College Basketball Conference Power Rankings

So how many of you all have been checking out all the College Basketball Power Rankings for teams and conferences since the season tipped off in October?

Well, if you raised your hand, good for you!

It’s clear you are fascinated by the obvious because my 10-year-old daughter could have given you a power ranking that had validity based on the non-conference and cupcake slate every team plays until January.

In other words, anyone can look at the rankings and maybe a strength of schedule and start to claim who is the best and who is the worst. But not one power poll out there has taken into account the big four stats for each team and every conference.

This will be a mathematical equation that takes the average of each team’s losses, strength of schedule, RPI and ranking. Once that is tabulated, the entire conference is averaged with each¬†coming up with a raw score. The lower the score, the tougher the conference.

And let’s just say, this is going to give you all a lot to discuss…

So with no further adieu, let’s take a look at Ole Woody’s College Basketball Conference Power Rankings Week One.

 

No. 6 – Pac-12 (43.44)

The Pac-12 comes in in last place in the Power Rankings due in large part to their teams SOS and RPI. Both are in the 80’s as an average. That’s not ideal at all.

If the Arizona Wildcats or the Utah Utes fall on hard times at any point during the season, there is going to be little hope for the Pac-12 to get out of last place or a whole lot of love come March Madness selection time.

Pac 12LossesSOSRPIRankAverage
Arizona264111021.75
Arizona State879145058
California6118115059.75
Colorado64075030.25
Oregon48981043.5
Oregon State417099068.25
Stanford47539029.5
UCLA71869023.5
USC787122054
Utah22810812
Washington414077055.25
Washington State7127128065.5
61.0086.2580.922.0043.44

 

No. 5 – Big 12 (40.58)

That’s right ladies and gentlemen…

The Big 12 might have a lot of hot rods on the showroom floor but the numbers prove the engine doesn’t sound all that good when you crank it up.

Yes, the conference has the most ranked teams by far with seven, but who have these teams played? The average strength of schedule for the conference is an 85.80. That’s just ugly given the fact the Kansas Jayhawks have the top SOS in the land and carry a stout 3.25 average as a team.

This is going to be the conference that beats up each other this season. How that will effect their SOS and RPI is still unclear.

Oh and the TCU Horned Frogs have a SOS of 326. That’s right 326! Who even knew there were that many teams!

Big 12LossesSOSRPIRankAverage
Baylor352272226
Iowa State386221130.5
Kansas21193.25
Kansas State7105137062.25
Oklahoma517291817.25
Oklahoma State438282423.5
Texas437312023
TCU33261650123.5
Texas Tech6136150073
West Virginia260161623.5
39.0085.8060.607.0040.58

 

No. 4 – ACC (39.17)

The ACC might still consider itself the dominate conference. Especially after the NC State Wolfpack and Miami Hurricanes let everyone know they are here to play some serious hoops in knocking off the Duke Blue Devils this past week.

But the conference has a big identity crisis.

The Virginia Cavaliers, North Carolina Tar Heels, NC State Wolfpack and Duke Blue Devils all have tremendous averages. But the rest of the conference is struggling when it comes to their SOS and RPI. Most notably on this list is the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Those two teams are way better than their average. Or are they?

But if the conference is going to take its place as the most powerful in the land, they need to get the Virginia Tech Hokies some lessons on how to schedule and play hoops. A 119 average. Just brutal.

ACCLossesSOSRPIRankAverage
Boston College758144052.25
Clemson73386031.5
Duke2299411
Florida State7108149066
Georgia Tech62059021.25
Louisville210426634.5
Miami47154032.25
North Carolina4136159.5
NC State6733011.5
Notre Dame2162501256.5
Pitt5125100057.5
Syracuse48245032.75
Virginia05322.5
Virginia Tech82242440119
Wake Forest953136049.5
73.0072.9376.275.0039.17

 

No. 3 – B1G (37.43)

The Big 10 is a prefect example of what consistency can do for you in a power ranking.

Every team is right around the same average for the most part and there are not any real extremes in the data points.

The Wisconsin Badgers and the Michigan State Spartans lead the way by a good margin with a 10.75 and a 15.25 average. Oddly enough, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights are the third team in this ranking with a 21.25. That’s proof your schedule is so important as conference play starts. If Rutgers can steal a few games, they can take a March Madness slot away from either the Iowa Hawkeyes or the Ohio State Buckeyes.

It may sound insane, but the numbers are pretty good at explaining exactly who a team is. Especially once they start losing in conference.

B1GLossesSOSRPIRankAverage
Illinois65160029.25
Indiana47551032.5
Iowa54149023.75
Maryland285191430
Michigan72789030.75
Michigan State51937015.25
Minnesota797129058.25
Nebraska6126122063.5
Northwestern6107117057.5
Ohio State49856039.5
Penn State515782061
Purdue772124050.75
Rutgers71662021.25
Wisconsin2268710.75
73.0071.2171.792.0037.43

 

No. 2 – SEC (36.75)

Does having the Kentucky Wildcats affect this ranking for the SEC?

It sure doesn’t hurt because they have a very impressive 1.75 average, which is by far the best in the land.

But the interesting thing here is the close games the Ole Miss Rebels and the Texas A&M Aggies played against the Wildcats to start conference play. If the rest of the SEC can play tough against Big Blue Nation and even win a few, that is going to help the cause tremendously.

What can’t happen though is contests such as the Missouri Tigers losing to Kentucky, 86-37. One or two of those are fine when it comes to the SOS, but that’s it. The rest of the league needs to prove it is an equal to the Wildcats and not their punching bag.

The SEC will be fun watch this year. Especially since Mark Fox and the Georgia Bulldogs always play Kentucky tough and are second to them in average at 12.75.

SECLossesSOSRPIRankAverage
Alabama47744031.25
Arkansas368171926.75
Auburn663105043.5
Florida64379032
Georgia51036012.75
Kentucky04211.75
LSU311447041
Mississippi55461030
Mississippi State91782510109.5
Missouri912139040
South Carolina57493043
Tennessee52554021
Texas A&M56063032
Vanderbilt511976050
70.0064.3676.212.0036.75

 

No. 1 – Big East (26.28)

Yes, the revamped Big East comes in as the best conference so far this season. This is thanks in large part to a conference SOS average of 41.70.

The other factor that has the Big East so far ahead of the rest of the other conferences is the fact their best team in the Villanova Wildcats are not the top average. Nova comes in at 8 while the Butler Bulldogs come in at 6.75.

And it is that SOS and RPI that is key to this power ranking. Five of the ten teams are in the Top 25 in SOS and five are in the top 30 in RPI.

That’s solid.

Especially from a conference everyone wrote off in the beginning of the season.

Big EastLossesSOSRPIRankAverage
Butler581406.75
Creighton890138059
DePaul9131172078
Georgetown51129011.25
Marquette667104044.25
Providence4131207.25
St. John’s492509.5
Seton Hall432182118.75
Villanova121558
Xavier53540020
51.0041.7055.702.0026.28

 

So there you have it!

There is no doubt you all have something to say. Feel free to comment below and let’s see what who you think got the proper credit and who got the shaft.

 

*Section Photo credit to Michael Hickey, Getty Images; Featured Photo (above) credit to Brad Penner, USA Today Sports. 

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