonzaga lost their home finale Saturday night, we began hearing the so-called experts talk about how a loss might help the Bulldogs rather than keep the pressure on them to stay undefeated.  We have heard this statement many times in the past, and we believe it is hogwash.  A loss never really helps a team, even if coaches and others say it may help focus attention and force players to play harder.

The team that goes 29-0 before losing is not one that needs help focusing or one that can find a way to improve on the loss.  As a matter of fact, we believe this loss hurts Gonzaga more than what it looks like on face value.  Their players lost a lot of confidence, and any self-doubt can create weaker play.  Look at it in baseball.  When a player has to think about facing Aroldis Chapman, or before him Randy Johnson, Rob Dibble, or Sandy Koufax, the thought of facing a pitcher than they cannot possibly hit oftentimes leads to the batter not being able to hit these stars.  The all-time hits leader, Pete Rose, didn’t believe he could hit Koufax’s curve ball, and he didn’t.  He hit below .175 against him.

In the basketball world, we see a close correlation between Gonzaga and the 1977 San Francisco Dons.  That USF team had four stars that would matriculate to the NBA, including future Chicago Bulls’ center Bill Cartwright, who had been considered the nation’s top high school prospect when he signed with the Dons.

The 1977 USF team played in the West Coast Athletic Conference, the predecessor of today’s West Coast Conference, of which Gonzaga is a member (as is USF).  The Dons were the odds-on favorite to win the WCAC title, but nobody expected USF to do what they did that year.  Starting just outside the top 10, USF began winning game after game.  Their early schedule featured several power conference teams, including eventual SEC champion Tennessee and WAC Champion Utah.  The Dons stayed undefeated throughout November and December, and with a win over St. John’s and a second win over Houston, USF moved to the top of the polls in early January.  There was no real competition in conference play as the Dons won the league by five games.  With a 29-0 record and a scoring margin near 20 points per game, USF closed out the regular season with a road game against a good but not great Notre Dame team.

In the second half, the Irish began to wear down the USF stars, and they were able to neutralize the Dons’ best factor–their rebounding ability.  Notre Dame went on a run and knocked USF out of the unbeaten ranks just before NCAA Tournament play began.  USF fell to number three in the nation behind Michigan and UCLA, but the experts of the day said that the loss would help USF be able to focus and recover.  It wasn’t to be.  In their very first tournament game, USF ran up against the Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV, and Coach Jerry Tarkanian was about to take his team to its first Final Four.  UNLV ran out to a quick double-digit lead and cruised to a 121-95 victory to end USF’s year at 29-2.

We are not saying that Gonzaga will lose its first tournament game, and remember that when USF lost to UNLV, there were just 32 Tournament teams.  What we are saying is that Gonzaga’s chances of making the Final 4 are now less by several percentage points than it was prior to Saturday.  In fact, we are willing to state that we do not believe the Bulldogs will make it to the Elite 8 this year, because their confidence level has dropped.  They may not even win the WCC Tournament.  Saint Mary’s might advance further in the Dance.  That’s how much we believe this loss hurt the Zags.

 

Our Weekly Look at the Conferences

To many basketball fans, the next five weeks equates to summer vacation. Conference tournament action commences today with the opening round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament tipping off in Fort Myers, Florida, Nashville, Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Jacksonville, as the four higher seeded teams host the four lower seeded teams.

Starting today, our Bracketology Report merges with the Conference Tournament Coverage, so you will get a bit of both. In total 10 different leagues have their tournament brackets in place, so instead of showing you the records of the top teams in those leagues, we will show you the tournament schedules along with a brief look at who is hot, who is not, and who we think might win.
Our Bracketology Gurus have sent their selections to us this week, and many of them plan to update every time their bracket changes in the last two weeks before Selection Sunday.

ONE BID CONFERENCES
America East

America East Tournament–Higher Seed at Home
Quarterfinal Round, Wednesday, March 1
Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
1 1 Vermont 26-5 vs. 8 Maine 7-24 7:00 PM ESPN3
2 2 Stony Brook 17-12 vs. 7 Binghamton 12-19 7:00 PM ESPN3
3 3 Albany 19-12 vs. 6 Hartford 9-22 7:30 PM ESPN3
4 4 New Hampshire 19-11 vs. 5 Md.-Baltimore Co. 18-11 7:30 PM ESPN3
 

Semifinal Round, Monday, March 6

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
5 Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed 7:00 PM ESPN3
6 2nd Highest Remaining Seed vs. 2nd Lowest Remaining Seed 7:30 PM ESPN3
 

Championship Game, Saturday, March 11

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
7 Game 5 winner Game 6 winner 11:00 AM ESPN2
* This Tournament Re-seeds after the quarterfinals like the NFL Playoffs

Vermont finished the regular season with a perfect 16-0 record in the league, and there is only one other team remaining that has an undefeated conference record (Princeton is 12-0 in the Ivy League with two games remaining). So, the Catamounts must be considered prohibitive favorites, especially since they have home court advantage throughout the tournament. Only one league opponent gabe Vermont any real difficulty this year, and that was Maryland-Baltimore County. However, UMBC finished as the fifth seed, and the Retrievers will have to win a road game against New Hampshire to get a chance at the Catamounts. UNH lost at Vermont by just eight points after playing to a stalemate in the first half, and the Wildcats did not lose another game afterwards, finishing on a five-game winning streak.

Atlantic Sun

Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament–Higher Seed at Home
Quarterfinal Round, Monday, February 27
Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
1 1 Florida Gulf Coast 23-7 vs. 8 Stetson 11-20 7:00 PM WatchESPN
2 2 Lipscomb 19-12 vs. 7 NJIT 11-19 8:00 PM WatchESPN
3 3 North Florida 13-18 vs. 6 Jacksonville 17-14 7:00 PM WatchESPN
4 4 USC-Upstate 17-14 vs. 5 Kennesaw St. 13-17 7:00 PM WatchESPN
 

Semifinal Round, Thursday, March 2

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
5 Game 1 winner vs. Game 4 winner TBA WatchESPN
6 Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner TBA WatchESPN
 

Championship Game, Sunday, March 5

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
7 Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner 3:00 PM ESPN

Florida Gulf Coast has been in this spot before, and the Eagles have come through as the favorite more than once. They did lose at home to second seed Lipscomb in an ugly game where defense dominated, but the Bisons will most likely have to beat North Florida in the semifinals to get to Fort Myers for the title game. North Florida swept Lipscomb during the regular season, with their star Dallas Moore scoring 75 points in the two contests. FGCU is looking pretty and the Eagles would be competitive if they make the Big Dance. They beat UT-Arlington and lost close games to Michigan St. and Baylor.

Big Sky
North Dakota 13-3/18-8
Eastern Washington 12-4/20-9
Weber St. 11-5/16-11
Idaho 10-6/16-12
Montana St. 10-6/15-14

Weber State dropped three straight games, while the two teams above them in the standings are enjoying nice winning streaks. Montana State is the hot team from the next waive, but keep an eye on 8th place Portland State (7-9/14-13). The Vikings have lost a lot of close games, five in overtime, and they have the ability to score points in big spurts. It would not be a surprise if PSU upset a team or two in this tournament, which in our opinion is wide open.

Big South

Big South Conference Tournament–1st Round & Championship at Higher Seed, Middle 2 Rounds at #1 Winthrop
1st Round, Tuesday, February 28 (at Higher Seed)
Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
1 7 Campbell 14-16 vs. 10 Presbyterian 5-24 7:00 PM BSouth Net.
2 8 Charleston Southern 11-18 vs. 9 Longwood 6-23 7:00 PM BSouth Net.
 

Quarterfinal Round, Thursday, March 2 (at Winthrop)

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
3 2 UNC-Asheville 23-8 vs. Game 1 winner 1:00 PM ESPN3
4 3 Liberty 19-12 vs. 6 Radford 13-17 3:00 PM ESPN3
5 1 Winthrop 23-6 vs. Game 2 winner 7:00 PM ESPN3
6 4 Gardner-Webb 18-13 vs. 5 High Point 15-15 9:00 PM ESPN3
 

Semifinal Round, Friday, March 3 (at Winthrop)

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
7 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner 6:00 PM ESPN3
8 Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner 8:00 PM ESPN3
 

Championship Game, Sunday, March 5 (at Higher Seed)

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
9 Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner 1:00 PM ESPN

Winthrop and UNC-Asheville could be on a collision course for a rematch of last year’s championship game, where UNCA won on a neutral floor and then became fodder for eventual National Champion Villanova in the Round of 64. Winthrop has the edge this year, as the Eagles will play at home as long as they remain in the tournament. The two games between these teams were both nip and tuck games that went to the wire, with the game in Asheville needing an extra 10 minutes to decide the winner (UNCA won to earn a split). If you are looking for a dark horse, Gardner-Webb is playing its best ball of the year at the present time, and the Bulldogs upset UNCA to give the regular season title to Winthrop.

Big West
UC-Davis 10-4/18-11
UC-Irvine 10-4/17-13
Cal St. Fullerton 8-6/14-13

No team has been able to dominate in this league this year, and the tournament should be competitive. The current co-leaders meet in Irvine to close the regular season, and the winner should take the top seed. Long Beach St. (8-7/13-18) has been dreadful away from home this year, but Anaheim is almost like being at home in the Pyramid, so the 49ers might be worth looking at as a dark horse.

Colonial Athletic

Colonial Athletic Association Tournament–Charleston, SC
1st Round, Friday, March 3
Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
1 8 Hofstra 15-16 vs. 9 Delaware 12-19 6:00 PM CAA.tv
2 7 James Madison 9-22 vs. 10 Drexel 9-22 8:30 PM CAA.tv
 

Quarterfinal Round, Saturday, March 4

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
3 1 UNC-Wilmington 26-5 vs. 12:00 PM Comcast SN
4 4 William & Mary 16-13 vs. 5 Elon 18-13 2:30 PM Comcast SN
5 2 College of Charleston 23-8 vs. 6:00 PM Comcast SN
6 3 Towson St. 19-12 vs. 6 Northeastern 15-15 8:30 PM Comcast SN
 

Semifinal Round, Sunday, March 5

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
7 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner 2:00 PM Comcast SN
8 Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner 4:30 PM Comcast SN
 

Championship Game, Monday, March 6

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
9 Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner 7:00 PM CBSSN

A month ago, we could have just ceded this tournament to defending champ UNC-Wilmington, but that was before the Seahawks lost to William and Mary, Charleston, and Elon. Now, this looks like a tournament that is much more up for grabs. UNCW is still the favorite, but they will not win this is a cake walk. Expect some competitive games, and it would not be a surprise if somebody other than the top two teams emerges as the eventual champion. We are keeping an eye on 8-seed Hofstra. The Gaels lost a lot of close games and then won a couple on the road at the end. They have to play in the opening round and would need to win four games to take the NCAA bid, but they could sneak into the semifinals.

Conference USA
Note: Middle Tennessee is closing in on moving into the Bubble should they win out and make it to the CUSA Championship Game and lose. For now, we keep CUSA as a one-team bid.

Middle Tennessee 15-1/25-4
Louisiana Tech 13-4/21-9
Old Dominion 11-5/18-10
UTEP 11-5/13-15
Rice 10-6/20-9

Middle Tennessee clinched the CUSA regular season title yesterday, and with two home games over bottom-feeders, the Blue Raiders should enter the conference tournament at 27-4. The good news for MTSU is the host team looks like they are headed for a 7th place finish, and UAB could not face the Blue Raiders until the Championship Game from that spot. The Blazers took the Raiders to the wire yesterday in the Magic City. UTEP was the lone team to beat the Raiders, but Rice and Louisiana Tech played MTSU close and could pose a challenge.

Horizon
Oakland 14-4/24-7
Valparaiso 14-4/24-7
Northern Kentucky 12-6/21-10
Green Bay 12-6/18-12
Wright St. 11-7/20-11

Imagine how the Cleveland Cavaliers would respond if Lebron James were lost just prior to the start of the playoffs. That’s how Valpo feels right now, as their big star is out of action, and the Crusaders are just an average team without him. Will Alec Peters return 100% healthy from his leg injury that cost him to miss the last two games? Without him yesterday, Valpo lost at Northern Kentucky to fall into a first place tie with Oakland.

Oakland has won nine consecutive games, while Northern Kentucky is making a name for itself for the first time since it became the third Cincinnati-area team to play Division 1 basketball. NKU Head Coach John Brannen is one of the up and coming coaches with a future at a bigger program sometime down the road, and his Norse could be ready to make some noise in Motor City Madness.

Ivy
Princeton 12-0/19-6
Harvard 10-2/18-7
Yale 7-5/15-10
Columbia 5-7/11-14
Penn 5-7/12-13

The top four teams in the Ivy League qualify for the inaugural Ivy League Tournament at the Palestra in Philadelphia. Princeton and Harvard have clinched spots, while Yale needs another win to clinch a spot. The final spot is still to be decided, as Columbia beat Penn Saturday night to move back into a tie for fourth place. At present, Columbia holds the tiebreaker, but Penn has the more advantageous closing schedule with two home games, while the Lions must play two road games.

Princeton must still get by Harvard at home to finish 14-0 and then most likely will have to beat Harvard a third time to make it to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers played a couple of good non-conference foes close, but this does not look like the year where an Ivy team will win an NCAA Tournament game.

Metro Atlantic

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament at Albany (Siena)
1st Round, Thursday, March 2
Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
1 8 Quinnipiac 10-20 vs. 9 Niagara 9-22 5:00 PM ESPN3
2 7 Canisius 17-14 vs. 10 Marist 8-23 7:00 PM ESPN3
3 6 Rider 17-14 vs. 11 Manhattan 10-21 9:00 PM ESPN3
 

Quarterfinal Round–Day 1, Friday, March 3

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
4 1 Mounmouth 26-5 vs. Game 1 winner 7:00 PM ESPN3
5 2 St. Peter’s 18-12 vs. Game 2 winner 9:30 PM ESPN3
 

Quarterfinal Round–Day 2, Saturday, March 4

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
6 3 Iona 19-12 vs. Game 3 winner 7:00 PM ESPN3
7 4 Siena 15-16 vs. 5 Fairfield 16-13 9:30 PM ESPN3
 

Semifinal Round–Sunday, March 5

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
8 Game 4 winner vs. Game 7 winner 4:30 PM ESPN3
9 Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner 7:00 PM ESPN3
 

Championship Game–Monday, March 6

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
10 Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner 9:00 PM ESPN2

An interesting factoid here: The MAAC tiebreaker system forced a coin flip to determine the bottom two seeds. Marist and Manhattan tied for last at 5-15. Using the MAAC tiebreaker system, the two teams split their games. The second tiebreaker resorts in seeing who had the better record against the top-ranked team and downward until one team finished with a better record against the teams in order. Unfortunately, both Marist and Manhattan were swept by the top 5 teams. The 6th and 7th place teams tied, and Marist and Manhattan both went 1-3 against those two teams. Both teams swept Niagara, so that left no choice but to flip a coin to decide which team would be the #10 seed and which team would be the #11 seed.
Marist won the coin flip and will be the #10 seed, while Manhattan will be the #11 seed.

As for the other end of the standings, Monmouth tries to make up for stumbling in this tournament last year when the Hawks had enough talent to do some damage in the Big Dance. They may get there a year late, but the 2017 Hawks do not look to be as strong as last year’s team; they do enter the tournament riding a 16-game winning streak. Siena has to be considered a contender, since the tournament will be played on their home floor. Iona and St. Peter’s will not go down without a fight, so if the bracket holds, the semifinal round should be one worth watching.

Mid-American
Akron 13-3/23-6
Ohio 10-6/18-9
Ball St. 9-7/18-11
Kent St. 9-7/17-12
Buffalo 9-7/15-14
Western Michigan 9-7/13-15

The MAC Tournament is always a wide-open event, and the regular season champ is rarely a big favorite. Buffalo has won the last two MAC Tournaments, and the Bulls have to be considered a contender to “three-peat.” Akron failed as the top seed last year, and the Zips have lost the magic touch they had earlier in the season when they ran off a dozen victories in a row. Kent State is the hot team in the East, while Western Michigan is trying to become the MAC basketball version of the 1914 Miracle Boston Braves. WMU was in last place at 3-7 in the league, but the Broncos have won six consecutive games to move into a tie for first in the West.

Mideastern Athletic
UNC-Central 13-1/22-6
Norfolk St. 12-3/15-14
Morgan St. 10-4/13-14

MEAC hopes for avoiding Dayton rest on UNC-Central winning the conference tournament. The Eagles could even concievably move up to a 15-seed if they win out.

Mountain West
Nevada 12-4/23-6
Colorado St. 12-4/20-9
Boise St. 11-5/18-9
Fresno St. 9-7/17-11

Every week, we see a different team looking like the best in this league, but what the last few weeks have really told us is there is no really great MWC team this year like San Diego State and New Mexico have been in recent years. Then again, the top four this year are not chopped liver, and even though this figures to be a one-bid league in 2017, don’t automatically select this league’s representative to fall in their first NCAA Tournament game. Nevada has a very good offense. Colorado State has a very good defense. Boise State and Fresno State have better than average offenses and defenses. And, then there is always the possibility that one of the two recent teams that have controlled this league (San Diego St. and New Mexico) could get hot and take the conference tournament crown.

Northeast

Northeast Conference Tournament–All Games at Higher Seed
Quarterfinal Round, Wednesday, March 1
Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
1 1 Mount St. Mary’s 16-15 vs. 8 Sacred Heart 13-18 7:00 PM NEC Frontrow
2 2 Long Island 20-11 vs. 7 Robert Morris 13-18 9:00 PM MSG+/FCS
3 3 Wagner 15-13 vs. 6 Fairleigh-Dickinson 11-18 7:00 PM MSG+/FCS
4 4 St. Francis (PA) 14-15 vs. 5 Bryant 12-19 7:00 PM NEC Frontrow
 

Semifinal Round, Saturday, March 4

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
5 Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed 12 or 2 PM MSG/FCS
6 2nd Highest Remaining Seed vs. 2nd Lowest Remaining Seed 12 or 2 PM MSG/FCS
 

Championship Game, Tuesday, March 7

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
7 Game 5 winner Game 6 winner 11:00 AM ESPN2
* This Tournament Re-seeds after the quarterfinals like the NFL Playoffs

In the last four years, four different teams have won the NEC regular season championship, and four different teams have won the conference tournament. In the four cases, the regular season champion did not win the conference tournament. The last team to win both the regular season and conference tournament was Long Island five years ago. Mount St. Mary’s won the regular season title, but LIU looks like the team to beat once again, as the Blackbirds enter tourney play riding a six-game winning streak that includes a victory at MSM.

Ohio Valley

Ohio Valley Conference Tournament at Nashville
1st Round, Wednesday, March 1
Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
1 5 Southeast Missouri 14-17 vs. 8 Tennessee St. 17-12 7:30 PM OVC Digital
2 6 Tennessee Tech 12-19 vs. 7 Murray St. 14-16 9:30 PM OVC Digital
 

Quarterfinal Round, Thursday, March 2

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
3 4 Jacksonville St. 17-14 Game 1 winner 7:30 PM OVC Digital
4 3 Morehead St. 14-15 Game 2 winner 9:30 PM OVC Digital
 

Semifinal Round, Friday, March 3

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
5 1 Belmont 22-5 Game 3 winner 7:30 PM ESPNU
6 2 UT-Martin 20-11 Game 4 winner 10:00 PM ESPNU
 

Championship Game, Saturday, March 4

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
7 Game 5 winner Game 6 winner 8:00 PM ESPN2

Belmont has been in the NCAA Tournament seven times in the last 11 years, and if the Bruins do not make it eight out of 12 this year, it will be a major shock. Last year, Austin Peay came from the lowest seed to upset the field, and if you are looking for a team to repeat that, keep an eye on Tennessee State.

Patriot

Patriot League Tournament–All Games at Higher Seed
1st Round, Tuesday, February 28
Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
1 7 Loyola (MD.) 14-15 vs. 10 Lafayette 9-20 7:30 PM Patriot Lg Net
2 8 Army 12-18 vs. 9 American 8-21 7:00 PM Patriot Lg Net
 

Quarterfinal Round, Thursday, March 2

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
3 2 Boston U 23-8 vs. Game 1 winner 7:00 PM Patriot Lg Net
4 3 Lehigh 19-12 vs. 6 Colgate 10-21 7:00 PM Patriot Lg Net
5 1 Bucknell 23-6 vs. Game 2 winner 7:00 PM Patriot Lg Net
6 4 Navy 18-13 vs. 5 Holy Cross 15-16 7:00 PM Patriot Lg Net
 

Semifinal Round, Sunday, March 5

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
7 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner 12 or 2 PM CBSSN
8 Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner 12 or 2 PM CBSSN
 

Championship Game, Wednesday, March 8

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
9 Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner 7:30 PM CBSSN

Bucknell is tough to beat at home, and the Bison will get home court advantage throughout the tournament, but Lehigh swept the Bison during the regular season. The Explorers were swept by Boston U, and they will most likely have to win in Boston to get to Bucknell. Boston was swept by Bucknell, so the top three were like Rock, Paper, Scissors. Might another team be in the mix? It would be a very long shot, because the top three ended the season looking double-digit points better than the rest of the league.

Southern
East Tennessee 14-3/24-6
Furman 14-4/21-10
UNC-Greensboro 13-4/22-8
Chattanooga 10-7/19-10

The two hot teams meet tonight to decide the regular season champion, with ETSU visiting UNCG. Both teams enter with six-game winning streaks, and both teams have been playing defense like champions. The loser of this game will probably get a chance for revenge when the outcome is much more important.

Southland
New Orleans 12-4/17-10
Texas A&M-CC 11-5/18-9
Stephen F. Austin 11-5/16-12
Houston Baptist 10-6/15-12

This is a weak year in the SLC, and the eventural league representative in the NCAA has a high probability of heading to Dayton as a 16-seed in a first four game. The two hot teams as conference play comes to the end are Texas A&M-CC with a nine-game winning streak and Houston Baptist with a seven-game winning streak. TAMCC coach Willis Wilson came close to getting into the Dance many times with Rice, and he has slowly built the Islanders into a contender. It would be touching if Wilson finally made it to the NCAA Tournament in his 22nd season as a Division I head coach.

Southwestern Athletic
Texas Southern 13-2/17-11
Southern 10-6/14-15
Grambling 8-7/13-15

Unfortunately for this league, the hottest team is the one ineligible to go to the NCAA Tournament (Alcorn State). Texas Southern will be the heavy favorite, but even if the Tigers win the tournament, they will almost assuredly have to play in the First Four in Dayton.

Summit

Summit League Tournament–Sioux Falls, SD
Quarterfinal Round–Day 1, Saturday, March 4
Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
1 1 South Dakota 21-10 8 Western Illinois 8-19 7:00 PM ESPN3
2 2 North Dakota St. 19-10 7 IUPUI 13-17 9:30 PM ESPN3
 

Quarterfinal Round–Day 2, Sunday, March 5

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
3 4 South Dakota St. 15-16 5 Denver 16-13 7:00 PM ESPN3
4 3 Omaha 16-13 6 Fort Wayne 19-11 9:30 PM ESPN3
 

Semifinal Round–Monday, March 6

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
5 Game 1 winner Game 3 winner 7:00 PM ESPN3
6 Game 2 winner Game 4 winner 9:30 PM ESPN3
 

Championship–Tuesday, March 7

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
7 Game 5 winner Game 6 winner 9:00 PM ESPN2

This should be a rather interesting tournament. 4-seed South Dakota State and 6-seed Fort Wayne cannot be overlooked, but the top three seeds are clearly the co-favorites. Omaha and Fort Wayne can light up the scoreboard, and their quarterfinal game could see one or both teams top the century mark.

Sun Belt
UT-Arlington 12-3/22-6
Georgia St. 11-5/18-10
Georgia Southern 11-5/18-11
Arkansas St. 10-5/18-9

UT-Arlington has the lone signature win in this league this year (beat St. Mary’s), and the Mavericks could be this year’s version of UALR. The top four in this league could play each other 10 times, and the final records might range from just 17-13 to 13-17, so UTA cannot automatically waltz through to the NCAA Tournament.

Western Athletic
Cal St. Bakersfield 12-1/21-7
New Mexico St. 10-3/24-5

One of these two teams should win the conference tournament, mostly because the only other quality team (Grand Canyon) is still a year away from becoming a full-fledge Division I member. CSUB has won 10 games in a row by an average of 11.5 points per game, which includes a win over New Mexico St.

MULTIPLE BID LEAGUES

American
In: SMU, Cincinnati
Bubble: Houston

Atlantic 10
In: Dayton, VCU
Bubble: Rhode Island

Atlantic Coast
In: North Carolina, Florida St., Louisville, Notre Dame, Duke, Miami, Virginia Tech, Virginia
Bubble: Syracuse, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech

Big 12
In: Kansas, West Virginia, Baylor, Iowa St., Oklahoma St.
Bubble: Kansas St., TCU, Texas Tech

Big East
In: Villanova, Butler, Creighton
Bubble: Seton Hall, Providence, Xavier, Marquette

Big Ten
In: Purdue, Wisconsin, Maryland, Minnesota, Michigan St., Northwestern, Michigan
Bubble: Iowa

Missouri Valley

Missouri Valley Conference Tournament (Arch Madness) at St. Louis
1st Round, Thursday, March 2
Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
1 8 Evansville 15-16 vs. 9 Indiana St. 11-19 7:00 PM MVC TV
2 7 Bradley 12-19 vs. 10 Drake 7-23 9:30 PM MVC TV
 

Quarterfinal Round, Friday, March 3

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
3 1 Illinois St. 25-5 vs. Game 1 winner 1:00 PM MVC TV
4 4 Southern Illinois 16-15 vs. 5 Loyola (Chi.) 18-13 3:30 PM MVC TV
5 2 Wichita St. 27-4 vs. Game 2 winner 7:00 PM MVC TV
6 3 Northern Iowa 14-15 vs. 6 Missouri St. 16-15 9:30 PM MVC TV
 

Semifinal Round, Saturday, March 4

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
7 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner 3:30 PM CBSSN
8 Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner 6:00 PM CBSSN
 

Championship Game, Sunday, March 5

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
9 Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner 2:00 PM CBS

In: Wichita St.
Bubble: Illinois St.

Pac-12
In: Oregon, Arizona, UCLA
Bubble: California, Utah, USC

SEC
In: Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina
Bubble: Vanderbilt, Georgia

West Coast

West Coast Conference Tournament at Las Vegas
1st Round, Friday, March 3
Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
1 8 Pepperdine 9-21 vs. 9 Pacific 10-21 BYUtv 9:00 PM
2 7 San Diego 13-17 vs. 10 Portland 10-21 BYUtv 11:00 PM
 

Quarterfinal Round, Saturday, March 4

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
3 3 BYU 21-10 vs. 6 Loyola Marymount 15-14 4:00 PM BYUtv
4 4 Santa Clara 16-15 vs. 5 San Francisco 20-11 6:00 PM BYUtv
5 1 Gonzaga 29-1 vs. Game 1 winner 10:00 PM ESPN2
6 2 Saint Mary’s 26-3 vs. Game 2 winner 12:00 AM ESPN2
 

Semifinal Round, Monday, March 6

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
7 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner 9 or 11:30 ESPN/ESPN2
8 Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner 9 or 11:30 ESPN/ESPN2
 

Championship Game, Tuesday, March 7

Gm # Seed Team W-L vs. Seed Team W-L Time TV
9 Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner 9:00 PM ESPN

In: Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s
Bubble: None

The PiRate Ratings Bracketology Gurus Composite For February 27, 2017
1. North Carolina, Kansas, Villanova, Oregon
2. Gonzaga, Louisville, Kentucky, Baylor
3. Arizona, UCLA, Butler, Florida St.
4. West Virginia, SMU, Purdue, Florida
5. Duke, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Creighton
6. Virginia, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oklahoma St.
7. Saint Mary’s, Miami, Maryland, Iowa St.
8. South Carolina, Dayton, Michigan St., Virginia Tech
9. Michigan, Wichita St., Arkansas, VCU
10. Middle Tennessee, Northwestern, Seton Hall, Syracuse
11. Providence, Seton Hall, Xavier, California, Marquette
12. UNC-Wilmington, Nevada, UT-Arlington, Illinois St., Wake Forest
13. Vermont, Monmouth, Bucknell, East Tennessee
14. Western Michigan, Belmont, Princeton, UNC-Asheville
15. Oakland, Cal St. Bakersfield, Florida Gulf Coast, South Dakota
16. Eastern Washington, UNC-Central, Texas Southern, UC-Davis, Long Island, Texas A&M-CC

Last Four Byes: Xavier, Seton Hall, Providence, Syracuse
Last Four In/Dayton Bound: Wake Forest vs. Illinois St. / Marquette vs. California
First Four Out/#1 NIT Seeds: Vanderbilt, Rhode Island, Kansas St., TCU
Next Four Out: Georgia Tech, Houston, Texas Tech, Georgia

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