NCAAB Power Rankings: Week 17

By Zack Cimini - Covers Expert

It took till the final week of the regular season but Gonzaga lost and that cost them the top spot in our college basketball power rankings. Kansas leaps from four to one as the top four remain the same, just shuffled in order. The biggest move comes from Wisconsin tumbling out of the top 10 to 19.

ncb Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 4 up 3 27-3
(10-17-1)
-19.5 Kansas
The Jayhawks got it done in a better than anticipated Big 12. Another top seed is secured for Bill Self.
2 1 down 1 29-1
(20-6-1)
-18.8 Gonzaga
Losing to BYU wasn't expected but give the Zags a ton of credit for nearly running the table.
3 3 same 27-3
(15-14-0)
-18.5 Villanova
Jay Wright seems as proud of his Wildcats as he has of any regular season team he has coached.
4 2 down 2 26-4
(17-12-0)
-18 Oregon
To me there isn't a team from last year's round of sweet sixteen as dangerous as the Ducks.
5 6 up 1 26-3
(15-14-0)
-17.8 UCLA
As road dogs the Bruins showcased another excellent performance against the Wildcats. Will the offensive show carry over in the post-season?
6 7 up 1 24-5
(15-14-0)
-17.7 Kentucky
None of the top teams are blowing out teams consistently and Kentucky fits that bill as well. Can Coach Cal dig deep with this team from a philosophical standpoint?
7 5 down 2 26-4
(14-14-2)
-17.6 Arizona
The Wildcats are the non flashy of the top ten but that's okay with Coach Miller.
8 11 up 3 23-6
(17-9-1)
-17.5 Louisville
Coach Pitino has a different vibe on his style of coaching lately. He means business and so does his team.
9 12 up 3 25-4
(12-13-1)
-16.9 Cincinnati
The Bearcats seem to be getting the least traction under a Mick Cronin team that's yielded some strong teams over the years.
10 9 down 1 25-6
(16-13-1)
-16 North Carolina
The Tar Heels ran into a Cavaliers team that needed to win and got the job done.
11 14 up 3 25-4
(18-5-1)
-15.8 Southern Methodist
Just like the Bearcats the Mustangs just keep winning. Will fatigue be a factor for a five man rotation that features little to no support from the bench.
12 10 down 2 22-7
(11-17-0)
-15.2 Duke
You just don't know what to expect on a regular basis with Coach K's Blue Devils. Yet, if there is a team that can hit the on button when they want it's Duke.
13 13 same 23-7
(12-12-1)
-15 West Virginia
The Mountaineers couldn't handle Baylor's defense on the road. Once tournament time hits you have to wonder if neutral sites will be a problem for the Mountaineers.
14 16 up 2 23-6
(16-11-0)
-14.8 Florida
Having won ten of their last eleven games the Gators are as hot as any team entering March Madness.
15 15 same 23-6
(17-10-0)
-14.6 Butler
Butler is always that team that no one wants to face early or late in the tournament.
16 19 up 3 20-9
(16-11-0)
-14.4 Virginia
The Cavaliers may have the most losses of any team in the top twenty but no one doubts Tony Bennett.
17 20 up 3 24-6
(13-12-0)
-14 Baylor
Baylor's length and athleticism is a repeated theme in March Madness. Can they extend a run beyond the round of 32?
18 21 up 3 22-7
(14-8-1)
-13.8 Notre Dame
The Irish have it rolling once again. Mike Brey seems to always get the most out of his Irish teams pre-March.
19 8 down 11 22-7
(12-14-0)
-13.7 Wisconsin
Out of all the teams that have free-fallen no one expected the Badgers to be in the worry-zone three weeks ago.
20 18 down 2 23-6
(15-10-2)
-13.6 Florida St.
There is such a thing as having too much young talent outside of Lexington, Kentucky. Florida State fits that mold.
21 17 down 4 23-6
(16-9-1)
-13.3 Purdue
The loss at Michigan by double-digits hurt the Boilermakers chances to get a four seed. As a fifth or sixth seed they may be one of the more vulnerable teams to get upset in the first round against the always tough 11 or 12 seeds.
22 25 up 3 27-4
(16-11-1)
-13.2 Wichita St.
Are the Shockers for real again or rising because of a down Missouri Valley conference?
23 23 same 26-3
(14-10-2)
-13 St. Mary's
The Gaels are one of the true unknowns seeding and strength wise heading into the tournament.
24 32 up 8 23-5
(18-8-0)
-12.8 Dayton
The Flyers took care of business against VCU to give themselves the best bid opportunity of the A-10.
25 44 up 19 19-9
(15-10-0)
-12.5 Iowa St.
Everyone's favorite tournament sleeper yearly is back into the top twenty five. After under performing the majority of the season you have to wonder if this team is getting hot at the right time.

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.

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