NCAAB Power Rankings: Week 16

By Zack Cimini - Covers Expert

The Gonzaga Bulldogs continue to sit atop our college basketball power rankings - nothing new, as they continue to be the best bet in college basketball ever. Oregon slides into the number two spot after Villanova home winning streak was snapped. Further down the list Wisconsin and North Carolina jump into the top 10.

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Week 16 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 28-0
(19-5-1)
-19.5 Gonzaga
The Zags continue to dominant ATS even with oddsmakers increasing the number into the 'no-touch' zone.
2 3 up 1 24-4
(17-10-0)
-18.8 Oregon
In-conference on the road you just see teams battle back and win down as big of a deficit as the Ducks were to California.
3 2 down 1 26-2
(14-13-0)
-18.5 Villanova
This wasn't going to be a cruise control Big East conference this season for Villanova. Suffering a loss at home at this juncture of the season could be what Jay Wright and his Wildcats needed.
4 4 same 24-3
(8-16-1)
-18 Kansas
After a string of close wins the JayHawks toppled a large number against TCU. Perhaps no team has experienced the growth of tough hard fought wins as Kansas has.
5 5 same 25-3
(13-13-2)
-17.8 Arizona
Perhaps a bit over ranked but the Wildcats have just one loss in a Pac-12 conference that features three top ten teams.
6 6 same 24-3
(14-13-0)
-17.7 UCLA
The Bruins ran the Trojans out of the gym in an exhibit of what no other team in the country can do offensively.
7 10 up 3 22-5
(14-13-0)
-17.6 Kentucky
For the first time in a long time Coach Calipari has a Final Four capable team without the constant attention from the media. Is this the darkhorse Coach Cal has always wanted?
8 11 up 3 22-5
(12-12-0)
-17.5 Wisconsin
The Badgers propel higher than some other five loss teams as they have the traction to add ATS wins easier in the Big Ten.
9 12 up 3 23-5
(14-12-1)
-16.9 North Carolina
North Carolina has been the quiet quality team of the ACC. While Virginia, Florida State, Duke, and Louisville have soaked up most of the attention throughout the season.
10 8 down 2 22-5
(11-15-0)
-16 Duke
Consistently playing in close games finally caught up to the Blue Devils on the road in the Carrier Dome. A killer instinct with a lead must be developed before the big dance.
11 7 down 4 22-5
(16-8-1)
-15.8 Louisville
Injuries and suspensions may have derailed the middle of conference leap the Cardinals showcased. They have a handful of games to get back to that level or March could be troublesome.
12 16 up 4 24-3
(12-11-1)
-15.2 Cincinnati
Not being tested in the American conference comes with the main obvious drawback of facing stiffer competition in March. But having fresh legs from being rested is one that can't be ignored either.
13 14 up 1 22-6
(12-10-1)
-15 West Virginia
The Mountaineers answered their stunning blown lead to Kansas in proper fashion with two strong wins.
14 18 up 4 24-4
(17-5-1)
-14.8 Southern Methodist
Perhaps no coach in college hoops is doing a better job with less than Coach Tim Jankovich. The Mustangs literally have no bench players as they rely on their starting five.
15 24 up 9 21-6
(15-10-0)
-14.6 Butler
It's typical Butler to have the in-conference losses that create confusion but only to get a hammering road win over Villanova.
16 17 up 1 22-5
(15-10-0)
-14.4 Florida
A resounding win over South Carolina sets up a rematch against Kentucky.
17 21 up 4 22-5
(16-7-1)
-14 Purdue
The Boilermakers have now won nine of ten, and clearly are taken advantage of the youth in the Big Ten.
18 15 down 3 22-6
(15-10-1)
-13.8 Florida St.
The Seminoles have been one of those teams that falters right when they're about to ascend. Yet the talent this Seminoles team has may have just this one window of opportunity.
19 9 down 10 18-9
(14-11-0)
-13.7 Virginia
Losses can mount quickly in the ACC. Virginia has found out in a harsh way. After just having three losses they're now up to nine in a poor stretch having lost six of eight.
20 13 down 7 22-5
(12-10-0)
-13.6 Baylor
Baylor continues to slide in my ATS power rankings as they have the look of a team that escaped close wins. This is a double digit loss team masked by those early season wins.
21 22 up 1 21-7
(14-7-1)
-13.3 Notre Dame
The Irish went from the possibility of being on bubble-watch alert to ending that with a sound four game win streak.
22 23 up 1 22-5
(10-13-0)
-13.2 VCU
Experience in college basketball is an under rated aspect nowadays. The Rams boast as much as any team in the country with seven juniors and seniors amongst their nine man rotation.
23 19 down 4 24-3
(13-10-1)
-13 St. Mary's
The Gaels took care of business in a road win against BYU. To remain in the top twenty five against the big boys in March they must accelerate their ATS eye-test.
24 20 down 4 22-5
(14-8-3)
-12.8 Maryland
The Terrapins were apart of a brutal end of season schedule with a Sunday game at Wisconsin and quick turn around Wednesday against Minnesota.
25 29 up 4 25-4
(14-11-1)
-12.5 Wichita St.
Greg Marshall has his Shockers at a level many thought would be a year away after losing his main starters.
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