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April 5, 2021

PiRate Ratings Championship Game Spread

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February 22, 2021

PiRate Ratings College Basketball Spreads

Monday, February 22, 2021

HomeVisitorSpread
DukeSyracuse4.2
LibertyNorth Alabama14.8
Oklahoma St.Texas Tech-0.1
South Carolina UpstateGardner-Webb-7.4
PresbyterianCharleston Southern4.7
ElonWilliam & Mary4.5
DrakeEvansville15.5
Southern IllinoisValparaiso0.1
Air ForceNew Mexico0.1
Southeast Missouri StateEastern Kentucky-3.3
SIU EdwardsvilleMorehead St.-9.1
USCOregon5.7
UL MonroeLittle Rock-2.3
LouisianaUT Arlington4.9
Arkansas St.Texas St.-3.0
Northwestern St.Houston Baptist4.0
Texas A&M-CCSE Louisiana0.4
New OrleansCentral Arkansas3.9
LamarSam Houston St.-9.8
Western CarolinaUNC Greensboro-7.9
FurmanVMI7.4
MercerThe Citadel7.8
Jackson St.Grambling4.4
SouthernAlabama St.10.7
Alcorn St.Alabama A&M1.4
Saint Mary’sPepperdine4.5

Monday’s PiRate Ratings

RkTeamRating
1Gonzaga128.7
2Baylor123.9
3Iowa120.8
4Michigan120.6
5Illinois120.2
6Alabama118.9
7Ohio St.118.3
8Houston118.0
9Florida St.116.5
10Loyola Chicago115.9
11USC115.5
12Villanova115.5
13Creighton115.3
14West Virginia115.0
15Wisconsin115.0
16Arkansas114.9
17Virginia114.8
18Texas114.5
19BYU114.4
20Colorado114.2
21Kansas114.2
22LSU114.2
23Purdue114.1
24San Diego St.114.0
25Texas Tech113.8
26Tennessee113.8
27North Carolina113.8
28Oklahoma113.6
29Rutgers113.2
30Duke113.0
31Florida112.8
32Penn St.112.5
33Maryland112.4
34Indiana112.1
35Oregon111.8
36Oklahoma St.111.7
37Arizona111.6
38Virginia Tech111.5
39Memphis111.4
40Seton Hall111.4
41Georgia Tech111.4
42VCU111.3
43Connecticut111.3
44Missouri111.2
45Minnesota111.0
46Clemson110.8
47Utah St.110.8
48St. Bonaventure110.8
49Syracuse110.8
50Drake110.8
51Saint Louis110.7
52Kentucky110.7
53Boise St.110.7
54SMU110.6
55UCLA110.5
56Louisville110.3
57Xavier110.2
58Richmond110.1
59Stanford110.0
60Auburn110.0
61Notre Dame110.0
62Wright St.109.9
63Toledo109.7
64Mississippi109.5
65St. John’s109.1
66Michigan St.109.0
67Colorado St.108.9
68Marshall108.9
69N.C. State108.1
70Belmont108.1
71Northwestern108.0
72UC Santa Barbara108.0
73Wichita St.108.0
74Davidson107.8
75Mississippi St.107.8
76Pittsburgh107.7
77Dayton107.5
78Utah107.4
79Providence107.4
80North Texas107.3
81Western Kentucky107.1
82Saint Mary’s107.0
83Rhode Island107.0
84Georgia106.9
85Marquette106.9
86Kent St.106.7
87Buffalo106.7
88Missouri St.106.6
89Louisiana Tech106.4
90Colgate106.4
91Furman106.4
92South Carolina106.3
93Akron106.3
94Georgetown106.3
95Abilene Christian106.0
96Arizona St.106.0
97Nevada106.0
98Washington St.105.8
99UCF105.8
100San Francisco105.4
101UAB105.3
102Winthrop105.3
103Cincinnati105.2
104Vanderbilt105.0
105Massachusetts104.9
106Eastern Washington104.9
107Ohio104.8
108Duquesne104.7
109Oregon St.104.6
110Pepperdine104.5
111Liberty104.4
112Tulsa104.4
113UNC Greensboro104.2
114Loyola Marymount104.1
115Nebraska104.1
116Indiana St.103.9
117UC Irvine103.9
118UC Riverside103.8
119DePaul103.7
120Vermont103.7
121South Dakota St.103.7
122Boston College103.6
123TCU103.4
124South Florida103.3
125Bowling Green103.3
126Pacific103.2
127East Tennessee St.103.1
128Wofford103.0
129Texas A&M103.0
130Wake Forest102.8
131Butler102.7
132Weber St.102.6
133Grand Canyon102.6
134George Mason102.5
135East Carolina102.2
136Murray St.102.1
137Miami FL102.0
138Morehead St.101.9
139Tulane101.7
140Cal St. Bakersfield101.6
141Bradley101.6
142Temple101.5
143Mercer101.4
144Detroit101.2
145Old Dominion101.2
146Georgia St.101.2
147UNLV101.2
148VMI101.0
149Navy101.0
150Chattanooga100.9
151Siena100.8
152North Dakota St.100.7
153Cleveland St.100.7
154UMBC100.6
155California100.6
156UTEP100.4
157Santa Clara100.4
158Iowa St.100.3
159Texas St.100.3
160Stephen F. Austin100.3
161Northeastern100.3
162Bellarmine100.2
163Drexel100.2
164James Madison100.1
165Ball St.100.1
166Washington100.0
167New Mexico St.100.0
168Sam Houston St.99.9
169Gardner Webb99.9
170Jacksonville St.99.8
171Coastal Carolina99.8
172Hofstra99.8
173Miami OH99.7
174South Dakota99.6
175Oral Roberts99.6
176Northern Iowa99.5
177UTSA99.4
178Southern Utah99.4
179Rice99.4
180Eastern Kentucky99.0
181Illinois St.98.9
182Kansas St.98.7
183Saint Peter’s98.6
184Bryant98.6
185Wyoming98.5
186San Diego98.5
187Northern Kentucky98.5
188Valparaiso98.5
189La Salle98.4
190Montana98.3
191Army98.3
192Monmouth98.2
193Louisiana98.1
194George Washington98.0
195Hawaii98.0
196South Alabama97.8
197Iona97.8
198Austin Peay97.7
199Florida Atlantic97.5
200Nicholls St.97.4
201Fresno St.97.4
202Charlotte97.4
203Evansville97.3
204Montana St.97.2
205Appalachian St.97.1
206UMKC97.1
207Wagner96.9
208Delaware96.9
209UNC Wilmington96.8
210Oakland96.8
211UNC Asheville96.8
212Saint Joseph’s96.7
213Lipscomb96.6
214Southern Illinois96.6
215UC Davis96.5
216Charleston96.4
217Radford96.4
218UT Rio Grande Valley96.4
219Little Rock96.3
220Hartford96.2
221Loyola MD96.1
222UC San Diego96.1
223Stony Brook96.1
224Prairie View A&M96.0
225Milwaukee95.9
226Longwood95.9
227Niagara95.9
228Canisius95.7
229Green Bay95.7
230Campbell95.6
231Northern Colorado95.6
232The Citadel95.6
233UMass Lowell95.5
234Utah Valley95.5
235Lafayette95.5
236Mount St. Mary’s95.5
237Norfolk St.95.5
238Youngstown St.95.4
239Albany95.4
240Arkansas St.95.3
241Texas Southern95.3
242Southern Miss95.3
243UT Arlington95.2
244Cal Baptist95.2
245Portland St.95.2
246Stetson95.0
247Elon95.0
248Bucknell94.9
249Morgan St.94.7
250American94.5
251Western Michigan94.4
252Central Michigan94.4
253Eastern Michigan94.4
254New Hampshire94.4
255IUPUI94.3
256Seattle94.3
257Western Carolina94.3
258Boston University94.2
259Marist94.2
260Samford94.1
261Cal St. Fullerton94.1
262Sacramento St.94.1
263Florida Gulf Coast94.1
264High Point93.9
265Georgia Southern93.9
266Florida A&M93.9
267Quinnipiac93.8
268Southeast Missouri St.93.7
269Middle Tennessee93.7
270Towson93.7
271Illinois Chicago93.6
272Merrimack93.6
273Idaho St.93.2
274Fordham93.0
275New Mexico93.0
276Jackson St.93.0
277Cal St. Northridge92.8
278North Carolina Central92.7
279NJIT92.6
280Long Beach St.92.6
281Robert Morris92.5
282LIU92.5
283William & Mary92.5
284FIU92.5
285Purdue Fort Wayne92.4
286Eastern Illinois92.4
287Troy92.4
288North Florida92.3
289Manhattan92.1
290North Dakota92.1
291Louisiana Monroe92.0
292Southern91.9
293North Carolina A&T91.9
294St. Francis PA91.6
295Tarleton St.91.6
296North Alabama91.6
297Jacksonville91.6
298Sacred Heart91.5
299Northern Illinois91.5
300Howard (opted out)91.5
301Western Illinois91.3
302Fairleigh Dickinson91.0
303St. Francis NY91.0
304Air Force91.0
305Northwestern St.90.9
306SIU Edwardsville90.8
307Holy Cross90.8
308Binghamton90.7
309Grambling St.90.6
310New Orleans90.6
311Incarnate Word90.6
312USC Upstate90.5
313Coppin St.90.4
314Rider90.3
315Presbyterian90.2
316Nebraska Omaha90.1
317Tennessee St.89.9
318Fairfield89.9
319Tennessee Tech89.9
320Southeastern Louisiana89.8
321San Jose St.89.6
322Northern Arizona89.6
323Lehigh89.2
324Hampton89.1
325Houston Baptist88.9
326Central Arkansas88.7
327Portland88.6
328Texas A&M Corpus Chris88.2
329Lamar88.1
330Maine (opted out)88.0
331Dixie St.88.0
332McNeese St.87.6
333Charleston Southern87.5
334Alabama A&M87.5
335Cal Poly87.0
336Alcorn St.86.9
337Central Connecticut86.8
338Denver86.7
339Kennesaw St.86.2
340Tennessee Martin86.0
341Arkansas Pine Bluff83.7
342Delaware St.83.3
343Alabama St.83.2
344Idaho82.3
345South Carolina St.81.5
346Chicago St.80.9
347Mississippi Valley St.70.9

PiRate Ratings By Conference

Atlantic 10
TeamRating
VCU111.3
St. Bonaventure110.8
Saint Louis110.7
Richmond110.1
Davidson107.8
Dayton107.5
Rhode Island107.0
Massachusetts104.9
Duquesne104.7
George Mason102.5
La Salle98.4
George Washington98.0
Saint Joseph’s96.7
Fordham93.0
American
TeamRating
Houston118.0
Memphis111.4
SMU110.6
Wichita St.108.0
UCF105.8
Cincinnati105.2
Tulsa104.4
South Florida103.3
East Carolina102.2
Tulane101.7
Temple101.5
Atlantic Coast
TeamRating
Florida St.116.5
Virginia114.8
North Carolina113.8
Duke113.0
Virginia Tech111.5
Georgia Tech111.4
Clemson110.8
Syracuse110.8
Louisville110.3
Notre Dame110.0
N.C. State108.1
Pittsburgh107.7
Boston College103.6
Wake Forest102.8
Miami FL102.0
America East
TeamRating
Vermont103.7
UMBC100.6
Hartford96.2
Stony Brook96.1
UMass Lowell95.5
Albany95.4
New Hampshire94.4
NJIT92.6
Binghamton90.7
Maine (opted out)88.0
Atlantic Sun
TeamRating
Liberty104.4
Bellarmine100.2
Lipscomb96.6
Stetson95.0
Florida Gulf Coast94.1
North Florida92.3
North Alabama91.6
Jacksonville91.6
Kennesaw St.86.2
Big 12
TeamRating
Baylor123.9
West Virginia115.0
Texas114.5
Kansas114.2
Texas Tech113.8
Oklahoma113.6
Oklahoma St.111.7
TCU103.4
Iowa St.100.3
Kansas St.98.7
Big East
TeamRating
Villanova115.5
Creighton115.3
Seton Hall111.4
Connecticut111.3
Xavier110.2
St. John’s109.1
Providence107.4
Marquette106.9
Georgetown106.3
DePaul103.7
Butler102.7
Big Sky
TeamRating
Eastern Washington104.9
Weber St.102.6
Southern Utah99.4
Montana98.3
Montana St.97.2
Northern Colorado95.6
Portland St.95.2
Sacramento St.94.1
Idaho St.93.2
Northern Arizona89.6
Idaho82.3
Big South
TeamRating
Winthrop105.3
Gardner Webb99.9
UNC Asheville96.8
Radford96.4
Longwood95.9
Campbell95.6
High Point93.9
USC Upstate90.5
Presbyterian90.2
Hampton89.1
Charleston Southern87.5
Big Ten
TeamRating
Iowa120.8
Michigan120.6
Illinois120.2
Ohio St.118.3
Wisconsin115.0
Purdue114.1
Rutgers113.2
Penn St.112.5
Maryland112.4
Indiana112.1
Minnesota111.0
Michigan St.109.0
Northwestern108.0
Nebraska104.1
Big West
TeamRating
UC Santa Barbara108.0
UC Irvine103.9
UC Riverside103.8
Cal St. Bakersfield101.6
Hawaii98.0
UC Davis96.5
UC San Diego96.1
Cal St. Fullerton94.1
Cal St. Northridge92.8
Long Beach St.92.6
Cal Poly87.0
Colonial
TeamRating
Northeastern100.3
Drexel100.2
James Madison100.1
Hofstra99.8
Delaware96.9
UNC Wilmington96.8
Charleston96.4
Elon95.0
Towson93.7
William & Mary92.5
Conference USA
TeamRating
Marshall108.9
North Texas107.3
Western Kentucky107.1
Louisiana Tech106.4
UAB105.3
Old Dominion101.2
UTEP100.4
UTSA99.4
Rice99.4
Florida Atlantic97.5
Charlotte97.4
Southern Miss95.3
Middle Tennessee93.7
FIU92.5
Horizon
TeamRating
Wright St.109.9
Detroit101.2
Cleveland St.100.7
Northern Kentucky98.5
Oakland96.8
Milwaukee95.9
Green Bay95.7
Youngstown St.95.4
IUPUI94.3
Illinois Chicago93.6
Robert Morris92.5
Purdue Fort Wayne92.4
Metro Atlantic
TeamRating
Siena100.8
Saint Peter’s98.6
Monmouth98.2
Iona97.8
Niagara95.9
Canisius95.7
Marist94.2
Quinnipiac93.8
Manhattan92.1
Rider90.3
Fairfield89.9
Mid-American
TeamRating
Toledo109.7
Kent St.106.7
Buffalo106.7
Akron106.3
Ohio104.8
Bowling Green103.3
Ball St.100.1
Miami OH99.7
Western Michigan94.4
Central Michigan94.4
Eastern Michigan94.4
Northern Illinois91.5
Mideastern Athletic
TeamRating
Norfolk St.95.5
Morgan St.94.7
Florida A&M93.9
North Carolina Central92.7
North Carolina A&T91.9
Howard (opted out)91.5
Coppin St.90.4
Delaware St.83.3
South Carolina St.81.5
Missouri Valley
TeamRating
Loyola Chicago115.9
Drake110.8
Missouri St.106.6
Indiana St.103.9
Bradley101.6
Northern Iowa99.5
Illinois St.98.9
Valparaiso98.5
Evansville97.3
Southern Illinois96.6
Mountain West
TeamRating
San Diego St.114.0
Utah St.110.8
Boise St.110.7
Colorado St.108.9
Nevada106.0
UNLV101.2
Wyoming98.5
Fresno St.97.4
New Mexico93.0
Air Force91.0
San Jose St.89.6
Northeast
TeamRating
Bryant98.6
Wagner96.9
Mount St. Mary’s95.5
Merrimack93.6
LIU92.5
St. Francis PA91.6
Sacred Heart91.5
Fairleigh Dickinson91.0
St. Francis NY91.0
Central Connecticut86.8
Ohio Valley
TeamRating
Belmont108.1
Murray St.102.1
Morehead St.101.9
Jacksonville St.99.8
Eastern Kentucky99.0
Austin Peay97.7
Southeast Missouri St.93.7
Eastern Illinois92.4
SIU Edwardsville90.8
Tennessee St.89.9
Tennessee Tech89.9
Tennessee Martin86.0
Pac-12
TeamRating
USC115.5
Colorado114.2
Oregon111.8
Arizona111.6
UCLA110.5
Stanford110.0
Utah107.4
Arizona St.106.0
Washington St.105.8
Oregon St.104.6
California100.6
Washington100.0
Patriot
TeamRating
Colgate106.4
Navy101.0
Army98.3
Loyola MD96.1
Lafayette95.5
Bucknell94.9
American94.5
Boston University94.2
Holy Cross90.8
Lehigh89.2
Southeastern
TeamRating
Alabama118.9
Arkansas114.9
LSU114.2
Tennessee113.8
Florida112.8
Missouri111.2
Kentucky110.7
Auburn110.0
Mississippi109.5
Mississippi St.107.8
Georgia106.9
South Carolina106.3
Vanderbilt105.0
Texas A&M103.0
Southern
TeamRating
Furman106.4
UNC Greensboro104.2
East Tennessee St.103.1
Wofford103.0
Mercer101.4
VMI101.0
Chattanooga100.9
The Citadel95.6
Western Carolina94.3
Samford94.1
Southland
TeamRating
Abilene Christian106.0
Stephen F. Austin100.3
Sam Houston St.99.9
Nicholls St.97.4
Northwestern St.90.9
New Orleans90.6
Incarnate Word90.6
Southeastern Louisiana89.8
Houston Baptist88.9
Central Arkansas88.7
Texas A&M Corpus Chris88.2
Lamar88.1
McNeese St.87.6
Summit
TeamRating
South Dakota St.103.7
North Dakota St.100.7
South Dakota99.6
Oral Roberts99.6
UMKC97.1
North Dakota92.1
Western Illinois91.3
Nebraska Omaha90.1
Denver86.7
Southwestern Athletic
TeamRating
Prairie View A&M96.0
Texas Southern95.3
Jackson St.93.0
Southern91.9
Grambling St.90.6
Alabama A&M87.5
Alcorn St.86.9
Arkansas Pine Bluff83.7
Alabama St.83.2
Mississippi Valley St.70.9
Sun Belt
TeamRating
Georgia St.101.2
Texas St.100.3
Coastal Carolina99.8
Louisiana98.1
South Alabama97.8
Appalachian St.97.1
Little Rock96.3
Arkansas St.95.3
UT Arlington95.2
Georgia Southern93.9
Troy92.4
Louisiana Monroe92.0
Western Athletic
TeamRating
Grand Canyon102.6
New Mexico St.100.0
UT Rio Grande Valley96.4
Utah Valley95.5
Cal Baptist95.2
Seattle94.3
Tarleton St.91.6
Dixie St.88.0
Chicago St.80.9
West Coast
TeamRating
Gonzaga128.7
BYU114.4
Saint Mary’s107.0
San Francisco105.4
Pepperdine104.5
Loyola Marymount104.1
Pacific103.2
Santa Clara100.4
San Diego98.5
Portland88.6

PiRate Ratings Alphabetically

RkTeamRating
95Abilene Christian106.0
304Air Force91.0
93Akron106.3
6Alabama118.9
334Alabama A&M87.5
343Alabama St.83.2
239Albany95.4
336Alcorn St.86.9
250American94.5
205Appalachian St.97.1
37Arizona111.6
96Arizona St.106.0
16Arkansas114.9
341Arkansas Pine Bluff83.7
240Arkansas St.95.3
191Army98.3
60Auburn110.0
198Austin Peay97.7
165Ball St.100.1
2Baylor123.9
162Bellarmine100.2
70Belmont108.1
308Binghamton90.7
53Boise St.110.7
122Boston College103.6
258Boston University94.2
125Bowling Green103.3
141Bradley101.6
184Bryant98.6
248Bucknell94.9
87Buffalo106.7
131Butler102.7
19BYU114.4
244Cal Baptist95.2
335Cal Poly87.0
140Cal St. Bakersfield101.6
261Cal St. Fullerton94.1
277Cal St. Northridge92.8
155California100.6
230Campbell95.6
228Canisius95.7
326Central Arkansas88.7
337Central Connecticut86.8
252Central Michigan94.4
216Charleston96.4
333Charleston Southern87.5
202Charlotte97.4
150Chattanooga100.9
346Chicago St.80.9
103Cincinnati105.2
46Clemson110.8
153Cleveland St.100.7
171Coastal Carolina99.8
90Colgate106.4
20Colorado114.2
67Colorado St.108.9
43Connecticut111.3
313Coppin St.90.4
13Creighton115.3
74Davidson107.8
77Dayton107.5
208Delaware96.9
342Delaware St.83.3
338Denver86.7
119DePaul103.7
144Detroit101.2
331Dixie St.88.0
50Drake110.8
163Drexel100.2
30Duke113.0
108Duquesne104.7
135East Carolina102.2
127East Tennessee St.103.1
286Eastern Illinois92.4
180Eastern Kentucky99.0
253Eastern Michigan94.4
106Eastern Washington104.9
247Elon95.0
203Evansville97.3
318Fairfield89.9
302Fairleigh Dickinson91.0
284FIU92.5
31Florida112.8
266Florida A&M93.9
199Florida Atlantic97.5
263Florida Gulf Coast94.1
9Florida St.116.5
274Fordham93.0
201Fresno St.97.4
91Furman106.4
169Gardner Webb99.9
134George Mason102.5
194George Washington98.0
94Georgetown106.3
84Georgia106.9
265Georgia Southern93.9
146Georgia St.101.2
41Georgia Tech111.4
1Gonzaga128.7
309Grambling St.90.6
133Grand Canyon102.6
229Green Bay95.7
324Hampton89.1
220Hartford96.2
195Hawaii98.0
264High Point93.9
172Hofstra99.8
307Holy Cross90.8
8Houston118.0
325Houston Baptist88.9
300Howard (opted out)91.5
344Idaho82.3
273Idaho St.93.2
5Illinois120.2
271Illinois Chicago93.6
181Illinois St.98.9
311Incarnate Word90.6
34Indiana112.1
116Indiana St.103.9
197Iona97.8
3Iowa120.8
158Iowa St.100.3
255IUPUI94.3
276Jackson St.93.0
297Jacksonville91.6
170Jacksonville St.99.8
164James Madison100.1
21Kansas114.2
182Kansas St.98.7
339Kennesaw St.86.2
86Kent St.106.7
52Kentucky110.7
189La Salle98.4
235Lafayette95.5
329Lamar88.1
323Lehigh89.2
111Liberty104.4
213Lipscomb96.6
219Little Rock96.3
282LIU92.5
280Long Beach St.92.6
226Longwood95.9
193Louisiana98.1
291Louisiana Monroe92.0
89Louisiana Tech106.4
56Louisville110.3
10Loyola Chicago115.9
114Loyola Marymount104.1
221Loyola MD96.1
22LSU114.2
330Maine (opted out)88.0
289Manhattan92.1
259Marist94.2
85Marquette106.9
68Marshall108.9
33Maryland112.4
105Massachusetts104.9
332McNeese St.87.6
39Memphis111.4
143Mercer101.4
272Merrimack93.6
137Miami FL102.0
173Miami OH99.7
4Michigan120.6
66Michigan St.109.0
269Middle Tennessee93.7
225Milwaukee95.9
45Minnesota111.0
64Mississippi109.5
75Mississippi St.107.8
347Mississippi Valley St.70.9
44Missouri111.2
88Missouri St.106.6
192Monmouth98.2
190Montana98.3
204Montana St.97.2
138Morehead St.101.9
249Morgan St.94.7
236Mount St. Mary’s95.5
136Murray St.102.1
69N.C. State108.1
149Navy101.0
115Nebraska104.1
316Nebraska Omaha90.1
97Nevada106.0
254New Hampshire94.4
275New Mexico93.0
167New Mexico St.100.0
310New Orleans90.6
227Niagara95.9
200Nicholls St.97.4
279NJIT92.6
237Norfolk St.95.5
296North Alabama91.6
27North Carolina113.8
293North Carolina A&T91.9
278North Carolina Central92.7
290North Dakota92.1
152North Dakota St.100.7
288North Florida92.3
80North Texas107.3
161Northeastern100.3
322Northern Arizona89.6
231Northern Colorado95.6
299Northern Illinois91.5
176Northern Iowa99.5
187Northern Kentucky98.5
71Northwestern108.0
305Northwestern St.90.9
61Notre Dame110.0
210Oakland96.8
107Ohio104.8
7Ohio St.118.3
28Oklahoma113.6
36Oklahoma St.111.7
145Old Dominion101.2
175Oral Roberts99.6
35Oregon111.8
109Oregon St.104.6
126Pacific103.2
32Penn St.112.5
110Pepperdine104.5
76Pittsburgh107.7
327Portland88.6
245Portland St.95.2
224Prairie View A&M96.0
315Presbyterian90.2
79Providence107.4
23Purdue114.1
285Purdue Fort Wayne92.4
267Quinnipiac93.8
217Radford96.4
83Rhode Island107.0
179Rice99.4
58Richmond110.1
314Rider90.3
281Robert Morris92.5
29Rutgers113.2
262Sacramento St.94.1
298Sacred Heart91.5
212Saint Joseph’s96.7
51Saint Louis110.7
82Saint Mary’s107.0
183Saint Peter’s98.6
168Sam Houston St.99.9
260Samford94.1
186San Diego98.5
24San Diego St.114.0
100San Francisco105.4
321San Jose St.89.6
157Santa Clara100.4
256Seattle94.3
40Seton Hall111.4
151Siena100.8
306SIU Edwardsville90.8
54SMU110.6
196South Alabama97.8
92South Carolina106.3
345South Carolina St.81.5
174South Dakota99.6
121South Dakota St.103.7
124South Florida103.3
268Southeast Missouri St.93.7
320Southeastern Louisiana89.8
292Southern91.9
214Southern Illinois96.6
242Southern Miss95.3
178Southern Utah99.4
48St. Bonaventure110.8
303St. Francis NY91.0
294St. Francis PA91.6
65St. John’s109.1
59Stanford110.0
160Stephen F. Austin100.3
246Stetson95.0
223Stony Brook96.1
49Syracuse110.8
295Tarleton St.91.6
123TCU103.4
142Temple101.5
26Tennessee113.8
340Tennessee Martin86.0
317Tennessee St.89.9
319Tennessee Tech89.9
18Texas114.5
129Texas A&M103.0
328Texas A&M Corpus Chris88.2
241Texas Southern95.3
159Texas St.100.3
25Texas Tech113.8
232The Citadel95.6
63Toledo109.7
270Towson93.7
287Troy92.4
139Tulane101.7
112Tulsa104.4
101UAB105.3
215UC Davis96.5
117UC Irvine103.9
118UC Riverside103.8
222UC San Diego96.1
72UC Santa Barbara108.0
99UCF105.8
55UCLA110.5
233UMass Lowell95.5
154UMBC100.6
206UMKC97.1
211UNC Asheville96.8
113UNC Greensboro104.2
209UNC Wilmington96.8
147UNLV101.2
11USC115.5
312USC Upstate90.5
243UT Arlington95.2
218UT Rio Grande Valley96.4
78Utah107.4
47Utah St.110.8
234Utah Valley95.5
156UTEP100.4
177UTSA99.4
188Valparaiso98.5
104Vanderbilt105.0
42VCU111.3
120Vermont103.7
12Villanova115.5
17Virginia114.8
38Virginia Tech111.5
148VMI101.0
207Wagner96.9
130Wake Forest102.8
166Washington100.0
98Washington St.105.8
132Weber St.102.6
14West Virginia115.0
257Western Carolina94.3
301Western Illinois91.3
81Western Kentucky107.1
251Western Michigan94.4
73Wichita St.108.0
283William & Mary92.5
102Winthrop105.3
15Wisconsin115.0
128Wofford103.0
62Wright St.109.9
185Wyoming98.5
57Xavier110.2
238Youngstown St.95.4

Coming Later Today: Updated Bracketology

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February 21, 2021

Incredible Tabletop Baseball Game

Sabertooth Baseball

It’s been 30+ years in the making! When the creators of the PiRate Ratings decided to create the best tabletop game on the market and then supply it as an email to the consumer game at a discount rate, it was not a spur of the moment task.

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TeamYearThe Fun
White Sox19204, 20-game winners plus Shoeless Joe Jackson and Eddie Collins. Lost pennant in final day after scandal
Browns1922Should have won the AL pennant. George Sisler hit .422 and Ken Williams became the new Babe Ruth
Senators1924Walter Johnson led the DC team to its only world title until the Nationals did it in 2019.
Yankees1927The best ever with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Earle Combs, Tony Lazzeri, Waite Hoyt–can anybody beat them?
Athletics1929Lefty Grove leads a stellar pitching staff. Al Simmons, Mickey Cochran, and Jimmie Foxx smack it hard
Tigers1935The Big Blue Machine! Hank Greenberg, Charlie Gehringer, and Mickey Cochrane with good pitching too
Red Sox1946Ted Williams, Dom Dimaggio, Bobby Doerr, and Johnny Pesky lead a poweful offense that won 104 games
Indians1948The last Cleveland title featured Bob Lemon, Bob Feller, Larry Doby, Al Rosen, and an old guy named Satchel
NL
Giants1922John McGraw’s best team after the Dead Ball era with a roster full of lumbermen
Pirates1925A scrappy team of contact hitters with speed and just enough pitching to win high-scoring games
Cubs1935This team had it all except a World Series title. The last Cubs team to win 100 games until the 2016 title
Reds1940Pitching and defense took this team to 101 wins and a world series title playing small ball
Cardinals1942Stan Musial and Enos Slaughter lead a team that won 70 of their final 91 and 38 of their final 44 games
Braves1948Spahn and Sain and pray for rain added additonal pitching to go with a brilliant on-base average offense
Phillies1950The Whiz Kids with Robin Roberts, Curt Simmons, and the first super ace in Jim Konstanty
Dodgers1953The Boys of Summer with Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Roy Campanella and Carl Furillo

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February 18, 2021

The Sure Thing/The Contenders/The Still Alives

Filed under: College Basketball — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — piratings @ 8:25 am

Who’s in the Big Dance? Who’s still in contention?

Today, we break down the projected NCAA Tournament field by conference.  The format will be teams that are locks to make the tournament; teams that would be safely in if the season ended today but a losing streak could jeopardize their safety; teams that would be on the good side of the bubble if the season ended today; teams that would be on the bad side of that bubble; and teams that are not in the conversation now but with a big winning streak could play their way into an at-large bid.

We won’t include the automatic bids, because the conference tournaments will do that for us.  Of course, this season, there could be some cancellations of these tournaments.  We’ll have to wait and see.

First, let’s look at the one-bid leagues.  As of today, we foresee 20 conferences receiving just one bid, but an upset in the conference tournament in one or two could lead to an extra bid from that league.

AMERICA EAST

The perpetual top contenders share the conference lead.  UMBC and Vermont are tied at 9-3 in conference play.  The two rivals face off in back-to-back games in Maryland tonight and tomorrow.  If one of these two teams earn the bid, they are probably looking at a #15 seed.

ATLANTIC SUN

Bellarmine has a one-game lead in the league race at 10-2, but the Knights are not yet eligible as a transitioning team to D1.  Liberty is in second place at 8-2, but this Flames team is not as strong as the last two editions.  The rest of the league is mediocre for a low-major conference.  Current sixth place Florida Gulf Coast is starting to put it together and could sneak up to the #2 seed by conference tournament time.

BIG SKY

This year’s race is as wide open as the real estate in the Near West.  Eastern Washington leads Southern Utah by 1 ½ games, but that is a Covid-scheduling issue, as SUU at 6-2 has played three fewer conference games.  The teams split back-to-back games at EWU a month ago.  This conference will hope to avoid a 16-seed play-in game.

BIG SOUTH

Winthrop has lapped the field.  The 15-1 Eagles lead second place Radford by 3 ½ games and most recently swept the Highlanders.  Winthrop is 18-1 overall and has a chance to earn an at-large bid should they not earn the automatic one.

BIG WEST

This has in recent years been the UC-Irvine show, as the Anteaters have dominated this league.  This year, UCI looks up at rival UCSB, as the 8-2 Gauchos have reeled off 10 consecutive victories.  Cal State Bakersfield is in a statistical tie with UC-Irvine for second place.  The Roadrunners venture to Santa Barbara to face UCSB twice this weekend.

COLONIAL

James Madison has risen from fourth place to first at 8-1, while the top contenders have all lost in recent games.  Fifth place Delaware and sixth place William & Mary are the other two conference teams with hot hands, but when the CAA holds its conference tournament, any of the top six could win the event.

CONFERENCE USA

With wins over Memphis and Alabama, one might think that Western Kentucky could earn an at-large bid if they could take the regular season CUSA title.  It is possible, but the 8-2 Hilltoppers may find it tough to get a lot of support this year with so few quality out of conference games.

WKU faces a tough doubleheader this weekend with 8-2 North Texas in Denton.  If either team sweeps, they become the sizable favorite to cop the league crown.  If they split, then Old Dominion, UAB, and Marshall all remain in contention to win the race in the final lap.

HORIZON LEAGUE

Wright St. and Cleveland St. are tied at 15-3 in the league and own four game leads over the next contender, Northern Kentucky.  Wright State has won nine games in a row since losing to CSU.  One of the top three should take the tournament title and the automatic bid.

METRO ATLANTIC

Covid has done a number on this league this year.  Monmouth has played 14 conference games and is 10-4.  Siena has played 10 conference games and is 8-2 to lead by percentage points over the Hawks.  Rick Pitino’s Iona Gaels have played just seven conference games and they have lost two in a row to fall back to fifth place at 4-3.  Iona gets both of the two co-leaders in doubleheader games on their home floor in New Rochelle, including two with Monmouth this weekend, weather permitting.

MID-AMERICAN

Year in and year out, the MAC postseason tournament in Cleveland is one of the most exciting and unpredictable as any other.  We expect the same results this year.  Toledo has been leading the league race most of the season, and the Rockets are in first at 12-3, but 11-3 Akron and 10-4 Kent St. are coming on strong in February.  It doesn’t end there.  Ohio U and Buffalo, both at 7-4, and Bowling Green at 8-7 have played well enough in recent weeks to contend for the automatic bid.  If the MAC Tournament plays as scheduled, this is one that you will want to watch.

MID-EASTERN ATHLETIC

With three league teams opting out, scheduling has been an issue this year in the MEAC.  Usually, this league struggles to avoid the #16-seed play-in game, but more than once, the MEAC has produced an upset winner in the Round of 64.  North Carolina A&T leads the South Division with a perfect 4-0 conference record, but the Aggies have only played two conference games since January 3.  They had five games postponed.  

In the north, Norfolk St. 7-4, leads Morgan St. and Coppin St., both 6-4, by a half game.  NSU swept Morgan and split with Coppin, but their remaining regular season games have been cancelled.  If the MEAC Tournament is cancelled, N.C. A&T will almost assuredly be awarded the automatic bid and express trip to a 16-seed play-in game.

NORTHEAST

Merrimack sits in a first place tie with Wagner at 8-4, but the Warriors are still in the transition phase to D1 and not yet eligible for the Dance.  Wagner leads 6-4 Bryant by a game.  The Seahawks have won seven games in a row.  There are seven teams within two games of first in the NEC, so this should be an interesting conference tournament.

OHIO VALLEY

Belmont is 16-0 in the league and 22-1 overall, but the Bruins did not play any power conference teams like they usually do.  Still, because Belmont has been winning games by lopsided scores, they have a shot at an at-large bid should somebody shock them in the OVC Tournament.  Second place Morehead St., 13-3, lost at Belmont by 15, but they get the Bruins to close out the regular season in Morehead.

PATRIOT LEAGUE

The league was split into thirds this year to lessen travel.  Army and Navy are the only two teams to play out of conference games, so it will be close to impossible for the automatic winner to receive anything other than a 16-seed.  Navy is 8-1 in the league and 11-2 overall.  Their out of conference wins include a sweep of the DC teams, George Washington and Georgetown.  Should the Midshipmen run the table, they could move up to a 15-seed.

Colgate at 9-1 is the overall leader in the league, while Lafayette at 7-5 leads the three-team Central Division.  Bucknell has won four in a row to improve from 0-4 to 4-4, but all four games came at the expense of Lehigh.

SOUTHERN

The Socon has been worthy of multiple bids in past years, and there are four rather good teams this year, but this is not the year for two league teams to get bids.

UNC-Greensboro has been near the top for the last five years, but the Spartans have won the SoCon Tournament just once.  UNCG leads the league at 10-4 by a half-game over 10-5 Wofford.  Two years ago, Wofford destroyed Seton Hall in the opening round and scared Kentucky in the Round of 32 at the Big Dance.

Furman (8-4) and Chattanooga (9-5) have begun to play like legitimate contenders in the last two weeks.

SOUTHLAND

Five teams have taken over in February, and any of the five could win the conference tournament.  Even though Stephen F. Austin is in third place at the moment, their conference record is 9-1, and their one loss came at 10-1 Abilene Christian.  Sam Houston is also 10-1, and their lone loss came at SFA.  Nicholls is 9-2, which would lead most leagues, but in this one, it’s only good enough for fourth place.

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC

The SWAC rates last in conference power, so the winner of this league will be in the 16-seed play-in round.  Prairie View and Jackson St. sport 6-0 league marks, with Texas Southern at 4-2.  The two co-leaders had both of their scheduled games against each other postponed, and they could both remain undefeated in conference play.

SUMMIT

It’s a good bet that the team representing the Summit League in the Big Dance will have the word “Dakota” in its name.  South Dakota St. (6-2), South Dakota (9-3), and North Dakota St. (9-3) are the top three in the league.  SDSU has a neutral site win over Utah St. and a narrow loss to West Virginia, so the Jackrabbits probably give this league its best chance to win a game in the Big Dance.

SUN BELT

This league has a lot of better than average but not great teams.  Texas St. leads the West Division at 9-3 with 7-5 Arkansas St. in second.  Both teams have four game winning streaks.  South Alabama leads the East Division at 8-5, and the Jags have reeled off six in a row.

WESTERN ATHLETIC

New Mexico St. has dominated this conference in recent years, but Covid has really done a number on the Aggies this year, and they have fallen to sixth place.  Perennial also-ran Grand Canyon has ascended to the top at 6-0 in the league and 12-3 overall.  The Antelopes own an eight-game winning streak with a 22.8 point scoring margin in that streak.

Multiple Bid Leagues

AMERICAN ATHLETIC

Lock: Houston 11-2/17-2

Safe: —–

Good Bubble: —–

Bad Bubble: Wichita St. 8-2/12-4

In Contention: Memphis 8-3/12-6, SMU 7-4/11-4

Wichita St. could move to the Good Bubble with a win over Houston tonight.

ATLANTIC 10

Lock: —–

Safe: —–

Good Bubble:  VCU 9-2/16-4

Bad Bubble: St. Bonaventure 8-3/10-3, Saint Louis 4-2/11-3

In Contention: Davidson 6-2/10-5, Richmond 4-3/11-5

Wins over St. Bonaventure and Richmond have moved VCU into the field for now.

ATLANTIC COAST

Lock: Virginia 11-2/15-4, Florida St. 8-2/12-3

Safe: Virginia Tech 8-3/14-4, Louisville 6-3/11-4

Good Bubble: North Carolina 7-5/13-7, Clemson 7-5/13-5

Bad Bubble: Syracuse 6-5/12-6

In Contention: Duke 7-6/9-8, Georgia Tech 6-6/10-8

Duke was given up for dead in January, but the Blue Devils are far from dead.  Look out UVA!  You’re headed to an ambush as Cameron Indoor this weekend.

BIG 12

Lock: Baylor 9-0/17-0

Safe: Kansas 10-5/16-7, Oklahoma 8-4/13-5, Texas 7-4/13-5, West Virginia 7-4/14-6, Texas Tech 6-5/14-6, Oklahoma St. 7-6/14-6

Good Bubble: —–

Bad Bubble: —–

In Contention: TCU 4-6/11-8

This league is pretty much set in stone barring some unusual circumstance.  The top seven teams should receive bids, and even 7th place Oklahoma St. should be an 8 or 9-seed and safely in the field.

BIG EAST

Lock: Villanova 8-2/13-3, Creighton 12-4/16-5

Safe: —–

Good Bubble: Xavier 4-4/11-4, Seton Hall 10-5/13-8

Bad Bubble: Connecticut 7-5/10-5

In Contention: St. John’s 8-7/14-8

Madison Square Garden should be exciting if the Big East gets to hold their tournament this year.  St. John’s really needs three additional good wins in addition to not losing to a bad team.

BIG TEN

Lock: Michigan 9-1/14-1, Illinois 11-3/13-5, Ohio St. 11-4/17-4, Iowa 9-5/15-6

Safe: Wisconsin 9-6/15-7, Purdue 9-6/14-8

Good Bubble: Rutgers 8-7/12-7, Indiana 7-7/12-9

In Contention: Maryland 7-9/13-10, Minnesota 6-9/13-9, Michigan St. 4-9/10-9

Any Big Ten team that plays .500 ball in conference play will receive a bid this year, and we believe there is one more bid for the team that goes 9-11 (or 9-10 or 8-9 depending on missed games).  A couple of Big Ten coaches are on hot seats and on the Bubble.  Penn State will definitely have a new coach next year, but Indiana, Maryland, and Minnesota could also be forced to make moves if they don’t get into the field.

MISSOURI VALLEY

Lock: —–

Safe: Loyola (Chi.) 14-2/19-4

Good Bubble: Drake 12-2/21-2

Bad Bubble: —–

In Contention: —–

After Wichita St. fled the Valley for the AAC, it was thought that the days of this league receiving two bids to the tournament were over.  Guess again.  Loyola of Chicago and Drake would both have to collapse to miss out on the Dance this year.

MOUNTAIN WEST

Lock: —–

Safe: San Diego St. 9-3/15-4

Good Bubble: Boise St. 13-3/17-4, Colorado St. 11-3/14-4, Utah St. 11-3/14-6

In Contention: Nevada  9-5/14-7

A win over UCLA makes SDSU safer than the other four contenders.  Boise St. finishes with Utah St. and two games against San Diego St.  A 3-0 finish would propel the Broncos into the Safe category.

PAC-12

Lock: USC 12-2/18-3

Safe: UCLA 10-3/14-5, Oregon 7-3/12-4

Good Bubble: —–

Bad Bubble: Colorado 10-5/16-6, Stanford 9-6/13-8

In Contention: Utah 6-7/9-8, Oregon St. 6-8/10-10

The former Conference of Champions has not earned one since Arizona cut the nets in 1997!  Only UCLA twice and Oregon once have made the Final Four since then (Utah made it before they joined the league).

SOUTHEASTERN

Lock: Alabama 12-1/17-5, Arkansas 9-4/17-5

Safe: Tennessee 8-5/15-5, LSU 8-4/13-6, Florida 6-5/10-6

Good Bubble: Missouri 6-6/13-6

Bad Bubble: Ole Miss 7-6/12-8

In Contention: Georgia 6-8/13-8

You don’t see Kentucky on this list.  They are out of contention for an at-large bid, but that doesn’t mean the Wildcats cannot win the conference tournament.  The two hot teams in this league are Arkansas and Ole Miss.  The Razorbacks probably have the best chance to make it past the Sweet 16 from this league.  Ole Miss needs a few more big wins to get into the field.

WEST COAST

Lock: Gonzaga 11-0/20-0

Safe: —–

Good Bubble: BYU 6-3/15-5

Bad Bubble: —–

In Contention: Saint Mary’s 2-4/11-6

We placed SMC in the “In Contention” section, because in theory, they could finish 6-4/15-6 in the regular season, which would include an upset of Gonzaga.  Short of that, the Gaels will be staying home this year.

Coming tomorrow–Updated ratings, updated bracketology, and our annual mid-major coaches ready for the big time list in three separate posts.

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