Saturday, February 25, 2017

NBA Rankings - 25 Feb

The Golden State Warriors have a 4-game lead over the Spurs as we come out of the All-Star break, and that lead is projected to stretch to 7 by the time the season ends, while the Cavs are projected to stretch their lead to 5 over Boston. There has never been a threematch in NBA Finals history, but the odds of it happening this year are the highest they have ever been. Here are my full current rankings and playoff picks:





Rec
Proj

TW
LW
Team
Rating
W
L
W
L
PO Seed
1
1
Golden State
-11.55
48
9
69
13
W1
2
2
San Antonio
-7.675
44
13
62
20
W2
3
3
Houston
-6.221
41
18
57
25
W3
4
4
Cleveland
-4.552
40
16
57
25
E1
5
6
Utah
-4.122
36
22
50
32
W4
6
7
LA Clippers
-3.627
35
23
50
32
W5
7
5
Toronto
-3.342
34
24
49
33
E3
8
8
Boston
-2.546
37
21
52
30
E2
9
9
Memphis
-1.975
34
25
47
35
W6
10
10
Washington
-1.877
34
22
48
34
E4
11
11
Oklahoma City
-0.924
33
25
46
36
W7
12
13
Detroit
0.1153
28
30
41
41
E6
13
12
Charlotte
0.1178
24
33
37
45

14
22
Miami
0.201
26
32
38
44

15
18
Denver
0.6373
26
32
37
45
W8
16
17
Milwaukee
0.6575
25
31
37
45

17
14
Atlanta
0.8051
32
25
44
38
E5
18
20
Minnesota
0.8426
23
35
32
50

19
16
Indiana
0.9768
30
28
40
42
E7
20
15
Chicago
1.1159
29
29
40
42
E8
21
19
Portland
1.4698
24
33
36
46

22
23
Sacramento
1.5018
25
33
35
47

23
21
Dallas
1.6182
22
35
33
49

24
25
New Orleans
2.9614
23
35
32
50

25
24
New York
3.1661
23
35
33
49

26
26
Phoenix
4.0559
18
40
27
55

27
29
Philadelphia
4.8008
22
35
31
51

28
28
LA Lakers
5.0667
19
40
26
56

29
27
Orlando
5.7841
21
38
29
53

30
30
Brooklyn
8.321
9
48
15
67


Playoff Picks

First Round

(1) Cavaliers over (8) Bulls
(2) Celtics over (7) Pacers
(3) Raptors over (6) Pistons
(4) Wizards over (5) Hawks
(1) Warriors over (8) Nuggets
(2) Spurs over (7) Thunder
(3) Rockets over (6) Grizzlies
(5) Clippers over (4) Jazz

Second Round

(1) Cavaliers over (4) Wizards
(3) Raptors over (2) Celtics
(1) Warriors over (5) Clippers
(3) Rockets over (2) Spurs

Conference Finals

(3) Raptors over (1) Cavaliers
(1) Warriors over (3) Rockets

NBA Finals

(1) Warriors over (3) Raptors

Monday, February 20, 2017

College Basketball Rankings - 20 Feb

Though this season has belonged to the undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs, the past week belonged to North Carolina, who won consecutive games over NC State and Virginia by identical 24-point margins. The Cavaliers have been one of my top 10 teams all year, so the ease of the win was especially impressive, and it vaulted the Tar Heels up to #4 this week. Here are my full current rankings, with projected conference champs in bold, at-large teams underlined, and teams whose in/out status changed this week in italics:





Record

TW
LW
Team
Rating
W
L
MOV
SOS
1
1
Gonzaga
-21.35
28
0
1
116
2
4
Villanova
-19.54
26
2
4
21
3
2
West Virginia
-19.47
21
6
5
42
4
8
North Carolina
-19.22
23
5
9
19
5
7
Kentucky
-18.9
22
5
10
25
6
6
Florida
-18.84
22
5
6
7
7
5
Louisville
-18.4
22
5
18
8
8
3
Virginia
-17.67
18
8
28
2
9
9
Purdue
-17.42
22
5
11
51
10
10
Kansas
-17.05
24
3
31
1
11
13
Duke
-16.92
22
5
26
16
12
14
UCLA
-16.1
23
3
3
91
13
11
Baylor
-15.81
22
5
37
20
14
12
Florida State
-15.68
21
6
33
32
15
17
Oregon
-15.64
24
4
12
83
16
18
Wichita State
-15.6
25
4
2
197
17
16
Wisconsin
-15.47
22
5
24
41
18
15
SMU
-14.98
24
4
8
89
19
19
Cincinnati
-14.52
24
3
13
88
20
26
Saint Mary's
-14.3
24
3
7
151
21
24
Iowa State
-14.16
17
9
48
18
22
20
Creighton
-14.15
22
5
21
63
23
21
Notre Dame
-14.02
21
7
51
26
24
25
Arizona
-13.82
25
3
20
62
25
23
Butler
-13.7
21
6
50
22
26
22
Oklahoma State
-13.63
18
9
55
13
27
27
Wake Forest
-12.23
15
12
91
3
28
32
Michigan
-11.87
17
10
74
37
29
29
Kansas State
-11.77
17
10
83
28
30
35
Maryland
-11.49
22
5
60
57
31
28
South Carolina
-11.28
20
7
54
61
32
34
Dayton
-11.15
21
5
25
110
33
33
Minnesota
-11.01
20
7
95
43
34
30
Northwestern
-10.92
20
7
66
60
35
37
Miami (FL)
-10.89
18
8
94
45
36
39
Clemson
-10.75
14
12
147
4
37
40
VCU
-10.71
22
5
43
81
38
31
Xavier
-10.59
18
9
150
6
39
41
Indiana
-10.55
15
12
96
53
40
36
Houston
-10.38
18
8
40
92
41
49
Marquette
-10.03
16
10
82
47
42
46
Virginia Tech
-9.877
18
8
126
34
43
45
Texas Tech
-9.867
17
10
87
69
44
55
Arkansas
-9.837
20
7
77
59
45
53
Middle Tennessee
-9.837
24
4
15
178
46
42
Syracuse
-9.692
16
12
138
30
47
47
UNC Wilmington
-9.48
24
5
19
148
48
44
Tennessee
-9.376
15
12
155
17
49
43
TCU
-9.155
17
10
142
40
50
38
Rhode Island
-9.077
17
9
64
72
51
50
California
-8.855
18
8
81
80
52
52
Georgetown
-8.829
14
13
178
14
53
54
Georgia
-8.782
15
12
174
15
54
51
Illinois State
-8.723
23
5
36
135
55
58
Vermont
-8.584
24
5
16
200
56
62
Vanderbilt
-8.516
14
13
180
11
57
60
East Tennessee State
-8.506
22
6
23
220
58
57
Michigan State
-8.467
16
11
182
12
59
48
Utah
-8.455
17
10
44
175
60
65
UT Arlington
-8.248
20
6
30
125
61
61
Providence
-8.246
16
11
158
39
62
64
Illinois
-8.22
15
12
173
36
63
56
Seton Hall
-8.067
16
10
169
24
64
68
Pittsburgh
-7.797
15
12
219
9
65
70
Bucknell
-7.718
21
8
35
133
66
71
Nevada
-7.621
21
6
46
139
67
72
Texas A&M
-7.573
14
12
145
56
68
59
Belmont
-7.57
20
5
39
127
69
63
USC
-7.441
21
6
105
79
70
66
Ohio State
-7.419
15
13
181
38
71
78
Monmouth
-7.406
23
5
41
153
72
84
Princeton
-7.389
17
6
32
144
73
74
UNC Asheville
-7.121
22
7
17
240
74
73
Texas
-6.669
10
17
247
10
75
69
Furman
-6.666
20
9
38
190
76
67
Chattanooga
-6.617
19
8
47
168
77
81
UCF
-6.585
17
10
86
108
78
85
Alabama
-6.281
16
10
133
78
79
76
Iowa
-6.27
14
13
192
52
80
77
Ole Miss
-6.172
16
11
201
46
81
95
Charleston
-6.04
21
8
79
99
82
103
Nebraska
-6.002
12
13
226
27
83
87
Georgia Tech
-5.987
16
11
198
49
84
98
St. Bonaventure
-5.985
16
10
102
97
85
91
Winthrop
-5.926
21
6
34
243
86
80
Penn State
-5.921
14
13
217
29
87
75
BYU
-5.858
19
10
80
189
88
97
Davidson
-5.816
14
11
128
73
89
79
Colorado
-5.79
16
12
134
84
90
94
Ohio
-5.787
17
8
49
224
91
88
San Diego State
-5.757
16
10
61
173
92
86
Memphis
-5.745
18
9
98
164
93
92
Florida Gulf Coast
-5.68
22
7
42
247
94
83
Akron
-5.336
22
5
67
202
95
105
Louisiana Tech
-5.315
20
8
29
329
96
106
Valparaiso
-5.285
22
6
53
256
97
109
Oklahoma
-5.276
9
17
265
5
98
99
Connecticut
-5.227
14
12
161
65
99
101
New Mexico State
-5.21
23
4
22
322
100
107
Mississippi State
-5.208
14
12
184
75
101
89
Arkansas State
-5.195
19
8
71
124
102
104
CSU Bakersfield
-5.182
19
7
27
277
103
90
St. John's
-5.175
12
15
213
35
104
82
Auburn
-5.046
16
11
216
31
105
115
Lehigh
-4.975
16
11
56
152
106
93
Boise State
-4.816
17
8
90
141
107
114
Loyola (CHI)
-4.772
17
12
76
209
108
111
Saint Peter's
-4.749
16
12
73
191
109
116
William & Mary
-4.353
15
12
89
128
110
120
George Mason
-4.251
18
9
108
194
111
117
Buffalo
-4.222
15
12
72
143
112
96
Richmond
-4.154
15
11
183
76
113
118
San Francisco
-4.038
19
10
119
184
114
142
UNC Greensboro
-4.013
20
8
70
248
115
119
Colorado State
-3.923
18
9
88
235
116
125
Towson
-3.875
19
10
106
163
117
124
Oakland
-3.794
21
7
57
297
118
113
Harvard
-3.779
16
7
59
263
119
108
Temple
-3.75
14
14
225
44
120
110
NC State
-3.749
14
14
278
33
121
122
Stanford
-3.63
13
13
237
48
122
102
Iona
-3.524
18
11
97
136
123
121
La Salle
-3.514
14
11
205
64
124
129
Albany
-3.442
18
11
65
228
125
128
Georgia State
-3.297
16
10
100
186
126
112
Lipscomb
-3.288
18
12
63
255
127
139
Toledo
-3.093
14
13
125
142
128
134
Elon
-2.929
17
12
127
154
129
135
Troy
-2.877
15
12
68
264
130
123
Northeastern
-2.809
14
14
164
85
131
131
North Carolina Central
-2.781
20
6
14
351
132
130
Georgia Southern
-2.774
17
10
99
188
133
149
Fresno State
-2.764
16
11
123
199
134
141
Mercer
-2.737
13
15
139
137
135
126
North Dakota State
-2.702
18
9
104
206
136
100
Yale
-2.697
14
9
113
192
137
148
Louisiana Lafayette
-2.618
16
11
101
231
138
138
South Dakota
-2.586
19
10
103
229
139
146
Old Dominion
-2.552
16
10
132
176
140
181
Penn
-2.533
11
12
162
93
141
137
New Mexico
-2.443
16
11
170
104
142
127
Rice
-2.422
18
9
52
321
143
144
Missouri State
-2.358
16
13
130
226
144
168
North Dakota
-2.244
17
8
45
327
145
143
Northern Kentucky
-2.242
18
10
85
227
146
145
New Hampshire
-2.226
17
11
62
272
147
155
UC Irvine
-2.149
16
12
75
252
148
160
Samford
-2.116
16
12
110
215
149
136
Eastern Michigan
-2.096
13
14
124
207
150
147
Wofford
-1.974
14
15
141
177
151
171
Green Bay
-1.935
15
12
109
210
152
157
Santa Clara
-1.815
15
14
172
171
153
133
Weber State
-1.791
16
9
58
306
154
132
Massachusetts
-1.743
13
14
209
103
155
151
IPFW
-1.74
18
10
93
331
156
152
Tennessee State
-1.73
17
11
112
218
157
169
Rutgers
-1.707
14
15
240
66
158
140
Denver
-1.674
16
11
121
195
159
159
George Washington
-1.672
14
13
218
82
160
165
Wright State
-1.668
19
9
114
238
161
170
Gardner-Webb
-1.648
16
13
69
285
162
150
Tulsa
-1.57
12
14
272
54
163
163
Canisius
-1.542
17
12
151
123
164
162
Marshall
-1.367
15
12
160
174
165
153
Morehead State
-1.308
13
14
156
147
166
188
Ball State
-1.297
17
10
111
276
167
156
Northern Iowa
-1.186
14
13
234
74
168
161
Arizona State
-1.16
13
15
252
67
169
174
Kent State
-1.107
15
12
135
239
170
172
Saint Joseph's
-1.04
10
16
270
50
171
154
Boston University
-0.936
16
12
146
222
172
164
UMBC
-0.866
17
10
92
288
173
176
Boston College
-0.675
9
18
307
55
174
175
Evansville
-0.648
14
15
199
183
175
166
Siena
-0.624
14
15
202
94
176
158
Navy
-0.601
15
13
148
230
177
177
Eastern Washington
-0.57
18
9
115
266
178
178
Utah State
-0.441
11
15
228
117
179
191
Grand Canyon
-0.404
19
9
107
316
180
179
Wyoming
-0.337
16
12
185
212
181
167
Central Michigan
-0.306
16
11
154
259
182
183
Southern Illinois
-0.295
15
14
212
138
183
193
Stony Brook
-0.208
17
10
153
245
184
182
Texas Southern
-0.165
15
11
118
122
185
180
Liberty
-0.017
18
11
131
299
186
187
Omaha
-0.016
14
13
194
106
187
173
Murray State
0.1438
14
14
129
290
188
199
IUPUI
0.1684
12
16
175
146
189
205
Texas State
0.1737
15
10
136
294
190
186
Fairfield
0.3253
14
12
186
172
191
202
Mount St. Mary's
0.3372
15
14
179
101
192
201
Western Michigan
0.3614
11
15
222
113
193
192
Hofstra
0.3684
13
16
221
155
194
194
Coastal Carolina
0.4388
13
14
230
149
195
184
UAB
0.4559
15
13
177
221
196
190
Jacksonville State
0.4805
16
13
157
205
197
212
Eastern Illinois
0.5624
14
14
137
286
198
207
New Orleans
0.5747
16
9
84
323
199
196
Holy Cross
0.5839
14
15
195
132
200
195
Washington
0.675
9
18
304
68
201
185
Montana
0.7113
14
14
171
244
202
189
Tennessee-Martin
0.8016
18
11
144
249
203
200
Missouri
0.8407
7
19
300
70
204
206
Loyola Marymount
0.8846
13
14
224
201
205
221
South Dakota State
0.9089
14
16
207
157
206
227
Fordham
0.9592
12
15
255
126
207
220
Rider
0.9764
15
14
188
181
208
209
Columbia
1.0606
10
13
187
217
209
204
LSU
1.201
9
17
329
23
210
217
Wagner
1.2098
14
12
116
301
211
222
East Carolina
1.4142
12
15
262
166
212
211
South Alabama
1.4551
13
13
206
241
213
219
DePaul
1.5448
8
19
323
58
214
198
Utah Valley
1.6907
11
15
163
273
215
208
San Jose State
1.693
14
11
214
233
216
215
Appalachian State
1.7409
8
17
236
134
217
197
South Carolina Upstate
1.7452
17
13
149
304
218
203
Northern Illinois
1.7928
14
13
189
305
219
213
Cleveland State
1.8761
8
20
274
98
220
210
Indiana State
1.8812
10
18
279
90
221
225
Portland State
2.028
12
13
117
325
222
223
Arkansas-Little Rock
2.0637
13
14
208
254
223
218
Lamar
2.1728
15
12
78
348
224
234
Southeast Missouri State
2.187
13
16
191
265
225
216
UC Davis
2.2521
16
11
122
302
226
214
Sam Houston State
2.4624
18
10
120
336
227
230
High Point
2.4937
14
14
176
295
228
226
Drexel
2.5013
9
20
248
121
229
224
Loyola (MD)
2.5531
14
13
239
158
230
238
Duquesne
2.5748
10
17
291
120
231
228
Idaho
2.5944
13
12
167
307
232
231
James Madison
2.6937
8
21
273
115
233
251
UTEP
2.7077
11
15
210
275
234
249
Texas A&M-CC
2.7325
16
9
140
330
235
245
Long Beach State
2.756
13
16
227
130
236
233
UIC
2.7706
14
14
193
308
237
236
North Florida
2.8134
12
18
220
213
238
247
LIU Brooklyn
3.1068
18
11
165
328
239
229
Air Force
3.1093
10
17
257
253
240
232
Houston Baptist
3.1457
13
12
166
313
241
235
UMKC
3.161
15
13
231
267
242
257
Army
3.2188
11
17
229
250
243
243
Kennesaw State
3.2231
13
16
196
268
244
250
Tennessee Tech
3.4784
12
17
233
251
245
252
Colgate
3.4983
10
19
249
162
246
240
Southeastern Louisiana
3.4987
14
14
143
335
247
242
Western Kentucky
3.6148
13
14
245
179
248
248
Oral Roberts
3.626
8
21
282
96
249
267
Stephen F Austin
3.7218
15
11
168
332
250
253
Washington State
3.7464
12
15
321
86
251
241
Montana State
3.783
14
14
204
319
252
246
Radford
3.8401
12
16
276
161
253
259
St. Francis (PA)
3.9291
12
15
200
289
254
244
NJIT
3.9557
10
19
241
216
255
255
Niagara
4.0128
9
20
259
170
256
237
Fairleigh Dickinson
4.0367
11
16
223
242
257
263
Jacksonville
4.1365
17
13
159
339
258
276
Pacific
4.1472
10
19
299
107
259
270
San Diego
4.1734
12
16
288
169
260
272
Bradley
4.1735
10
19
311
95
261
258
Louisiana Monroe
4.2451
7
20
277
198
262
266
Cornell
4.3031
7
18
287
105
263
256
Bowling Green
4.3124
11
16
283
214
264
262
Bryant
4.6488
11
18
244
225
265
279
Eastern Kentucky
4.6571
10
19
281
165
266
264
Campbell
4.6938
13
15
211
312
267
271
Robert Morris
4.7115
11
18
258
208
268
260
Charlotte
4.8148
11
14
294
187
269
269
UNLV
4.8245
10
17
315
150
270
239
Brown
4.9918
11
15
260
281
271
273
Florida Atlantic
4.9927
9
16
242
282
272
254
Quinnipiac
5.0677
10
18
302
140
273
286
Hawaii
5.1105
13
13
232
340
274
268
UMass Lowell
5.308
11
19
261
261
275
303
Tulane
5.3212
5
21
332
71
276
285
Cal State Fullerton
5.3282
13
12
190
346
277
281
Alcorn State
5.3538
14
11
152
345
278
275
Charleston Southern
5.3855
10
17
243
293
279
265
Milwaukee
5.3856
8
20
297
145
280
274
Drake
5.4337
7
21
309
159
281
288
Norfolk State
5.4804
14
13
203
318
282
261
Portland
5.4808
9
19
319
109
283
292
Northern Colorado
5.5587
9
17
246
237
284
290
Oregon State
5.8449
5
23
335
87
285
287
Western Illinois
5.8755
8
17
290
204
286
280
The Citadel
5.9034
9
19
301
182
287
291
Manhattan
5.9334
10
19
312
131
288
284
Seattle
5.9709
12
14
235
342
289
295
Miami (OH)
6.041
10
17
293
269
290
277
UC Riverside
6.1488
8
17
269
280
291
283
Binghamton
6.2194
12
17
264
258
292
301
Sacred Heart
6.5086
13
16
253
303
293
289
Dartmouth
6.5121
6
17
306
156
294
282
Delaware
6.5435
12
17
314
203
295
278
CS Northridge
6.5993
11
14
251
324
296
310
Sacramento State
6.6276
10
15
268
287
297
300
Austin Peay
6.6773
10
18
303
196
298
307
Youngstown State
6.7606
11
18
298
234
299
297
Florida International
6.7623
6
21
286
278
300
298
Texas San Antonio
6.764
11
16
275
271
301
305
UT Rio Grande Valley
6.9893
10
18
271
292
302
294
Maryland-Eastern Shore
7.1059
9
18
254
260
303
311
Abilene Christian
7.203
12
13
215
343
304
309
Prairie View A&M
7.2317
9
18
263
246
305
304
Saint Louis
7.274
9
18
340
111
306
296
Detroit
7.4125
6
21
324
112
307
302
Central Arkansas
7.4568
8
20
308
119
308
312
Hampton
7.5477
11
14
238
333
309
299
VMI
7.6156
6
20
330
118
310
293
Pepperdine
7.6822
9
19
338
114
311
308
South Florida
7.8317
7
19
344
102
312
306
American
7.8976
6
21
327
180
313
313
Southern
8.0539
13
14
197
349
314
321
Stetson
8.0773
11
19
284
309
315
316
Marist
8.3915
7
22
339
100
316
315
Cal Poly
8.4844
8
18
295
270
317
318
Northwestern State
8.7029
10
15
250
334
318
314
Western Carolina
8.7225
7
21
347
77
319
319
Nicholls
8.9128
12
15
280
317
320
320
North Texas
9.198
8
18
313
314
321
323
Jackson State
9.4663
11
16
256
344
322
324
Incarnate Word
9.4769
11
15
289
338
323
317
Idaho State
9.5947
5
21
326
167
324
326
Morgan State
9.6406
11
14
267
341
325
325
Savannah State
9.6652
10
15
292
300
326
331
Grambling State
9.7801
11
15
266
337
327
332
SIU-Edwardsville
9.8741
6
23
328
236
328
322
Delaware State
9.9894
9
19
285
284
329
328
Lafayette
10.137
8
19
337
223
330
330
Maine
10.433
6
24
341
185
331
329
Northern Arizona
10.486
7
20
317
296
332
327
Hartford
10.577
8
22
333
211
333
333
McNeese State
10.814
7
18
320
291
334
340
Southern Utah
11.305
5
22
322
298
335
338
South Carolina State
11.358
9
18
325
219
336
336
Alabama State
11.53
8
17
296
326
337
344
Howard
11.89
7
20
316
283
338
339
Chicago State
12.008
6
22
345
160
339
335
Central Connecticut
12.075
5
22
331
262
340
337
UC Santa Barbara
12.258
4
21
348
193
341
342
Southern Miss
12.297
8
19
336
311
342
343
Mississippi Valley State
12.659
4
23
342
129
343
334
St. Francis (BKN)
12.938
4
25
343
274
344
341
Arkansas-Pine Bluff
13.071
7
21
318
315
345
346
Florida A&M
13.111
7
19
305
350
346
347
Bethune-Cookman
13.445
6
20
310
347
347
349
Coppin State
13.949
7
21
334
279
348
348
Longwood
14.093
6
21
350
257
349
345
Presbyterian
14.238
5
22
349
232
350
350
North Carolina A&T
16.534
2
25
346
320
351
351
Alabama A&M
18.697
1
23
351
310